The closing date for EOIs is Thursday 25 March 2011 at 5pm. EOI outcomes will be announced by 20 May 2011. Successful projects will be announced in October 2011, with funds being available from January 2012.
All information for the 2012 funding period will be available from Monday 7 February 2011 on this website.
Please note: If you have previously received CRF funding, you must submit any outstanding acquittal reports or unremitted funds prior to making an application for the 2012 funding round. The due date for submission of these reports is 31 March 2011. Failure to do so will make you ineligible for future grants.
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Changes to the grant application process for 2012 grants
Since 1976, the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation has provided grants to support research into conditions that may affect the health, education and welfare of children in South Australia and the Northern Territory; and is pleased to continue to do so.
Over the past number of years, application numbers have steadily increased and, whilst the Foundation has increased the amount of funding allocated to just over $1M annually, it is not possible to fund all of the many deserving projects.
It is recognised that a lot of time and effort is expended on the grants application process, so the Foundation is pleased to announce a change to the application process for the 2012 grants round.
Researchers seeking funding for 2012 will be invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). This will be a two page summary of the application, which will then be reviewed by the Research Committee. Invitations will be extended to selected researchers to submit full applications.
The maximum funding per grant will be $75,000, which may be taken over 1 or 2 years. The timing of the grants round will not significantly be altered and will be advertised in January 2011. EOI applications will close on 25 March and notification regarding the final outcomes will be announced in November 2011.
Application forms and details will be available on the Foundation website from 15 January 2011.
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(30 March 2010) CRF Grows International Ties
When American researchers Professor Beatrice L Wood PhD, and Professor Bruce D Miller MD, heard about the research supported by the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation and the Foundation’s nurturing of young talent, they were impressed and keen to start an inter-cultural collaboration with junior investigators in Australia.
As Professors of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of the State University of New York, Buffalo, they specialise in researching the fields of family relational stress, child depression and paediatric asthma.
With their extensive experience in medicine, child health and research, Professors Wood and Miller are acutely aware of the need for research opportunities for young graduates and first time researchers, and have kindly offered their support for emerging researchers in South Australia and the Northern Territory.
Donating their time and sharing their expertise, they are looking for interesting and potentially important collaborations with other researchers, and would like to encourage young researchers to get in touch with them, with a view to providing mentoring to those interested in leading their own research project.
For the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation, this international recognition is a great honour, and we encourage our talented, upcoming researchers and graduates to tap into this wealth of knowledge, to help create the best possible future for our children.
If you have just started your first research project as a lead investigator, or are interested in doing so and would like to take advantage of this excellent opportunity, please forward your details via email to email@example.com with Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation in the subject line.
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(26 February 2010) Building the future with healthy minds
Preschoolers from South
Australia were part of a PhD
project which identified that
healthy relationships during
preschool have a strong link to
mental health and the way children
engage in learning.
Previous early childhood research
has examined relationships
in preschools but has
never examined the notion that
relationships benefit engagement
in learning because of
their positive effects on mental
PhD student from the University
of Adelaide, Amelia Searle,
pictured, says the results validate what
for a long time
good relationships with
children is central to their
school success and the research
does show that, but we were
really looking at exactly how it
all plays out - the pathways that
are involved,’’ she said.
‘‘The relationships with their
teachers and their parents
which we found built children’s
self esteem and their feelings of
competence led to improved
mental health and improved
engagement in classroom learning
This project was part of a
larger, longitudinal study called
the Healthy Minds Healthy Futures
Child Resilience Project,
which followed nearly 600 children
for three years from
preschool to Year One.
Led by Dr Lauren Miller-
Lewis, the Healthy Minds project
focuses on identifying factors
that build children’s mental
The PhD study focused on
children’s engagement in classroom
learning activities during
The study used observation
methods in the
schools, data collection via
questionaires from parents and
staff. Ms Searle said many of the
preschool teachers reported on
the importance of building up,
developing and supporting
close relationships with
‘‘It’s something that perhaps
is easier to do in a preschool
setting given that the ratio between
children and teachers is
much lower than in schools.
‘‘The earlier that we help
children out and we build on
their strengths - the better the
start to school we can give
The research was presented
at the 14th European Conference
on Developmental Psychology
in Lithuania and the
16th Biennial Conference of the
Australasian Human Development
Association in Adelaide.
Ms Searle said traditional research
focussed on ‘‘deficits and
problems’’ but her research is
based on resources such as
teacher, child and parent relationships
which can improve
the school experience. Twentyseven
preschools and 85 schools
across the country took part.
The project was supported by
the Department of Education
and Children’s Services, Channel
7 Children’s Research Foundation,
the National Health and
Medical Research Council, Australian
Rotary Health and the
University of Adelaide.
Christies North Kindergarten director Tania Liston
working with preschoolers
Christies North Kindy Preschool director
Tania Liston couldn’t be happier with the
findings from the PhD research.
She says a strong relationship between the
teacher, children and parents must be built on
trust for any learning to occur.
‘‘It is something that early childhood educators
have always been a part of, but I think
that the profile of learner wellbeing and the
relationships that teachers have with their
children has definitely become more of a
focus,’’ she said.
‘‘The fact that our preschool has been
involved with the Healthy Minds, Healthy
Futures research team into wellbeing has
meant it has been at the forefront of our
curriculum focus. The first thing that we work
toward is making a connection with families
so once we have that, then all of the learning
is built on top of that.’’
Ms Liston said it is important for the children
to have a connection with their teacher before
they begin to connect with other students.
‘‘We’ve actually seen the progress it has
made as far as you make those connections
and you take the time to focus on the learner
well-being, and the learning comes.
‘‘The way they engage in their environment
is so different to when they feel like they
are disconnected or if they feel like that
they’re not at ease or comfortable in
the kindy environment.’’
Story source: The Advertiser (23/2/2010)
Journalist: Martina Simos
Photos: Michael Marschall
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