Kids Research to receive $1.2M boost in 2024

Kids Research to receive $1.2M boost in 2024

New research conducted into kids health, education and welfare will receive $1.2M from the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation (CRF).

CRF announced its 48th Annual Research Grants Round at an evening celebrating South Australia’s remarkable people in research, attended by Her Excellency, The Honourable Frances Adamson AC, Governor of South Australia, and Mr Rod Bunten, joint Patrons of the CRF.

A total of 18 new children’s research projects to be undertaken in 2024 were announced across disciplines including paediatrics, nutrition, mental health, wound healing, childhood cancer, preterm infants, reading intervention, respiratory diseases, breastfeeding, and communication tools.

All research will be conducted in South Australia’s world-class organisations of Flinders University, SAHMRI, University of South Australia, Novita and The University of Adelaide.

The CRF independent research committee, chaired by Flinders University Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health Kevin Forsyth, reviewed 97 expressions of interest for the latest round of grants, with the successful 18 projects selected from 47 projects invited to submit a full grant application.

Full List of Successful Research Projects Announced on 26 October 2023.

Since 1976, the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation has played a vital role in funding children’s research in South Australia.

“Foundations like ours are essential for funding research because they support rewarding projects, foster collaboration, and innovation, and address unmet needs and gaps in knowledge,” says CRF Chair, Mr Paul Jury.

“At CRF, we enable groundbreaking discoveries and help tackle pressing challenges that affect the lives of children. We are inspired to do something, to make a difference because we want children to fulfill their potential. And we have carefully and caringly built an on-going capacity to fund children’s research in South Australia.”

In its 47-year history as a not-for-profit foundation, CRF has channelled almost $46 million (in today’s dollars) to support over 1000 research projects into children’s health, education and welfare in South Australia.

“We’re a partnership of well-known South Australian institutions Novita, The University of Adelaide, University of South Australia, Flinders University, the Women’s and Children’s Health Network and Channel Seven” says Paul. “Together we share a common goal dedicated to enriching the lives of children through research, and putting children at the heart of what we do.”

Through its Annual Grant Giving Program, CRF also actively supports the growth of research careers and capability in South Australia, covering community-based studies, clinical studies and basic science in the children’s research fields of allied health, fertility and pregnancy, education, environment, nursing, medicine, mental health, midwifery, welfare and protection, and social sciences.

Expressions of Interest for children’s research funding in 2025 opens in February 2024.
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