We believe in building relationships with South Australian organisations that share our commitment to excellence in research that will improve the lives of children.

Our collaborations have led to the successful establishment of scholarships and learning programs that help to build career paths and funding opportunities for young and emerging researchers.

Our current partnerships include:

Fostering Research Excellence and Early Career Development in children's health and development in South Australia with

Healthy Development Adelaide

HDA and CRF PhD Excellence Award

Since 2008, the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation has funded the Healthy Development PhD Excellence Awards program designed to build research excellence and career development in children’s health and development in South Australia.

The program provides PhD top-up scholarships for South Australian-based scholars who are undertaking projects in the area of healthy development. The successful applicants will each be receiving $5,000 per annum for 3 years to augment their scholarships.

It’s also an inspiring platform for the Foundation to continue its 45+ year-dedication to fostering opportunities for early career researchers where grant funding is rarely available.

The 13th Cohort 2024 recipients of the CRF PhD Excellence Award are …

Yohannes Efa
PhD candidate within the Cancer Epidemiology and Population Health group in Allied Health and Human Performance at the University of South Australia.

Lisa Callahan
PhD candidate within the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University. Lisa’s PhD forms part of the NHMRC-funded ‘Pathways For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Hearing Health: The PATHWAY Project’.




For information on the PhD Excellence Award and its application and eligibility criteria, please visit Healthy Development Adelaide.


HDA and CRF Schools Communicators Award

Healthy Development Adelaide and the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation has combined to launched the Schools Communicator Award as a way to help South Australia’s emerging researchers showcase their research to high school students with the aim of getting them excited about the amazing opportunities open to them in health science or science career pathways.

2024 AWARDEE: Dr Hayley Leake, Research Fellow within the Body in Mind Research Group, IIMPACT in Health at the University of South Australia.

Hayley will be delivering her interactive session on The Mysterious Science of Pain to a number of South Australian schools this year. Read more…


Healthy Development Adelaide celebrates 20 Years in 2024.

Join HDA as it takes a look back at the PhD Excellence Award Scholars, and where they are now.

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Sponsoring Initiatives for Early Career Researcher Collaborations

Australian Society for Medical Research, South Australia

We support the Australian Society for Medical Research in South Australia (ASMR) as a proud sponsor of the Annual Medical Research Week®.

This partnership is based on a shared vision to foster excellence in Australian health and medical research.

We applaud the forum it provides for early career researchers, including graduate students and postdoctoral scientists, to establish collaborations and present their work among peers in a professional environment.


Ways That You Can Partner With Us

Partner with Us on a Research Grant
establish a dollar-for-dollar research grant partnership with the Foundation.
Sponsor a Research Grant
be the exclusive benefactor of a grant and align your brand with innovation in children's research.
Sponsor an Early Career Researcher
play an active role in growing research careers for South Australian's, in South Australia
Research Breakthrough Challenge
an exclusive opportunity to partner with us.