Research Grants & Policy

Home Research Grants & Policy

Research Grants & Policy

Research Grant Scheme - is open

Applications are now open for the 2020 Osteopathy Australia Research Grant Scheme. The Osteopathy Australia Research Grant Scheme aims to promote, encourage and support research that advances osteopathy.

Osteopathy Australia is offering up to 5 seeding grants valued at up to $5,000 each. 

Seed funding is granted for research projects that can achieve a tangible outcome within 12 months of receipt of grant funds.

Applications close at 5pm, EDST, 27 November 2020

Applications will be judged based upon alignment with research priorities of Osteopathy Australia’s strategic plan; capacity and credibility of the team of investigators; strengthening of collaborative research partnerships; quality of research design and methodology; significance, innovation, and impact of the research project; potential for extramural funding following project completion; budget justification; feasibility of the project. 

Notes on alignment with priorities: OA Research Grants Guidelines state: The Osteopathy Australia Research Committee aims to specify a topic or theme which may be prioritised above other criteria for the forthcoming grant round. This round priority will be given to applications with a focus on clinical effectiveness of osteopathy, with an emphasis on services funded by government such as traffic and workers compensation schemes, disability and chronic disease.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the review by the Osteopathy Australia Research Committee within 60 days of the submission deadline.

Research Funding Guidelines and Policy 

This page sets out the guidelines and policies for the Osteopathy Australia's Research Grant Program. Applicants must read these guidelines before completing an application.

Download a copy of the Research Funding Policy

Download a copy of the Research Grant Guidelines

Application forms, templates and other document can be found here:

This page and these documents sets out:

  • the purpose of the grant scheme
  • the eligibility and assessment criteria
  • how grant applications are considered and selected
  • how grantees are notified and receive grant payments
  • how grantees will be monitored and evaluated
  • responsibilities and expectations of the grantee
  • publication and dissemination expectations


As a professional association, Osteopathy Australia is engaged in a diverse range of activities, all of which have the overarching goal of enhancing and promoting osteopathy. High quality university education is essential for graduating safe and competent osteopaths who work in a variety of health care settings. The research areas included in our research priorities need to be equally broad and encompass clinical issues beyond technique or treatment effectiveness.

This grant aims to facilitate research that benefits osteopathy by:

  • Enhancing and supporting the profession;
  • Embracing the complex reality of osteopathic practice;
  • Promoting rigorous and critical examination of practice;
  • Building understanding of osteopathy’s role and place in the Australian health system;
  • Developing research maturity in practitioners, researchers and academics; and
  • Engaging osteopaths in research outcomes that benefit practice safety and effectiveness to facilitate best practice.

Research funds will be allocated to support independent research projects which align with the Osteopathy Australia Research Priorities and the Research Strategy for Osteopathy Australia. These funds are disbursed through a competitive process which calls for proposals of research projects by applicants. Dissemination of the available funds for these grants is determined by the Osteopathy Australia Research Committee based on merit alone. In the event that the total value of approved applications in any one round do not equate to the total available annual research budget, surplus funds will NOT accrue to the research round in the following financial year.

It is our intention to run funding rounds annually. Advertisement will take place through professional associations and external research institutions for at least 30 days prior to submission deadline. The Osteopathy Australia Research Committee may choose, at their discretion, to specify a topic or theme which will be prioritised above other criteria for the forthcoming grant round. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the review by the Osteopathy Australia Research Committee within 60 days of the submission deadline.

Unsolicited applications for research funding

Osteopathy Australia is committed to a clear and transparent process to underpin the awarding of any funding for research projects devised and directed independently to Osteopathy Australia. In general, we will only fund research project associated with Osteopathy Australia-directed calls for applications. In very rare or exceptional circumstances, we may consider funding research outside of these structured funding rounds. Investigators wishing to be funded need to submit a request and these applications will be reviewed by the Research Committee based on research significance and methodology. Recommendations from the Research Committee will then be made to the Board. It is at the sole and full discretion of the Board to determine whether funding will be approved. Osteopathy Australia is not obligated to provide detailed reasons should a Research Fund Application not be approved by the Board.

Osteopathy Australia Partners

We work with these complementary key organisations as an essential part
of providing high quality healthcare for Australians.

Guild Insurance
QLD Worksafe
Health Workforce Australia
RMIT University
Australasian College of Sport & Exercise Physicians
SA Worksafe
Victoria University
Worksafe ACT
Arthritis Australia
Better Pain Management
TAS Workcover
Member Advantage
Insurance Commission of WA
Pain Australia
London College of Animal Osteopathy
Australian Osteopathic Accreditation Council
OPC Health
Serenity HLP by Regal sleep
National Rural Health Alliance
Associations Forum
VIC Worksafe
NSW Workcover
Wentworth Advantage
NT Worksafe
Brooks Shoes
Workcover WA