ACERF Research Grant Scheme – Small & Medium Grants Expression of Interest Guidelines

Expression of Interest Guidelines

Call for Expression of Interest – April 2024

Australian Chiropractors Education & Research Foundation (ACERF) is now calling for Expressions of Interest for small (up to $10,000) and medium (up to $30,000) research grants for projects that will increase knowledge relevant to chiropractic and/or have an impact on the practice of chiropractic.

The Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) established the ACERF, a public ancillary fund, to oversee the commissioning and funding of research activities. The Foundation was established to support scientific research activity relating to chiropractic.

Objective of the Scheme

The overall objectives of the ACERF Grant Scheme are to:

  1. Develop academic capacity in researchers, chiropractors, and other healthcare professionals, and encourage collaboration across disciplines and sectors.
  2. Support and fund research relevant to chiropractic science and practice.
  3. Support the implementation of health promotion programs in the Australian community.
  4. Strengthen partnerships between researchers, chiropractors, other healthcare professionals, governments, and the community.

Special Interest for this Grant Round

While there is no specific theme for the 2025 ACERF grant scheme, expressions of interest in the field of paediatric research relevant to chiropractic are being encouraged in this grant round.

Eligibility Criteria

As specified by the ATO to be eligible for a grant under this Scheme, the applicant must be part of a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Item 1 organisation:

  • DGR Item 1: Most organisations which are endorsed as DGRs will fall into this category. The category includes public benevolent institutions, universities, health promotion charities, environmental organisations and cultural organisations.

Joint applications are acceptable, provided a lead organisation is clearly identified in the application. The lead organisation is that which is primarily responsible for the project.

An application will only be accepted where there is evidence that:

  • There is support from the Board (or equivalent) of the lead organisation
  • In the case of a joint application, evidence of how project costs will be shared
  • At least one member of the team is a current ACA member

Assessment Criteria

All proposals submitted to ACERF under this scheme will be assessed against the following criteria:  

  1. Grant category (small or medium)
  2. Reach and Impact: the importance and/or anticipated benefit of the proposed research to clinical practice and/or health promotion
  3. Project design and implementation: the scientific quality of the proposed project
  4. Relevance to chiropractic practice: the likelihood of informing clinical practice
  5. Feasibility: the feasibility of the proposed project
  6. Innovation: the potential of the project to test a promising and/or novel idea
  7. Sustainability: the potential of the project to lead to significant future research
  8. Track record: the track record of the applicants (e.g. skills, capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project)
  9. Financial justifiability
  10. Overall quality of the application

EOI applications will be ranked and shortlisted by the ACERF Committee (who may use external reviewers as appropriate). Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to submit a full grant application.

Research Team

The relevant research skills and capacities of the research team will be considered in each application. 

Duration of Grant

Grants awarded under this scheme are for a maximum of 1 (small grant) or 2 (medium grant) years.

How is the Application Assessed?

EOI applications are assessed against both the eligibility and assessment criteria. Only applications that meet the eligibility criteria will proceed to the full application stage.

The amount of detail and supporting evidence provided in an application should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested.

The ACERF committee may consult with other research experts in assessing each application.

The decisions of the ACERF Committee regarding EOI’s are final. There will be no further review of an EOI application once a final decision has been made.

If an EOI is successful, the applicant will be invited to submit a full application. Submission of a full application does not guarantee that an application will be funded.

If an EOI is unsuccessful, the applicant will be notified in writing and given an opportunity to receive feedback.

Successful applicants being awarded a grant under this scheme will then enter into a grant agreement with ACERF. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and project milestones.

ACERF will make payments as specified in the grant agreement.

ACERF Committee members are eligible to submit an application, however any such member will be excluded from the assessment process, both at EOI and full application stages.


This application, any information provided to the Applicant by ACERF or ACA and any information submitted by the Applicant as part of this grant application process will be treated as, and remain, confidential between ACERF and the Applicant.


A detailed budget should be provided along with justification for each item included in the proposed budget.


  • Equipment
  • Project materials and consumables
  • Research assistant remuneration
  • Participant incentives
  • Travel for research activities


  • Institutional overhead costs directly and indirectly associated with this project will not be funded as part of the grant.
  • Remuneration for investigators
  • Conference travel and attendance
  • Journal publication fees

How to Apply

This call is for expressions of interest (EOI) only.

ACERF requires the completion of an online Expression of Interest application form – Expression of Interest Application Form

Late applications will not be accepted. Receipt of your application will be acknowledged by return email.

Expressions of interest should be emailed to Kim Tompkin at  
by 5:00 pm (AEST) on the 20 June 2024.

If you have any questions about the grant application process, please contact Kim Tompkin at

Key Dates

Expression of Interest (EOI) Key Dates:

Opening Date: 24 April 2024
Closing Date: 5pm 20 June 2024
Outcomes Expected: 25 July 2024

Full Application (by invitation only) Key Dates:

Opening Date: 1 August 2024
Closing Date: 5 September 2024
Outcomes Expected: 26 November 2024

*Funding available from 1 January 2025