Research Grants

Make a difference with an Avant Grant

Are you looking for funding for any research or quality improvement projects? Expressions of interest are now open for Avant Grants in 2023. Avant Grants will provide financial support to individual Avant members who are responsible for the design, execution and management of their own research project. Apply for a grant of up to $100,000. Eligibility criteria and terms and conditions apply.

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Combined Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery PhD/FRACS Program

Plastic Surgery is a specialty with a strong history of innovation and research. To continue this tradition the specialty must replenish and strengthen its research base and leadership.  A strong culture of research and innovation requires wide participation across the specialty, but it also needs a small number of truly outstanding individuals who commit to a career pathway that is focused on being international leaders in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery research.

The combined PhD/FRACS qualification has been developed to promote and fast-track future research leaders in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  This Program is looking to attract candidates with both strong academic and clinical capabilities to further their interest in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Program Flyer is available here.
Expression of Interest (EOI) form is available here.
Formal Application (by invitation only) form is available here.


ASPS small grants program

Members of the ASPS who are either specialist plastic surgeons or trainees in the plastic and reconstructive surgical training program can apply for this small grants program (up to $30,000 over 24 months). The awardee must be the project leader with responsibility for the design, execution and management of the project.

Click here for more information and terms and conditions.


Poate Family Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Travel Grant

The Poate Family Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Travel Grant ($3,500) was established in 2019 following a generous donation by Mr William James Poate FRACS, on behalf of his wife and family.

Mr Poate is a retired Fellow, a foundation member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and one of the first plastic surgeons in Sydney, having obtained his Fellowship in 1962.

To be eligible for this grant, you need to be a Plastic and Reconstructive SET Trainee. More information about the application process can be found here.


Avant Foundation Early Career Research Program

The Avant Foundation offers up to $450,000 in funding across a total of 29 scholarships and grants for full-time ($50,000), part-time ($25,000) and short-term ($12,500) research projects for early career medical researchers. Additionally, the Foundation offers microgrants ($5,000) to support pre-clinical trial work such as a literature or systematic review or a small pilot piece of research to test a concept and Skills Development Courses to provide the skill sets essential to evaluating evidence, understanding biostatistics, and beginning clinical research careers. Download the information pack to find out how the program supports your early career research journey, and visit the Avant Foundation website for how to apply.

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