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The quest to fund research: playing research lotto


Cleary, M and Walter, G and Hunt, G, The quest to fund research: playing research lotto, Australasian Psychiatry, 14, (3) pp. 323-326. ISSN 1039-8562 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2006 Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1440-1665.2006.02286.x


Objective: To provide some direction for those interested in obtaining funding with the purpose of highlighting opportunities for beginner researchers in the health-care field.

Method: Features of a good grant application are described and an audit of seven mental health professional journals was undertaken, the latter to determine, inter alia, whether the paper reported research findings and whether the authors received formal research funding.

Result: The audit revealed that many types of papers that are published do not receive formal research funding and describe, for example, services, training issues, clinical practice and education programmes.

Conclusion: Innovative and enterprising efforts are required to secure clinical research funding. Submissions must be detailed, comprehensive and relevant, but the onus is also on the researcher to ensure a feasible study, where funding obligations can be fulfilled and findings readily disseminated. Many research studies are conducted without achieving competitive funding, and getting published and getting started in writing does not hinge on conducting formal research or receiving research funding.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:mental health. research
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:108436
Year Published:2006
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-04-19
Last Modified:2016-08-02

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