Medical Grants

The quality of our lives is closely linked to our health. Australia has an enviable record in health and medical research. This research is crucial to the future health of Australians and the long-term health of our economy. Equity Trustees supports many facets of health and medical research.

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Grants Available

  • The Mason Foundation

    Mason National Medical Program

    The goal of The Mason Foundation is to achieve enduring, positive impact in the areas of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease through funding medical research principally into the causes, prevention and/or management of these diseases.

    It is understood that the sciences related to inflammation, cognition and neurosciences, all have a role to play in advancing our knowledge and understanding of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Therefore, in seeking to achieve the Foundation’s goal with respect to CFS the Trustees recognise that support for research that is not directly targeted at people suffering from CFS may provide new insights into mechanism and treatments for this condition.   Applications looking at fatigue and chronic neurological and inflammatory disorders would be welcomed

    Equity Trustees is soon to launch a new strategy for the distribution of discretionary grant funds for Medical Research & Health (MR&H) on behalf of our clients. Whilst we finalise our broader MR&H granting strategy, we have kept the National Medical Program funding round the same as in past years with the exception of capping the maximum value of grants available for Alzheimers' research and for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome research (Early Career, Proof of Principle and Innovation grants) at

    $100, 000 and seeking only single-year grant applications of all categories.

    2017 Applications Now Closed

    For more information download the guidelines 

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    Viertel Foundation Senior Medical Research Fellowship

    The Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation invites applications annually for a five-year Senior Medical Research Fellowship valued at $245,000 per annum. The trustees may award up to two fellowships each year at their discretion. Applicants cannot hold another full-time salary grant.

    Applications open: Annually on the first day of February
    Applications close: Annually on the last day of April.

    The application form and the guidelines for the Senior Medical Fellowship are available here. Please check the guidelines to ensure your application fits within the scope of the Fellowship.

    Visit the Foundation website for more information and a list of the Fellowship Alumni.

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    Viertel Foundation Clinical Investigator Awards

    The Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation invites applications annually for Clinical Investigator awards of $85,000, given on a once-only basis. The foundation hopes to offer five awards in this category each year.

    Eligible applicants will be medical graduates or graduates of other clinical disciplines who have completed both their clinical and research training, normally at a doctoral level.  Applicants will be commencing their first substantive clinical position or have been in such a post for no more than 24 months at the year of application.

    Applications open: Annually on the first day of February
    Applications close: Annually on the last day of April.

    The application form and guidelines for the Clinical Investigator Awards are available here. Please ensure you check the guidelines to ensure your application fits within the scope of the Awards. 

    Visit the Foundation website for more information and a list of the Clinical Investigator Alumni.
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    Harold & Cora Brennen Benevolent Trust

    The Harold & Cora Brennen Benevolent Trust provides funding to support the purchase of equipment and instruments for the purpose of medical research into all aspects of medicine or surgery. Please note, research into creating human life is excluded and will not be funded.

    Grant size: $10,000 - $40,000

    Eligibility: Registered Victorian charitable organisations only

    Applications for 2016 are now closed

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    Felice Rosemary Lloyd Scholarship

    The Felice Rosemary Lloyd Trust provides scholarships to physiotherapy students who wish to travel overseas for post-graduate study or to gain professional experience.

    Students need to apply through an organisation with a Deductible Gift Recipient status (DGR) with which they are associated, e.g. an employer such as a hospital, or a university where they are studying.

    Value: Up to $10,000 per student.

    For more information please read the guidelines.

    Applications open: 1 October 2016
    Applications close: 30 November 2016  

    To apply click here

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    Brian Smith Memorial Award

    Applications are invited for funding in 2016-17 towards research and surgical training in the area of colorectal disease.


    The Brian Smith Endowment supports a grant payment of up to $35,000 per award, with the option of more than one award to be made. Travel and equipment costs may be funded as part of an Award.


    Applications for 2016 - 2017 are now closed


    Brian Smith was a leading Melbourne surgeon whose main surgical interest was disease of the colon and rectum. To honour his memory, this Award seeks to support medical research and further enhancement of the surgical skills and knowledge of researchers and practitioners having a special interest in colonoscopy, colonic cancer and the applied anatomy, physiology or pathology of the colon, rectum and anus.


    For further information contact:

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    Queensland Medical Research PhD Scholarships

    Please be advised that this program is no longer active.

    Equity Trustees will be granting towards Medical Research in Queensland in the near future.

    Further information will be made available here. 

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    Victorian Medical Granting Program

    This program incorporates:

    • EQT Principal Grants Program – Medical

    • ANZ Trustees Medical Research and Technology in Victoria Program (incorporating the William Buckland Medical and Scientific Research Program) 

    These three rounds will now be combined into one program; therefore applicants will only apply to that solitary round. Guidelines, application forms and round dates are not currently confirmed. Further information will be published here when available.