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Grant Applications

Applications are invited each year in August-September from researchers currently working at a clinical or academic institution within the Sydney Metropolitan Area and throughout NSW to support research initiatives in bone and joint research with relevance to the field of hand surgery research.

The following funding types are invited in 2023:

  • Research student scholarship of $25,000 for one year only

  • Seed (pilot) project funding up to $15,000 for one year

  • Research project funding up to $50,000 for one year


Applications are to be completed using the Application Template for Research Funding, following all instructions (see The application and all attachments shall be compiled into a single PDF for submission. 

Scholarship funds must only be used as salary support for the scholarship recipient. Seed and research project funds may be used to support direct research costs, personnel costs or equipment relating to a specific project, but must not be used to support travel, administration, or infrastructure costs.

Selection Process

Applications will be assessed by a multidisciplinary panel, the Research Advisory Committee, which will make recommendations to the Lincoln Centre Board of Directors. Applications will be assigned a score for the scientific quality of the research proposal according to the specific criteria listed in the Application Template. Applications will be ranked based on this score. One of the goals of The Lincoln Centre is to promote hand surgery research throughout NSW and, although more than one application from the same research group may be considered by the board, The Lincoln Centre reserves the right to consider for funding only the top ranked proposal from each group. Clinical relevance and relevance to the field of hand surgery research will also play a role in the selection process.

Conditions of Award

Projects must be undertaken at an academic or clinical institution within the Sydney Metropolitan Area and throughout NSW. The investigators undertake to complete the project within the allocated time and with the stated funding amount. Recipients will be required to provide a 6 monthly progress report and final report at the end of the funding period. Funding from the Lincoln Centre must be acknowledged in any publications of the research. This funding scheme does not support projects or scholarship recipients that are concurrently funded by another scheme. Successful applicants must advise the Lincoln Foundation if external funding is obtained for the same project within the 12 month support timeframe.

Enquiries and submission

For enquiries, please email Please submit one PDF copy of your full application as per the application template to


Applications open Monday 21st August 2023.

Applications close Friday 13th October 2023.

Notification of results end-November 2023.

Funding is distributed in January 2024.

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