The National Translational Research Collaborative



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The National Translational Research Collaborative (NTRC) is committed to sharpening great ideas into brilliant research proposals that will take impactful translational pharmacy research beyond the four walls of any single hospital, pharmacy department or health service. 

To do this, NTRC’s Research Grants Committee (RGC) is dedicated to opening new doors for funding innovative research projects, from opportunities via individually focused funding options, to more substantial funds for research aligned with SHPA’s strategic priorities. NTRC funds will also include research grants, practitioner grants and educational grants.

Associate Professor Michael Barras is the Convenor of RGC.

NTRC current grants available



NTRC applying for a grant



NTRC successful grants and guidelines



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Current grants available 

There are currently no grants open for application. 

Previous grants

Since the launch of the National Translational Research Collaborative in April 2017, $80,000 of available grant funds has been offered. 

Pfizer Young Pharmacist Grant

Congratulations to Diana Sandulache, Senior Education Pharmacist at Alfred Health for winning the NTRC 2017 Pfizer Young Pharmacist grant for her preceptorship proposal. Diana will travel to the United States in 2018 to observe residency programs in practice, learn and develop strategies to develop structural pharmacy training programs at Alfred Health and identify methods for incorporating advanced and different residencies into acute care programs.

SHPA Pain Management Leadership Committee member, Benita Suckling, has also been awarded a runner-up grant of $3,000 for her Opioid Stewardship Preceptorship proposal. The grant, will give Benita an opportunity to travel around Australia to observe and collaborate with leading pharmacists working in the field of pain management and opioid stewardship.

NTRC Research Capability Development Grants 

Congratulations to the NTRC members who won grants to develop their research skills through focused training at the SHPA NTRC Research Bootcamp, a one-day pre-conference event at SHPA’s Medicines Management 2017 Conference in Sydney, on Thursday 16 November.

  • Ms Chin-Yen Yeo, Clinical Pharmacist and SHPA Resident, Blacktown Hospital.
  • Mrs Laura Johnstone, Pharmacist, Lady Cilento Children's Hospital
  • Ms Carly Wills, Medication Safety/Renal Pharmacist, Prince of Wales Hospital
  • Miss Hong Lor, Clinical Pharmacist, Royal Adelaide Hospital, SA Pharmacy
  • Mrs Marianne Jovanovic, General Medicine Clinical Pharmacist - Team Leader, Monash Health
  • Mr Galahad Gu, Senior Operating Theatre and Peri-Operative Medicines Pharmacist, Eastern Health 
Galahad Gu, Laura Johnstone, Marianne Jovanovic, Chin-Yen Yeo, Hong Lor, Carly Wills and RGC Convenor, Associate Professor Michael Barras at the SHPA Research Bootcamp 2017

Gilead Pharmacy Advancing Clinical Excellence (PACE) research grant

Awarding $40,000 (incl. GST) to support translational research in the areas of cancer pharmacy and/or infectious diseases pharmacy.

Celgene Collaborative Care in Cancer research grant

Awarding $20,000 to support an inter-disciplinary, inter-departmental or multi-site research methodology.

Applying for a grant

  • Read the research and eligibility criteria for the grant carefully to ensure what you propose is in accordance with the conditions of the grant.
  • Complete the relevant application/expression of interest form and arrange for referee reports to be completed if required. 
  • Ensure you provide all information that is requested.
  • Strictly adhere to closing dates; this enables the Research Grants Committee adequate time to consider applications before Committee meetings.
  • If you intend to apply for grants to attend conferences, prepare your application well in advance. The Committee does not consider application for funding for conferences received after the date of the conference.
  • Send your application to

Other important information:

General Conditions for Grant Applicants

Mandatory Conditions for Grant Recipients

Tips for Grant Applicants

Successful grants and guidelines

As a condition of receiving an NTRC research grant, recipients must prepare a report in a format that is suitable for publication in an SHPA journal or publication. By publishing the reports, all SHPA members are able to gain from the research or experience of grant recipients and use this knowledge to implement changes in their own workplace.

Publication in a journal other than an SHPA journal or publication may be approved by the Research Grants Committee. 

Reports that are not published in an SHPA publication are posted on this page.

Guidelines for writing reports

Professional Development Activities
Guidelines are available to assist recipients who are reporting on a conference and for those reporting on a study tour. Grant recipients are advised to follow these guidelines when writing their reports.

Research Projects
Reports of research projects must adhere to the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research (JPPR)’s author instructions pertaining to covering letter, title page, manuscript preparation, references, tables and figures. These instructions are available on the JPPR Author Instructions page. Complying with these instructions will ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in approving the report.

Submitting your report

Please ensure your submission complies with the instructions pertaining to covering letter, title page, manuscript preparation, references, tables and figures in the Information for Authors, and all instructions in the Reference Citation Guide .

Please note that once a manuscript has been accepted by an SHPA publication, authors will be required to assign copyright to that publication.

Original signatures of the authors are required. With multiple authors, signatures may be submitted on separate forms.

Published articles may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, without permission from the publisher. Authorisation to copy items for internal or personal use is granted by SHPA for users registered with the Copyright Clearance Center Transactional Reporting Service or Copyright Australia Limited.

Submit your report to John Hand, Publications Administrator, to be considered for inclusion in an SHPA publication.

It is imperative that you submit a copy of your final report to to ensure you receive your final grant payment.

Example grant reports

Hospira Young Pharmacist Award 2015
From turning ships to hoisting sails: An international preceptorship with Chief Pharmacists in Stockholm and London
Angela Young, Central Australia Health Service, NT

Fresenius Kabi Cancer Services Grant 2015
FK Grant Supports Visit to Peter Mac 
Ian M McPherson, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Qld

Fresenius Kabi Cancer Services Grant 2010
Oncology pharmacy: unravelling the complexities 
Anna Shi, Toowoomba Hospital, Qld

Pfizer Pharmacy Grant 2015
Pfizer Pharmacy Grant to attend the 2015 Australian Clinical Trials Alliance Symposium 
Kelvin Robertson, The Townsville Hospital, Qld

Auditmaker Clinical Audit Grant 2011
Pharmacist-led implementation of a vancomycin guideline across medical and surgical units: impact on clinical behaviour and therapeutic drug monitoring outcomes 
Cameron Phillips, Flinders Medical Centre, SA

Contact us

Natalie Pollock, RGC Administrative Officer, SHPA

Michael Barras, RGC Convenor 

For general enquiries about the National Translational Research Collaborative:

Andrew Matthews, General Manager, Workforce Transformation, SHPA 




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