PACER/SPH Travel Grant for patients and caregivers involved in research

The Patient-centred research (PACER) Network and the Sydney School of Public Health (SPH) travel grant provides support for patients/caregivers for domestic (within Australia/New Zealand) and international travel for research-related activities (including but limited to scientific conferences, research workshops, research fieldwork).

Applications are now closed.


Many healthcare organisations are increasing their focus on delivering patient-centred care, which is one of the core academic areas of The University of Sydney. The PACER network, a joint initiative of The University of Sydney, Kids Research at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Westmead Hospital, and the Westmead Institute for Medical Research, was launched in 2018 to facilitate knowledge exchange, collaboration, and innovation in conducting and implementing patient-centred research. The PACER network also provides training and opportunities to strengthen patient involvement in research.


The PACER Network and the Sydney School of Public Health recognises the value of patient involvement in research. Patient involvement across all stages of the research process can ensure that the evidence addresses the values, goals, and priorities of patients to inform decisions and improve care and outcomes. Travel support can provide patients/caregivers with an opportunity to develop research skills, network, collaborate, and to contribute their experiences and perspectives in research activities.


To provide support toward costs of domestic and international travel for research-related activities. The travel must be completed after 15th September 2019 and by 31st December 2019. The funding scheme is intended to assist with travel and/or accommodation costs to:

  • Attend and/or present at conferences or other research meetings
  • Attend research training workshops
  • Conduct research fieldwork

The value of the award is up to $1000 for domestic travel, and up to $2500 for international travel. At least two grants are available, however the number of travel grants will depend on the number of applications received.


Applicants must be patients or caregivers who are registered with the PACER network and are involved in health research activities related to a disease, disability or health condition. Applicants must be residing in Australia.

Procedure for reimbursement

The award will be provided through reimbursement (a copy of the receipts must be provided). The request for reimbursement must be made within 60 days of travel completion.

Application process

All applications must be submitted using the online form below by COB 15th September 2019. Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Current involvement and contribution to research
  • Opportunities to present research (accepted or invited to attend and give a presentation)
  • Potential benefits of travel

Successful applicants will be responsible for obtaining travel insurance. A short (one page maximum) report is required within three months of returning from the travel, which summarises the impact and benefits of travel. Applying to the Scheme acknowledges this requirement and indicates agreement of fulfilling this requirement. Excerpts from the submitted report may be used for PACER/SPH promotion activities.

Support allocated via this scheme will be determined by a sub-committee of PACER Network/SPH and successful applicants will be notified within 1 week after applications close.