BrightSpark Foundation

Supporting WA research to improve the health of children

BrightSpark Foundation is a unique and independent not for profit organisation dedicated to funding Western Australian-based scientific research in child health. We believe that funding at the earliest stages of research is critical to advancing the knowledge that leads to solutions to improve the well-being of children.

Our complementary aim is to support emerging WA-based child health medical researchers. We grant fellowships to fund child health research in WA and these sought after fellowships offer a ‘career kickstart’ to WA’s younger researchers.

By wisely investing the funds entrusted to the Foundation some 40 years ago, we have provided more than $8 million in fellowships and grants to benefit more than 300 researchers and research projects.

Very recently we announced the formation of an alliance with the highly respected Raine Medical Research Foundation. This strategic alliance will to strengthen and advance child health research in this State. Raine is a WA based independent research funding body having contributed over $36 million in grants to WA medical researchers since the generous bequest of the Late Mary Raine was established in 1957. This alliance follows on from several established fellowship co funding arrangements we have with the WA business and philanthropic community.

The BrightSpark Raine Alliance will, through the collaboration of people and funds, increase opportunities for emerging WA scientists to undertake child health research.

Commenting on the formation of the Alliance, BrightSpark’s Chairman, Graham Dowland stated, “This collaboration is aimed at creating a focussed WA based centre for the independent and transparent allocation of philanthropic but competitive funding for our State’s brightest emerging child health researchers. The Alliance will enable increased funding for child health research by encouraging additional financial support from the WA community”