In collaboration with the Raine Medical Research Foundation, the BrightSpark Foundation provides funding for Priming Grants for medical research in Western Australia in the area of child health.

The Priming Grants are available to health and medical researchers at an early stage in their research career, particularly those who are progressing towards an independent research career. Assisting early stage researchers to become more competitive for national and international funding is one of the aims of the BrightSpark Raine Alliance.

The BrightSpark Raine Fellow title is awarded to the top successful applicant in the area of child health research.

The Priming Grants are offered for a two-year period subject to annual review and may be used to provide funding, or part funding, for salaries of researchers and/or technical staff, minor equipment, and consumables.

Click here for more information about the program, including key dates, Guidelines and Conditions, and the application process.

Past Recipients

Research Stories

Dr Rachael Zemek

Raine/BrightSpark Fellow
Telethon Kids Institute, The University of Western Australia

Leveraging the surgical wound healing immune response to stimulate local cancer eradication

Raine Priming Grant

$244,360

2022-2023

Dr Nelly Amenyogbe

Raine/BrightSpark Fellow
Telethon Kids Institute, The University of Western Australia

Harnessing innate immune metabolism to save newborns from infectious death

Raine Priming Grant

$242,793

2022-2023

Dr Julie Ji

Raine/BrightSpark/Cockell Fellow
School of Psychological Science, The University of Western Australia

Predicting self-injurious behaviour in young people – a novel cognitive science approach

Raine Priming Grant

$227,542

2021-2022

Dr Emma de Jong

Raine/BrightSpark Fellow
UWA Centre for Child Health Research, Telethon Kids Institute

Predicting asthma disease trajectories through systems-level analyses of immune memory

Raine Priming Grant

$215,000

2020-2021

Dr Naomi Scott

Stewart/BrightSpark Fellow
Telethon Kids Institute

Attenuation of maternal inflammation to promote normal offspring neuro-immune development

Raine Priming Grant

$150,000

2019-2020

Dr Tara Richman

Raine/BrightSpark Fellow
Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, The University of Western Australia

Modelling mitochondrial dysfunction in disease

Raine Priming Grant

$200,000

2018-2019

Dr Melissa O’Donnell

Raine/Stewart/BrightSpark Fellow
Telethon Kids Institute

Alcohol-related harm in young people: developing a longitudinal evidence base

Raine Priming Grant

$197,128

2017-2018

Dr Laurens Manning

Honorary Raine/Stewart/BrightSpark Fellow
Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Fiona Stanley Hospital, The University of Western Australia

Better management of childhood malaria in areas with multiple Plasmodium species

Raine Priming Grant

Declined Award

2017

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