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Study, Education and Research Trust Account (SERTA)

The Study, Education and Research Trust Account (SERTA) provides funding for research, education and professional development activities. Funding is available to all Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service (GCHHS) employees where the activity is applicable to the applicant’s work area and is consistent with GCHHS strategic goals.

The scheme is administered through the SERTA Committee and overseen by the SERTA Governance Committee.

Further information and questions contact GCSERTA@health.qld.gov.au

Funding Categories

Category 1: Professional Development

Conferences/Workshops/Short Courses

As part of a continuous learning healthcare System, SERTA supports staff as part of their professional development to attend conferences, workshops and short courses relevant to their discipline.

Eligible GCHHS staff are entitled to one ‘approved’ application per year to a maximum of $5,000 for applicants who are presenting at a conference and $1,000 towards registration for attendees at conferences, workshops or short courses.  

For details, refer to the Guidelines for this category.

Applications are to be submitted online by registering through SmartyGrants.

Category 2: Further and Higher Education grants

Expressions of Interest now open – closing 13 September

Eligible staff wishing to engage in further or higher education as part of their career development may apply for a stipend to assist with associated fees.

The course of study should be an accredited/formal course of study through a recognised educational institution or registered training organisation.

SERTA will offer 10 stipends per annum across two funding rounds. Each stipend will be to a maximum value of $5000 towards completion of a course of study/qualification (including single subjects which may or may not award the student credits towards a more substantive certificate).

For details, refer to the guidelines for this category or email SERTA administration with any questions.

Category 3: Journal Publications

Funding support for fees associated with a publication

SERTA supports funding of peer-reviewed publications, outside of HREC research applications, as a key component of the scheme to improve GCHHS profile nationally and internationally.

Eligible GCHHS staff are entitled to one ‘approved’ application per year to a maximum of $5,000.

For details, refer to the Guidelines for this category.

Applications are to be submitted online by registering through SmartyGrants

Category 4: Research

Small Research Project Grant

Typically for staff who encounter clinical and operational challenges that may require a small research project to help solve a problem and provide an evidence-based solution in a timely manner.  In many cases, these projects are considered pilot studies or feasibility studies, the results of which could provide evidence to support a suggested change in service, or a new intervention or treatment approach being delivered.   The results of these studies could be used to inform the development of larger projects that could be funded by the Collaborative Research Grant Scheme or through external funding opportunities.

Five stipends to a maximum of $10,000 per project will be available in this round.

For details, refer to the Guidelines for this category or email SERTA Administration with any questions.


Last updated 19 Aug 2020