NSW Translation Research Grants Scheme

The following information is a guide for applicants seeking partnership - or involvement - from the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) in proposals for the NSW Health Translational Research Grant Scheme (TRGS).

Working with the CEC

The CEC provides leadership in safety and quality as part of NSW Health. Our partners, including teams in NSW Local Health Districts, Specialty Health Networks and other health agencies, are key to our success.

Applicants are encouraged to identify and engage with relevant partners and agencies for the effective delivery of their research project and implementation of the outcomes in NSW.

Early and ongoing dialogue is required with the relevant CEC directorate/program team to facilitate meaningful engagement, review and support of applications.


The CEC's approach to confidentiality includes limited sharing of proposals to individuals seen as necessary for commentary and support and endorsement. We may also share proposals with research managers from other NSW state-level organisations (e.g. ACI, eHealth NSW, HETI, Cancer Institute NSW, NSW Health Pathology) where we think the project is a better fit or complementary fit for the work those agencies lead.

Stage 1: Expressions of Interest (EOI)

  1. Early engagement

    Applicants seeking CEC partnership or involvement in their TRGS proposals should discuss their proposal with the relevant CEC directorate/program team whilst in the expression of interest is in draft form.

    Initial contact should occur at least two months prior to the local level closing date for EOI.

  2. Review of proposal

    Applicants should send a draft TRGS EOI to the CEC to allow time to review the proposal. The TRGS EOI should document the CEC's role and resource commitment, outlining:

    • The person or program at the CEC contacted
    • The nature and extent of CEC support requested
    • The anticipated time commitment required from CEC staff.

    Draft expressions of interest must be sent to the CEC no later than one month prior to the local level closing date for EOI.

  3. Preliminary outcome and approval

Requests for CEC partnership/involvement will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Alignment with the CEC Strategic Plan
  • Alignment with specific priorities within the partnering directorate/program work plan
  • The capacity of CEC staff to offer support with the initiative
  • The planned research addresses a key gap in patient safety and quality improvement.

A decision on CEC partnership or involvement will be provided to applicants in writing.

If the CEC agrees to be a partner organisation, applicants should send the final signed EOI proposal to the CEC for approval and signature no later than one week prior to the local level closing date for EOI.

Please allow two weeks for this process.

Stage 2: Invitation to progress to full application

  1. Refine full application

    Clarity regarding including the role of the CEC and/or CEC staff should be obtained prior to developing the full application. Draft full applications must be sent to CEC directorate/team involved no later than one month prior to the closing date.

  2. Partner CE approval
  3. Applications listing CEC as a partner organisation require the approval and signature of the Chief Executive (CE). Please allow two weeks for this process.

For general research enquiries, and to provide feedback on this process, please contact: Evette Buono, Senior Manager, Knowledge, Evaluation and Research.

Program contacts

Directorate Topic area Email address
Capability and Culture
Clinical Communication
Person-centred care
Team Effectiveness
Knowledge translation
Program evaluation
Organisational effectiveness CEC-CapabilityAndCulture@health.nsw.gov.au
Quality improvement
Safety and improvement capability building
Patient Safety
Blood and blood products CEC-BloodWatch@health.nsw.gov.au
COVID-19 infection control CEC-COVID19@health.nsw.gov.au
Data and analytics
Data systems for quality audit, reporting and improvement
Deaths under anaesthesia CEC-SCIDUA@health.nsw.gov.au
Healthcare associated infections CEC-HAI@health.nsw.gov.au
Incident management CEC-PatientSafety@health.nsw.gov.au
Surgical mortality CEC-CHASM@health.nsw.gov.au
Systems Improvement
Antimicrobials CEC-AMS@health.nsw.gov.au
Deteriorating patients CEC-BetweentheFlags@health.nsw.gov.au
Maternity and neonates CEC-maternity@health.nsw.gov.au
Medication safety CEC-MedicationSafety@health.nsw.gov.au
Mental health CEC-MHPSP@health.nsw.gov.au
Older persons
Paediatrics CEC-PQP@health.nsw.gov.au
Pressure injury CEC-PressureInjury@health.nsw.gov.au
Sepsis CEC-Sepsis@health.nsw.gov.au
Venous thromboembolism CEC-Stopclots@health.nsw.gov.au


The Clinical Excellence Commission acknowledges the Agency for Clinical Innovation in the development of this guide. This information is based on the "Translational Research Grants Scheme: Guide to applicants seeking ACI endorsement" published in 2018.