NSW Translation Research Grants Scheme

Guide for applicants seeking Clinical Excellence Commission partnership

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

About the CEC

The CEC provides leadership in safety and quality in NSW to improve healthcare for patients. We are safety specialists committed to continuous improvement of patient safety and the experience of care for the people of NSW. Our partners are key to our success. TRGS 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. To facilitate meaningful engagement, review and support of applications in a timely manner, an early and ongoing dialogue is required with the relevant CEC directorate/program team. To learn more about our strategic direction and focus, please refer to the CEC Strategic Plan 2018-21.

Note: CEC maintains confidentiality through limited sharing of proposal information to only those necessary to comment on support and endorsement.

Stage 1: Expressions of Interest (EOI)

1. 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 closing date for EOI.

2. 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 closing date for EOI.

3. 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 one week prior to the EOI closing date.

Stage 2: Invitation to progress to full application

  1. 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. Applications listing CEC as a partner organisation require the approval and signature of the Chief Executive (CE). Please allow 2 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
Team Effectiveness
End of Life CEC-EOL@health.nsw.gov.au
Knowledge translation CEC-Knowledge@health.nsw.gov.au
Organisational effectiveness CEC-CapabilityAndCulture@health.nsw.gov.au
Patient centred care CEC-PatientCentredCare@health.nsw.gov.au
Quality improvement CEC-CLP@health.nsw.gov.au
Patient Safety
Blood and blood products CEC-BloodWatch@health.nsw.gov.au
Data and analytics
Data systems for quality audit, reporting and improvement
Deaths under anaesthesia CEC-SCIDUA@health.nsw.gov.au
Diagnostic error CEC-Take2@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
Falls CEC-FALLS@health.nsw.gov.au
Medication safety CEC-MedicationSafety@health.nsw.gov.au
Mental health CEC-MHPSP@health.nsw.gov.au
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.