Research and grants program

We have legislative functions defined under the Motor Accident Insurance Act 1994 to:

  • provide funds for research and education in the field of rehabilitation and the provision of rehabilitation services
  • provide funds for research into the causes of motor vehicle accidents and their prevention.

Our grants funding focuses on injury prevention and rehabilitation; supporting activities that aim to eliminate or reduce the incidence of motor vehicle crashes or improve the treatment and rehabilitation of people who are injured.

Our research grant funding program (PDF, 267KB) supports multiple research centres, research fellowships, research projects and pilot program initiatives. Highlights from our research program are outlined below.

  • The RECOVER Injury Research Centre is based at the University of Queensland and has a strong focus on improving health outcomes following musculoskeletal injuries, understanding the recovery journey for people with compensable injuries, and investigating the implementation of technology-enabled health services.
  • The Hopkins Centre is a joint initiative of Griffith University and the Metro South Hospital and Health Service, with multiple affiliate partners including MAIC. The Hopkins Centre aims to provide evidence-based research to support rehabilitation and care for people with life-long severe disabilities.
  • The Jamieson Trauma Institute (JTI) is jointly funded by MAIC and the Metro North Hospital and Health Service. JTI provides research services in relation to all aspects of trauma care in Queensland.
  • The Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) is a Queensland University of Technology-based research centre. CARRS-Q analyses behavioural patterns to develop countermeasures to prevent injury, and is committed to achieving real and long-term results by providing evidence-based information to policymakers, industry and the community.
  • The University of the Sunshine Coast Road Safety Research Centre conducts research aimed at providing evidence for improving road safety in Queensland and Australia.
  • The Queensland Brain Institute – MAIC Senior Research Fellow. The role of this Fellow is to develop an objective technique for assessing the extent of brain damage following a traumatic brain injury. Dr Fatima Nasrallah currently holds this position at QBI.
  • The Queensland University of Technology Data Linkage Fellowship. This fellowship aims to establish a road crash injury database linking information from Queensland Police, MAIC, and Queensland Health to help inform road safety priorities and countermeasures. Dr Angela Watson holds this position at QUT.
  • The Paediatric Chair in Rehabilitation. This is a joint research and clinical role between the Queensland Children’s Hospital and Child Health Research Centre at the University of Queensland focusing on traumatic brain injury and rehabilitation in paediatric patients. Associate Professor Karen Barlow holds this position.
  • The Associate Professor Cliff Pollard AM Trauma Fellowship. Established at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Trauma Service, this fellowship aims to develop and train clinicians to become experts in trauma care.

We provide funding to a number of key projects. In relation to spinal cord damage, we support the Griffith University-led Spinal Injury Project, which investigates the potential to use nasal cells to create a nerve bridge to repair damage, and the BioSpine Project.

In relation to road safety and injury prevention, we support projects focusing on key priority areas as identified through CTP claims data:

  • With young drivers remaining overrepresented in crashes resulting in a Queensland CTP claim, we continue to invest in projects to enhance young driver safety. At the forefront of this is our support for PCYC’s ‘Braking the Cycle’ learner driver mentor program which provides disadvantaged people with access to a suitable mentor and vehicle in which to obtain the 100 hours necessary to be eligible to obtain their driver’s licence. As at 31 December 2022, this award-winning program has helped 4,266 people obtain their licence since inception. This is a significant outcome and represents a proactive approach to reducing unlicensed driving and the associated higher crash risks.
  • MAIC is also supporting the pilot of a model of this program adapted for First Peoples operating from the Napranum PCYC. This pilot commenced in 2021 and is nearing completion. On the basis of promising outcomes to date, MAIC has recently agreed to extend its funding to operate the program in Napranum, as well as the commencement of piloting the program in the Yarrabah and Palm Island communities.
  • Brain injuries remain a focus area in terms of more significant injuries within the scheme. MAIC is contributing funding towards the PREDICT-TBI study being led by Dr Fatima Nasrallah the MAIC Senior Research Fellow from the Queensland Brain Institute. The focus of this research will be to develop an early assessment and prognostic model to predict a patient’s diagnosis and recovery following a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. This model will be focused on combining blood-based molecular biomarkers, blood biospecimens, computer tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, clinical and patient data and artificial intelligence. Participants will be sourced from four Queensland hospitals.
  • In collaboration with Emergency Medicine Foundation, MAIC has established the trauma care in regional, rural and remote Queensland special research grants program to empower frontline clinicians delivering emergency trauma care in regions across the state. While road trauma is one of the main causes of traumatic brain injury, the geographic spread of Queensland’s population poses challenges to delivering life-saving emergency care for time-critical injuries. Three grant rounds will provide clinicians with the opportunity to explore their ideas and develop an evidence-based program to stimulate improvements in the treatment of trauma patients. As part of this funding, dedicated support and expertise from experienced researchers will be provided to these clinicians. You can read more about the work of EMF via their annual report 2021-22 here.

Funding provided by MAIC for research must be expended or committed on a cost that is incurred to carry out the research project for the duration of the funding agreement. Applicants must provide a breakdown of costs and how the proposed research costs are directly related to achieving the aims of the research.

Expenditure that directly relates to research projects may include:

  • Personnel salary and salary on costs
  • PhD scholarships or other fellowships
  • Equipment & Consumables
  • Travel & Conferences

Expenditure that is not considered an appropriate use of MAIC funds includes:

  • Institutional overhead and operational costs (including but not limited to land, building, fixtures, utility costs and information technology).
  • Costs associated with Institution administrative support staff.

Budgets supplied by Applicants/Institutions for research and education projects will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. MAIC highly values cash contributions by Institutions towards research projects put forward for MAIC funding.

If you receive funding from the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) you must appropriately acknowledge MAIC in any promotional activities in relation to the funded project, regardless of whether the promotional activities occur during or after the completion of funding.

Read more about our Funding acknowledgement requirements.

Last modified 12 December 2023


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