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 Queensland University of Technology Trauma Data Warehouse Fellowship. The role of this fellowship is to integrate data across the continuum of trauma care in Queensland to establish a State-wide trauma data warehouse helping improve trauma quality improvement, injury prevention policies, facilitate research as well as linking patient information across their journey of care.  Associate Professor Kirsten Vallmuur currently 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. The appointment to this position is yet to be announced.

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. Current initiatives involving young drivers include support for PCYC’s Braking the Cycle learner driver mentor program and for research being undertaken by the University of Sunshine Coast to pilot SAFER young driver and peer passenger pilot projects.  The aim of SAFER is to increase situational awareness skills amongst young drivers which they can employ to reduce their involvement in crashes.
  • Supporting the heavy vehicle fleet and unique issues faced by long-haul freight drivers. We have recently provided support to the Queensland Trucking Association to undertake a pilot project to test the effectiveness of installing fatigue monitoring equipment as a counter measure to reduce crash risk.  The research component of this project will be undertaken by researchers from Griffith University and will commence in early 2020.
  • Administration of the Road Trauma Mitigation Fund. Established by us, this collaboration with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) focuses on identified initiatives to reduce claims frequency and support the Queensland Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan.  A recent initiative supported through this Fund was the establishment of the Road Safety Trauma Data Bureau.  This Bureau will bring together staff from TMR, QPS , MAIC and Queensland Health’s Jamieson Trauma Institute.
  • We have contributed funding to TMR towards the costs of a pilot of co-operative and autonomous vehicle technologies. On road usage of ‘Zoe 2’ commenced in 2019 and will allow for data to be collected that will assist TMR in informing future road infrastructure, legislation, regulation and licencing arrangements for self-driving vehicles. A complementary trial of co-operative vehicle technologies will commence in Ipswich in 2020 and will provide a basis by which future road infrastructure to support such technologies can be considered.

Last modified 30 March 2021


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