Bloom Research Program
Creating a family is an incredibly precious time, nurturing new life through pregnancy and beyond. However, the path to healthy, thriving babies and children is not always a smooth one. From challenges conceiving, complications during pregnancy resulting in babies entering the world before they’re due, through to chronic childhood diseases and conditions – how do we ensure mums, babies and their families flourish?
Bloom Research Program is an initiative of the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation, supporting research that delivers big thinking for the health and wellbeing of South Australia’s little people and their mums.
With big thinking comes big outcomes
We’ve doubled our investment into health and medical research so that the Bloom Research Program can increase research capacity and lay a solid foundation from which new ideas can be tested, knowledge can be gained and practices can grow.
At the heart of the Bloom Research Program is collaboration and uniting like-minded researchers with common goals to open greater possibilities for research outcomes to foster healthier mums, children and their families.
Each year, applications will be sought for research projects targeting priority areas based on need, and the potential for the research outcomes to have a genuine impact on health and medical care in South Australia.
The 2023 Bloom Research Grant round saw more than $5.7 million in research grants awarded to four projects focusing on enhanced treatments for childhood brain cancer, digital technology for the self-management of asthma, and folic acid supplementation in mid-to-late pregnancy and the relationship with gestational diabetes.
We all aspire—and deserve—to live healthy and happy lives. Through supporting critical health and medical research enabled by the Bloom Research Program, we play our part in improving the health and wellbeing of mums, children and their families for generations to come.
Find out more about our Bloom Research Program from our Research Program Manager, Dr Chelsea Mauch, and Head of Mission, Verity Gobbett.
For information about the Bloom Research Program Grant round opening and closing dates, see our Research Funding Opportunities page.