About our research
Since 2009, the Foundation has funded Australian researchers to investigate the causes, find means of prevention and best practice bereavement care of those impacted by stillbirth.
Each year the money we raise is awarded to successful grant applications. Our 2019 grants were awarded to a clinical trial for a wearable patch to monitor babies’ movements in utero, best-practice bereavement care guidelines for parents and clinicians, and a brand-new study on birth and labour through grief.
Our 2020 grant grants have been awarded to a world-first study into the endometrial environment in women who experience a preterm birth or preterm stillbirth; and a population study of more than 1.5 million Australian women, examining and identifying pregnancies that have a higher risk of ending in an early stillbirth. Both projects will support the development of practical prevention measures aimed at ending preventable stillbirths. Read the full media release about the grants here.
The Foundation are philanthropic partners and work closely with the Stillbirth Centre of Research Excellence (Stillbirth CRE), which is an Australia-wide initiative, hosted by the Mater Research Institute, within The University of Queensland Faculty of Medicine. The Stillbirth CRE’s research program is funded by the National Heath and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia, and is co-directed by Professor Vicki Flenady and Professor David Ellwood.