News about grants & recipients

August 2018

COCA Research Ltd is calling for Applications for Funding of a PhD Scholarship

One COCA Research Fund PhD Scholarship is available commencing 2019 for three years full time or six years part time. The Scholarship amount will be equivalent to the full-time Australian Research Training Program (RTP) stipend base rate. For reference, the 2018 RTP rate was a tax free stipend of $27,082 per annum for three years full time, or half this amount for six years part time.

Applications for a PhD Scholarship application closes on Friday 28 September 2018 at 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time.

June 2018

ANZMUSC Seed Funding Research Scheme 2018

Applications are now open for 2018 ANZMUSC (Australia & New Zealand Musculoskeletal) Clinical Trials Network Seed Funding Grants

ANZMUSC is offering 3 seeding grants in 2018 valued at $10,000 each.

Seed funding is granted for research projects that can achieve a tangible outcome within 12 months of receipt of grant funds.

Applications close 30th June 2018.

Grant information including Assessment Criteria and an Application Form can be accessed here.

For any enquiries, please email:

July 2017

ANZMUSC announces Master of Research Scholarship Funding

ANZMUSC is pleased to announce the development of a Master of Research scholarship thanks to the generous support of Chiropractic Australia and COCA Research Pty Ltd. This joint initiative will enable a student with a background in chiropractic or osteopathy to work on a project led by an ANZMUSC member. The project could be one of six pre-approved projects or an additional project led by an ANZMUSC member that is approved by ANZMUSC/COCA. Applications closed on 15th September 2017 (AEST).

Dec 2016

New Opportunity for Scholarship Funding

COCA Research in conjunction with Chiropractic Australia and ANZMUSC is pleased to announce the funding of a Master of Research Scholarship.  This joint initiative will enable a research student with a background in chiropractic or osteopathy to work on a project led by an ANZMUSC member. Further information will be available shortly.

Jan 2016

Inaugural recipient of  COCA Research PhD Scholarship, Dr Katie de Luca, awarded PhD degree.

Dr Katie de Luca, who was the first recipient of a PhD scholarship from the COCA Research Fund in the inaugural round of grants in 2011 has announced that she has been officially admitted to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the School or Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine at the University of Newcastle.

In announcing her achievement Dr de Luca acknowledged and thanked her supervisors Prof Lynne Parkinson, Dr Fiona Blyth, Prof Julie Byles and Dr Henry Pollard and her co-authors Dr Thomas Lo, Dr Aron Downie and Prof Scott Haldeman and the many colleagues that assisted her including Chiropractic Australia President Prof Rod Bonello, COCA Executive member Associate Professor Peter Tuchin, fellow COCA PhD scholarship recipient Dr Matthew Fernandez and Dr Michael Swain.

Preliminary research from Dr de Luca’s project: A cross sectional analysis of older women with arthritis: investigating pain mechanisms was recently published in the prestigious Pain Medicine journal.

The Executive of COCA and COCA Research Ltd are delighted to congratulate Dr de Luca on her achievement and wish her every future success.