Opening soon Last updated: 10 Jan, 2019

We are refreshing our Innovation Research Grants program for even greater impact.

VicHealth is calling for grant applications for policy and practice impact research that relate to the research priorities outlined in the Impact Research Grants Guidelines. The Impact Research Grants funding round will open on Friday 1st February and close on Wednesday 13th March 2019.



This new grant round titled ‘Impact Research Grants’ will replace VicHealth’s Innovation Research Grants.

The change from Innovation Research Grants to Impact Research Grants is in response to a 2018 review of VicHealth’s investment in research. As a result of the review, VicHealth’s future investment in research will have a greater focus on translational efficacy and partnerships to improve the potential for impact and translation.

The Impact Research Grants will prioritise research projects that generate new and relevant evidence for direct application and impact on health promotion policy and practice in Victoria for optimal public benefit. Along with sound research design, grant applications will be required to demonstrate potential scalability of results to ensure meaningful impact.

Impact Research Grants will be two-year research grants of up to $200,000 to address specific research priorities related to the VicHealth Action Agenda for Health Promotion strategic imperatives - promoting healthy eating, encouraging regular physical activity, preventing (or reducing) tobacco use, preventing harm from alcohol and improving mental wellbeing.

VicHealth is an active partner in collaborative, action-orientated research for health promotion in Victoria and is aiming to use the Impact Research Grants to generate research findings that are immediately useful for health promotion policy and/or practice. It is expected that successful applicants will engage in knowledge translation activities with VicHealth and other project partners to support translation to policy and/or practice in Victoria.



To be considered for funding, the proposed research project must address at least one of the research priorities outlined in the Grant Guidelines. The Grant Guidelines will be made available on the website in mid-January.

In response to the recommendation of the review that VicHealth should be more targeted in its research investments, the research priorities for the Impact Research Grants will take on a more narrow focus compared to previous research funding rounds.

Please be aware that VicHealth will not fund biomedical or clinical research that does not have a clear link to health promotion. In particular, we will not fund laboratory-based science, medical devices or health services research, unless there is a strong rationale for its relevance to health promotion.

We will look favourably on research proposals from teams that include PhD students or early career researchers as this will support the development of a workforce of researchers with applied ‘industry’ experience.

Applications that can demonstrate established partnerships with policy makers and/or practitioners will be considered favourably, but is not mandatory. This will become mandatory in 2020 to be considered for funding.



Applicants will be required to submit a full application.



VicHealth will provide up to $200,000 over two years for each project. Up to five (5) projects may be funded in this round.  


Who can apply?

Applications must be submitted from researchers at an eligible administering institution (research organisation or university). The research must be conducted in Victoria and benefit Victorians. The administering institution may be based interstate.

Before applying, please ensure you have thoroughly read and understand the Guidelines, Terms and Conditions and FAQs. (These will be available closer to the opening date.)


Key dates




Opening date for Full Applications

9am, Friday 1 February 2019

Closing date for Full Applications

12pm, Wednesday 13 March 2019

Internal review process

March 2019

Peer review process

April 2019


May 2019

Announcement of successful projects

May 2019

Commencement of VicHealth funding

May/June 2019


For all enquiries, please email

Grant Guidelines will be made available on the website in mid January.