Last updated: 04 Mar, 2021

Applications open until 12 noon, 22 March 2021.

Research is at the heart of VicHealth’s work and in 2021 we are offering many new and exciting ways for researchers to collaborate with us. To ensure our programs best address the needs of Victorians and to support the work of researchers, VicHealth is opening the latest Impact Research Grant round. The Impact Research Grants will deliver evidence and insights to shape and influence health promotion policy and practice in Victoria.

VicHealth is looking to fund up to five applications that will be instrumental in helping to improve the health and wellbeing of the Victorian community.


Building Back Better - Guiding an Equitable Recovery for Victorians 

The coronavirus pandemic has brought disruption to every aspect of our lives. While no Victorian has remained unaffected, certain individuals, families and communities have been harder hit than others (see our VicHealth Coronavirus Wellbeing Impact Study). In recovery, there is an opportunity to build back better and build back fairer – reimagining our communities and societies to be healthier, more equitable and more sustainable. There is a much-needed role for bold, timely and innovative research to guide us through recovery and we would like to hear your ideas. 

Responding to the health promotion needs of Victorians now and into the future, proposals must: 

  • have a strong equity focus, 
  • work in partnership with relevant policy makers and practitioners, and 
  • aim to meaningfully engage communities through embedding co-design principles. 

We are particularly interested in research ideas that will lead to improvements in mental wellbeing, physical activity and healthy eating for the Victorian community.


Applications will be accepted through the new VicHealth Stakeholder Portal. Register today.


Key details:

What's on offer:

VicHealth Impact Research Grants will provide up to $200,000 over two years for a maximum of five projects. Funding will commence in July 2021.

Please note that this grant round is specific to VicHealth, and not affiliated with the Australian Research Council (ARC) or National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership Project applications.


Key dates:

  • Applications open – 12 noon, Tuesday 16 February 2021

  • Applications close – 12 noon, Monday 22 March 2021


How to apply:

Register via the VicHealth Stakeholder Portal, then fill out the application form.

Preview the online application form here

Before you begin your application, we highly recommend reading the VicHealth Impact Research application guidelines with details on:

  • Eligibility criteria 
  • What the funding can be used for 
  • Declaring harmful Industry relationships 
  • Application process 

Before you start, below are some templates and documents you will need in order to complete your application:


More information about applying for a VicHealth grant can be found here.


Harmful Industry Relationships declaration

In 2020, VicHealth introduced a new policy that will require all applicants to declare harmful industry relationship. For universities, you must declare relationships of the research team, and at the school-level at a minimum. It is preferable however that relationships within the relevant faculty/college are also declared. Learn more about the VicHealth harmful industry relationship funding and procurement policy.

This section will be updated frequently with additional FAQs, please refer back to this webpage for regular updates after applications open.

  • How will I hear about the outcome of my application?
    VicHealth will notify you of the outcome of your application by email. You can expect to hear back from VicHealth by mid-July. If you do not receive an email, make sure you check your junk/spam folder.

  • Will I receive feedback on my application if unsuccessful?
    VicHealth Impact Research Grants are extremely competitive, and we received far more eligible applications than can be funded. Due to such high volumes, generalised  feedback will be provided on notification to unsuccessful applicants; however, we are unable to provide individualised feedback.

  • Can I speak to someone at VicHealth about my application?
    We are unable to provide advice or feedback on your research proposal and answers to questions in the application form, however we can clarify the intention of the grant rounds and the outcomes they are trying to achieve. If you have feedback or questions for VicHealth about the grant round, we encourage you to send this to us in writing to [email protected].

  • Can I have more than five academic team members?
    Yes, you can have more than five academic team members. However, we only require details of the main five for the application form to keep the application length to a minimum.

  • Can grant funding be used for Chief Investigator costs?



You might also be interested in our new Research Fellowships program