Closed Last updated: 05 Oct, 2017

This funding round is now closed.

VicHealth will call annually for applications from researchers to undertake a two-year innovative research project that has the potential to generate large health gains for Victorian population groups.


VicHealth is a pioneer in health promotion and the primary focus of VicHealth is promoting good health and preventing chronic disease. The VicHealth Innovation Research Grant provides an opportunity for research teams to trial an innovative idea, research a new concept or methodology, or to develop better supporting evidence relevant to the theory, policy and practice of health promotion.

Through this scheme VicHealth aims to support the development of new knowledge and approaches related to our five strategic imperatives – promoting healthy eating, encouraging regular physical activity, preventing tobacco use, preventing harm from alcohol and improving mental wellbeing. Research proposals must also respond to research priorities outlined in the Guideline published for each round.

This funding is open to researchers based at Australian not-for-profit organisations such as universities, research centres, government or non-government organisations. The researcher may work in partnership with community organisations.

The research must be conducted in Victoria, about Victorians, although the administering organisation can be based interstate.

Applicants must also demonstrate the capacity to generate research findings that are immediately useful for health promotion practice. Successful projects could also inform the development of a larger scale project for consideration by research funding bodies in the future.

There will be a two-staged application process. Stage 1: Expressions of Interest, and Stage 2: Full Applications for shortlisted applications.

The maximum funding available for each project is $200,000 over two years.

Eligibility and Process

To be considered for funding, a research project must address at least one of the strategic imperatives in the VicHealth Action Agenda for Health Promotion, and a research priority outlined in the Grant Guideline.

Projects must be aligned with VicHealth’s health promotion approach and strategic imperatives, see pages 38-41 of the Action Agenda document. 

There will be a two-stage application process to VicHealth. Applications will be rigorously assessed before funding is offered. 

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.

Stage 1: Expression of Interest

Applicants can apply online by completing a short EOI which will cover:

  • Administering organisation details
  • Project Contact/Chief Investigator
  • Project title and timelines
  • Research team 
  • VicHealth strategic imperative and research priority addressed
  • Project summary
  • Potential or confirmed partner organisations

Stage 2: VicHealth Full Application

Shortlisted applicants will be required to complete a VicHealth Full Application, expanding on research objectives, outcomes and methodology.

Key Dates

 Activity Date

Opening date for
Stage 1: Expression
of Interest

9am, Monday 2 October 2017

Closing date for
Stage 1: Expression
of Interest

3pm, Thursday 26 October 2017

of shortlisted applications for
Stage 2: VicHealth
Full Application

Wednesday 15 November 2017

Opening date for Stage 2: VicHealth Full Application

9am, Thursday 16 November 2017

Closing date for
Stage 2: VicHealth Full Application

3pm, Wednesday 13 December 2017

Peer review process

December 2017─March 2018


Late March 2018

Commencement of VicHealth funding

April/May 2018


VicHealth will provide up to $200,000 over two years for each project.

Who can apply?

Before applying, please ensure you have thoroughly read and understood the guidelines, FAQ and Terms & Conditions.  These documents will be provided in the coming weeks.

Applications must be submitted from researchers at an eligible administering institution.

The research must be conducted in Victoria and benefit Victorians. The administering organisation may be based interstate. 





Research reporting

Annual progress reports are to be submitted plus a final report which includes two items.

Annual progress report

1. Completion of the Progress Report template

Final report

1. Completion of the Final Report template, and
2. 3,000 - 5,000 word research summary

The research summary should be suitable to be made available on the VicHealth website for stakeholders interested in the outcomes of the research project. Please include an introduction, objectives, methodology and then focus on the findings and recommendations for future policy, practice and research in this area. Please use non-specialist plain language and references where appropriate.

The completed reports should be sent by email to and the VicHealth contract manager.

Please ensure the VicHealth Project ID is in the header of the report document, and also in the subject box when submitting your report by email.