Closed Last updated: 02 Nov, 2016

Submissions are 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.


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.

Research proposals must respond to Research Priorities outlined in the Guideline published for each round.

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.

Click here to view recipients of the 2014 Innovation Research Grants.

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, which will be published in the coming weeks.

Projects must also be aligned with VicHealth’s health promotion approach which focuses on the primary prevention of non-communicable diseases.

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

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

Stage 2: VicHealth Full Application

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

Application summary

Budget summary

Research team summary

Key Dates

 Activity Date

Opening date for Stage 1: Expression of Interest

12pm, Friday 16 September 2016

Closing date for Stage 1: Expression of Interest

3pm, Friday 14 October 2016

Announcement of Shortlisted Applications for Stage 2: Full Application

Wednesday 2 November 2016

Opening date for Stage 2: Full Application

Wednesday 2 November 2016

Closing date for Stage 2: Full Application

3pm, Friday 2 December 2016

Peer Review Process

Mid December to late February (allowing for Christmas break period)


Early March 2017

Commencement of VicHealth funding

April/May 2017


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:

Applications must be submitted from researchers employed 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.

Please contact us if you have any enquiries regarding your application –