Open Last updated: 23 Feb, 2015

VicHealth calls for National Health and Medical Research Centre (NHMRC) Partnership Project applications annually, in response to the NHMRC announcement. 

Stage 1: Expression of Interest applications are now open.

Please note, the VicHealth NHMRC Partnership Project Grant round will be advertised concurrently with the VicHealth ARC Linkage Project Grant round. Applicants will be able to apply to VicHealth to partner on only one of these Commonwealth grants. Applicants are strongly advised to review the Funding Rules for both Commonwealth grants to guide their decision.
 

About

The NHMRC Partnership Project Grant is for organisations applying to the NHMRC who wish to have VicHealth represented as an industry partner in their full application to the NHMRC.

VicHealth is interested in being an industry partner for projects that will support health promotion and public health research and development.

As an industry partner, VicHealth aims to:

  • Encourage and develop strategic research partnerships between higher education institutions and practitioners and policy makers to advance knowledge in health promotion and public health.
  • Support small cross disciplinary teams working on practical problems that have the potential to generate large health gains for Victorian population groups.
  • Generating applied research outcomes that can be used to make a difference to the health of Victorians.
  • Generate research and knowledge that is immediately useful for health promotion practice.
  • Increase the communication and translation of research in innovative ways.
  • Develop partnerships between policy makers, influencers, and practitioners.

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 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 in principle is offered. If successful with the NHMRC, VicHealth funding will commence in the 2016/2017 financial year. 

 
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. 
 

Funding

VicHealth will provide between $25,000 and $50,000 cash plus $12,500 in-kind support per annum for up to three years. If successful with the NHMRC, VicHealth funding will commence in the 2016/2017 financial year. 
 

Who can apply? 

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

It is preferable that the research be conducted in Victoria, and be about Victorians. A minimum of 50% of the research project must be conducted in Victoria. The administering organisation may be based interstate. 

These grants are for organisations applying to the NHMRC for a 'Partnerships for Better Health' Project grant, who wish to have VicHealth represented as an industry partner in their full application to the NHMRC. 
 

Key dates

 Activity  Date
 Opening date for Stage 1: Expression of Interest  9am, Monday 23rd  February 2015
 Closing date for Stage 1: Expression of Interest  3pm, Tuesday 10th March 2015
 Announcement of Shortlisted Applications for Stage 2: VicHealth Full Application  Tuesday 31st March 2015
 Opening date for Stage 2: VicHealth Full Application (shortlisted applicants only)  9am, Wednesday 1st April 2015
 Closing date for Stage 2: VicHealth Full Application  3pm, Thursday 30th April 2015
 Peer Review Process  May-June 2015
 Announcements  Late June 2015
 Commencement of VicHealth funding (if successful with the NHMRC)  2016/2017 Financial Year

Before you apply

  1. Read the 2015 VicHealth NHMRC Partnership Project Grant Guideline
  2. Read the VicHealth Action Agenda for Health Promotion 2013-2023
  3. Review the NHMRC Partnership Project Scheme-Specific Funding Rules
  4. Review the NHMRC Partnership Project Advice and Instructions to Applicants
  5. Decide which Commonwealth grant best suits your research project. You can only apply to VicHealth to be an industry partner on EITHER an NHMRC Partnership Project Grant OR an ARC Linkage Projects Grant.

Apply now via our online form

For VicHealth NHMRC Partnership Project Grant enquiries, please contact Emma Cook at ecook@vichealth.vic.gov.au.

See our Frequently Asked Questions for further information.


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 reports@vichealth.vic.gov.au 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.