Closed Last updated: 26 Mar, 2019

Applications are now closed

Please note, the VicHealth NHMRC Partnership Project Grant round will be advertised concurrently with the ARC Linkage Projects 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.


The VicHealth NHMRC Partnership Projects Grant enables researchers to partner with VicHealth to apply for NHMRC funding for large-scale research projects. VicHealth is seeking Expressions of Interest (EoIs) from researchers whose NHMRC Partnership projects focus on health promotion and public health research and development.

VicHealth is aiming to support projects which: 

  • develop strategic research partnerships between higher education institutions and practitioners and policy makers to advance knowledge in health promotion and public health

  • have small cross-disciplinary teams working on practical problems that have the potential to generate large health gains for Victorian population groups

  • generate 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

  • address the communication and translation of research in innovative ways

Eligibility and process

VicHealth is committed to five strategic imperatives that have the greatest potential to reduce disease burden and bring about the greatest measurable health gains. These are: promoting healthy eating, encouraging regular physical activity, preventing tobacco use, preventing harm from alcohol and improving mental wellbeing. To be considered for funding, a research project must align with at least one of the strategic imperatives and address 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.

Applications will be rigorously assessed before funding in principle is offered. If successful with the NHMRC, VicHealth funding will commence in the 2019/2020 financial year.


Expression of Interest

Applicants can apply online by completing an Expression of Interest which will cover:
  • Administering organisation details
  • Project Contact/Chief Investigator
  • Project title and aim
  • Relevance to VicHealth
  • Research Plan
  • Budget
  • Project Timeline
  • Partner organisations and how they will be involved
  • Research team and track record
  • Endorsement by Administering Institution’s Research Office

Expressions of Interest will be assessed in two stages. If eligible, VicHealth will assess your proposal’s alignment with our research priorities and health promotion approach.  Applicants will be notified if they have been successfully shortlisted.  Shortlisted proposals will move onto an external review phase culminating with a panel consisting of VicHealth staff and relevant experts, who will make funding recommendations to VicHealth.  Please refer to the Grant Guideline for further information about our assessment procedures.


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 2019/2020 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.

Key Dates

 Activity Date

Opening date for Expressions of Interest

10am, Tuesday 29th May 2018

Closing date for Expressions of Interest

1pm, Thursday 19th July 2018

Announcement of Shortlisted Applications

Late August

Peer Review Process

August to October 2018


November 2018

You must submit your proposal to the NHMRC by 30 April 2019

Commencement of VicHealth funding (if successful with the NHMRC)

2019/2020 financial year

Before you apply

  1. Read the 2018 VicHealth NHMRC Partnership Projects Grant Guideline
  2. Read the VicHealth Action Agenda for Health Promotion
  3. Read VicHealth’s Information for All Applicants
  4. Review the NHMRC Partnerships Project Funding Rules 
  5. Review the NHMRC Advice and Instructions to Applicants
  6. Decide which Commonwealth grant best suits your research project. You can only apply to VicHealth to be an industry partner on EITHER an ARC Linkage Projects Grant OR an NHMRC Partnerships Project Grant.

For VicHealth NHMRC Partnership Projects enquiries, please contact our Research team at

See our Frequently Asked Questions for further information.