03 Nov, 2014 Last updated: 20 Jul, 2015

Researchers are invited to apply for funding for projects that have the potential to generate large health gains for Victorian population groups.

Researchers are invited to apply for funding for projects that have the potential to generate large health gains for Victorian population groups.

VicHealth is calling for applications for two-year research projects relating to the organisation’s strategic imperatives as outlined in the VicHealth Action Agenda for Health Promotion 2013-2023. The agenda focuses on promoting healthy eating, encouraging regular physical activity, preventing tobacco use and harm from alcohol, and improving mental wellbeing.

The funding scheme is open to researchers at Australian not-for-profit organisations, such as universities, research centres, government or non-government organisations.

The maximum funding available for each project under the VicHealth Innovation Research Grants scheme is $200,000 over two years. Up to three projects will be funded.

CEO Jerril Rechter said VicHealth was committed to improving the health of Victorians by fostering and funding innovative research.

“We want to create a Victoria where everyone can enjoy better health. But health gains are not ends in themselves. With better health, we have the potential to enjoy a better quality of life, with more opportunities for fulfilment and long life.

“The VicHealth Innovation Research Grants scheme provides an opportunity for research teams in Victoria to trial an innovative idea, research a new concept or methodology, or develop better supporting evidence relevant to the theory, policy and practice of health promotion,” Ms Rechter added.

The funding application scheme, which opens today, will be a two-staged process. Successful applicants must respond to one of VicHealth’s five innovation research priorities as outlined in the grant guideline document. Applicants must also demonstrate the capacity to generate research findings that are immediately useful for health promotion practice.

While the research must be conducted in Victoria, about Victorians, the administering organisation can be based interstate. VicHealth prefers to support cross-disciplinary teams working on practical problems that have the potential to generate large health gains for population groups across Victoria.

Successful projects could also inform the development of a larger scale project for consideration by research funding bodies in the future. Funding and projects are expected to begin in early 2015.

For more information on VicHealth’s Innovation Research Grants, click here.

Media Contact: Helen Walsh, Senior Media Advisor, 03 9667 1319 or 0435 761 732 or email hwalsh@vichealth.vic.gov.au.