Last updated: 04 May, 2020

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VicHealth Partnership Grants

This is one of the new VicHealth Partnership Grants, which present new funding opportunities for a diverse range of organisations to propel community wellbeing and health promotion initiatives into unchartered territory with a multi-million dollar funding pool.

Organisations from across sectors can explore which of the VicHealth Partnership Grants could best help deliver the maximum health and wellbeing impact, and how partnerships can drive positive health outcomes for Victorians.

We invite all kinds of organisations to consider how they might access VicHealth Partnership Grants through innovative partnerships with organisations who qualify as official funding recipients (e.g. Local Councils). By the same token we invite organisations who qualify as funding recipients to think outside the box and consider who they could partner with to deliver the best possible outcomes for Victorians.

VicHealth Partnership Grants will pool VicHealth funding opportunities into two grant rounds per year. The first round opens in November 2019 and the second round will follow in the second half of 2020, after which they’ll fall into a predictable calendar pattern that your team can plan for each year.

Explore which VicHealth Partnership Grants you could apply for here.

About the grants

VicHealth is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI)for research grant funding for our two research partnership grant funding opportunities:

  1. Partnerships for Impact Research Grants

  1. Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage or National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)Partnership Project applications. 

The purpose of these research partnerships grants is to generate new and relevant evidence that will have a direct influence on health promotion policy and/or practice to ultimately improve the health and wellbeing outcomes of the Victorian community.

This is the first stage of a two-staged application process. Stage 1 is an EOI process where applications are shortlisted and invited to complete a full application as part of a Stage 2 application. 

Research priorities for VicHealth

VicHealth is interested in partnering on research projects that address evidence gaps related to the imperative strategy focus areas outlined in the VicHealth Action Agenda for Health Promotion 2019-2023 (see page 10), and outlined in more detail in VicHealth’s imperative strategies.

Please note: childhood obesity prevention is also one of VicHealth’s healthy eating focus areas. More information about VicHealth’s position on childhood obesity prevention can be found here

Applications must align with at least one focus area within the imperative strategies. Applications that address a combination of focus areas across two or more imperative strategies will be viewed favourably.

VicHealth knows that forming strategic funding partnerships with researchers and health promotion organisations will result in research outcomes that have the greatest potential for application, therefore, applications with strong contributions from policy or practice partners will be viewed favourably.


Focus on health equity

VicHealth is committed to health equity, that is, enabling all Victorians to have the means to a good and healthy life, regardless of cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, disability, income, educational attainment, occupation or location. EOI applications that apply a health equity lens will be considered favourably. All successful research grants will be expected to measure differential impact across advantaged and disadvantaged population groups.

What's on offer?

Researchers can submit an EOI for one of two opportunities:


Total Funding available

Funding to commence

No. of grants available

Partnerships for Impact Research Grants

Up to $200,000 over two (2) years

From July 2020

Up to three research projects will be funded

ARC Linkage or NHMRC Partnership

Between $25,000 and $50,000 cash plus up to $12,500 in-kind support per year for three years

From July 2021 – note, applications to ARC and NHMRC must be submitted by July 2021

Up to three research partnerships will be funded

Please note that proposals may not be submitted for both grants. 

Who can apply?

The following are mandatory eligibility criteria for both partnership research funding opportunities:

  • applications must be submitted by researchers at an eligible administering institution*

  • have an Australian Business Number and a bank account for Electronic Funds Transfer of grant funds

  • deliver activities or products solely in Victoria, with a primary focus on undertaking health and wellbeing activities that achieve positive outcomes for the Victorian community

  • be able to work in partnership with VicHealth and others

  • if applicable, have satisfactorily fulfilled the requirements of any previous and/or current grants from VicHealth

  • have insurance cover, including professional indemnity or public liability insurance, for the purpose of this project and agree to provide insurance certificates if requested by VicHealth

  • not be subject to any current or impending legal action which could impact its financial viability

  • not be a recipient of support, funding, sponsorship or endorsement from the tobacco industry or organisation that may pose a reputational risk to VicHealth.


For a full list of eligibility criteria, see the Expression of Interest Information Sheet under Important Documents.

*VicHealth is committed to working with Aboriginal people and Aboriginal led research is viewed as being key to self-determination and improving the health and wellbeing of our first nations people. VicHealth will accept applications for the Partnerships for Impact Research Grant from Aboriginal led organisations that do not meet the definition of administering institution. Applications from Aboriginal led organisations must include an academic partner with an affiliation to an Australian University.

What we will fund

We will consider EOIs for research partnership proposals that: 

  • address one or more imperative strategy focus areas outlined on page 10 in VicHealth’s Action Agenda for Health Promotion 2019-2023

  • demonstrate active involvement of policy makers and/or practitioners

  • have a direct influence on health promotion or primary prevention policy and/or practice to ultimately improve the health and wellbeing outcomes of the Victorian community

  • include PhD students or early career researchers as this will support the development of a workforce of researchers with applied ‘industry’ experience.


VicHealth will not fund: 

  • biomedical and clinical research that does not have a clear link to health promotion

  • laboratory-based science or health services research unless there is a strong rationale for its relevance to health promotion

  • research which is unrelated to VicHealth’s Action Agenda 2019-2023 and imperative strategies

  • capital works (e.g. buildings or maintenance or purchase of major equipment, purchase and lease of land/vehicles)

  • commercial activities or individual persons

  • core organisational operating costs

  • projects that are considered by VicHealth to be the funding responsibility of local, state or federal government (e.g. population-based surveillance)

  • researchers that accept any form of sponsorship, support or research funding from sources connected to the tobacco industry, or which may pose a reputational risk to VicHealth

  • projects that have commenced or have already been funded to commence

  • videos, films, publications, conferences or travel in isolation of the specific project

  • research proposals submitted for more than one VicHealth Research Partnership Grant will not be considered.


Key dates



Applications open

19 November 2019

Briefings via webinar

Tuesday 26 November, 1.00pm – 1.45pm

Watch a recording the webinar here(you can also download the slide deck with transcript and questions)

Applications close

12pm, 10 February 2020

Important documents

Download the VicHealth Partnership Grants Funding Guidelines

Download the information fact sheet for this funding round