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Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunity


2021 Application Deadline

Sir Edward Dunlop Medical Research Foundation Grants

Grants in all areas of basic and applied medical research will be considered. Preference will be given to projects relevant to one or more Statements of Principles of the Repatriation Medical Authority (RMA). RMA website. The Foundation has a focus on illnesses of veterans and their families.

Grants are awarded up to the amount of $20,000. One grant will be awarded to an appropriate application for research into mental health.

Successful applicants must be prepared to present their findings at the Foundation’s annual symposium.

  • Preference will be given to high quality applicants in the early stages of their career. NHMRC grants will be given priority.
  • Grants from scientists based in Victorian institutions will be considered.

For more information, click here

Friday 5 February 2021

Rosemary Bryant Foundation Research Grants

In the interest of ensuring that all Australians receive the best possible nursing and midwifery care, the Rosemary Bryant Foundation funds high quality, translatable research that can be readily adopted and embedded into practice. The Rosemary Bryant Foundation is offering one round of funding with a pooled value of up to $100,000 for eligible researchers. 

A key focus of any project funded by the Rosemary Bryant Foundation is that there is a leadership role for a nurse/midwife and there is demonstrable collaboration with nurses/midwives in relevant practice environments.

The Foundation also encourages established leaders in the field to support non-academic researchers (e.g. practising nurses/midwives), as well as early and mid-career researchers by including them as members of the research team in applications.

The $100,000 in grants are available across three (3) categories of grants:

  • Discovery Grant – Up to $50,000 funding available per grant.
  • Accelerator Grant – Up to $25,000 funding available per grant.
  • Seeding Grant – Up to $10,000 funding available per grant.

For more information, click here.

Friday 12 February 2021

Australian Rotary Health General Health PhD Scholarship Opportunities

Australian Rotary Health will provide stipend and incidental support for a postgraduate student who is undertaking full time research at a Victorian institute or university in the areas of:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder relating to the Emergency Services Sector
  • Brain cancer
  • Bowel cancer
  • Rural men's mental health

For more information, click here.

Friday 12 February 2021 (round 1)

Friday 11 June 2021 (round 2)

Friday 15 October 2021 (round 3)

Novartis Grants Program

Novartis provides funding opportunities for the general purposes of supporting healthcare initiatives from scientific and charitable organisations that directly support patients, improve healthcare and enable ongoing education that are aligned to our therapeutic areas:

  • Cardio Metabolic
  • Ophthalmology
  • Respiratory
  • Neuroscience
  • Immunology and Dermatology
  • Oncology

Monthly Committee Meetings to review requests are held from February-November each year. Requests are assessed on the value to patients, healthcare, the advancement of medical and scientific knowledge and/or community impact.

For more information, click here.

Ongoing (February - November)

VicHealth Impact Research Grants

VicHealth Impact Research Grants will deliver evidence and insights to shape and influence health promotion policy and practice in Victoria.

VicHealth is looking to fund projects that will be instrumental in helping to improve the health and wellbeing of the Victorian community. VicHealth will provide up to $200,000 over two years for a maximum of five projects.

VicHealth will partner on research projects that address evidence gaps related to the focus areas outlined in the VicHealth Action Agenda for Health Promotion 2019-2023.

For more information, click here

Monday 22 March 2021

ANZCA Novice Investigator Grants

ANZCA are helping to secure the future of research in anaesthesia, pain, and perioperative medicine by supporting novice investigators on their journey to becoming established researchers.

The novice investigator(s) will be the chief investigator(s) of the grant application and will undertake most of the research personally, under the supervision of experienced colleagues. A novice is an investigator who:

  • May have been awarded previous grant funding as a principle investigator provided no single grant has exceeded $10,000.
  • Has not published more than five research papers in the five years prior to the year of application.
  • Does not have an experienced investigator as a co-investigator on the proposed grant.

The maximum amount available for a novice investigator grant is $A20,000.

For more information, click here.

Thursday 1 April 2021

RANZCR Research Grants

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) offers a variety of research awards and grants to support research projects and foster a culture of research at the College. Grants include:

  • The Withers and Peters Grant provides AU$25,000 grant support to Radiation Oncology Fellows up to five years post-Fellowship and trainees post-Phase 2 exams to carry out significant research projects. 2021 applications close 12 April 2021.
  • RANZCR Research Grants provide financial support for Clinical Radiology and Radiation Oncology Fellows, Educational Affiliates and trainees. Applicants who are trainees must be supervised by a Fellow of the College. Grants are awarded for sums between AU$5,000 and AU$30,000. 2021 applications close 15 June 2021.

For more information, click here.

Monday 12 April 2021

Tuesday 15 June 2021

Heart Foundation Vanguard Grant

The purpose of the Vanguard Grant is to provide funding to test the feasibility of innovative concepts in clinical, public health and/or health services (including clinical service delivery) or biomedical research which may lead to larger, more rigorous studies in the future. Both pilot studies and ‘stand-alone’ projects will be considered. These projects are expected to produce tangible outcomes with the potential to further advance preclinical research technology or improve cardiovascular health.

Applicants can apply for funding for up to two years, with up to $75,000 of funding per year with total budget no more than $150,000.  

For more information click here.

Friday 23 April 2021

The Barwon Health and Deakin University PhD Program

Growing the next generation of clinician-academics is a strategic priority for the Barwon Health and Deakin University (BH/DU) partnership.

We are delighted to announce that the Deakin University Faculty of Health will provide up to five PhD scholarships to support the BH/DU research partnership. 

Each PhD scholarship will be supported by $10,000 of project funding in year 1 from the Barwon Health Foundation. Supervision teams and their candidates will then have the opportunity to apply to the BHF for further project funding for subsequent years of the project.

These PhD/project funds are well-suited to support clinician (allied health, nurse, doctor) researchers and will be awarded to BH/DU supervision teams to enable them to attract strong candidates.

If you are interested in applying, please discuss with your potential supervisors and submit an Expression of Interest by Friday 30 April 2021. For more information and EoI guidelines, visit 

Friday 30 April 2021

RGHI Fellowships

The Reckitt Global Hygiene Institute (RGHI) launched in 2020 with an endowment of $25 million to support its mission of enabling and accelerating a portfolio of hygiene science to improve public health through better outcomes and behaviours.

The RGHI postdoctoral fellowship programme embodies this mission and, through it, intends to support several 3-year postdoctoral fellowships (awarded in several annual rounds) in the field of hygiene. RGHI areas of interest include:

  • The role of hygiene in the epidemiology and transmission of specific diseases. 
  • Setting-specific hygiene-related interventions and their impact. 
  • Determinants of hygiene behaviours and effective behaviour-change approaches in high burden countries. 
  • Intersection between hygiene, disease burden and gender

For more information, click here.

Friday 30 April 2021

Al and Val Rosenstrauss Fellowship

Targeted at Early-Career Researchers (5-10 years post doctoral), the Al & Val Rosenstrauss Fellowship has a salary component of $120,000 per year and an additional research support package of $50,000 per year for a five-year term.

Research must aim to improve understanding or treatment of a disease/condition in one the following areas of medical research:

  • Brain Sciences: Psychiatry or Neurology (excluding Dementias, Motor Neuron Disease,
  • Psychological Interventions and COVID‐19)
  • Endocrinology (excluding Diabetes)
  • Geriatrics (excluding Dementias)
  • Lung Disease (other than Cancer and COVID‐19)
  • Rheumatology
  • Vision Sciences
  • Dermatology (excluding Skin Cancer)

Please note that public health‐related research and clinical trials are not eligible for funding.

For more information, click here.

Friday 30 April 2021

ACRF Annual Research Grants

Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) provides grants for scientific equipment and other technologies as well as the establishment of capital works and facilities and national enterprises in support of all aspects of cancer research.

ACRF is a ‘seed’ funding body and is therefore interested in applications for larger scale research projects with value over and above the amount sought directly from ACRF. ACRF expects applicants to leverage ACRF grants to secure any ‘gap’ funding and also to feature multi-disciplinary teams, collaborations and evidence of the translational impacts at a clinical level (with patients). ACRF promotes collaboration amongst researchers and clinicians and encourages novel and innovative cancer research projects

For more information, click here.

Friday 21 May 2021

Avant Doctor in Training Research Scholarship

The Avant Doctor in Training Research Scholarship Program supports life-changing research to promote better patient outcomes and advance the careers of some of Australia’s promising medical researchers.

Started in response to the difficulties young doctors face in securing research funding, the program has so far awarded 128 scholarships worth nearly $3.5 million across a wide range of topics, including organ transplantation, epidemiology, hepatology, oncology, obstetrics, cardiology and general surgery.

Avant offers funding for scholarships and grants for full-time, part-time and short-term research projects.

For more information, click here.

Monday 31 May 2021

National Breast Cancer Foundation Grants Scheme 

The Investigator Initiated Research Scheme is an amalgamation of the numerous grant schemes previously offered by the National Breast Cancer Foundation (i.e. pilot studies, innovator, infrastructure, accelerator and career fellowships). The NBCF Investigator Initiated Research Scheme will support the salary (if requested) and research costs (or portions thereof) of outstanding investigators with a vision to expand the scale and scope of breast cancer research in Australia.

For more information, click here.

Monday 31 May 2021

One Mind Rising Star Awards

The One Mind Rising Star Awards identify and fund pivotal, innovative research on the causes of and cures for brain health conditions by supporting the most promising emerging leaders in the field of neuropsychiatry.

  • The project period for the awards is 3 years.
  • The total funding for each award is $300,000, of which $100,000 will be distributed annually.
  • Indirect costs are limited to a maximum of 10% and will be taken from the direct costs.
  • To qualify as an early career investigator, candidates should be within 10 years of their initial independent appointment as an assistant professor for academic institutions or equivalent for non-academic research institutions. Note that postdoctoral fellows are ineligible.

For more information click here.

Tuesday 1 June 2021

Brain Foundation 2021 Research Grants Program

Brain Foundation Research Grants aim to support individual researchers and research teams to conduct the highest quality research in clinical neuroscience, and to provide opportunities as a chief investigator for early career researchers to gain funding for projects with potential.

We are reserving two individual research grants, one being for a Neurological trainee and one for a Neurosurgical trainee for projects for which they are the only investigators.

The 2021 Research Grants Program will support research in areas for which we have received funding, including (but not limited to):

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Huntington’s
  • Migraine & Headache
  • AVM (arteriovenous malformation)

The Brain Foundation will not entertain applications that imply an ongoing funding commitment beyond a single year.

For more information, click here. 

 Friday 18 June 2021

Diabetes Australia Research Program Grant Round

Diabetes Australia Research Program grants are available to non-profit organisations concerned with the promotion of health care, education and / or medical research in the area of diabetes. These organisations must possess the requisite facilities to carry out the activities detailed in any application.

Project applications will be considered across all types of diabetes and areas of interest including type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, diabetes in pregnancy, pre-diabetes and risk factors, behavioural research, self-management of diabetes, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and diabetes.

Diabetes Australia is pleased to offer the following grants for 2022:

  • Two $150,000 Millennium Awards: one for type 1 diabetes and one for type 2 diabetes.
  • An unspecified number of General Grants, up to $70,000 per grant

For more information, click here.

Friday, 25 June 2021

Arthritis Australia National Research Program

The objectives of the Research Program of Arthritis Australia are:

  • To support specific research projects into arthritis and other musculoskeletal disorders, and
  • To support and foster the career development of scientists and clinical investigators committed to research into arthritis and allied disorders

Applications for Fellowships, Scholarships, Project Grants (including Translational Research Grants) and Grants-in-Aid are open now.

For more information, click here

Friday 9 July 2021

RACP Research Establishment Fellowships

Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Research Establishment Fellowships are available to Fellows and trainees who wish to establish themselves in a research career. A range of Fellowships of $50,000 - $90,000 are available for one or two years in a variety of health fields. 
To be eligible, Fellows and trainees must meet one of the two criteria:

  • you're within 7 years of having completed a Masters, PhD or equivalent higher research degree
  • you hold a research higher degree and be within 2 years of returning from working or studying overseas for a period of more than 12 months

Funding provided by most of the awards can be used for:

  • stipend support
  • other support such as laboratory set-up costs
  • a short-term research assistant appointment
For more information, click here.
Monday 12 July 2021

RACP Research Entry Scholarships

Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Research Entry Scholarships provide one year stipend support of $30,000 to $45,000 to assist Fellows and trainees who are:

  • at the start of their research careers
  • enrolled or about to enrol in a Masters, PhD or equivalent research higher degree

When applying, ensure you allowed enough time for your supervisor to complete the supervisor statement section. 

For more information, click here.

Monday 19 July 2021

Jack Brockhoff Early Career Medical Research Grants

The aim of the Jack Brockhoff Early Career Medical Research Grants Program is to strengthen research capability in Victoria to conduct world-class research in health and well-being by helping establish the careers of talented young scientists.

The Foundation seeks to help support early-career researchers to demonstrate their scientific originality and their capacity to complete, relatively independently, a discrete study for publication in scientific literature. 

Grants of up to $70,000 a year for one or two years are available. Applications will only be considered from research scientists with less than 4 research-active years after successfully completing their PhD examination.

For more information, click here. Applications open on Monday 7 June 2021.

Tuesday 27 July 2021

Al Spilman Early Career Researcher Grant (ACEM)

The Al Spilman Early Career Researcher Grant from the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) provides funds to trainees and Fellows who have limited research experience, to assist them in developing and enhancing their research portfolio.

Al Spilman generously supports this Grant of $30,000 to further emergency medicine research.

For more information, click here.

Sunday 8 August 2021

Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

The Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are intended to build research and innovation capability and excellence and create impact, in strategic priority research strengths at Deakin University.

The Fellowships support and develop early career researchers, aiming to enhance our capacity and capability in key research areas and build the next generation of high achieving and internationally competitive researchers.

The Fellowship provides 2 years of salary support and a once off research support grant of $15,000, to be used throughout the Fellowship.

For more information, click here.

Sunday 15 August 2021

Dementia Australia Research Foundation Grants Program

The Dementia Australia Research Foundation is pleased to announce funding to support talented new, early and mid-career researchers. On offer are up to:
• 12 capacity building Project Grants for new and early-career researchers of up to $75,000;
• 4 three-year Post-doctoral Fellowships, including salary and research expenses, for new and early-career researchers; and
• 4 two-year Mid-Career Research Fellowships, including salary and research expenses, for researchers who are establishing their career in dementia research.

For more information, click here.

Monday 23 August 2021

HCF Research Foundation Health Services Research Grants

The HCF Research Foundation 11th annual call for research projects will deliver funding to the research community from 1 March 2022. We invite you to apply if your project contributes to one of the following areas:
1. Improving the transition from hospital to community care for better alignment, communication, metrics and patient health outcomes .
2. Demonstrating safe, effective and cost-effective alternatives to hospital care
3. Educating and engaging patients in chronic disease and associated health-seeking behaviour.

Applications will be assessed on scientific merit and their ability to drive meaningful change to health services.
We welcome applications that demonstrate strong potential and a considered approach for translation of research outcomes into practice.

For more information, click here.

Friday 27 August 2021

Victorian Cancer Agency Funding Round

Funded by the Victorian Government, the Victorian Cancer Agency invests in projects and initiatives that rapidly translate research into treatments and approaches that improve clinical practice and care of cancer patients. The Victorian Cancer Agency makes funding available for translational cancer research, and enablers of cancer research, through investment in programs, projects, people and infrastructure.

The Quality and Safety in Cancer Care Research Grant Scheme

  • Applications will be limited to research topics within medical oncology, malignant haematology, radiation oncology and cancer surgery.
  • This funding is intended to support research projects that will improve cancer survival outcomes.
  • Max funding: $200,000 per year for 3 years.

Early Career & Mid Career Research Fellowships

  • Support early career & mid career researchers undertaking high quality translational cancer research.
  • The Fellowships will include 2 streams; Biomedical & Non-biomedical (incorporating nursing, allied health, clinical, health services research and prevention research)
  • Max funding - early career: $110k per year for 3 years
  • Max funding - mid career: $175k per year up to $700k for 4 years

For more information, click here.

 Monday 13 September 2021

Ian Potter Foundation


The Ian Potter Foundation supports the provision of equipment and capital infrastructure to outstanding medical research groups. 

Applicants must speak with the IPF Program Manager prior to submission to ensure eligibility. In general, the recommended minimum grant amount for institutions and organisations is $100,000 in this program area.

For more information, click here.

Tuesday 25 January 2022


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