Grants-in-Aid Program 2019: Call for research ideas

Grants-in-Aid Program 2019

Western Alliance is calling for fresh and innovative ideas to conduct research relevant to the western region of Victoria.

Each year, Western Alliance invites submissions of ideas for innovative research projects. The intention is to support the development of collaborative, applied and translational research to improve regional and rural/remote health outcomes. We are particularly keen to receive submissions from professionals in medical, nursing and allied health disciplines who may have limited research experience but can offer fresh ideas for clinical or non-clinical implementation in the health services context.

A total of $200,000 is available for this round of funding. The maximum available is $100,000 per individual project.

The Call for Research Ideas opens on 5 April and closes on 3 June 2018.


Applied research: The use of scientific method to investigate, understand and develop innovative approaches and technologies that solve practical problems in a real-world context.

Collaborative research: Research involving cross-disciplinary, cross-institutional or multi-jurisdictional approaches.

Implementation science: The study of methods to promote the uptake of research findings and evidence-based practices into routine practice, to improve the quality and effectiveness of health services and care.

Translational research/knowledge translation: Research that enables its findings to be applied into clinical practice, policy, administrative decision-marking or further research.

Information and eligibility criteria

Please read the information and conditions of award carefully.

Aim of the program

The Grants-in-Aid Program aims to foster cutting-edge research to improve our understanding and the delivery of health services to regional and rural/remote populations, and to ensure the translation of evidence into clinical and professional practice.


Persons working in a public/private hospital, general medical practice or other health service, or in a university or recognised research institute in the western region of Victoria, are eligible to submit their ideas for consideration.

In order to be eligible for funding support at stage 3, the developed proposal must demonstrate:

  1. Relevance to regional health outcomes
  2. Development of the lead investigator’s capacity to undertake and/or lead research
  3. Regional, cross-institutional and multidisciplinary collaboration
  4. Implementation and translation beyond traditional approaches such as academic/scientific publication and conferences.

Submission and mentoring process

Eligible submissions of up to a maximum of 300 words will be assessed and supported through a rigorous process of review and mentoring, based on the merit of the proposed study, the extent of its alignment with the principles and priorities of Western Alliance and the relevance and significance of the proposed work in enhancing our knowledge of health outcomes and improving the way we care for patients and their families in the western region.

Stage 1: All eligible submissions will be reviewed by Western Alliance’s Scientific Advisory and Leadership Team (SALT).
Up to 12 submissions will be invited to the next stage.

Stage 1A – Research Development Workshop: Successful applicants from Stage 1 will be invited to participate in a workshop facilitated by experts with relevant research, clinical and related expertise, to support the development of their idea into a research proposal. Applicants may be paired with mentors to advise them on the development of their proposal. At the conclusion of stage 1, a limited number of applicants will be invited to submit their proposal for funding support from Western Alliance.

Stage 2: Research proposals will be reviewed by the SALT and recommendations provided to the Board of Directors, who may elect to provide applicants with: (a) A grant to conduct the research; (b) Support to apply for external funding; or (c) Constructive comments and/or further mentoring/ training to improve the research proposal.

Key dates in 2018

  • The call for research ideas opens on 5 April and closes at midnight on 3 June 2018.
  • The Research Development Workshop is to be held in Geelong from 10:00am to 4:00pm on 25 July 2018. Invited applicants must attend in person – a maximum of four participants from the application team.
  • Applicants invited to participate in Stage 2 may be invited to present their research idea to the Annual Symposium
    (12–14 September 2018, Hamilton, Victoria).
  • Invitations to submit a research proposal for funding support will be distributed to eligible applicants following the Research Development Workshop.
  • The invitation to submit a research proposal will close at midnight on 10 September 2018.
  • Successful grant applicants will be notified in November 2018. Unsuccessful applicants will be provided with detailed feedback.

How to submit your research idea

Submissions close on 3 June 2018.

  • This grant scheme is administered through our online grant management system, Researchweb. No other form of submission is available.
  • All idea submissions and full proposals must be submitted through Researchweb and, once granted, funds must be acquitted through the same portal.
  • The lead investigator and co-workers (co-investigators and mentors) must be registered on Researchweb by creating a personal profile and uploading their CV and other relevant details prior to submission.

More information

If you have a question about the process outlined above or would like more information about the program, contact Dr Renée Otmar, tel. 03 4215 2896 or Ms Emma West, tel. 0437 672 865.

Conditions of award

Western Alliance wishes to support research into the causes of diseases and the treatment and care of people in the western region of Victoria. The funding body is Western Alliance Health Research Ltd (Western Alliance), a Registered Charity.

At stage 2, applications for Grants-in-Aid will be considered for specific research studies to support:

  • Salaries for research workers
  • Salaries to enable clinicians to undertake research
  • Research operating costs (data collection)
  • Attendance at conferences to report on the supported study
  • Translation and dissemination.

The following are some examples of activities considered not eligible for funding support: institutional overheads/ management fees, routine clinical equipment, membership dues/ subscriptions.

The Board of Western Alliance will decide which, if any, applications will be approved for funding support, after considering the recommendations of the SALT and the availability of funds.

In applying for research funding from Western Alliance, applicants confirm that they will:

  1. Ensure the ethical conduct of research under the grant.
  2. Report regularly on progress made towards agreed milestones.
  3. Lodge a final report within three months of the termination of the grant.
  4. Inform Western Alliance of all applications submitted to other organisations/ funding bodies for the same study, or for related or subsequent studies.
  5. Acknowledge the support of the Western Alliance in all publications and presentations arising from work carried out under the grant, verbally and in written formats.

By virtue of the signature of the appropriate administrative officer on the application form, institutions confirm that they will ensure:

  1. That monies granted by Western Alliance will be administered by the institution only for the purpose designated by Western Alliance and in accordance with any directions given by Western Alliance.
  2. That expenditure against the grant will be lodged via the online grant management system and invoiced by reimbursement by the administering institution for each grant funded by Western Alliance.
  3. That facilities and infrastructure support will be provided and maintained to allow research under the grant to proceed.

Any funding support offered will be conditional upon the relevant institution and the applicant(s) entering into an agreement with Western Alliance.

Grant recipients may be asked to present the results of the research funded by Western Alliance at a public symposium, in media and/or other promotional activities.

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