Funding Opportunities

Current Western Alliance Funding Opportunities

Western Alliance Rapid Research Translation Grants – now open!

Western Alliance is very excited to announce our next funding program, which will for the first time specifically focus on supporting the translation of existing research and evidence into policy and practice, through implementation and/or scaling within health settings. Up to $100,000 in total (up to $40,000 per project) has been allocated to the first iteration of this program.

The grants will be available to target those working in Western Alliance member health organisations in collaboration with Western Alliance university partners. The grant will target;

  • Those who have generated evidence that is ready to implement
  • Those who have identified evidence in the literature that is ready to implement
  • Those who have implemented and evaluated a change that can be scaled across other Western Alliance health organisations
  • Those who have identified a practice that should be ceased or modified based on evidence

EOIs for this program will open on Friday 25 November 2022 and close on Thurs 9 February 2023

We will hold a grant information/Q&A session via Zoom on Thurs 1 December at 12.30pm. Zoom details below:

Please click this link to join the meeting

Or copy and paste the following link into your browser:

Meeting ID: 870 6978 6616

We encourage you to talk to your local research translation coordinator if you are interested in applying.

Please find the EOI form, which also includes further details of the grant round, below.

Western Alliance Rapid Research Translation Research Grant round – November 2022 EOI FINAL

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Scholarships

Western Alliance is pleased to announce that expressions of interest for our new HDR (Higher Degree by Research) scholarship program are now open. This program will be available to existing employees of our member health services and PHN, for study to be completed at our member universities (Deakin University and Federation University).

This exciting initiative aims to minimise barriers to health professionals undertaking health sector embedded HDR studies whilst enabling candidates to continue to progress their professional practice.

Two scholarships, with stipends of up to $15,000 per year of the degree will be awarded, with up to $45,000 per candidate in total for the duration of the degree. Scholarships will be available for both full time and part time study, aimed at candidates wanting to undertake a PhD or Masters of Research.

Expressions of Interest will be open from Thurs 10 November 2022 and close on Thurs 2 February 2023 at 5pm. 

Candidates who do not yet meet the formal university entry requirements for a PhD are welcome to apply, with PhD pathways via other courses to be considered.

We will hold an online information/Q&A session on Wed 30 November at 5pm. Details below:

Click here to join the zoom meeting

Or copy and paste the following link:

Meeting ID: 852 1650 1490

We encourage you to talk to your local research translation coordinator if you are interested in applying. 

Please click the link below to download the guidelines and application form:

Western Alliance HDR scholarship program guidelines and application form Nov 2022 FINAL


Funding support to major external grant applications

Western Alliance is formally offering support to applicants for major external grant opportunities, for example NHMRC partnership grants or similar, where the objectives of the proposed project align with those of the Western Alliance and its member organisations. Projects must involve at least one Western Alliance health sector member organisation (Barwon Health, Ballarat Health Service, St John of God, South West Healthcare, Colac Area Health, East Grampians Health Service, Western District Health Service and the Western Victoria Primary Health Network).

Financial support of up to $20,000 (in total), as well as in-kind support, will be offered to prospective bids who meet the criteria as indicated below:

  • Collaboration of Western Alliance member organisations
  • Alignment with Western Alliance principles and themes/platforms
  • Focus on translational research which will improve health outcomes for regional/rural communities across Western Victoria

Please click on the link to be directed to the expression of interest form: Western Alliance support for major external research grants EOI