Funding Opportunities

Current Western Alliance Funding Opportunities

2023 STaRR Emerging Researcher Grants – Applications now open

To support STaRR Emerging Researchers conduct a translation-focused research project, Western Alliance is offering two kinds of Emerging Researcher Grants in 2023:

  • Emerging Researcher Seed Grants of up to $5,000 for past STaRR participants to conduct a research project to generate new evidence, and
  • Emerging Researcher Translation grants of up to $10,000, for past STaRR participants and past Emerging Researcher grant recipients, to translate research evidence into practice.

The total funding pool is $60,000. To be considered, applicants must work in a Western Alliance member health service or primary health network, and must be a past participant of STaRR Emerging Researcher Training.

  • Click here for guidelines regarding both grants – please read the guidelines carefully and ensure you apply for the appropriate type of grant. If you are unsure, please check with your RTC, Drew Aras, Olivia King, or your mentor.
  • Click here to download an application form for a Seed Grant – these are to support STaRR Emerging Researchers conducting their research.
  • Click here to download an application form for a Translation Grant – these are to support STaRR Emerging Researchers translate existing evidence into practice.

For more information, contact your local Research Translation Coordinator or Drew Aras at

Applications close Friday 7 July at 5pm.

Western Alliance Rapid Research Translation Grants

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 closed on Thurs 9 February 2023.  Projects progressing through the EOI stage now working on their final applications. We look forward announcing these outcomes of this grant round in June. 

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