Funding opportunities in mental health research, 2019

This list contains grant opportunities in Australia open for applications in 2019.  Please check individual websites for the due dates and details about each round.

Other useful resources with centralised information about government and grant opportunities include:


The Australian Research Council (ARC) administers a number of National Competitive Grants Programmes for high-quality researchers.

Schemes include fellowship opportunities (Future Fellowships, Australian Laureate), project grants (Discovery Projects, Discovery Indigenous), support for research programs (Centres for Excellence, Linkage Projects) as well as support for early career researchers (Discovery ECR Awards) and equipment or infrastructure (Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities).

Black Dog Institute

The Black Puppy Foundation Award

This independent foundation offers a full time position for a candidate in early career research in to youth mental health as well as a travel award.  These are awarded to PhD candidates or Post-Doc researchers in the field of mental health research, thus encouraging promising up and coming researchers who undertake high quality research.  The Black Dog Institute supports the award by providing scientific evaluation of applications. 

Dementia Australia Research Foundation

The Dementia Australia Research Foundation offers yearly project grants to early career researchers to help build the capacity of the dementia research sector.  Many previous grant recipients have gone on to establish successful research careers.   2019 key dates will be announced soon.

Department of Health, Government of Western Australia.

Research Translation Projects

The scheme seeks to support high-quality research projects that have the potential to demonstrate improved cost effectiveness and/or efficiencies that can be delivered to WA Health while maintaining or improving patient outcomes, with a focus on translation of research outcomes into health care policy and practice in WA.  It offers yearly project funding rounds. Please check the website for 2019 updates.


Healthway’s Intervention and Exploratory Research Grants

Healthy has recently made changes to its Research Program.   All applicants MUST focus on at least one of Healthway’s priority health areas of reducing smoking and working towards a smoke-free WA, reducing harm from alcohol, good nutrition promotion, physical activity promotion (including reducing sedentary behaviour), promoting good community and individual mental health and Aboriginal health.

A two-stage application process is in place for Healthway’s Intervention and Exploratory research grants:

Stage 1 is submission of an Expression of Interest (EoI).
Stage 2 is an invited full application.

The 2019 funding round is now open and there are no closing dates.


Lotterywest Health Promotion Research Grants

They support research projects that Address WA social, cultural, medical, economic, geographic, health and environmental issues. Grants can cover: equipment or supplies, including lease costs, time-limited project administration and operating costs, including wages, professional fees, travel, capital costs (depending on the length of the project and the need and benefit of the items).

The 2019 Health Promotion Research Grants funding rounds are now open:

National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation & The Mason Foundation

Alzheimer’s disease research grant

Funding is available to support research projects, over up to three years, investigating potential causes, treatments and/or a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The funding will commence in early to mid 2019. Expressions of interest (EOIs) in portfolios 1, 2 and 3 will be accepted.


The NMHRC’s new grant opportunities include:

Ideas Grants: to support innovative research projects addressing a specific question(s). The expected outcomes are:

  • Innovative and creative research
  • Funding of researchers at all career stages, and
  • Funding any area of health and medical research from discovery to implementation.

The scheme will provide particular opportunities for early and mid-career researchers. It is expected that the CIA will have the scientific leadership and skills to achieve the proposed project aims

Investigator Grants:  to support the research program of outstanding investigators at all career stages. It will consolidate separate salary and research support into a single grant scheme by offering a salary component (if required) and a research support package (RSP).  This scheme replaces the various fellowship schemes formerly run by the NHMRC including Research Fellowships, Practitioner Fellowships, Early Career Fellowships, Career Development Fellowship and Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships.

Synergy Grants: to support outstanding multidisciplinary teams of investigators to work together to answer major questions that cannot be answered by a single investigator.  The expected outcomes are:

  • Multidisciplinary research that addresses major problems in all areas of human health and medical research, from discovery to translation, and
  • Highly collaborative teams of diverse researchers including by gender, career stage and cultural background, working together to address major problems in human health.

The Strategic and Leveraging Grants: include grant schemes that address identified strategic and national priorities and support leveraging funding.

Raine Foundation

The Raine Medical Research Foundation Priming Grants 2020

These Grants provide funding for research into any area of health and medical science that investigates the nature, origin and cause of human disease, and the prevention, cure, alleviation and combating of such disease, funding up to $200,000.\

Ramaciotti Foundation

Ramaciotti Health Investment Grants:  These Grants are awarded to individuals in universities, public hospitals or institutes for a contribution towards the undertaking of health or medical research with a potential path to clinical application within five years. A Health Investment Grant is intended to provide enabling research support for an autonomous early career investigator who is taking or has recently taken a substantive position.

Rotary Australia

Rotary Australia EOI for Mental Health Grants

Australian Rotary Health is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for its Mental Health Research Grants. Projects must focus on the mental health of young Australians (aged 0 – 25 years) and be conducted within Australia at a recognised university, hospital or research institute. Research grants are valued at up to $70,000 per annum + GST for 1, 2, or 3 years, and are available to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens.

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative Explorer Awards

This award program is designed to enhance our existing support of autism research by providing timely resources to enable high-risk/high-impact, exploratory experiments relevant to our mission. A deeper understanding of the mechanisms underlying autism spectrum disorders or potential therapeutic approaches will require investigation at multiple levels, including but not limited to studies focused on gene discovery, molecular mechanisms, circuits, anatomy, and cognition and behavior. We will consider proposals at all of these levels.