The Victorian COVID-19 Research Fund is designed to support research into the long-term impact of COVID-19.

The Victorian COVID-19 Research Fund has been established to support Victorian-led research that directly contributes to discovery and mitigating the health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The intended outcomes of the Research Fund are to:

  • build our understanding of COVID-19 and its long-term impacts on individual health outcomes and populations at risk of increased exposure
  • directly support innovative early research
  • support collaboration between health services, medical research institutes, universities, patients and community. 

The Fund is a competitive program consisting of two key streams being:   

  • Stream A: Biomedical research into the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on body systems and immunity 
  • Stream B: Cohort studies into the long-term impacts on groups at risk of increased exposure (such as health care workers).

Outcomes of the Victorian coronavirus (COVID-19) research fund

Seven projects will benefit from the Victorian Government’s 5.5 million COVID-19 Research Fund, which will support the work of Victoria’s world-leading research institutes to better understand transmission, immunity and the long-term health impacts of coronavirus.

Victorian COVID-19 Research Fund recipients:

STREAM A – Biomedical research into long term impacts of COVID-19

Evaluating direct and indirect effects of SARS-CoV-2 on multiple organ systems using stem cell-derived human tissues - Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI)

The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute will use human-derived stem cells to better understand the virus’s effects on different organ systems in the body, including the lung, heart, kidneys, brain, immune system and blood vessels, to support the development of targeted treatments. The multi-agency study will include partners from the Doherty Institute, Monash University, and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.

“Development of COVID-19 QUIK-pass (QUantitative Immunity Kit-passport)”- Burnet Institute

The Burnet Institute in partnership with the Doherty Institute aim to improve our understanding of COVID-19 immunity by providing a tool that helps to assess immunity for partial or total protection from reinfection.

“Immunity passport” to COVID19 - The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne and the Doherty Institute will undertake a study to define immunity to COVID-19 and generate knowledge to enable the development of better vaccines and biotherapies for the community.

The long-term physical and psychological consequences of COVID-19 infection: a comparative observational study in Regional Victoria - Barwon Health

Barwon Health will undertake a research study in regional Victoria to determine the long-term biological, physiological, and psychological impacts of COVID-19 infection on a regional population. The expected outcome of this research will be to provide an understanding of the incidence and significance of persisting health effects associated with mild to moderate COVID-19 infection in regional Victoria.

STREAM B – Cohort studies into the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on groups at risk of increased exposure such as on Health Care workers

The coronavirus in Victorian healthcare and aged care workers (COVIC-HA) Cohort Study - Alfred Health

Alfred Health will work with Monash Partners to examine the long-term physical and psychosocial impacts of COVID-19 on our frontline workers and workplaces with a focus on healthcare and aged care. This research will inform workplace practices and approaches to prevent transmission of COVID-19 and will also inform the best support for the workforce.

Investigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Victorian healthcare workers and their families - Eastern Health

Eastern Health will partner with Deakin University and Monash University to investigate the impacts of COVID-19 on frontline workers and the wellbeing of Victorian healthcare staff and their families. This research aims to inform mental health supports for this work group, prevent significant illness and effectively direct resources where needed.

A longitudinal cohort study exploring the impacts of COVID-19 on the health and wellbeing of the rural and regional health care workforce - Bendigo Health  

Bendigo Health will undertake a study in regional Victoria to determine the long-term impacts of COVID-19 infection on the rural and regional health care workforce and the communities in which they live. This research will be carried out in partnership with LaTrobe University and aims to inform future policy and practices to support these health care workers and their communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • FAQs

    Q: What is the Victorian COVID-19 Research Fund?  

    A: The Victorian COVID-19 Research Fund has been established to support Victorian-led research that directly contributes to discovering and mitigating the health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    The intended outcomes of the Research Fund are to: 

    • build our understanding of COVID-19 and its long-term impacts on individual health outcomes and populations at risk of increased exposure
    • directly support innovative early research
    • support collaboration between health services, medical research institutes, universities, patients and community.

     
    Q: What streams are available within the Victorian COVID-19 Research Fund?  

    A: The Fund is a competitive program consisting of two key streams: 

    • Stream A: Biomedical research into the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on body systems and immunity
    • Stream B: Studies into the long-term impacts on people’s health incorporating study design elements focussed on health care workers

    Research streams  

    Total funding amount  

    Funding per project  

    Stream A – Biomedical research into the long-term impacts of COVID-19  

    $2,500,000  

    $500,000 - $1,000,000  

    Stream B – Studies into the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on groups with increased exposure (such as health care workers)  

    $3,000,000  

    $1,000,000 - $3,000,000  

    Q: Which organisations are eligible to apply? 

    A: The Victorian COVID-19 Research Fund is open to the following organisations undertaking health and medical research in Victoria: 

    Stream A: 

    • Health services
      • Universities
      • Medical research institutes 

    Stream B: 

    • Health services in partnership with Universities and/or medical research institutes.

    Partnerships and consortia are strongly encouraged. A lead organisation must be identified within the application.  

    Please note, for Stream B: It is a requirement that the application/project be led by a health service.  

    Q: How many applications can applicants submit? Is it 5 applications per stream or 5 in total? 

    A: There is a limit of 5 applications per stream for each institution/organisation. For Universities applying under stream A this limit is 5 applications per faculty. 

    Q: Over what timeframe does grant funding apply? Is it 2 years like the Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund (VMRAF)? 

    A: Funding will be provided for 1 year only.  

    It is understood that some research activity may extend beyond the year in which the funding is provided. Applications should provide an outline of the work funded within the year and specify any work that may continue post the funding term.  

    Q: When should applications be submitted by?  What is the closing date/time for expressions of interest? 

    A: Applications can be submitted up until midnight Monday 1 June 2020 (i.e. 11:59pm on Monday 1 June 2020). 

    Please note: Applications received after this date and time will not be considered. 

    Please allow 48 hours for confirmation of applications.    

    Q: Is there a requirement or need to demonstrate matching funding from other sources or commercial partners? If so, are there any ineligible finding sources? 

    A: There is no specified requirement for matching funding or commercial partners. While collaborations are encouraged and other funding sources welcomed, it is not a requirement that other funding sources be available.

    Q: The budget section of the application form has space to include in-kind support and secured sources of funding. Is it mandatory to have other secured funding or in-kind support?  

    A: Other funding sources are not a specified requirement. It is desirable that organisations would be committing support to their projects either in kind or financial.  

    The aim of these questions is to gauge an understand the overall scope and budget and to identify who other key partners are in the project. 

    Q: How and where should applications be submitted to?  

    A:  Applications will need to be submitted using the appropriate Victorian COVID-19 Research Fund Application Form (available in the downloads section on this page) including any supporting documentation. 

    Applications needs to be emailed to OHMR@dhhs.vic.gov.au by midnight Monday 1 June 2020 (i.e. 11:59pm on Monday 1 June 2020). Please submit your application as one PDF file. 

    Please note: Applications received after this date and time will not be considered.

    Q: The application form does not enable me to include all the information I think is required. Can addition information be provided as attachments?  

    A: You may include additional material if required. Please include the additional material as part of the one PDF attachment and reference them within the application form. 

    Q: When and how will applications be assessed?  

    A: Assessment of applications will commence on Tuesday 2 June 2020

    A complete description of the assessment process for applications submitted to the Victorian COVID-19 Research Fund can be found in the Victorian COVID-19 Research Fund Application Guide, available in the downloads section on this page. 

    Q: Where can I find more information?  

    A:  For detailed information regarding the Victorian COVID-19 Research Fund please refer to the Victorian COVID-19 Research Fund Application Guide available in the downloads section on this page.