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).

The Application Forms and Guideline can be found below.

Applications will open 22 May 2020.

Close midnight Monday 1 June 2020.

For any further information please email the Office of Health and Medical Research.

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.