About the fund

The Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund is an initiative under Victoria's Health and Medical Research Strategy 2016-2020.

The strategy outlines key priorities over four years to support new and evolving fields of world class medical research.

The Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund aims to support those in the early stages of health and medical research to translate their work into health and economic outcomes.

The Fund provides $3 million per annum to help address current market gaps and deliver rewards for research. It supports a small number of research proposals to 'fast track' translation into health and economic outcomes.

Matching funding will be required to demonstrate the capacity to collaborate and undertake research that has a clear pathway to translation. Funding is available for proposals up to $100,000.

It supports early stage innovations including discovery research, clinical research and health practice, or an idea or innovation to attract funding or investment by industry.

2018 Application Process

Health services, medical research institutes and universities are invited to apply for funding.

Organisations can submit up to five (5) research project funding applications. Universities are invited to apply for up to five research project applications per Faculty.

Funding submission for the 2018 round of funding will be open from 14 March to 4 May. To be eligible the proposed research proposal must commence by December 2018.

Submissions will be accepted from collaborations or partnerships between:

  • health services
  • medical research institutes
  • universities.

Industry is strongly encouraged to partner with an applicant organisation.

Funding application outcomes are expected by mid 2018.

Refer to the application guidelines for more details on the application process, available from the Downloads section on this page.