Victorian Government Announcement of COVID-19 Research Investment, including $1.8m for health services research

The Victorian Government has announced a total package of $8.56m to fund biomedical research, cohort studies into the long term impacts of COVID-19 and health services research projects to enhance models of care.

In the coming days expressions of interest will be sought relating to:

  • Biomedical research into the long-term impacts of COVID-19. Up to $2m of funding will be available through a competitive process
  • Biomedical research to understand COVID-19 immunity. Up to $1m of funding will be available through a competitive process
  • Seed funding of clinical trials. Up to $100k for each project related to the biomedical research above and selected through a competitive process
  • Studies into the long term impacts on health care workers. Up to $3m of funding will be available through a competitive process. It is expected that this study stream will complement existing research in our health services. Research collaborations with broad engagement are encouraged.

The remaining $2.36m within the funding announced includes:

  • $1.8m in Health Services Research through partnerships with the Advanced Health Research Translation Centres at Monash University and the University of Melbourne and a range of leading health services. It also includes collaborations with Western Alliance (Deakin University and regional/rural health services) and Cochrane Australia’s work on “Living Evidence”.
  • $560k has also been provided to look at the long term impacts on children and families in partnership with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare.

If you have any questions regarding the Victorian Government’s investment or wish to discuss your interest in submitting a proposal for funding, please email OHMR@dhhs.vic.gov.au