Research Grants Opportunities

Mental Health Research Grant

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.

Please note that EOI’s follow the same process of institutional approval and should be submitted to the Research Office with a Notice to Submit and draft budget.

Important Notes:

  • Principal Investigators holding a current Australian Rotary Health grant are not eligible to apply unless their grant finishes in 2019. Co-Investigators can have an active Australian Rotary Grant in progress.
  • The Principal Investigator may apply for only ONE grant as the Principal Investigator (they may be included as Co-Investigators on other applications)
  • The Principal Investigator MUST be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia or New Zealand. Co-Investigators can have any country of origin.
  • If invited to submit a full application, there are to be no changes allowed to the Principal Investigator. Please be aware of this as you submit your EOI.
  • Bullet points are acceptable

Submission Instructions:

  • To submit an EOI, please fill out the online form. If you would like to save your progress and come back later, and email will be sent to you containing the link to your EOI.
  • This link is sharable, so please be aware of who you give access to.
  • EOI’s are to be received by 11.59pm AEST, Friday, 31stMay, 2019. 
  • There will be no edits or changes once it has been submitted.
  • After you have clicked submit, you will be directed to a page that thanks you for your submission.
  • Once it has been received by Australian Rotary Health, an email will be sent to the Principal Investigator confirming your submission.

For any enquiries, please contact:
Jessica Cooper
Promotions & Mental Health Research Manager     (02) 8837 1900

Important Dates:
Friday 17th March, 2019: EOIs due to Research Office
Friday 31st May, 2019: EOIs close
Friday 14th June, 2019: Projects are short-listed
Week beginning 17th June, 2019: Candidates notified and requested to submit full application
Friday, 2nd August, 2019: Full application due to Research Office
Friday, 9th August, 2019: Full applications due
Late October/early November, 2019: Successful candidates notified
2020: Funding commences

Research for Development Impact Network

The Research for Development Impact (RDI) Network is a network of practitioners, researchers and evaluators working in international development. RDI believes that overcoming poverty and injustice requires effective partnerships that link quality research, policy and practice.

The Network exists to foster collaboration between Australian universities and non-government organisations (NGOs) in order to promote high quality and ethical development research, translated as evidence and applied to effective policy and practice. Working in close partnership with the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), the Network functions as a key cross-sectoral platform for shared learning and action in the international development sector.

The RDI Network is financially supported by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Network Objectives

The RDI Network fosters collaboration between Australian universities and NGOs for quality research with impact in international development. This is achieved through the sharing of information and the provision of access to expertise.

The Network exists to lead, stimulate and support:

  • Effective, ethical development research practice
  • Cross-sector partnerships and linkages
  • Uptake and use of evidence in policy and practice

The community is open to all individuals with an interest in international development and includes researchers, practitioners, students, evaluators, consultants, private sector actors and many more.

In order to engage with expertise from peers in the Network, you are invited to register as a member in one of two categories (standard or expert). As a member, you will have priority access to initiatives and events.

Our members include international development NGO staff, researchers, policy makers, consultants and students from around Australia and beyond.

Register today and get connected!

Macular Disease Foundation Australia

Macular Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA) funds world-leading research which aims to reduce the incidence and impact of macular disease. Since the inception of the Research Grants Program in 2011, MDFA has committed almost $3.6 million to 18 research projects.  

The MDFA grants are awarded following rigorous evaluation based on the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) process, along with peer review, to ensure successful applicants meet the highest standards.  

A total grant pool of up to $AU 600,000 plus GST will be available for the next round of research to start in 2020. It is anticipated that up to 3 or 4 grants of $AU 50-100K per annum between 1 and 3 years duration will be awarded.  

Grants are available for researchers, based in eligible Australian institutions, to pursue research into medical, social, low vision or nutritional research into macular disease. Relevant faculties, schools and departments include, but are not limited to; optometry, ophthalmology, orthoptics, medicine, social work, pharmacy, psychology, nutrition and dietetics.   

The closing date of application is 5pm (AEDT) 2 June 2019. An electronic copy must be received by this date. One hard copy of the application plus attachments, including original signed certifications is also required and can be received up to 5pm (AEDT) 5 June, providing the electronic copy has been sent by 5pm (AEDT) on 2 June 2019.  

To download the Research Grant documents, simply click on the links below:  
Grant Information and Instructions
Grant Application form 
Coversheet (Attachment A) 
Certifications (Attachment E)
Nominations of possible assessors (Attachment F)  

For further information please contact 1800 111 709 or  or visit the website

Expanded Reason Congress

The 3rd edition of the Expanded Reason Congress will be held at the University Francisco de Vitoria (Madrid, Spain). The Congress brings together researchers and teachers from all over the world who, starting from their particular sciences, ask themselves about the reality that challenges them, taking into account philosophical anthropology, epistemology, ethics and the meaning that underlies what they study.

The Expanded Reason Congress is born from the same mission that the Expanded Reason Awards have: to put the particular sciences in dialogue with philosophy and theology, with the aim of getting to know reality in its fullness.

When: 19-21 September 2019
Where: University Francisco de Vitoria
More information from website