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Impact Research Grants

Research to boost action for a healthier, fairer Victoria.

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Program overview


Applications closed on Wednesday March 1. Thank you to everyone who applied.   

We’re currently working through the assessment process. There are a high volume of applications, so we expect to be back in touch by June 2023. 

For more than thirty years, VicHealth has been investing in cutting-edge research to help shape a healthier Victoria. We support and champion equitable and innovative research relevant to health promotion and prevention. And we boost its impact by investing in knowledge translation into policy and practice.

VicHealth has invested in 17 Impact Research Grants since 2018 and we are excited about expanding this program in 2023.

Our 2023 Impact Research Grants Round will support research that can reshape systems and radically advance the promotion of fairer health and wellbeing outcomes for all Victorians. In this round, we anticipate we will fund five grants, with projects to commence by July 2023.

More details

Focus areas


In 2023, our Impact Research Grants round aims to focus our investment on this gap. We will fund research proposals that can build on an already initiated body of work and catalyse its potential to create greater health promotion impacts in the real world.

For this round, the priority themes are:

Area Theme
Healthy and sustainable food systems Place-based systems interventions focusing on increasing equitable access to nutritious and affordable food from sustainable food systems
Active communities and sport Improvements in the built and social environment to promote physical activity in geographic areas or communities that experience greater systemic inequities
Social connection and mental wellbeing Community-centred, strength-based models to improve mental wellbeing of people and communities facing significant systemic inequities
Climate, environment and health Place-based research to support improved community health, wellbeing, and resilience in areas in Victoria that are more vulnerable to climate change impacts

In addition to addressing at least one of the priority themes, proposals must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Build on a successfully initiated research project
  • Embed equity considerations throughout all stages of the research project
  • Actively work in partnership with policy makers, practitioners, and communities
  • Specify how the research findings will be strategically disseminated and communicated to communities, policy makers, practitioners and the public more broadly

See our funding guidelines for full details.


What's in it for you?

  • Funding support over 18-24 months of between $180,000-$230,000.
  • Access to the Victorian Health Promotion Hub, located at VicHealth head office in Melbourne’s CBD. As a grant recipient and VicHealth partner, you’ll be able to book a range of workspaces and meeting rooms and connect with partners, allies and the VicHealth team.
  • Access to training opportunities to enhance knowledge translation and communication for health skills.

Key dates

Opening date for applications 12noon AEDT, Thursday 12 January 2023
Closing date for applications 12noon AEDT, Wednesday 1 March 2023
Assessment period March - April 2023
Notification to successful and unsuccessful applicants By 30 June 2023
Commencement of projects From July 2023
  • How will I hear about the outcome of my application?

    VicHealth will notify you of the outcome of your application by email. You can expect to hear back from VicHealth by late June 2023. If you do not receive an email, please make sure you check your junk/spam folder. 

  • Will I receive feedback on my application if unsuccessful?

    VicHealth Impact Research Grants are extremely competitive, and we receive far more eligible applications than can be funded. Due to such high volumes, generalised feedback will be provided on notification to unsuccessful applicants; however, we are unable to provide individualised feedback.

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