Defence Health Foundation: Research Grants 2017

The Foundation awards grants annually to medical research projects that will benefit the health and well-being of the Defence community. The Defence community is defined as serving and ex-serving ADF personnel, and their immediate families.

The type of medical research funded includes the study of the causes, treatment and prevention of human diseases. The term diseases includes physical or mental ailments, disorders, defects, wounds and morbid conditions, whether of sudden onset or gradual development and whether of genetic or other origin.

2017 research priorities includes medical research that:

  • is designed to directly benefit contemporary serving or ex-serving ADF members and their families;
  • targets physical and mental health issues that lead to behaviours that adversely affect the lives of these family members; and
  • focuses on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation or intervention.

Funding & Duration

Establishment Grants

Establishment Grants are awarded for a maximum period of 12 months. The grant value will be a minimum of $25,000 and a maximum of $50,000 (excluding GST).

The aim of an Establishment Grant is to assist a new or an established investigator to progress a novel or innovative area of research to the proof of principle stage. The purpose is to help that investigator’s grant proposal be more competitive in obtaining external grant funding the following year.

Booster Grants

Booster Grants are awarded for periods of one, two or three years. The grant values are a minimum of $25,000 p.a. up to a maximum of $100,000 p.a. (excluding GST).

The aim of Booster Grants is to assist an established research project expand its scope or duration in order to pursue new lines of investigation or to be able to bring forward the publication of results.

Defence Health Foundation grants can be used for any combination of personnel, equipment, consumables or other related expenses, but cannot be used for university infrastructure or overheads.


The Foundation is specifically looking for applications in the clinical and translational research area, involving human-based research. No funding will be made available for laboratory based (basic science) research.

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria, at the time of application:

  • Must be the chief investigator on the proposed research project that forms the basis of the application;
  • The chief investigator and their team members must be Australian citizens or permanent residents or New Zealand citizens holding a Special Category Visa.

Submission Requirements & Due Date

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