Bupa Health Foundation: 2018 Foundation Grants Program

The overarching objective of the 2018 Foundation Grants Program is to support research that leads to improvements in mental health models of care in Australia, ultimately aiming to result in better mental health for the Australian community.

This includes outcome-driven research that increases understanding of the limitations of the current models of care and their funding levers and/or research that builds evidence on the effectiveness of innovative models of care.

The following mental health research themes have been identified as areas of interest for the Foundation:

  • community delivered mental health care designed to meet the needs of the modern consumer and health system;
  • models of care that integrate mental wellbeing and illness care with wider healthcare and social systems;
  • evaluation and/ or scalability of innovative mental health models of care (i.e. involving unique partners, funding structures or technologies) in one or more geographical sites or at risk populations; and
  • digitally-enabled models of care that promote equitable access, appropriateness and efficiency of mental health care, including use of data for informing and evaluating models of care.

Funding & Duration

$1 million (exclusive of GST) is available for allocation. As the Foundation is looking to fund a research alliance delivering outcome-driven research, it is anticipated that this grant will support 1 to 2 projects depending on scope and budget for applications received.

Funding will commence in 2019 and will be allocated over a funding period of up to two years depending on the agreed project timeline and milestones.


The following are the grant requirements:

  • proposals must represent an alliance that brings together diverse research partners. This should include different organisation types (i.e. private, public, academic, community or government), disciplines (i.e. within health, economics, social sciences) and perspectives (i.e. prevention, treatment, the patient, the health system);
  • proposals must be designed to translate research outputs to improvements in patient outcomes through changes to policy and practice;
  • proposals must be informed by existing evidence and contribute to evidence gaps;
  • proposals are to incorporate the role for the patient and their lived experiences, in the design, delivery and measurement of quality health care; and
  • proposals should be designed to lead to population level impact (i.e. they are sustainable or scalable to other jurisdictions or contexts).

Submission Requirements & Due Date

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