National Suicide Prevention Research Fund

In recognition of the impact of suicide on every Australian, the Australian Government has dedicated $12million to the establishment of the first National Suicide Prevention Research Fund (The Fund).

The world-first fund is designed to provide sustainable financial support for Australian suicide prevention research and ensure outcomes have the greatest impact by addressing nationally agreed priorities.

Suicide Prevention Australia is proud to manage The Fund in partnership with the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) consisting of leading experts from the lived experience community, research, government and clinical service delivery settings. Read more about the RAC here.

The Fund has two main objectives :

  • To support world-class Australian research into suicide prevention and facilitate the rapid translation of knowledge into more effective services for individuals, families and communities.
  • To establish a national Suicide Prevention Hub Best Practice Programs and Services to act as a trusted national source of evidence-based suicide prevention programs.

How will the research be funded?

Each year, Australian suicide prevention researchers will be given the opportunity to apply for project funding. The first funding round through NHMRC is now open, and information can be found in the category of Gap Funding. The aim of The Fund is to shift the focus of research from investigator driven to strategic priorities. Information on the priorities can be found here

To support Suicide Prevention Australia in determining research priorities, the University of Melbourne undertook three studies to gauge current and future priorities in suicide prevention research.

Current priorities were examined by reviews of journal articles published, grants and fellowships funded between 2010 and 2017. Future priorities were informed by the views of a range of groups known to conduct, fund, or use suicide prevention research as well as those who are impacted by suicide. A total of 390 responses were received.

For 2018, Suicide Prevention Australia will partner with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in assessing scientific excellence, and applications will open in line with the NHMRC timetable. 

Find out more

Suicide Prevention Australia welcomes contact from philanthropic organisations or businesses interested in supporting the growth and sustainability of this unique fund.

Receive updates on The Fund by signing up to the SPA E-newsletter at the bottom of this page in the 'Stay in touch' section or contact SPA via for more information.

Read more about The Suicide Prevention Hub here.