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 leading experts from the lived experience community, research, government and clinical service delivery.

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 ‘Best Practice Hub’ 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 is expected to be announced in early 2018. The aim of the Fund is to shift the focus of research from investigator driven to strategic priorities.

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. 

What is the Best Practice Hub (The Hub)?

The Hub aims to encourage and support the use of evidence-based suicide prevention programs and services in clinical practice, schools, workplaces and communities.

This much needed tool will inform and support Primary Health Networks and other commissioning organisations to identify, select and deliver the best quality and most effective suicide prevention programs. It will also provide information and mentoring for new services needing scientific evaluation.

The Hub will be developed by Suicide Prevention Australia in partnership with sector leaders and research experts and is expected to be available in early 2018.

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 and the Hub by signing up to the SPA E-newsletter at the bottom of this page or contact Knowledge Exchange Manager, Michelle Kwan via for more information.