Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) has partnered with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to assess scientific excellence of grant applications in the category of Ideas Grants
SPA commissioned the University of Melbourne to develop strategic research priorities by which funding decisions will be guided and the full report can be found here. Researchers seeking funding will be asked to submit applications that address the following priority areas, including a knowledge translation plan:
1. What works to prevent suicide and suicidal behaviour? For whom? Why?
Studies of indicated, selective and universal interventions will be considered, with particular emphasis being given to studies of indicated interventions. Studies employing any type of research design will be considered, providing they can yield meaningful data on effectiveness and, where possible, cost-effectiveness.
2. What factors are protective against suicide?
What are the mechanisms by which these protective factors operate? How might we bolster these protective factors for individuals in different communities and/or from different target groups and/or social and cultural backgrounds? Again, studies employing any type of research design will be considered, providing they can yield meaningful data on protective factors and their promotion.
Applications for Ideas Grants are scheduled to open through the NHMRC website in March 2019. The application process will take researchers to the GrantConnect site and then require registration on the NHMRC Research Grants Management System.
In addition to apply for funding through the NHMRC Ideas Grants program, the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) has recommended to the Board, that the program of research support established in 2018 be cotninued through 2019.
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