NHMRC Research Grants

The National Suicide Prevention Research Fund

The National Suicide Prevention Research Fund supports knowledge development in relation to suicide prevention with an emphasis on the rapid translation of research outcomes into real world improvements. In 2020 the research grants program includes NHMRC Ideas Grants and Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants. Suicide Prevention Australia draws upon the NHMRC peer review process to assess the scientific excellence of applications submitted in the categories of Ideas Grants and Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants. Researchers seeking funding should submit applications to these NHMRC Grant Schemes. In the privacy section of their application they should give consent for NHMRC to provide the application and assessment information to other funding organisations and in this case Suicide Prevention Australia.

Please see the relevant NHMRC webpage for details of Ideas Grants and the Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants.

What does Suicide Prevention Australia fund with the NHMRC?

Following the NHMRC peer review process, fundable research applications in suicide prevention that have been assessed as having scientific excellence, but were unable to be funded by NHMRC, will be considered for funding under the National Suicide Prevention Research Fund. This will be undertaken through the Suicide Prevention Australia’s Research Advisory Committee, chaired by Professor Don Nutbeam. Recommendations from this Committee will be then considered by the Board of Suicide Prevention Australia. Grants applications that address the following priority areas will be considered:

  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.
  1. 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.

What do I need to apply?

Grant Proposals should include a knowledge translation plan and descriptions of the inclusion of lived experience expertise on suicide and the utilisation of research outcomes from a consumer and carer perspective. This investment into research is intended to enhance development of new and more effective programs, improve existing programs and provide appropriate services for those at risk. For more information and to apply, visit the NHMRC New Grant Program page.