A National Australian Government Fund

In recognition of the impact of suicide on every Australian, the Australian Government has dedicated $12 million 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.


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 The Suicide Prevention Hub: Best practice programs and services to act as a trusted national source of evidence-based suicide prevention programs.


Three Funding Programs:

The SPA Board will approve a new funding allocation in early 2019. The programs established in 2018 will continue for 2019 and will comprise:


Ideas Grant Program

These grants are managed in conjunction with the National Health and Medical Research Council – open March 2019.


Capacity Building Program

As part of Suicide Prevention Australia’s commitment to improving the quality of programs and services in suicide prevention, funding is allocated for individual awards for researchers currently undertaking research in this field.

There are three awards available under this category of capacity building:


Commissioned Research Program

Commissioned research grants will generally be made available on an as needs basis when a gap has been identified in the suicide and suicide prevention knowledge base.


Notification of Funding Opportunities

When each funding category is opened, notices will be sent to university offices of research, SPA Organisational and Associate Members and directly to contacts who have expressed interest in receiving notices of funding opportunities.


Find out more

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

Contact SPA via sprf@suicidepreventionaust.org to receive updates on The Fund.