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 & Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grant Scheme

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

NHMRC minimum data sets due

17.00 AEST

Wednesday 10 April 2019

Applications by researchers for The Ideas Grants Scheme and the Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grant Scheme opened on Wednesday 6 March 2019.

Suicide Prevention Australia’s participation as a gap funder has been published on GrantConnect.

Please note that minimum data for both Schemes (which only consists of some selected fields of the application form) is due at 17.00 AEST next Wednesday 10 April 2019.

Failure to meet the NHMRC deadline for minimum data will result in the application not proceeding through the peer review process, as per NHMRC Guidelines.

Completed applications must be lodged by 17.00 AEST on 8 May 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:

  • Post Doctoral Fellowships for early career researchers – early 2019
  • Innovation Grants – EOI May 2019
  • Higher Degree Research Scholarships - open June 2019


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.