Part of the Australian Government’s $12 million Suicide Prevention Research Fund (SPRF) administered by SPA, the Innovation Grants enable Australian researchers to apply for up to $100,000 in funding each to develop new knowledge and approaches to suicide prevention.

The Grants support Australian researchers with bold ideas about how we can better protect people from suicide, and intervene to prevent suicide.

In announcing the first round of Innovation Grant funding on 24 September 2018, SPA CEO Nieves Murray said “Suicide is a prominent public health concern. Studies indicates that eight Australians die by suicide each day and 65,000 attempt to take their own lives each year. Despite our best efforts, the incidence of suicide in Australia has remained largely unchanged for over 30 years. Investing in the development of new knowledge and approaches will help us to achieve a meaningful reduction in Australian suicide rates.”

In addition to supporting innovative research funded by the SPRF, the suicide prevention sector is working collaboratively with people with lived experience of suicide, governments, the mental health and health care sectors, and universities to develop and implement innovative programs and services.

The sector is co-designing and implementing new suicide prevention initiatives, like LifeSpan and working more closely than ever with Australian communities to empower everyone to help save a life. New approaches to suicide prevention research will help the sector progress even further, opening up more ways to work together to achieve our shared vision of a world without suicide.

Expressions of Interest for the first round of Innovation Grant funding closed on 31 October 2018. Grant recipients will be announced soon.

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