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Research and Innovation Fund 2020-2021

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Introduction

Overview

Research and Innovation Fund Overview

The Research and Innovation Fund (RIF) is a $3 Million fund to develop health research within the ACT.   The RIF will invest in key health research in areas such as cancer, type 2 diabetes, cardiology, nursing, mental health, women and children, dementia, palliative care, and population health.

The RIF will offer grants for individual projects of up to $300,000 to support the development of research capacity and capability in key health areas to meet the health and wellbeing needs of the ACT community.

$1.6 million is available in the 2020-21 financial year to fund research projects within the key health areas and which have a translational intent.

$400,000 of the fund will be allocated in the 2020-21 financial year to research in support of the Australian Brain Cancer Mission.

Caretaker Period

In accordance with the provisions of Section 100(1) of the Electoral Act 1992, the ACT will hold a general election for the Legislative Assembly on Saturday, 17 October 2020. The caretaker period begins at 12:00am on 11 September 2020 and ends with the election of the Chief Minister on the first sitting day of the Legislative Assembly following the election. The continuation of the 2020-21 Research and Innovation Fund Grants following this general election is a decision for an incoming government. As a result, potential 2020-21 Research and Innovation Fund Grants applicants are advised that it is possible this grants program may not proceed.

Research Priorities

Projects are expected to reflect the research priorities established by the ACT Government are:

  • support the Brain Cancer Mission;
  • cancer;
  • dementia;
  • palliative care;
  • population health;
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health;
  • mental health;
  • type 2 diabetes;
  • cardiology;
  • nursing; and
  • women and children;

The above list is not an ordered list of priorities. 

In keeping with the whole‑of‑government focus on improving outcomes for patients, and their families at the end of life preference, within the 2020-21 round, priority will be given to projects which translate existing research into outcomes designed to benefit end‑users of the health system within the wider region supported by the ACT health service.

Project Assessment

Funding for individual projects will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • 20% Relevant expertise of the research team
  • 30% Quality of the research proposal measured against the expectations of the relevant research discipline
  • 30% Anticipated impact on patients and clients of the ACT health service
  • 20% Feasibility of the project delivering the anticipated impacts