New Fellowships a Boon for Victorian Researchers – and Patients

The year has kicked off with the launch of an exciting program aimed at developing the next generation of Victorian researchers, translating research to the clinic and boosting the state’s economy.

As the state’s leading network of health and medical research organisations, BioMedVic is delighted to be working with the Victorian Government to roll out the inaugural round of the Victorian Health and Medical Research Fellowships.

Applications are now open for three, four-year $200,000 p.a. Fellowships to support mid-career researchers in the areas of bioinformatics, genomics and health services research.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to see this significant program to support research translation high on the Victorian Government’s agenda for 2017,” said BioMedVic CEO Jan Tennent. “The opportunity to administer the Fellowship application process will strengthen the trusted relationship BioMedVic has with the Victorian Government and reinforce to our Members the value of being part of a collaborative and collegial network.”

The Fellowships are an initiative of the Victorian Government’s $20 million plan, Healthier Lives, Stronger Economy: Victoria’s Health and Medical Research Strategy 2016-2020, which envisions Victoria as a world leader in ground-breaking health and medical research. The strategy outlines six key strategic directions and aims to embed health and medical research into the Victorian health system, in keeping with one of the major recommendations of the 2013 McKeon review.

Focused on delivering better outcomes for Victorians by translating breakthroughs in health and medical research into improved patient care, the strategy will also lead to the creation of jobs and drive economic growth across the state.

“Victoria is home to some of the world’s best and brightest medical minds, and we’re leading the way in breakthrough discoveries that improve quality of care for patients,” said the Minister for Health Jill Hennessey. “The Victorian Health and Medical Research Fellowships will support up-and-coming researchers to continue, and build on, this inspiring work.”

For more information on the Victorian Health and Medical Research Fellowships and to apply, visit http://biomedvic.org.au/fellowships/.