2020 Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research

Applications are currently open for the 2020 Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research, recognising the exceptional contributions and capabilities of Victoria’s emerging early career researchers in their PhD studies.

Recipients of the Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research category awards receive $5,000 and an additional $15,000 is granted to the Premier’s Excellence award winner, receiving $20,000 in total prize money.

The five award categories include:

  • Aboriginal Researcher undertaking research in any field of health and medical research
  • Health Services Researcher
  • Public Health Researcher
  • Basic Science Researcher
  • Clinical Researcher

Key Dates:

  • Applications Open: 1 August 2019
  • Applications Close: 30 September 2019
  • Awards Ceremony: 23 March 2020

You can find more information regarding application requirements, eligibility and selection criteria here.

New funding for Victoria’s health startup sector

BioMedVic’s CEO Jan Tennent is pleased to have contributed during the consultation phase in the lead up to the recent release of the State of HealthTech – Victoria report by LaunchVic.

Having examined what needed to be done to maximise the health startups sector in the state, the report’s findings underpin a decision by the Victorian Government to provide new funding, through LaunchVic, to accelerate the growth of Victoria’s health startups by supporting accelerator and education programs focused on the health sector – including medtech, biotech, pharma, health and ageing services and disability services.

Details of forthcoming Information Sessions as well as the Funding Guidelines and FAQ are available at launchvic.org.

 

The 2018 VCA Funding Round is closing soon!

Applications to five Victorian Cancer Agency (VCA) 2018 funding schemes are due to close at 11.59pm on 12 June 2018.

Two new schemes offered under the Improving Cancer Outcomes Collaborative Research Grants

  • Improving Cancer Outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians
  • Improving Outcomes for Upper Gastrointestinal Cancers

Workforce Schemes

  • Early Career Seed Grants
  • Mid-Career Research Fellowships
  • Nursing and Allied Health Clinical Research Fellowships

All workforce schemes are eligible to apply for the Victorian-USA Cancer Fellowship Exchange Program. Applications are encouraged from multiple disciplines across the translational cancer research continuum.

More information, including guidelines, funding rules and a link to the application forms can be found here.

Answers to frequently asked questions can also be found on the website, however should you have further questions, contact the VCA on 1300 664 737 or send an email to victorian.canceragency@dhhs.vic.gov.au

Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund – 2018 Round Open!

The Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund is an initiative under Victoria’s Health and Medical Research Strategy 2016-2020 and aims to support those in the early stages of health and medical research with their discovery research, clinical or health practice research, or with an idea to attract investment by industry.

The Fund provides $3 million per annum to help address current market gaps and supports a small number of research proposals to ‘fast track’ translation into health and economic outcomes. Funding is available for proposals up to $100,000.

Applicants are required to have matching funding as evidence of capacity to collaborate and undertake research that has a clear pathway to translation.

Submissions will be accepted from collaborations or partnerships between:

  • health services
  • medical research institutes
  • universities.

The 2018 round of funding is open until 4 May. Details of the 2018 Application Process can be found on the Acceleration Fund webpage.

 

Victorian Cancer Agency 2018 Funding Round – now open

The Victorian Cancer Agency is a unit of the Department of Health and Human Services that funds translational cancer research to improve clinical practice and outcomes for Victorian cancer patients.

The following funding schemes are now open and will close at 11.59pm on 12 June 2018:

Two new schemes offered in 2018 under the Improving Cancer Outcomes Collaborative Research Grants

  • Improving Cancer Outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians
  • Improving Outcomes for Upper Gastrointestinal Cancers

Workforce Schemes

  • Early Career Seed Grants
  • Mid-Career Research Fellowships
  • Nursing and Allied Health Clinical Research Fellowships

Applications are encouraged from multiple disciplines across the translational cancer research continuum.

See more information, including guidelines, funding rules and a link to the application forms on the Victorian Cancer Agency website.

Travel Scholarship for Vic Cancer Researchers – TIDIRC

The National Cancer Institute is currently accepting applications for participants in the Training Institute for  Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (TIDIRC).

The Victorian Government through the Victorian Cancer Agency will support all successful applicants to the TIDIRC through a one-off travel scholarship of $10,000 AUD (ex-GST).

This travel scholarship will support any Victorian cancer researchers successful at gaining a place within this training program for travel costs related to the training session to be held in Bethesda, Maryland, USA on 9th and 10th July 2018.

It is also expected that successful applicants will provide a travel plan to the Victorian Government through the Victorian Cancer Agency, which would also include visits to NCI cancer centres and/or NCI designated cancer centres.

A key aspect of this criteria would be for participants to return to their home institutions and share their learnings and provide a summary report to the Victorian Government through the Victorian Cancer Agency within 3 months following completion of the training program.

Please click here for detailed information about this travel scholarship application process and requirements.

Applications for entry into the TIDIRC close on 12pm, 9 February 2018 (Eastern Time in the United States)

Applications for travel scholarship applications to the Victorian Cancer Agency close on 21 March 2018.

Further information on this program including eligibility criteria can be found here.

For any questions in relation to this travel scholarship, please contact the Victorian Cancer Agency on 1300 664 737 or via email. Please note that the organisation of applicable travel dates, visas and any other meetings will be the responsibility of the successful applicants.

For any questions in relation to the training program and application process, please contact the NCI directly via email.

Announced: Australian Medical Cannabis Industry Development Strategy

Australia’s first ever Medical Cannabis Industry Development Strategy has today been unveiled, with its aim being to move the emerging Victorian medicinal cannabis industry into an established sector.

The strategy sets the goal of Victoria supplying half of Australia’s medicinal cannabis by 2028 and creating up to 500 jobs.

While visiting Monash Medical Centre today, Minister for Health Jill Hennessy and Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford also announced an expansion to Victoria’s early access scheme. The imported medicinal cannabis product which has already been offered to 29 children with severe intractable epilepsy will now be expanded to 60 children.

The Victorian Government also plans to offer Victoria’s locally produced product – when it is ready – to an additional 30 children.

Victoria’s scheme has already helped children see a reduction in seizures and has significantly improved their quality of life. Victoria was the first state in Australia to legalise access to medicinal cannabis for those in exceptional circumstances in 2016.

The signing of a landmark MOU between Agriculture Victoria and Canadian company Canopy Growth Corporation will focus on best approaches to strain development, cultivation, manufacturing and education.

Further details in the Victorian Government Press Release and the Industry Development Plan: Developing a Medicinal Cannabis Industry in Victoria 2018-21.

Victorian Government Vouchers are Back!

BioMedVic welcomes today’s news that the Victorian Government is investing in the future of Victorian businesses with $14.5 million in new funding to help businesses grow.

Under the Boost Your Business program, Victorian businesses will be able to apply for vouchers to access targeted services from January 2018. The vouchers will provide funding for businesses to engage registered service providers to undertake activities such as developing new products, improving business processes and systems, identifying new export markets, undertaking research and development or gaining certification.

The vouchers will be available under four different streams:

The first round opens on 29 January 2018 and more information is available here.

Applications Open – Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research

The Victorian Government has opened applications for the 24th Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research.

Awarded annually to recognise the exceptional contributions made by early career health and medical researchers in their PhD studies, the Premier’s Awards will be expanded to include five category awards in 2018:

  • Basic Science Researcher
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Aboriginal Researcher undertaking research in any field of health and medical research
  • Health Services Researcher
  • Public Health Researcher

The category award recipients receive $5,000 each and the Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research Excellence recipient receives $15,000 ($20,000 in total). The awards will be announced at an awards ceremony proposed for the end of March 2018.

Applications close Monday 22 January 2018. Apply here

Victorian Cancer Agency 2018 Early Career Health Services Research Fellowships – EOI now open

The Victorian Cancer Agency has opened expressions of interest for the Victorian Cancer Agency Early Career Health Services Research Fellowships.

The intention of this scheme is to fund early career researchers within cancer health services with a focus on building capacity within cancer health services research, improving the delivery of care for patients, improving patient outcomes and improving patient experience. It is expected that applications will align to the Victorian cancer plan 2016-2020 and/or the Cancer Reform Framework.

The scheme is open to medical, nursing and allied health practitioners, health economists, behavioural scientists, statisticians, bioinformaticians, epidemiologists and other disciplines conducting health services research in cancer.

Applications close 31 January.

More information, including guidelines, funding rules and a link to the application forms can be found on the Victorian Cancer Agency website: http://www.victoriancanceragency.org.au/index.php/2018funding-round