Healthy - Public Health Research Projects


In this stream the Foundation will consider applications for:

  • Research projects that focus on Indigenous health and/or mental health research and implementation.

Round Information

Expression of Interest

Monday 19 October 2020
Friday 6 November 2020

For projects/travel after

30 April 2021

Grants Announced

late April 2021

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Image courtesy of The University of Melbourne.

Funding Guidelines

The Ian Potter Foundation is seeking to support outstanding tertiary institutions, medical research institutes or suitably qualified public health organisations which conduct translational public health research projects.

In assessing the research project, The Ian Potter Foundation is particularly interested in the applicant’s program to involve and support outstanding individuals that strengthen the public health research workforce.

In this stream the Foundation will consider applications for:

  • Research projects that focus on Indigenous health and/or mental health research and implementation.

The Foundation will only support research projects endorsed strongly by the host institution or organisation, where the project objective(s) is identified as strategically aligned to the broader institution's mission. 

To confirm this, all EOIs must be accompanied by a letter of support that clearly states that this project is a priority for the institution from:

  • the Vice-Chancellor (for universities)
  • the Chief Executive Officer or Director of Institute (for other not-for-profits).

Applicants should detail as part of their application:

  • the extent of early and mid-career researcher involvement in the research project, including the intended duration of support for nominated individuals (ie. extent of tenure security)
  • the cross-institutional collaboration contemplated for the research project
  • the extent of community consultation and engagement envisaged in the delivery of the project.

Important to know

  • You must speak with a Program Manager before submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) to be considered eligible to apply. After the initial conversation, the Program Manager will invite suitable candidates to apply.
  • Applications for this program area are considered once a year by the Board of Governors.
  • The Foundation will consider grant applications for 3 to 5 years funding support in the order of $80,000 to $120,000 per annum over this timeframe, with the expectation of matched funding from the institution and/or other sources.
  • Prior to applying, please ensure that you have additional proposed providers of funding and that your application clearly considers any possible grant from the Foundation in this context. We are unlikely to fund 100% of a project cost.
  • The Foundation prioritises applications with evidence of collaboration.
  • Applications must be accompanied by a letter from the requesting organisation's Chief Executive Officer (for not-for-profits) or the University Vice-Chancellor attesting to the value of the application to the organisation.


The Ian Potter Foundation can only make grants to organisations with BOTH Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Item 1 and Tax Concession Charity (TCC) status.

Under the terms of the deed of The Ian Potter Foundation and Australian taxation laws, The Ian Potter Foundation can only make grants to organisations with BOTH Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Item 1 and Tax Concession Charity (TCC) status.

Please make sure you read the funding guidelines and specific exclusions for this funding area before you apply.


Specific Exclusions

The Foundation will not normally support requests for funds for:

• Equipment and services which should properly be provided for in the usual operation of the hospital or health facility.

General Exclusions

Projects that fall into any of the following categories will not be considered for funding:

  • Retrospective funding – projects which are already underway or which will commence prior to the date indicated in our online application information are not eligible for consideration
  • Recurrent expenditure for which there is no future provision
  • Capital or endowment funds established to fund a chair or to provide a corpus for institutions
  • Research for undergraduate, masters or doctoral students
  • Auspicing* is not permitted – the organisation applying must be the one that will run the program or project
  • Applications for public charitable purposes outside the Commonwealth of Australia**
  • Applications for projects that have previously been declined by the Foundation cannot be resubmitted
  • Applications will not be accepted from organisations that have not successfully acquitted previous grants from the Foundation
  • We do not directly support schools

Auspicing refers to the practice of an ineligible organisation (one that does not have DGR and TCC status) applying to the Foundation via an eligible organisation. Auspicing arrangements are excluded under the Foundation's guidelines. The organisation applying to the Foundation must be the organisation that will run the project or program for which a grant is being sought.

** Geographical constraints on grants
The Foundation is limited to providing money, property or benefits for public charitable purposes in the Commonwealth of Australia. However, the Foundation is able to provide a grant for activities outside the Commonwealth if the grant is made for a public charitable purpose in the Commonwealth. For example, a grant might be made to an Australian university to enable it to fund an overseas study tour by an Australian researcher engaged by the university.

Application Process

Ready to begin?

Grant requests in Public Health Research Projects are considered via a two-stage Expression of Interest process. You can preview the EoI information you will be required to submit.

To improve your chance of success, check out: Tips & HintsFAQsGrants Database (please note: relevant past grants made prior to 2020 may be categorised under Health & Disability).

The online application can only be accessed when a funding round is open.

Application Process

Step 1: Read ALL the information on this program area page to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria and program area objectives before you begin.

Step 2: Speak to the Program Manager before preparing an Expression of Interest (EOI).

Step 3: Select 'Apply for a Grant' tab below. This tab will only appear when applications are open.

Step 4: You will then need to login by entering your username and password or create an account by clicking New Applicant?.

Step 5: Complete the Eligibility Quiz. If you meet eligibility requirements, you will proceed to the Expression of Interest online form. After you save and close you can re-access your Expression of Interest via the My Account link using your username and password.
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Step 6: If your Expression of Interest is approved by the Program Manager, you will be invited to submit a full application.

Step 7: Complete your full application (Stage 2) online. As applicable, a letter from the CEO or equivalent person and a ranking letter must be provided separately to the online application. Please email them as instructed in the online application form. We require all supporting documents as well as the online application by the 5.00 pm AEDST deadline on the closing date. 

What happens next?

All grant applications are considered by the Board of Governors at the Foundation’s board meetings, which are held three times a year in April, September and December.

You will be advised of the outcome of your application by phone or email.

Not Currently Open for Applications


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