Healthy - Public Health Research


In this stream the Foundation will consider applications for research on:

  • Improving health outcomes for Indigenous Australians
  • Prevention of anxiety, depression and substance abuse in older Australians
  • Prevention of chronic ill health and disease including obesity, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes through the amelioration of common determinants and risk factors.

Round Information

Expression of Interest

Monday 6 June 2022
Friday 24 June 2022

Grants Announced

mid December 2022

Community art activity in Deception Bay QLD,
developing resources for 'Check Today,
See Tomorrow' diabetes eye care health

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Funding Guidelines

The health and wellbeing of a population is fundamental for a successful, sustainable and equitable society. Whilst Australia is a global leader in public health, with many successes, there are still many challenges and inequities in health outcomes. A more sustained investment in effective prevention will be of considerable national benefit.

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. 

In assessing this research, the Foundation is particularly interested in the applicant’s plan to involve and support outstanding individuals that will strengthen the public health research workforce, including in the areas of biostatistics, health economics and modelling.

Preference will be given to proposals which are preventive in nature, aspirational in scale and seek to improve health outcomes using public health approaches at the population level.

The Foundation will consider applications for research projects or programs in the following areas:

  • Improving health outcomes for Indigenous Australians
  • Prevention of anxiety, depression and substance abuse in older Australians
  • Prevention of chronic ill health and disease including obesity, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes through the amelioration of common determinants and risk factors.

The Foundation will only support research endorsed strongly by the host institution or organisation, where the project/program objective(s) is 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, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Dean or equivalent (for universities)
  • the Chief Executive Officer or Director of Institute or equivalent (for other not-for-profits).

Priority will be given to applications which demonstrate a clear commitment to:

  • Early and mid-career researcher involvement in the research project, detailing the intended duration of support for nominated individuals (i.e. the extent of tenure security)
  • Cross-institutional collaboration, as appropriate
  • Community consultation and engagement in the design and delivery of the project or program.

Important to know

  • You must speak with the 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.
  • 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.

  • Please note, in the case of multiple applications, advice must also be provided as to the priority ranking of all such applications. A maximum of three applications may be submitted by an organisation in a given grant round.
  • 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.
  • Full applications will need to be accompanied by a letter from the requesting organisation's Chief Executive Officer or Director of Institute or equivalent (for not-for-profits) or the University Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Dean or equivalent (for universities) attesting to the value of the application to the organisation.
  • Please also refer to the Funding Principles section for further information.


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

Two-stage application process

Grant requests for Public Health Research Projects are considered via a two-stage process. The first stage is an Expression of Interest (EOI).  All EOIs are reviewed and selected applicants are then invited to proceed to the second stage and submit a full application.

You can preview the EOI and Full Application formsTo improve your chance of success, we suggest you also check out: Tips & Hints, FAQs, Grants Database (please note Health grants made prior to 2020 will be categorised under Health & Disability).

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

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 with the relevant 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. 

Step 6: If your Expression of Interest is approved, you will be invited to submit a full application.

Step 7: Complete your full application (Stage 2) online. We require all supporting documents to be submitted as part of the online application by 5:00 pm AEST 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 & December.

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


Not Currently Open for Applications


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