Frequently Asked Questions


  • Who can apply for a grant?

    To be eligible for a grant, you must meet all the following criteria, at the time of application:

    • You must be the chief investigator on the proposed research project that forms the basis of the application.
    • As chief investigator, you and your team must be Australian citizens or permanent residents; or New Zealand citizens holding a Special Category Visa. Applicants who have applied for (but not yet granted) permanent residency or a Special Category Visa may apply for a grant. Evidence of the appropriate status must be provided before the commencement of a grant.
    • You must have made arrangements with the head of department of the university or institute in which you propose to conduct the research to ensure fundamental infrastructure is available to conduct the research within that department.
    • You must have several years of research experience. It is desirable (but not essential) that you hold a post graduate degree, such as PhD or Masters.
  • What are the priority funding areas?

    Each year we publish the priority areas for the current round of grants on our website.  All applications that fit within our priority areas will be considered.

  • Do I have to use the Defence Health Foundation application form?

    Yes, to have your application reviewed you must use the application form available from the Downloads tab. 

  • What are the grant limits?

    The Foundation Board has allocated a total budget of $220,000 for these three research projects and will determine the grants to be selected.  The funding will be made available from the start of the 2021 academic year, so research projects must be ready to proceed or be already in place, by that time.  The funding will be for a maximum of 12 months from the start of the contract.

    Defence Health Foundation grants can be used for any combination of personnel, equipment, consumables or other related expenses, but cannot be used for university infrastructure or overheads.


  • Does a grant include GST?

    Our grant funding does not include GST. As we are unable to advise applicants on their GST requirements we advise you to refer to the GST ruling on grants on the ATO website.

  • Can I submit multiple applications?

    Multiple applications may be submitted and each will be reviewed on its own merit. If submitting multiple applications, please submit on separate application formsvia separate emails. 

  • If I am currently receiving a grant, can I apply for a second grant?

    Generally, the Foundation requires a current grant to be successfully completed and acquitted before awarding a subsequent grant.

  • How long does the application process take?

    Applicants have approx. 6 weeks in which to apply. We then review the applications submitted to find those that best match our research topics. Researchers that have met our requirements may be contacted to clarify any issues.  All applicants are advised of outcome early November.

  • How are applications assessed?

    Applications are independently reviewed by a panel of academic peers and the top-ranked one-third (approximately) advance through to our Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). The SAC consists of three highly esteemed medical research experts who have connections with Defence. The committee will review all applications, and may refer them to other research experts in the field. The SAC will then make a recommendation to the Foundation Board on the applications deemed worthy of support. Details about the committee members can be found here.

  • Do you provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants?

    As the Foundation is run by a very small non-academic team that receives considerable interest in our funding each year, unfortunately we are unable to provide feedback.

  • Ethics approvals

    It is essential that all research funded by the Defence Health Foundation is approved by the appropriate ethics committee/s. In addition, some projects may require approval by the Department of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs Human Research Ethics Committee (DDVA HREC) and possibly other health bodies or data custodians. Such ethics approvals must follow the guidelines of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) - Updated May 2015.

    Researchers are encouraged to visit the DDVA HREC and HREC websites for additional information.

  • What if I can’t find the answer to my question?

    If you can't find the answer on our website please email your question to  or call 03 8679 1122 (Tuesdays)