Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    $1 million injection for health research

    7/12/2015 10:15 AM
    • New State Government funding to support high-performing health and medical researchers
    • $1 million set aside from FutureHealth WA
    • Worthy projects eligible for one-off grant of up to $250,000

    Researchers conducting studies into a range of medical topics will be able to apply for a one-off Department of Health funding opportunity from today.


    Announcing the initiative, Health Minister Kim Hames encouraged West Australian researchers to apply as a way to support and further their work.


    "The WA Major Research Grant Support program is a significant recognition of the importance of medical research to health professionals and the wider community," Dr Hames said.


    "A total of $1 million has been set aside for the grant from FutureHealth WA, a State Government initiative announced in 2013 to provide $30 million over four years for health and medical research.


    "The Major Research Grant Support initiative will provide funding on a competitive basis for health and medical researchers working locally on partnership projects, provided they are able to secure funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) or a research funding body of similar standing.


    "The new initiative will match NHMRC-secured money, dollar-for-dollar up to $250,000 per grant."


    Those recommended by an expert review panel will be able to use the department's commitment for funding to strengthen their application to an external funding body.


    "This initiative is designed to support research that is undertaken in Western Australia, by local researchers and for the benefit of West Australians.  It also helps WA researchers attract outside funding," the Minister said.


    The grants will support partnership projects:

    • for which the bulk of work will be undertaken in Western Australia
    • that address a significant health issue in Western Australia
    • from which findings can be translated into measurable benefits for WA Health.

    Applications for the new program close on February 10, 2016.


    Fact File

    • For more information on the WA Major Research Grant Support program and other research funding opportunities visit the WA Health website

    Minister's office - 6552 5300