Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade; Hydrogen Industry; Tourism; Science

    $3 million to provide opportunities for local COVID-19 research

    26/03/2020 3:05 PM
    • New funding program for COVID-related health and medical research
    • Push to fast-track projects and provide infrastructure support
    • Open to all WA-based researchers

    The McGowan Government is urging all Western-Australia-based researchers to apply for a new $3 million funding program to support COVID-related research.


    The new COVID-19 research grants will be awarded on merit. While all projects will need to be scientifically and ethically sound, every effort will be made to expedite high-quality research through the governance process to enable earlier commencement.


    Projects could involve anything from trials of new treatments or testing regimes to data or epidemiological studies.


    The funding will also be available to provide infrastructure support for COVID-19 research.


    Applicants will have until Wednesday April 8, 2020 to lodge applications for research projects and infrastructure support.


    The new funding program will be overseen by the WA Department of Health in conjunction with the WA Health Translation Network, which includes consumer representation through the Consumer and Community Health Research Network. 


    Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:


    "Now more than ever we can appreciate the incredibly important role that health and medical research has on the health and wellbeing of our community.


    "This new funding scheme will give WA researchers an opportunity to be part of global efforts to minimise the impacts of COVID-19.


    "At a time when there is still no specific treatment for COVID-19, WA patients and healthcare consumers will potentially have access to clinical trials.


    "We know that WA is home to many highly talented researchers, and I encourage any researcher who has a proposal that could help us tackle this current crisis, to apply for funding."


    Minister's office - 6552 6500