MRFF Million Minds Mission - 2019 Suicide Prevention



Notice of Intent (NOI) registration OPEN

10am, 13 Jan 2020 (Monday)

Draft Grant Proposal due to RIC for strategic review. Early submission encouraged.

5pm, 22 Jan 2020 (Wednesday)

Draft application due to RIC for compliance and eligibility check

5pm, 22 Jan 2020 (Wednesday)

Minimum Data due on RGMS

5pm, 3 Feb 2020 (Monday)

Authority to Submit

10am, 3 Feb 2020 (Monday)

Final application submitted to RIC

5pm, 5 Feb 2020 (Wednesday)

Final application submitted to NHMRC


The objectives of the 2019 Suicide Prevention Grant Opportunity are to:

  • support innovative, high-quality, collaborative research that focuses on interventions to prevent suicide
  • promote effective translation of research into health policy and/or practice
  • foster and build workforce capacity and workforce capability
  • leverage collaborations between research teams, policy makers, healthcare funders and the health delivery sector (e.g. education, community, industry and/or healthcare)

To be competitive for funding, applicants must propose to conduct research that delivers against the above objectives. Competitive applications will primarily involve interventions that will reduce the number of suicides in Australia and achieve the following intended outcomes:

  • new or improved interventions to prevent suicide
  • clear implementation pathways for prevention and early-intervention strategies
  • increased translation of patient-focussed research into health policy and/or practice
  • increased research capacity and workforce capability
  • established collaborative partnerships between researchers, consumers, policy providers and the delivery sector.


The Australian Government has announced a total of $125 million for the Million Minds Mission Initiative. For this Grant Opportunity, up to $8 million of funding is available over four years from 2020-21 to 2023-24. The maximum grant period is four years.



- This grant opportunity does not support research that is:

  • primarily descriptive or epidemiological in nature
  • not intervention-focussed
  • duplicative of previous or current research, and/or
  • based entirely overseas (out of Australia).

- Research that is duplicative of the National Suicide Prevention Trial (the Trial) will not be supported by this opportunity.

- A person must not be named as a Chief Investigator (CI) on more than one application submitted to this grant opportunity. Up to 10 CIs may be included as members of the research team.

- You are not eligible if your research proposal was submitted to the MRFF International Clinical Trial Collaboration (ICTC) Program and it is currently being assessed, or is included in the ICTC Merit List. Chief Investigators on an application submitted to the ICTC Program that is currently being assessed or is included in the ICTC Merit List are eligible to submit a different research proposal to this grant opportunity.

- The proposed research should not duplicate research previously or currently being undertaken. The NHMRC may compare the research proposed in grant applications with grants previously or currently funded by the MRFF, NHMRC or other agencies (e.g. Australian Research Council) and published research (see also section 4.7 – Other ineligible expenditure)

How to apply

  1. Notice of Intent: Please register your Notice of Intent if you are considering applying for the MRFF RCRDUN.  RIC-MRFF team will then contact each applicant with further information.
  2. Update RGMS Profile: Each CI must obtain access to RGMS and update profile information (see RGMS information)
  3. Review documentation: Review the grant guidelines and Assessment Criteria Scoring Matrix below. Relevant documents can be found on Grant Connect.
  4. Create and Complete the application:  Log in to RGMS select "MRFF - Research Grant" from Initiatives and then select the relevant scheme from Round and complete the application.
  5. Submit “Review Ready” application to RIC: Submit application to RIC within the RIC internal submission period for review.
  6. Complete application: After taking feedback from the RIC team into consideration, complete the application in RGMS. It is suggested advice is sought from colleagues, Faculty Mentors, etc. before finalising the application.
  7. Submit the UoM Authority to Submit Form:
  8. This form must be submitted to RIC electronically by the final internal closing date. This form should include:

    • Complete the compliance and eligibility section
    • Signature of all CIs and AIs
    • Signature of the Head of Department for CIA

    Electronic signatures and email consent are permitted.

    This is an NHMRC requirement and the application cannot be submitted to NHMRC until received.

  9. Final Submission:
    • On the final internal closing date, the applicant must:
    • Submit finalised application by clicking ‘Submit to RAO’ in RGMS
    • Email RIC as well as a scanned, signed Authority to Submit form.
    • Should you require further information please contact Alvin Wong on 83449352 or via email
  10. RIC will submit the application: Once the application has been submitted to NHMRC, you will receive an email from RIC confirming submission.

Supporting documents

NHMRC Documents

Grant Guidelines

Assessment Criteria Scoring Matrix

Rating Scale for Overall Value and Risk

Grant Proposal Template

Minimum Data

RIC Documents

Summary and Tips

Authority to Submit

Wording for written consent


MRFF Million Minds Mission questions and primary email

Key Contacts

Alvin Wong and Catherine Nobes
T: +61 3 8344 9352 (Alvin) T: +61 3 8344 1471 (Catherine)