Preventative and Public Health Research Initiatives - 2019 Preventative and Public Health Research Grant



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 (including other supporting documents)

5pm, 22 Jan 2020 (Wednesday)

Minimum Data due on RGMS

10am, 3 Feb 2020 (Monday)

Authority to Submit due to RIC

5pm, 3 Feb 2020 (Monday)

Final application submitted to RIC

5pm, 5 Feb 2020 (Wednesday)

Final application submitted to NHMRC


This Preventative and Public Health Research Grant Opportunity under the Preventative and Public Health Research (PPHR) Initiatives will support research that focuses on one or more of the following priority areas:
− Maternal health and the first 2000 days
− Early childhood, and
− Exercise and nutrition.

The objectives of this grant opportunity are to:
− foster new discoveries that lead to practice changes in community and clinical settings
− increase collaboration across academic disciplines, policy makers and health services to better understand the social, cognitive and emotional aspects of people’s health choices
− develop guidance, tools and interventions to support Australians to adopt positive behaviour change and to live active and healthy lives, and
− improve health outcomes for Australians living with chronic and complex disease through innovative public health approaches, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and for, disadvantaged regional and rural and culturally and linguistically diverse communities
Multidisciplinary approaches and consumer involvement are strongly encouraged.


The Australian Government has announced a total of $11.5 million in 2019-20 for the Preventive and Public Health Research Initiative. For this Grant Opportunity funding is available in 2019-20 for each priority area as allocated as below:

Priority Area2019-202020-212021-222022-232023-24
Maternal Health and the first 2000 days$7.5mNilNilNilNil
Early childhood$2.0mNilNilNilNil
Exercise and nutrition$2.0mNilNilNilNil

There is no maximum grant amount but grants cannot exceed the amount of available funds. The maximum grant period is five years.


- A person must not be named as a Chief Investigator (CI) on more than one application submitted to this grant opportunity. You are eligible to apply for more than one grant opportunity under the same PPHR initiatives.

- 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 category descriptors available below and 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

Rating Scale for Overall Value and Risk

Minimum Data

RIC Documents

Summary and Tips

Grant Proposal Template (Including Assessment Criteria)

Authority to Submit

Wording for written consent


MRFF PPHR questions and primary email

Key Contacts

Alvin Wong and Catherine Nobes
T: Alvin - +61 3 8344 9352; Catherine - +61 3 8344 1471