Health Promotion Research FAQs

COVID-19 FAQS

Our key actions relating to our Health Promotion Research Grants during COVID-19 are:

  • Working with you for the cancellation or variation (methodology and timeframes) of research grants where appropriate
  • Delaying the final date for the submission of Stage 2 applications for the Targeted Research Round until early November 2020 (exact date to be confirmed a minimum of six weeks prior)
  • Providing further information regarding the Open Research Round to our research partners as soon as possible.

We know many of our funded research grants will be significantly impacted over the coming months.

Our priority is to work with you to cancel, postpone or vary grant conditions as required.

Please work with your Administering Institution’s Research Grants Office as your first point of contact for all grants queries.

Variations due to COVID-19 may include:

  • Postponing your commencement date
  • Extending your end date
  • Changes to a research plan
  • Changes to Chief Investigators. 

If Administering Institutions are unable to complete and submit any grants reports, grant variation requests or acceptance of grant offers, please contact us by email research@healthway.wa.gov.au.

We’re continuing to process research applications for the consideration of the Healthway Board. If
your application is recommended, you’ll need to submit a revised timeframe for delivery unless
you advise that your project is not affected.

For accountability purposes any revised arrangements will need to be documented and agreed to by both parties. Please work with your Administering Institution’s Research Grants Office for all grants queries.

Targeted Research

We’re deferring the 2020 Targeted Research Round (Aboriginal Health) until later this year.

Stage 2 applications will now be due in early November 2020, to align with the submission of Stage 2 applications for the Open Research Round. This may be revised if current COVID-19 restrictions are still in place.

Applications submitted for this round will be assessed independently from Stage 2 applications submitted for the Open Research Round. 

Open Research Round 

The Open Research Round was originally planned to open in June 2020. While Healthway intends to offer a research round in the coming months, it is likely that the launch date will be delayed in order to consider the health promotion research requirements at this time.

Further communication regarding this will be provided to our research partners as soon as it is available. 

Research Fellowship Round

The 2020 Research Fellowship round is still open, with applications due on 5 June 2020. Given
that projects for this round will not commence until 2021, it will proceed as planned.

For a complete guide on how we are working with our funded organisations during COVID-19 download the COVID-19 FAQs resource below.   

HEALTH PROMOTION RESEARCH FAQS

There are six categories for research funding:

Intervention Research grants

  • Funding up to $120,000 per year for up to three years
  • Funding up to $150,000 in the year(s) the intervention is developed.

Exploratory Research grants for formative or exploratory studies

  • Funding up to $75,000 over two years.

Healthway Research Fellowships 

  • Funding for the provision of a salary stipend between $91,000 and $102,000 per year over three years, plus super, on-costs and some additional research costs.

Healthway Research Training Scholarships

  • Funding for the provision of a salary stipend of $31,500 per year for up to three years, plus super, on-costs, and some additional research costs.

Aboriginal Research Training Scholarships

  • Funding for the provision of between $31,500 and $50,000 per year for up to three years, plus super, on-costs, and some additional research costs.

Visiting Fellows

Funding of up to $35,000 for the professional stipend plus travel expenses and accommodation.

  • EOIs (Stage 1) will be assessed in consultation with relevant research experts and external agencies at the discretion of Healthway.
  • Following the EOI assessment, successful applicants will be invited to submit a full application (Stage 2).
  • All invited full applications (Stage 2) will be assessed in consultation with our Research Assessment Committee. Intervention Research grants will also be assessed by relevant research experts outside WA. External agencies may also be consulted at our discretion.
  • All funding decisions will be made by the Healthway Board. The Board may contact any person or organisation when seeking information on which to base its decisions.
  • Projects approved for funding by the Board also require the Minister for Health’s approval for disbursement of funds.
  • Applications will be assessed in consultation with Healthway’s Research Assessment Committee and relevant research experts, where appropriate. External agencies may also be consulted at the discretion of Healthway.
  • The candidate’s referees will be contacted by Healthway to discuss the applicant and their ability to conduct the proposed study program
  • Shortlisted applicants may be invited for an interview.

All funding decisions will be made by the Board. The Board may contact any person or organisation when seeking information on which to base its decisions. Projects approved for funding by the Board also require the Minister for Health’s approval for disbursement of funds. 

  • Please see the guidelines for the assessment criteria for each scheme. 
  • A “four-grant rule” remains for Intervention Research grants, meaning that an EOI cannot be submitted for an Intervention Research grant if four grants are currently active, only one EOI can be submitted if three grants are currently active and so on. Please note that a grant remains currently active until Healthway has received and acknowledged all reports specified in the funding agreement and all funds have been fully acquitted.
  • Scholarships and Fellowships are excluded from the four-grant rule, and there are no restrictions on the number of EOIs that can be submitted for Exploratory Research grants.
  • Please read the guidelines for each scheme for more information on eligibility. 
  • The level of feedback provided by us will be dependent on the number of EOIs, full applications being processed, and the capacity of Healthway staff.
  • It is likely that only brief feedback will be provided to applicants who are unsuccessful with their EOI or full application.
  • Projects deemed successful and approved by the Board and Minister for Health will receive a letter of notification. Shortly after the notification of successful funding, the contract will be sent to the research office at the relevant research institution, and forwarded to the Lead Chief Investigator for signing and process.
  • Please note Healthway also requires funded researchers to demonstrate that the study has received clearance through an appropriate Ethics Committee prior to any payments being released.
  • Applicants will need to demonstrate that they have developed their proposals in collaboration with practitioners and/or policy-makers and clearly describe how the research will be translated to improve community health outcomes.
  • Applications that are not able to demonstrate how the end-users of the research will be involved in the implementation of the study and the translation of the findings are unlikely to be supported.
  • Where appropriate, knowledge translation plans should identify the specific organisational or government policies or programs that will be informed by the research, and outline how the project or policy will be informed. For example, identify the partnerships you have established and describe how these partners will be consulted, how they will contribute to the design and testing of the intervention or design of the project, and how they will utilise the findings. Also describe how the findings will be communicated in a format and language that is appropriate more widely for policy makers or practitioners.
  • Successful applicants will be required to meet periodically with Healthway staff during the course of the funding period to provide updates on how the research translation activities are tracking against the plan.
  • Exploratory and Intervention grants – 8-9 months following submission of the initial EOI
  • Research Fellowships – 5-6 months following submission
  • Research Training Scholarships – 4-5 months
  • Aboriginal Research Training Scholarships – 4-5 months
  • Visiting Fellowships 4-5 months following submission.

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