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ALIVE National Seed Funding Call 2022

Grow your idea and develop your career further with a seed funding grant – due 31 August 2022

Have you got an idea that you’d like to grow? Would a small pilot study advance your research that little bit more and make your grant or fellowship application stronger? The ALIVE National Seed Funding Scheme is now open for the ALIVE National Next Generation Research Network (NGRN) members (including lived-experience research collective members).

The seed funding scheme aims to support the NGRN researchers to develop their research ideas and conduct a pilot study or complete co-design or other research activities that will support a larger, future grant proposal and/or fellowship. This first round is for Early Career Research members (defined as people within five years of having had a PhD conferred).

Successful projects will be completed within 12 months – but can be for a shorter length of time- they will be aligned with the goals and research priorities of the ALIVE National Centre as listed below and show how the work will impact on the areas identified in the ALIVE Model of Change.

The ALIVE National Seed Funding Scheme will be available on a yearly basis. Four grants of $20,000 each will be allocated in 2022. Where eligible applications are submitted, it is expected that two of these four grants will be awarded to projects led by researchers with lived-experience (including carer, family kinship group researchers).


Investigator Eligibility

To apply applicants must be:


Research Priority Areas:

Applicants are encouraged to submit grants that can inform the research focus areas within the National Centre, as follows:

  • Prevention across the life course
  • Addressing unmet physical health needs for longer, healthier lives
  • Priority populations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, or other priority populations where mental health needs are high and compounded by structural discrimination and injustice)
  • Lived-Experience research models and service delivery approaches
  • Implementation and Translation research for mental health systems transformation


Funding Rules:

  • Maximum of four projects funded per year from 2022-2025
  • Two of the grants will be awarded to two projects led by lived-experience researchers
  • Funds awarded cannot be used for the applicant’s salary but they can be used to employ someone to support the research activities for the pilot study (this may be research assistance, co-design support, design outputs from the research)
  • Applications should be associated with a future planned grant or fellowship application and the grant and/or fellowship scheme should be clearly outlined in the application (ECR applicants)
  • Completion of project within 12 months (or sooner) of receipt of funds
  • Successful applicants will be expected to present the results of their project at an appropriate ALIVE forum (e.g., NGRN event, Centre update meeting, annual symposium)
  • Evidence of cross-institutional collaboration would be looked upon favourably


Application process

You can apply for seed funding using the ALIVE National Seed Funding Application Form 2022 Applications should be no longer more than 2000 words. Please send the completed application to [email protected] by August 31st 2022.




Evaluation Criteria:

Applications will be evaluated against the following criteria to determine project viability and suitability for funding. Reviews will be conducted by a panel of investigators, lived-experience researchers and mid-career researchers, with two PhD representatives as part of the overall ALIVE National Centre’s capacity building.


Criteria Description Weighting
Feasibility Potential to generate preliminary data for leveraging additional grant funding and fellowship opportunities that is critical to the future application. 25
Relevance to ALIVE National and Mental Health Systems Change What are the ALIVE focus areas that the application is targeted towards? What is the relevance to the stated aims of the research program? How does the proposed project links with activities and outcomes of the ALIVE Model for Mental Health Change? 30
Collaboration Evidence of cross-ALIVE collaboration – bringing together researchers from different ALIVE networks, and institutions. Applicants should have a clear engagement plan for relevant communities that are the focus within the pilot grant. How are people with Lived-Experience involved in the design and implementation of the proposed project? 25
Innovation What is the major innovation in this project and what innovative models of care, or implementation strategies and models will the project contribute to? These contributions may be in the future based on the pilot project establishing the basis for these, but the contributions need to be identified. 20


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