FHRI Fund Programs and Initiatives

Disbursements from Future Health Research and Innovation (FHRI) Fund investment income are made through Programs and Initiatives, which align with the FHRI Fund Strategy and Priorities. 

The Advisory Council for the FHRI Fund is responsible for developing Strategies and Priorities (noting that the Advisory Council was not formed in time to develop the inaugural Strategy and Priorities). The Department of Health then develops Programs and Initiatives that contribute to achieving one or more Priority and the Advisory Council provides a recommendation to the Minister for Health regarding whether these Programs and Initiatives should be approved. The Strategy, Priorities and Programs and Initiatives are approved by the Minister for Health. The FHRI Fund governance page provides further details about the roles and responsibilities for developing the Strategy and Priorities. Please see the expandable content at the bottom of this page for definitions of the Strategy, Priorities and Programs and Initiatives.

The inaugural (2020/21) FHRI Fund Programs and Initiatives

Potential FHRI Fund Priorities and Programs and Initiatives were considered by the FHRI Fund Advisory Council at its first meeting, which was held on 30 November 2020. In December 2020, the Advisory Council proposed Research and Innovation Priorities and recommended Programs and Initiatives to the Minister for Health, which were subsequently approved and tabled in Parliament by the Minister. The FHRI Fund Priorities page lists the approved Priorities and describes how they were developed. 

The Advisory Council's recommendation regarding Programs and Initiatives included new Programs and Initiatives and the continuation for 2020/21 of several existing research programs. The approved new 2020/21 Programs and Initiatives are presented in the table below. The approved existing research programs are: the Research Translation Projects program; the Clinical Trials and Data Management Centre; the Clinician Research Fellowships; the Medical and Health Research Infrastructure Fund; the Merit Awards program; and the Research Institute Support scheme.

Note that the table below replicates the Program and Initiative list approved by the Minister and release dates and final Program or Initiative names may vary. Please refer to the Current opportunities page for information on Programs and Initiatives that are open to applications, or for which applications are under review. Information on funding outcomes of completed Program and Initiative selection processes is provided on the Funding outcomes page.

 

Priority alignment

Programs and Initiatives

Provide cash commitments for submission to major competitive co-funding programs, making WA-led applications more competitive and, therefore, increasing the State's share of national and international competitive funding.  

Contribution to National Imaging Facility funding bid

This Initiative provides support for a commitment of $2.3 million towards the WA Node of the National Imaging Facility bid.

Major External Grants Support Program

This program will establish a funding pool to provide cash commitments to major funding programs that require matching funding (e.g. National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership Projects, Cooperative Research Centre bids, some Medical Research Future Fund submissions, other international funding programs, etc).
Support research translation to foster a vibrant research translation culture in the public health system, facilitate quantifiable buy-in from health system leadership and improve patient care and outcomes.  

Implementation Science Fellowships

The Implementation Science Fellowships will support high-quality implementation science professionals to undertake a project related to implementation of research findings within the WA public health system. The Implementation Science Fellows will also provide implementation-related advice and training to WA researchers, innovators and WA public health system executives. Fellowships will be offered in both of the following two areas:

  • Aboriginal health issues 
  • Country and regional WA health issues.

Translation Fellowships

The Translation Fellowships Program will provide three-year fellowship funding and a research allowance to support high-quality early- to mid-career researchers in both of the following two areas:

  • Aboriginal health issues 
  • Country and regional WA health issues.
Build capacity in the collection, analysis and communication of health data to facilitate translational research projects aimed at producing health benefits for individuals and their families and improving the health system.  

Consumer and Community Involvement in Research Data Scheme

This Program consists of design, implementation and evaluation of a training suite that can be delivered using varied methods collaboratively with consumers and researchers to support co-design data-driven research.
Determine a biobank model that meets WA research and innovation needs and that represents international best practice.  

Enhancing biobank capacity and sustainability in WA

This Program has two components: 

  • Bridging operational funding for established WA biobanks to ensure they can transition to the new WA biobank model once it is determined
  • Determine a biobank model that meets WA research and innovation needs and that represents international best practice.

 

The Western Australian Future Health Research and Innovation Fund Act 2012 (the Act) provides that the Governance Framework will include a requirement for the development of a Future Health Research and Innovation (FHRI) Fund Strategy and FHRI Fund Priorities and that these must be tabled in Parliament and published online.

The Governance Framework describes the Strategy, Priorities and Programs and Initiatives as follows:

The Strategy provides a high-level vision and goals for research and innovation in WA and forms the basis from which the Priorities are derived. The Advisory Council for the FHRI Fund leads development of the Strategy and the extensive consultations that inform this process. The Advisory Council recommends the Strategy to the Minister for Health for approval.

A Priority is an approach, need or opportunity that has been determined to be critical to achieving the vision of the Strategy that is in place at the time and that aligns with the purpose of the FHRI Fund, as described in the Object of the Act. The Priorities are prepared by the Advisory Council and subsequently provided to the Minister for Health for approval.

A Program or Initiative is a mechanism through which funding is directed to a specific purpose and that contributes to achieving one or more Priority. Programs and Initiatives are approved by the Minister for Health based on a proposal by the Director General of the Department of Health. However, the Act provides that the Minister for Health must seek a recommendation from the Advisory Council and consider the recommendation subsequently received before making, or applying FHRI Account moneys to, Programs and Initiatives in the financial year.

Last Updated: 02/06/2021