East Metro Health Service Mental Health Research Fund now open!

The East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS) has committed $1 million to fund research into improving the services provided to community members experiencing mental illness.


The EMHS Mental Health Research Fund will support research and evaluation projects which aim to generate innovative and ambitious solutions to service delivery challenges. The Fund will provide a maximum of $200,000 per project for periods up to 2 years. However, acknowledging the breadth of scope of projects envisaged, the total funding will be determined based on the needs of each project. Other factors, including the level of in-kind support or matched funding from partner organisations will be taken into account.


Funding is available to cover the direct costs of the project including:

  • Project-specific salary support for research personnel e.g. project coordinator, research associate
  • Materials and consumables
  • Specialist equipment essential for the project (the equipment will remain the property of EMHS)
  • Expert services e.g. biostatistical or health economist services
  • Dissemination, engagement and translation activities (these are considered key aspects of projects to be funded)


Funds cannot be used for:

  • Salary recovery for investigators already employed by EMHS or a partner
  • Infrastructure costs – such as building, basic services and utilities – or the cost of large equipment
  • Organisational overheads and indirect costs
  • Travel and overseas allowances
  • Non-research related activities


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Projects must have the potential to be of value to EMHS and the broader health service and to be translated into meaningful and enduring improvements to mental health services within a 2 year time-frame (1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021)
  • There must be a significant contribution to the project by EMHS employees, although the lead researcher can be from a partner organisation
  • The work must be substantially undertaken within the EMHS i..e Royal Perth Hospital, Bentley Hospital, Armadale Health Service, Kalamunda Hospital, St John of God Midland Public Hospital, EMHS Population and Community Health Programs
  • Collaboration between multiple EMHS hospitals, services and departments and partnerships with other health services, primary care networks and universities is strongly encourages
  • It’s expected partner organisations will match the funding provided by EMHS with in-kind support and/or a monetary contribution
  • Projects which incorporate a research capacity building component and provide a lasting legacy for the EMHS site(s) e.g. an ongoing academic partnership, new internal EMHS collaborations, up-skilled staff, research-specific equipment or infrastructure are highly desirable


Expressions of Interest Applications close 5pm, Friday 22 November, 2019. The EMHS Mental Health Research Fund site has applications forms and further information

Please note Applications will be assessed by a Review Panel using an Assessment Criteria. You can access the Assessment Criteria via the Mental Health Research Fund Prospectus

Contact Sharon Oddy with any questions