Keeping Australians Out of Hospital Grant Opportunity

Key Dates

Wednesday 16 January 2019 (5pm ADST) – Minimum Data due on RGMS & submit Review Ready application to RIC.

Monday 28 January 2019 (10am ADST) – Submit final application to RIC

Wednesday 30 January 2019 (5pm ADST) – Final applications submitted to NHMRC

Contact: Ken Choong,, 90358763


This grant opportunity (GO1973) under the MRFF Keeping Australians Out of Hospital program will support research into evidence-based, implementable and scalable preventive health solutions that can result in outcomes to prevent the development of, or promote better management of complex and chronic health conditions, improve quality of life for people with these conditions and keep them out of hospital.

The expected outcomes of the grant opportunity are:

  • systematic uptake of existing and new research findings and other evidence-based practice into routine practice to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of preventive healthcare interventions
  • improved health outcomes of people with complex and chronic conditions
  • enhanced collaboration and integration of research outcomes into community-based health services and support and education programs
  • reduced burden on the Australian hospital system by decreasing avoidable admissions
  • long-term economic efficiencies for payers of services (patients and carers, the Commonwealth, and states and territories)
  • established partnerships between researchers, the community, policy makers, health professionals and/or service providers that have long-term promise.


$11.7 million from the MRFF is available for this grant opportunity to fund 5 – 10 applications over a period of up to three years to 2020-21.


A person can only be named as a Chief Investigator (CIA-CIJ) on one application.

Applicants are encouraged to seek strategic partnerships  involving organisations (including International organisations) whose decisions and actions affect Australians’ health, health policy and health care delivery in ways that improve the health of Australians. Organisations that are capable of implementing policy and service delivery and would normally not be able to access funding through most MRFF funding mechanisms are highly valued as partners.

While there is no requirement for partner organisations to provide funding (cash and/or in-kind) towards the proposed grant activity, any such contributions leveraged for the purposes of supporting the grant activity will provide strong evidence of the partner organisation’s commitment to the research and its eventual outcomes.

Supporting Documents

Relevant documents including the KAOH guidelines, application template and category descriptors can be found on the Grant Connect webpage.

University of Melbourne researchers can also download the additional Information Pack prepared by the UoM MRFF Team (UoM login required).

How to Apply

  1. Submit a Notice of Intent (NOI)

    The NOI should be completed early to provide RIC with CIA contact details.

  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 at Grant Connect.

  4. Complete the application

    Log in to RGMS and complete the application.

  5. Submit “Review Ready” application to RIC

    Submit application to RIC within the RIC internal submission period for review.

  6. Application review

    RIC staff members will review the application and provide the applicant with feedback via email.

  7. 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.

  8. Submit the UoM Authority to Submit Form

    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 PIs
    • Signature of the Head of Department for each CI
    • Signature of the CEO (or delegate) for all PIs

    Electronic signatures 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 ( a scanned, signed Authority to Submit form.
  10. RIC will submit the application

Once the application has been submitted to NHMRC, you will receive an email from RIC confirming submission.