Larapinta Trail Challenge 2017 - Indigenous Community Health Research Grants

This scheme is CLOSED

The Office of the DVC (R&I) seeks research proposals from University of Newcastle researchers. There are grants of up to $30,000 available.

Funding for the grants has been provided by more than 1,000 individual donors and sponsors through UON’s peer-to-peer fundraising adventure challenge, the Larapinta Trail Challenge 2017. This involved 27 volunteers from UON's alumni, students, staff and business communities trekking more than 65km of the Larapinta Trail in Central Australia over five days, raising funds from their family, friends, colleagues and networks to support equity for Indigenous education and health through UON scholarships and research.

One of the Challenge aims was to provide support for researchers to pursue high-impact, strategic or collaborative research activities that address key health issues affecting Indigenous Australian communities.

The successful research projects will align to:

  1. the 2017 Prime Minister’s Closing the Gap (PDF) report, and
  2. the University of Newcastle’s NeW Futures strategic plan 2016-2025 (PDF).

The goals of the grants are to:

  • Increase impact of UON’s researchers and research programs delivering real improvements to key health issues affecting Indigenous Australian communities
  • Support research aligned to the 2017 Closing the Gap report and UON’s strategic priorities
  • Foster new collaborations across faculties and disciplines
  • Provide support for early- and mid-career researchers to establish new lines of research
  • Augment strategic growth of research within the University, and
  • Provide potential to leverage future NHMRC funding.

The successful project will improve the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians by addressing one or more of the following:

  • Trialling new and improved ways of tackling entrenched health problems
  • Supporting vulnerable and at-risk populations to improve their physical, mental and social wellbeing
  • Facilitating access to reliable, current and targeted health information and education
  • Building capacity to cope with health challenges through improved resilience, social connectedness, mentoring and peer support.

Funding guidelines

  1. Applications must be received by 10:00am Friday 3 November 2017
  2. Lead applicant must be employed by UON and qualify as ECR/MCR (defined as within 5 and 5-10 years post-PhD, respectively).
  3. A funding request may be up to $30,000.

The application form and guidelines can be found in the link below.

How to apply

  • Download the Application Form and Guidelines (DOC) from our website.
  • Submit one electronic copy (PDF format) of the Application Form plus any supporting documentation via email to by the deadline. The subject line of the email must include the words ‘Larapinta Trail Challenge Indigenous Community Health Grant Application' and the name of the lead Chief Investigator.
  • Please Note: Prior to submission to the Research Office, the application must be signed by your Head of School and Assistant Dean (Research).



For questions please contact:

Kate Beentjes
T: 4921 7733

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