As part of the application process, applicants are asked to nominate the amount of funding that they are applying for.

Applicants can nominate for a grant of up to $300,000.

Following the 2020 grant round, VAADA undertook a comprehensive review, which included feedback from applicants. The main changes for the upcoming round are:

  • A grant cap of $300,000 per project (previously $800,000 for a four-year project);
  • A maximum project duration of 24 months (previously 48 months);
  • A streamlined EOI form and assessment process;
  • The ADRIA Research Skills webinar series;
  • An easier submission process (via email instead of an online portal);
  • A stronger emphasis on increasing grant diversity: awarding different sized grants to diverse projects from diverse applicants.

No. There is no limit on the number of applications an individual can submit.

However, only one grant will be awarded per lead investigator (assuming the application is successful).

Yes. You can be the primary investigator on one successful project, and a secondary investigator on two additional successful projects.

Yes, provided the organisation meets the eligibility criteria Also, the proposed research activity must take place in Victoria and be for the benefit of Victoria or Victorians.

Yes. However, researchers not from eligible organisations must partner with an eligible organisation to access ADRIA grant funding. The eligible organisation must be the primary applicant.

ADRIA has provided a research ethics FAQ to assist you in understanding research ethics.

If you are not sure if your proposed research involves human research, please refer to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research or discuss your project with someone familiar with the ethics process such as a researcher.

No. There is no requirement for an applicant to have obtained ethics approval prior to submitting either the Expression of Interest or Full Application.

You will be asked to identify whether your research needs ethics approval in your Full Application.

No. Projects must have a social element and include engagement with people.

Yes – ADRIA grants are not restricted to not-for-profit organisations. Private/For-profit organisations can apply provided they meet the eligibility criteria.

Yes – provided the research component of the project is not complete. ADRIA grants are not available as a funding top-up for projects that have finished collecting data.

Yes. ADRIA grants are capped at $300,000. Projects that cost more than this will need to source additional funding.

VAADA has hosted a series of webinars focused on building research skills, which are available on the ADRIA webpage. There, you can also find a range of resources related to research.

If you have no research experience, you should look into partnering with a researcher or organisation with research experience.

No – any organisation that meets the eligibility criteria can apply for an ADRIA grant.

However, depending on the type of research you’re planning, partnering with a research organisations or researcher might be a good idea. For example, not every organisation has the capacity to design a research project, analyse data and apply for ethics approval. Partnering with a research organisation is a good way to enhance the quality and impact of your research.

Yes. Purely qualitative or purely quantitative research are both eligible for funding. Research that combines qualitative and quantitative data is also eligible.

Yes. Research that evaluates particular programs or initiatives is eligible for ADRIA grant funding. However, it must be research (i.e. have a research question that it seeks to answer), meet the eligibility criteria and align with the research agenda.


Multiple grants may be awarded to the same organisation (provided they do not have the same lead investigator).

However, ADRIA is committed to supporting research diversity. If one application from an organisation is approved for funding, this may be taken into account when considering another application from the same organisation.

Agencies funded to provide mental health supports, services and treatments are eligible to apply for ADRIA grants with the following conditions:

  • They are responding to the Suicide Prevention priority area;
  • The applications involves a partnership with an organisation that provides AOD supports and services;
  • They do not meet any of the exclusion criteria (see ADRIA Program Guidelines).

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