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Foundation Grants Program

2013 Health Award Winners

Every year, the Bupa Health Foundation aims to fund new initiatives that are likely to deliver clear benefits to the health of the Australian community.

The Foundation is interested in funding innovative replicable interventions and projects that:

  • empower people to either prevent or better manage health conditions
  • empower people to use health education and engagement to tackle health risk factors and promote healthy lifestyle habits.

Grants range from $100,000 to $500,000 for up to three years.

Expressions of Interest criteria

The Foundation invites expressions of interest that meet the following criteria:

Inclusions Exclusions
Initiatives involving the application of knowledge, information and/or research in influencing demonstrable health impacts and outcomes. Initiatives with limited scope, application and/or impact.
Initiatives with clearly defined methodology and design. Initiatives with potential outcomes similar to a project already funded by the Bupa Health Foundation.
Innovative health initiatives that are not addressed within the existing Foundation portfolio. The Foundation is unable to support:
  • Infrastructure funding
  • Fundamental (basic/pure) research
  • Sponsorships
  • Community programs
Initiatives must focus on one or more of the Foundation’s key strategic areas of:
  • Wellbeing
  • Chronic disease
  • Healthy ageing
  • Empowering people about their health
  • Keeping healthcare affordable
In addition, the Foundation has a particular interest in the following disease areas:
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Dementia

Based on the assessment criteria for applications, please make sure your Expression of Interest includes the following variable requirements:

  • Will it have a direct impact on health outcomes or costs? - Show evidence
  • Timing of delivery of results - Include details of timelines
  • Justification of funding - Provide clear cost breakdowns
  • Impact on the health system - Outline possible solutions and relevance
  • Study/program design - Give comprehensive descriptions/sample calculations
  • Reputation of organisation - Disclose other partners, collaborators, funders, etc.

To apply for Foundation funding, your organisation must be one of the following:

  • University, Research Institute or Affiliated Organisation - including universities and independent organisations with the requisite capabilities to undertake research programs. Individual researchers are encouraged to submit their application through an appropriate institutional research office.
  • Other organisations - including charitable and not-for-profit organisations, community groups, incorporated associations (community or industry), co-operatives and companies limited by guarantee.

Assessment Process

Expressions of interest are assessed by the Foundation's review panel, with the participation of relevant third party experts where required.

Health Awards Criteria Flowchart

Please make sure your application has addressed the following questions:

  • Can a reviewer assess the application on project description alone?
  • Are the specific areas of interest outlined?
  • What is the impact on the health of Australians?
  • Why is it different from existing work?
  • What will happen when the research is completed?

Once a shortlist of applications has been decided, each application is then given an overall merit ranking that takes into consideration the threshold and variable requirements. This ranking will also consider whether the initiative is regionally or nationally based.

Final decisions regarding Bupa Health Foundation investment rest with the Bupa Health Foundation Board of Directors. To be eligible for funding support, the initiative must fall within the Foundation's objectives and strategy. See our Frequently Asked Questions for further information.

Key Dates

31 October 2013 Expression of Interest Opens
16 December 2013 Expression of Interest Closes
17 December 2013 –
31 March 2014
Assessment Process and Approval
Applications assessed against criteria and recommended initiatives proposed to the Foundation for discussion and approval. Application outcomes will be advised by email.
April 2014 Formal announcements and Media release


Please complete all the information in the application form ensuring:

  • The form's font and format are maintained
  • The application is as a Word document (not a PDF)

Download the application form. (Word doc 158kb)
Completed application forms should be emailed to

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions for further information.
If your query is not answered here please email


The Bupa Health Foundation Board of Directors will decide which initiatives will receive funding. A formal announcement will then be made regarding the successful applicants, with a media release.

Successful applicants will be recognised at the annual Bupa Health Foundation Health Awards.