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The Bupa Health Foundation is one of the leading charitable foundations dedicated to health in Australia.

We are committed to improving the health of the Australian community and ensuring the sustainability of affordable healthcare.

Our vision is to have enduring strategic partnerships with the research community, particularly those associated with universities, and deliver on our purpose to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives.

Since 2005 we have invested more than $30million in over 110 partnerships across the country and remain committed to contributing to a strong economy by helping promote and ensure better health for all Australians. Our latest highlights report, Building strong foundations for a healthy future showcases a range of initiatives that are doing just that.


Foundation management
  • Annette Schmiede, Executive Leader
  • Alana Fisher, Operations Manager
  • Dr Melina Georgousakis, Research & Policy Manager
  • Donna Peek, Assistant to Executive Leader
Foundation Steering Committee
  • Dr Paul Bates, Chief Medical Officer, Bupa ANZ (Chair)
  • Adam Longshaw, Director, Health & Benefits Management, Bupa Australia
  • Jane Power, Chief Marketing and Customer Officer, Bupa ANZ
  • James Howe, Head of Media and Corporate Communications, Bupa ANZ
  • Richard Bowden, CEO, Bupa ANZ
Foundation Board
  • The Honourable Nicola Roxon (Chairman)
  • Mr Richard Bowden
  • Ms Jane Harvey
  • Mr John Lorimer
  • Mr Trevor Matthews
  • Mr Bryan Mogridge, ONZM
  • Ms Nicola Wakefield Evans
  • Dr Lisa O’Brien
  • Mr Hisham El-Ansary
  • Mrs Emma Zipper (General Counsel and Company Secretary)
Foundation partnership


The Foundation has invested more than $30m in national initiatives focused on improving health outcomes for the Australian community.

Health System Sustainability - NHMRC Partnership Centre
Health System Sustainability - NHMRC Partnership Centre

The Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability will explore the issues impacting health care system sustainability, and develop and evaluate a set of implementable interventions that are appropriate from a clinical, patient and economic perspective.

Strong Foundations – Getting it right in the first 1000 Days
Strong Foundations – Getting it right in the first 1000 Days

While experts have long been aware that this is an important period of development, researchers have only recently started to unlock some of the mysteries surrounding the processes by which genes, experiences and environments interact to influence development.

Digital Health CRC
Digital Health CRC

The Digital Health CRC aims to improve the health and health care of Australians and advance the economy through collaborative R&D that combines multi-disciplinary skills, industry knowledge, technologies, networks & data.

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The Bupa Heath Foundation seeks nominations each year for its Emerging Health Researcher of the Year Award.
This award recognises the dedication of early career researchers and their valuable contribution to improving health outcomes for all Australians.
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To be eligible, nominated researchers must be:

  • An early career researcher - anytime from qualification but no more than 5 years past PhD or research higher degree. (Exceptions will be granted for career disruption due to carer’s responsibilities, illness, or disability.)
  • An Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Currently engaged in applied research activities that fall under one (or more) of the Bupa Health Foundation key focus areas of:
    • Promoting wellness
    • Chronic disease
    • Empowering people about their health
    • Promoting affordable healthcare
    • Healthy ageing

Only one application is permitted per person.

Who can nominate?

Nominations must be completed by research supervisors and/or department heads who are directly involved in the work of the researcher. Organisational approval of nominations is required.

What are we looking for in a nomination?

Nominations should clearly detail information about the Emerging Researcher, their area of interest, an overview of their research area and its potential impact on the health of Australians.

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The Bupa Health Foundation is seeking to invest $1million in research that leads to improvements in mental health models of care in Australia. We are currently inviting Expressions of Interest from research alliances that meet the objective below.
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What we are looking for

The overarching objective of the 2018 Foundation Grants Program is to support research that leads to improvements in mental health models of care in Australia, ultimately aiming to result in better mental health for the Australian community.

This includes outcome-driven research that increases understanding of the limitations of the current models of care and their funding levers and/or research that builds evidence on the effectiveness of innovative models of care.

The Foundation believes there is great value in bringing together diverse teams to solve complex problems and as such is looking to fund an alliance of organisations that will call upon their breadth of understanding, experiences and skills to deliver an innovative and bold research project.

For more information and criteria:

Download full application guidelines



General questions:
My organisation is a not for profit/charity. Can I still submit an application to be considered?
The Bupa Health Foundation funding is open to all organisations.
Is the Foundation interested in local community initiatives?
The Foundation aims to partner in projects that have the potential for greatest population impact through improvements to the health of Australians as well as the Australian Health System. In most instances local community initiatives are not aligned with our current aim.
How much funding is available?
The Foundation is seeking to invest a minimum of $1 million through our 2018 Foundation Grants Program. The Foundation also invests in research outside of the Foundation Grants Program through professional partnerships we have built with leaders across the healthcare and health research communities.
In the past the Foundation has given up to a total of $3 million each year to various initiatives.
Questions related to the application process:
Is the Expression of Interest (EOI) a precursor to another round of funding?
The 2018 Foundation Grants Program is a two-stage process.
The EOI is stage one. The Grant Evaluation Committee will review EOIs received and invite one or more applicants to complete the full Request for Proposal (stage two). Throughout this process the Foundation reserves the right to discuss with either potential or successful applicants’ possible modifications to proposals that could contribute to the success of the application or improve the potential outcome of the project to contribute to the Foundation's objectives.
How long is the application process and when should I expect to hear back regarding my application?
The Foundation has outlined the timeline for the 2018 Foundation Grants Program in the guideline document provided. All EOI submissions will receive a letter via email, advising of the outcome. Letters will be addressed to the Lead Investigator contact name on the EOI. Please do not call regarding the status of your application as no information can be given until the conclusion of the review process.
Does the Foundation advertise the Foundation Grants Program?
Yes. The Foundation will advertise the 2018 Foundation Grants Program in The Weekend Australian. We will also communicate this directly to our email database and partner organisations. You can request to be included to our email list by emailing:
Who will review the Foundation Grants Program?
Evaluation of the 2018 Foundation Grants Program submissions will be conducted by the Grant Evaluation Committee. This includes representatives from the Foundation, Bupa ANZ, as well as the Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation has prepared evaluation criteria that will guide review of both the EOI and RFP, and is provided in the Foundation Grants Program Application Guideline document. The Foundation may also engage independent external reviewers as required.
Will any applications be reviewed if submitted after the deadline?
No. Applications received after the cut off time specified on the website will not be accepted. The date for submission is final.
Can I submit multiple applications?
The Foundation is looking to invest in an alliance of researchers who collectively have the capacity and capability to deliver research that meets the objectives of the 2018 Foundation Grants Program. You/your organisation can be a part of multiple research alliances who are submitting proposals to the 2018 Foundation Grants Program. It is recommended you advise each of your collaborators if you plan to do this. Each application will be judged on its own merit. There is no value submitting the same proposal more than once from different organisations.
Is the Foundation able to meet or provide guidance by telephone on applications?
The Foundation welcomes questions from potential applicants to ensure research proposals meet the aims and criteria for the 2018 Foundations Grant Program Funding. In addition to these FAQ, time to discuss for more detailed enquires has been allocated prior to the EOI submission date. To make an appointment please contact the BHF Foundation team via the email The Foundation however, will not review applications or components of a proposal prior to submission.
How do I know if my project fits the criteria and objectives?
The Foundation has developed a detailed Application Guidelines document for those who are considering applying for the 2018 Foundation Grants Program. This document clearly defines the research scope, grant requirements and projects that will not be considered for this funding round. If you are still uncertain after reading this document the Foundation can be consulted for further guidance (refer to above).
Questions relating to the application for funding form
How much information should be entered on the application overall/per question?
In most instances the Foundation has specified a word limit for specific questions within the EOI and RFP documents. Where a word limit has not been provided each answer should have enough detail to address the question while keeping in mind the Foundation is asking for applications that are clear, concise and pitched for review by both technical and non-technical audiences.
Is the total cost of the project based on cost per year or per project life?
The total cost of the project should be listed in the EOI form. A more detailed breakdown of project costs, including cost per year, is required to be provided if your application is invited to progress to stage two which is the completion of the full Request for Proposal.
Can I submit the EOI by email?
No. The EOI must be submitted using the online form available on the Bupa Health Foundation website. Email and post applications will not be accepted. A word document template of the online EOI form has been made available for download on our website for the pure purpose of supporting applicants put together their EOI prior to submission.
If your question has not been answered here please contact the Foundation via email at



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