On behalf of Queensland’s Department of Health, ASHM will be administering the Queensland Sexual Health Research Fund. 

ASHM invites applications for funding to assist in improving the delivery of sexual health services, and support implementation of the Queensland Sexual Health Strategy 2016-21 and its associated action plans.   


Who can apply?    

Organisations and researchers are invited to submit proposals that seek to address the drivers for, and barriers to, achieving optimal sexual health for all Queenslanders. 

Proposals must demonstrate partnership arrangements with relevant service providers in a range of sectors including health, education and social services. 


Funding amounts    

The Department of Health will disperse up to $1,065,000 through the Fund, over 3 financial years.   

Consideration will be given to large grants of up to $100,000 (including GST) as well as smaller-scale grants. Preference will be given to innovative proposals which add to the body of knowledge and have direct relevance to enhancing service delivery in Queensland.  

Whilst research partnerships with academia are valuable, they are not mandatory.  

It is desirable that funded projects are completed within 2 years of receiving the grant funding.   


 Strategies and Priorities  

The Sexual Health Ministerial Advisory Committee Research Sub-Committee will assess and recommend applications for translational research which align with the priorities of the Strategy and associated action plans


The priorities for the first round of grants (applications closed January 14th) are:  

  1. Syphilis:   

Operational and implementation research to address the challenges to engaging people in prevention activities (including testing), treatment and care, with a focus on the following priority populations:  

  • Heterosexual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (North Queensland).  

  • Men who have sex with men (South-Eastern Queensland). 

  1. HIV/AIDS Neurological Decline:   

Research into how health professionals who provide treatment or care to people with HIV/AIDS Neurological Decline can support better health outcomes, with a focus on practical strategies. 

  1. Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations:  

LGBTQI young people; operational and implementation research which addresses the barriers to CALD LGBTQI young people accessing sexual and reproductive health services and information, and access to prevention activities (including testing), treatment and care.  

Qualitative research and further analysis of existing data 

  1. Transgender people, particularly transgender youth transitioning from adolescence to adulthood:  

Operational and implementation research which identifies and addresses the issues relating to gaps in service access and delivery, and the identification of appropriate referral pathways.  


Priorities for the second round have yet to be released.


Research proposals aligning with these priorities will be preferred to those outside of this scope. The priority or priorities may change between each grant round.  



Round one of applications closed 5pm (AEST) January 14th 2019. Funding will be awarded in March 2019.

The second round of applications will open in early April. Priorities for the second round have yet to be released.

New information guidelines and application forms will be provided shortly. Please note that the current linked documents pertain to the first round, and will not be accepted for the second round. If you would like to be alerted when the second round opens, please email SHRF@ashm.org.au


For more information please view our information guidelines and application form, our Frequently Asked Questions, or email SHRF@ashm.org.au