Victorian Near-miss Award Pilot

The Victorian Near-miss Award Pilot is being administered by veski for the Victorian Health and Medical Research Workforce Project on behalf of the Victorian Government and the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes. Funding for the Pilot has been provided by the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.

In support of the development of a 10-year government strategy to deliver a diverse, secure and highly skilled health and medical research workforce in Victoria, this targeted workforce support and development initiative supports the retention and development of outstanding emerging researchers and future leaders, and will jointly address equity, diversity and inclusion by supporting the careers of groups who face systemic barriers to success.

The Victorian Near-miss Awards are provided to eligible individuals who narrowly missed out on the 2021 NHMRC Investigator Grant funding in the Emerging Leaders 2 stream.

Up to eleven grants, each valued at $74,000AUD, are to be awarded for research to be delivered over a 12-month period (effective 1 July 2022) to eligible individuals undertaking medical research with the aim of;

  • assisting the retention of the emerging researchers in Victoria’s health and medical research workforce;
  • helping emerging researchers recover from impacts to their research career from the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  • helping improve emerging researcher’s competitiveness for future funding opportunities from both government and non-government funding sources


Application documentation

Click here to read the Application guidelines.

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Application process

The team at veski extends our gratitude to all those who have assisted us in the Expressions of Interest stage of the Victorian Near-miss Award Pilot. 

We are pleased to advise that Applications are NOW OPEN

Applications must be submitted by no later than
12noon [AEST] on Friday, 27 May 2022

It is anticipated that applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by end of May 2022.