2023 Medibank Better Health Foundation (MBHF) / RACGP Foundation Digital Health Grant (EOI)

Submissions closed at 5:00PM 3 April 2023 (AEST).

The MBHF and RACGP Research Foundation have a shared passion for investing in translational primary care research. Our organisations have partnered together to investigate, support, and leverage one or more research projects.

Medibank’s overarching purpose is ‘Better Health for Better Lives’. Everything that we do is aimed toward delivering better health for our customers, and better health for Australians through our provision of health services, health system advocacy, and our community work. The MBHF recognises the importance of supporting research in primary health care in delivering this purpose. In 2021 The Medibank Better Health Foundation funded part of the RACGP Harry Nespolon Grant, for research into the wellbeing of general practitioners, furthering our commitment to improving general practice.

The RACGP values general practice research – research for GPs by GPs, conducted in the context in which they work. General practice research provides the evidence base to inform policy and improve practice to the benefit of practitioners and the communities that they care for. Patient-centred care is at the heart of every Australian general practice, and at the heart of everything we do. The RACGP Foundation is one way we can deliver better health outcomes for Australians.

Together, MBHF and the RACGP Foundation are looking to identify potential research projects that are impactful for GPs and for the delivery of primary health care for Australians. We have a focus on supporting research that is translational and can be implemented to drive real outcomes. 

The MBHF and RACGP Foundation facilitated a workshop with GPs with an interest and background in digital health to identify current barriers and opportunities for digital health in primary care, and to propose research themes for this grant.

Award Details

Up to two grants to a total value of up to $250,000 (excl. GST) will be offered for a period of 12 to 24 months to fund a general practice research project(s) focusing on one of the following themes:

  • Patient’s experience with digital health in general practice
  • Digital health integration in Australia
  • High quality digital support tools for clinical decision-making

Note: Funding will be awarded to GP-led research projects, and will cover direct research costs only (including project-related salaries and reasonable costs).  Major software development, app development or programming will not be funded.  The research must be directly relevant to general practice, and have the potential to be translated into general practice, resulting in health benefits for Australians.


To be eligible for the MBHF/ RACGP Foundation Digital Health Grant, the principal investigator must be a general practitioner.

The principal investigator must have an active leadership role in the project and sufficient research experience to ensure the successful completion of the grant. 

Selection criteria

Expressions of interest will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • scientific quality of the proposed research project 50%
  • potential for the project to have outcomes that are translatable into general practice and provide benefit to general practice and the health of its patients 30%
  • feasibility of carrying out and completing the research within the timeframe 10%
  • potential to build capacity in general practice research 10%

Expressions of Interest

Expressions of Interest for this research grant will close on Monday 3 April 2023.

For more information contact foundation@racgp.org.au.