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Research Endowment Fund 



The Research Endowment Fund (REF) is an annual competitive financial grant round to support research activity of high quality across the St Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne) campuses. 

The REF and the REF Committee are guided by the St Vincent's Director of Research and managed by its Research Facilitation Unit. 



Funding is available to researchers from St Vincent's and affiliated campuses (including scientists, nurses, research nurses, allied health professionals and/or medical clinicians) for research projects undertaken within hospital departments and/or institutes on the St Vincent's Fitzroy and affiliated campuses, including sites located at a St Vincent's campus (for example Australian Catholic University, O’Brien Institute, Bionics Institute, St Vincent’s Centre for Nursing Research, St Vincent’s Institute, St Vincent’s & Mercy Private Hospital and The University of Melbourne’s Departments of Medicine, Surgery and Psychiatry).


Progress Reports

Successful REF applicants are required to report on their research activity to describe the work performed, funds spent, publications arising as a result and details of any talks, collaborations, further grants etc.

A Progress or Final Report is due within 12 months after the funding period.  For example, if you received REF funding commencing in 2011, you are required to provide a Report by December 2012.


Progress Reports

A progress report is required if the project is not yet complete.

Please provide a final report once the project is complete.


Final Report
A final report is required from all successful REF recipients once the project is complete.


Progress and Final Report template (MS Word; 35kb)  


Research Endowment Fund 2011 for funding commencing in 2012

The closing date for applications for funding commencing in 2012 was on Monday 24 October 2011.


Time frame

Description Date

REF Applications  Open: 

9.00am Monday 12 September 2011

REF Applications Close: 

4.00pm Monday 24 October 2011


REF Committee Meeting to assess rankings:

Tuesday 22 November 2011

REF Results Advised

Thursday 15 December 2011


We have experienced some delays related to approval of the distribution of funds.  Applicants will be notified as soon as possible.  It is anticipated that applicants will be advised by Wednesday 21 December 2011.  If applicants have any queries or concerns, please contact the Project Manager as below.

We apologise for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause.


REF Deeds of Agreements completed:

December 2011/January 2012

REF Funding Begins:

January /February 2012


Research Endowment Fund Guidelines for Project Funding Commencing 2012


Research Endowment Fund 2011 for 2012 REGISTRATION FORM


Research Endowment Fund 2011 for 2012 APPLICATION FORM


All enquiries should be directed to the Research Endowment Fund Project Manager


Dr Andrea Johannessen | Consultant to Research Directorate
St Vincent’s  |  Level 5, Aikenhead Building, 27 Victoria Parade Fitzroy VIC 3065
t: +61 3 9288 2394  |  f: +61 3 9288 3949 









Areas of interest

41 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia. Phone: (03) 9288 2211