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Indigenous Australians’ health programme Tackling Indigenous smoking programme innovation grants

Date posted: 16 February 2016

The Department of Health wishes to advise that an Approach to Market (ATM) was released on Monday, 15 February 2016 for the Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) Innovation Grants which may be of interest to your organisation/institution.

The Australian Government has made available $6.3 million over three financial years from June 2016 to June 2018 for innovation grants. Projects funded through the grants will offer innovative and intense activities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to reduce smoking prevalence in remote areas, for pregnant women and for young people vulnerable to entrenched cultural norms of smoking.

The grants will be open to those able to lead projects involving delivery of interventions in the target population groups which are designed, developed and evaluated as implementation research to reduce rates of smoking that have been resistant to reduction.

Successful grant recipients will work in collaborative partnerships of research organisations and service providers. Service providers could include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Services, other Aboriginal Medical Services, mainstream health services or specialist NGOs.

At least one member of the partnership must be a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Approved Administering Institution, or able to provide evidence of their status in applying to be an Administering Institution or of registration as an Administering Institution but without current NHMRC funding.

The ATM documentation, application package and supporting information are available on the department’s Tender and Grants webpage. Applications must be submitted to the department by 2pm AEDT on Thursday, 31 March 2016. All enquiries should be emailed to

Call for peer reviewers
As part of the ATM assessment a modified version of the NHMRC’s peer review process will be undertaken. This will involve peer reviewers providing an assessment of grant applications against the selection criteria that will inform the Assessment Committee’s overall assessment of each grant application. The Department invites researchers and practitioners in the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tobacco control and preventive health in your organisation/institution to self-nominate for our pool of potential reviewers for this ATM. Nominations to participate can be submitted directly to

The Department will ask Professor Tom Calma to provide advice on the capacity of projects to deliver culturally safe services in line with the Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme Guidelines.

Source: Department of Health


Last updated: 26 April 2016
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