Applications can be made by partnered health care clinicians and employees. The first challenge is to identify a real unmet need in the health system requiring an innovative solution.

You are not expected to have the solution, only to have identified the problem.


Western Health IAP applications have now closed.

The idea or unmet need should be related to health out comes or the health system, including technology within a health care setting

Solutions must have benefits for public health, patient care or solve a clinical problem

Solutions must have significant or global benefit.

Western Health and University of Melbourne Program

Following on from the successful 2020 IAP pilot, where two teams progressed to funded outcome, applications are now open for the revamped IAP. We have listened to feedback and changes have been made. Read below for the shorter and simpler program details.

  • 3 Days

    Western Health applicants will be advised within 3 days of their ‘unmet need’ submission whether they have been selected to participate in the program.

    Application forms are available via the Apply Now button.

    Support is available from the Business Development team to complete the forms with 2 ‘BD in Residence’ sessions scheduled at Western Health.

    All ‘unmet need’ submissions will be reviewed by an assessment panel convened two days after the applications close

    • 1st Aug, 11:59pm: Applications close for Health Sector unmet needs
    • 4th Aug: Applicants advised of selection outcomes
  • 3 Weeks

    The Business Development team and Program Coordinator will identify UoM research teams with relevant expertise and availability.

    An initial meeting will be arranged between researchers and clinicians to discuss the project and confirm alignment.

    A mentor will be assigned to each team and the teams will be provided with information on other support and resources available.

    • 25th Aug: Project team formation: All successful WH applicants are matched with a UoM research team and assigned a mentor
  • 3 Months

    The project team will work closely with their mentor during the 3-month period to conceptualise their product and address some key commercial questions.

    Pitch training and a template pitch will be made available to the teams during the program.

    The pitch session will be a formal event where teams outline their innovative idea and commercialisation plan before a panel of experts.

    The panel will judge each pitch against specific criteria (available in the Guidelines document).

    • 24th Nov: Pitch session for project teams to Assessment Panel #2
    • 25th Nov: Successful teams are awarded their seed funding