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.


Applications for the next Western Health IAP will be open from April 15th to May 15th 2024.

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

  • 3 Days

    Western Health applicants will be advised within 3 days of applications closing 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

    • Step 1: Applications close for Health Sector unmet needs
    • Step 2: 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.

    • Step 3:  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).

    • Step 4: Pitch session for project teams to Assessment Panel #2
    • Step 5: Successful teams are awarded their seed funding