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Applied Research Programme

About

The Applied Research Programme (ARP) provides best practice research about the health and wellbeing needs of Australia’s veteran community and ways to improve DVA’s services and care.

DVA continually monitors and assesses the approach to research to improve the availability and quality of evidence.

A new model for the DVA’s Applied Research Programme, implemented in July 2013, enhances DVA’s capacity to produce and use evidence-based applied research. The new model increases the capacity of the ARP to support DVA in response into emerging issues facing the veteran community and enables a more proactive approach to seeking partnership opportunities with other research agencies.

There are no longer regular funding rounds involving applications by researchers. New research is now procured through open tender, prequalified tender or limited tender arrangements.

ARP tender opportunities, as they arise, are advertised on the government’s procurement information website: www.austender.gov.au.

To register as interested in DVA research opportunities, and to receive an email notification of any new tenders issued, please contact the ARP secretariat.

Collaboration and governance

DVA and the Department of Defence are working closely on research priorities. The new research model is an opportunity for both agencies to work together to develop mutually beneficial joint research projects to meet the needs of serving and ex-serving personnel and their families.

There will also be opportunities to leverage greater impact from the ARP through increased collaboration with research organisations, including other Commonwealth agencies, universities (including consortia) and international veteran and defence agency partners.

Departmental oversight of the research activities is undertaken through a DVA Research Board and Research Working Group that include representation from Department of Defence.

Range of ARP Research

The ARP funds a wide variety of research from many different disciplines including medicine, epidemiology, health promotion, psychology, economics, sociology and public policy.

The ARP will not fund international travel or travel for the dissemination of research results.

For more detailed examples of research previously funded by the ARP, see the DVA Research Annual Reports.

Research Annual Report 2010-11

ARP Funding Arrangements

The ARP is not a grant scheme. It is an applied research programme where the research must have a direct use to DVA policy or service delivery. Funded projects are conducted under a services agreement (contract) between DVA and the research organisation. This means that payments are made by DVA on acceptance of satisfactory deliverables as specified in the contract.

There are no longer regular funding rounds involving applications by researchers. New research will be procured through open tender, prequalified tender or limited tender arrangements.

ARP tender opportunities, as they arise, will be advertised on the government’s procurement information website: www.austender.gov.au

To register as interested in DVA research opportunities, and to receive an email notification of any new tenders issued, please contact the ARP secretariat.

Intellectual Property

Under the DVA Research Services Agreement the Commonwealth retains intellectual property rights to work conducted using ARP funding. DVA encourages ARP research findings to be widely disseminated (where applicable) including in peer reviewed journals. DVA expects to review all articles, papers and presentations prior to publication or delivery. The Commonwealth retains copyright which generally involves DVA negotiating a licence with the publisher.

As part of DVA’s standard contracting arrangements, DVA also requires researchers to seek approval before making any statements to the media, giving interviews or writing media articles relating to their ARP-funded research.  This process allows DVA to be adequately informed and prepared for media coverage.  Publications must also acknowledge that the views expressed are not necessarily those of the Australian Government. 

DVA Research Domains

The ARP funds evidence-based research in four domains: longitudinal studies, data analysis and modelling, family studies and interventions.

Longitudinal studies

Longitudinal studies gather data on a group of people at multiple points in time. They are important for understanding changes in life time events and the cumulative effects these events have on later life. Longitudinal studies will identify gaps in services and trends in client needs and will assist DVA to be responsive to the needs of all client groups.

Data analysis and modelling 

Data analysis and modelling assists DVA in understanding and forecasting trends and patterns such as the changing health care requirements of contemporary clients. 

Families

Families research will focus on aspects impacting on the physical and emotional wellbeing of partners and children of veterans.

Interventions

Research on interventions will assist DVA to investigate models of care, determine best practice and measure the effectiveness of various intervention programmes and services. Interventions may take many different forms - for example, rehabilitation programmes, pharmaceutical use, telehealth initiatives and many other areas.

Contact us

For further information on the Applied Research Programme contact the ARP Secretariat:

Phone: 02 6289 6141
Email: research@dva.gov.au

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