Applied Research Program

The Applied Research Program (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 Program was implemented from July 2013 to enhance 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.

There has been no reduction in the level of DVA funding for research. The new ARP is a more DVA-directed research program. Research needs identified by DVA, in consultation with relevant internal and external stakeholders and agencies, will be the driving force for identifying each research project.

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:  

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

Increased Collaboration

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.