Do you have a brilliant new idea that will help us solve eating disorders?

The Australian Eating Disorders Research & Translation Centre’s new IgnitED Fund will support the development of the testing of new ideas or concepts that have the potential to positively impact the health and social and emotional wellbeing of people with eating disorders, their families and/or support. 


We want to link researchers, lived experience, and clinical or community expertise to produce genuinely co-designed testing of inspired ideas that have the potential to help solve the problem of eating disorders. 


The IgnitED Fund will offer 10 x up to $25,000 grants to Australian residents with great ideas who want to work in a co-design process, to bring their idea to life, and to build new relationships and skills.

What does Co-Design mean?

Co-production is a term used to describe collaboration between individuals who have different strengths and perspectives. It includes co-planning, co-design, co-delivery and co-evaluation. The diagram below shows exactly how co-design fits into the co-production process.


The IgnitED Fund is focused on the co-design phase. It is aimed at developing up an idea that will help solve an issue or problem that relates to eating disorders and on planning how the idea will be tested and researched.


An important part of what we want to do with IgnitED is to create new partnerships – so all successful projects will need to be co-designed with research and lived experience expertise (at a minimum). 

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Application Details

Who can apply?

Anyone with a brilliant new idea to be tested in a research methodology can apply for an IgnitED grant!


You could be working in a community organisation; you could have a lived or living experience of an eating disorder; you might be a researcher, a teacher, a sports coach, a clinician, a journalist, or the friend, parent or partner of someone who has experienced an eating disorder.


The successful applicant will either need to submit their application as part of a co-design research team or be prepared to work in a co-design research team to undertake the work. While we encourage you to submit your application in collaboration with a co-design research team, you don’t necessarily need to have established all of those connections already.

What sort of ideas will be funded?

We will fund great ideas that haven’t been previously tested in the eating disorders field. The sort of ideas we are looking for include:

  • Innovative ideas that focus on a particular issue or problem that relates to eating disorders and needs to be solved

  • Ideas that are effective in other areas of health or mental health and could be applied to the eating disorders area

  • A new idea that you have discussed with a particular group of people that you believe would make a big impact

  • Bold new ideas that reflect the diversity of our community

  • Interesting, innovative ideas that draw people together in new partnerships

  • New ideas that are creative and innovative, but which are also achievable and able to be practically applied


People with lived experience expertise are strongly encouraged to submit an application.

At least one IgnitED grant will be awarded to a Lived Experience-led applicant.


Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander new idea applications need to be First Peoples-led.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples are strongly encouraged to submit an application.
At least one IgnitED grant will be awarded to an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander led applicant.


Inevitably, because our resources are limited, there will be some applications that will not be funded this time around. We will try and give everyone who applies some feedback about what could have strengthened their application. 

How will we judge who is successful? 

A committee will be drawn from our Executive Working Party, which includes members of the Australian Eating Disorders Research & Translation Centre Consortium. This group will shortlist applications for review by our interim Executive Committee, who will recommend 10 new ideas to the Chairperson of the Centre’s Governing Council for endorsement and funding approval.  


All applications need to demonstrate: 

  1. A high quality, new idea that responds to a problem, question or issue related to eating disorders

  2. Potential for the idea to impact on health and wellbeing outcomes for people with eating disorders and their families

  3. Realistic, suitable and feasible plans to develop and test the idea 

  4. A budget that identifies how the money will be spent

  5. Demonstration of a co-design research team, or demonstration of willingness to engage with true co-design research team and process, including:

  • lived Experience expertise as part of the team

  • involvement of Higher Degree Research student(s) (HDRs), Early Career Researcher(s) (ECR) or emerging researchers (eg. lived experience, clinical, community) as part of the team

  • and, where relevant, team members who are clinical or from community.


Projects led or co-led by Lived Experience expertise and by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander expertise are encouraged to apply.  

If I get funded, what happens next?

If your brilliant idea is selected for funding, you will enter into an agreement with the Centre about what you will deliver. This will include:

  • An article ready to submit for publication to a peer-reviewed journal

  • An executive summary which describes the work you have done in developing your idea for testing

  • Detailed plans for taking your idea to the next level (eg. to a NHMRC new ideas or Synergy grant)


You will need to sign an agreement with the Centre and provide an invoice. (You will be provided with up to $25,000 in installments which we will agree with you)

What are the timeframes?

Application release date Wednesday 4 May 2022

Application closing date Wednesday 15 June 2022

Announcement June 2022

Agreement with University June 2022

Project commencement July 2022

Project completion December 2022

What if I have a question?

The Australian Eating Disorders Research & Translation Centre is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the National Leadership in Mental Health program.


The Ignited Fund is jointly sponsored by the Australian Eating Disorders Research & Translation Centre and NSW  Department of Health.