Research is a key focus for The Royal Melbourne Hospital. Funds from previous RMH Home Lotteries support a number of Research positions including the Executive Director of Research and the Associate Professor of Nursing Research. An endowment arrangement is in place with lottery funds to provide ongoing revenue for these positions.
In addition, nearly $2 million from the Lottery funded the establishment of an internal contestable Research Grant program. This program was established in 2009 and is now in its third year of operation. A robust process of contestable applications is overseen by the Research Advisory Council (RAC), which represents all Melbourne Health services, i.e. The Royal Melbourne Hospital, NorthWestern Mental Health and VIDRL.
The Research Advisory Council monitors the research activity through progress reports and outcomes.