Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF): Current Funding Opportunities

Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF): Current Funding Opportunities

3rd May, 2019

See our summary below for current MRFF grant opportunities, open and closing dates for applications and how to apply. A list of recently closed application rounds is also available below.

Current and Upcoming MRFF grant opportunities

Recently closed MRFF grant application rounds


A full list of all MRFF grants and their recipients (current 5 April, 2019) is available in PDF and Excel formats) on the Medical Research Future Fund website.


In accordance with s24 of the Medical Research Future Fund Act 2015 , you must be one of the following bodies to be eligible for MRFF funding:

  • a medical research institute
  • a university
  • a corporate Commonwealth entity
  • a corporation (including businesses and not for profits).


Current & upcoming MRFF Funding Opportunities

MRFF InitiativeApplicant type and purpose of initiativeManaging AgencyKey application datesHow to apply
Genomics Health Futures Mission - Project Grants Opportunity

GrantConnect ID: GO2473

GRANT SIZE: from $100K to $5M over 3 years
Australian researchers

- research and development
- disease modelling
- pre-clinical testing
- clinical trials.

for innovative and creative genomics research projects on:
1. cancers and diseases with high mortality and low survivability;
2. paediatric acute care genomic research for clinically ill children;
3. ethical, legal and social issues related to genomics in health care

Dept of Health (via the portal)5pm AEST 31 May, 2019

This is the first round for this grant stream that will run over 9 years (2019-20 to 2027-28)
To apply, go to
Genomics Health Futures Mission Flagships - Pathogen Genomics

GrantConnect ID: GO2481

GRANT SIZE: from $1M to $10M over 4 years
APPLICANT TYPE: Australian researchers

large-scale pilot research studies into pathogen genomics late in the research and development pipeline aiming to demonstrate clinical and/or public health utility, cost-effectiveness, and capacity for translation of genomics in the clinic, in recognition that such evidence is critical to the adoption of genomics in mainstream healthcare.
Dept of Health (via the portal) 5pm AEST, 11 July, 2019

Applications open 14 May, 2019
To apply, go to


Recently closed MRFF funding rounds

MRFF InitiativeApplicant type and purpose of initiativeManaging AgencyClosing dateHow to apply
Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research Grant Opportunity - Round 2

GrantConnect ID: GO2361
Australian research teams

Health system research topics:
1. Mobile X-ray services - residential aged care facilities
2. Health economics - impacts and costs associated with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
NHMRCCLOSED 10 April, 2019Apply via NHMRC’s RGMS
International Clinical Trial Collaborations Grant Opportunity

GrantConnect ID: GO1737

$42M over 4 years
Up to $4.2M per cycle
Australian research teams proposing a single clinical trial

• promote Australian involvement in international collaborative investigator-initiated clinical trials research
• provide evidence of the effectiveness of novel health treatments, drugs or devices that could then be used in Australia
10 April, 2019

Continuous applications - 3 peer review cycles per year.
Information on how
to apply is available
on the NHMRC website.
Researcher Exchange and Development within Industry Initiative (REDI)

GrantConnect ID: GO2319

$32M over 4 years
A service provider who will facilitate connections between industry, universities, registered training organisations and government entities and deliver relevant training programs, industry placements, mentoring and exchange programs for researchers.

Strengthening Australia’s success with translation and commercialisation
Dept of Health (via the portal) CLOSED
9 April, 2019
Applications were submitted via
Million Minds Mission Grant Opportunity

GrantConnect ID: GO2017

$25M over 5 years
APPLICANT TYPE: multidisciplinary teams of researchers

To fund research into:
• eating disorders
• mental health of children and young people
• mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
20 February, 2019

Applications were submitted via NHMRC’s RGMS
Frontier Health and Medical Research Program Stage One – Research Plan

GrantConnect ID: GO1980

APPLICANT TYPE: research organisations

OBJECTIVES: to create opportunities for researcher collaborations to explore bold and innovative ideas in the health and medical research sector

A Stage One grant will form the basis of a Stage Two application. Up to 10 grants from $250K to $1M will be funded.
Dept of HealthCLOSED
26 February, 2019
Applications were submitted via