Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF): Current Funding Opportunities

Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF): Current Funding Opportunities

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.

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 and upcoming MRFF Funding Opportunities

MRFF InitiativeApplicant type and purpose of initiativeManaging AgencyKey application datesHow to apply
Researcher Exchange and Development within Industry Initiative (REDI)

GrantConnect ID: GO2827

$8 million in 2019-20
APPLICANT TYPE:
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.

This initiative has been reopened to allow tax exempt entities to apply.

OBJECTIVES:
Strengthening Australia’s success with translation and commercialisation
Department of Health (via the business.gov.au portal)Closes 5pm AEST 19 September, 2019

This initiative has been reopened to allow tax exempt entities to apply.
To apply, go to www.business.gov.au/redi

All applications already submitted will be assessed as part of this program unless an applicant advises otherwise - REDI@industry.gov.au
Medical Research Future Fund - Next Generation Clinical Researchers initiative
INVESTIGATOR GRANTS PRIORITY ROUND

GrantConnect FOID: MRFF Investigator Grants

Funding will be available to support applications commencing in both 2020 and 2021.
APPLICANT TYPE: Restricted to researchers applying at Emerging Leadership Level 1 and 2 (EL1 and EL2) Investigator Grants (see grant guidelines)

Applicants will also need to demonstrate how the grant will influence one or more of the following:
i. best practice clinical care;
ii. commercial health or medical research product/technology development;
iii. health policy;
iv. health system improvement.

Applicants who apply for an MRFF funded Investigator Grant will also be considered for an NHMRC Investigator Grant.

PURPOSE OF INITIATIVE: It will support the research program of outstanding early- to mid-career clinical researchers that contribute to the following MRFF priority research areas:

1. Australian Brain Cancer Mission
2. Million Minds Mission
3. Genomics Health Futures Mission
4. Ageing, Aged Care and Dementia Mission
5. Indigenous Health Research Fund
6. Stem Cell Therapies Mission
7. Mission for Cardiovascular Health
8. Traumatic Brain Injury Mission
9. Preventative and Public Health Research
10. Primary Health Care Research
11. Global Health – Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance and Drug Resistant Tuberculosis
NHMRC via NHMRC’s Investigator Grants 2020 scheme Opens 2 October, 2019
Closes 27 November, 2019
Applications will be submitted via NHMRC's RGMS portal (opens 2 October)

Grant guidelines (via GrantConnect)

MRFF - Next Generation Clinical Researchers initiative

Applicants who apply for an MRFF funded Investigator Grant will also be considered for an NHMRC Investigator Grant.
International Clinical Trial Collaborations Grant Opportunity

2019 Round 3

GrantConnect ID: GO1737

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

OBJECTIVES:
• 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
NHMRCCloses 5pm AEDT 4 December, 2019

minimum data due 20 November, 2019

Continuous applications - 3 peer review cycles per year.
Information on how
to apply is available
on the NHMRC website.

 

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
APPLICANT TYPE:
Australian research teams

OBJECTIVES:
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

2019 Round 1: closed

GrantConnect ID: GO1737

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

OBJECTIVES:
• 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
NHMRC
ICT 2019 Round 1
CLOSED:
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
APPLICANT TYPE:
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.

OBJECTIVES:
Strengthening Australia’s success with translation and commercialisation
Dept of Health (via the business.gov.au portal) CLOSED
9 April, 2019
Applications were submitted via https://www.business.gov.au/redi
Million Minds Mission Grant Opportunity

GrantConnect ID: GO2017

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

OBJECTIVES:
To fund research into:
• eating disorders
• mental health of children and young people
• mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
NHMRCCLOSED
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 https://www.business.gov.au/fhmr
Genomics Health Futures Mission - Project Grants Opportunity

GrantConnect ID: GO2473

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

ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES:
- research and development
- disease modelling
- pre-clinical testing
- clinical trials.

OBJECTIVES:
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 business.gov.au portal)CLOSED
31 May, 2019


First round - will run over 9 years (2019-20 to 2027-28)
Applications were submitted via business.gov.au/ghfmpg
BioMedTech Horizons - Round 2

$1 million of funding over a maximum two-year period
APPLICANT TYPE: for organisations to help progress medical technologies and devices through to Proof of Concept or beyond, the point where they are attractive to secure further venture capital or other funding.

OBJECTIVE: to support innovative collaborative health technologies, drive discoveries towards proof-of-concept and commercialisation that address key health challenges as well as maximise entrepreneurship and idea potential.
MTPConnectRound 2 - Successful EOIs will be announced 30 September, 2019.

ROUND 2 CLOSED 15 July, 2019
Expressions of Interest (EOIs) were submitted directly to MTPConnect.

Grant guidelines can be found here.
International Clinical Trial Collaborations Grant Opportunity

2019 Round 2

GrantConnect ID: GO1737

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

OBJECTIVES:
• 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
NHMRCClosed 15 August, 2019

minimum data due 31 July, 2019

Continuous applications - 3 peer review cycles per year.

Information on how
to apply is available
on the NHMRC website.
Biomedical Translation Bridge ProgramOBJECTIVES: provides up to $1 million in matching funding to nurture the translation of new therapies, technologies and medical devices through to the proof of concept stage.MTPConnect, in partnership with BioCurate (University of Melbourne and Monash University), UniQuest (University of Queensland through its drug discovery initiative QEDDI), the Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP, led by Flinders University), and the Bridge and BridgeTech programs (Queensland University of Technology)Closed 16 August, 2019.

Calls for Expressions Of Interest opened 1 July.
To submit an Expression of Interest, see MTPConnect's website

Guidelines available here
Genomics Health Futures Mission Flagships - Pathogen Genomics

GrantConnect ID: GO2481

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

OBJECTIVES:
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 business.gov.au portal) CLOSED 12 September, 2019
Applications were submitted via business.gov.au/pathogengenomics

See GrantConnect - Sample application forms available 16 July, grant guidelines updated 20 June
Accelerated Research - Congenital Heart Disease

GrantConnect ID: GO2511

GRANT SIZE: up to $10 million each over 5 years
APPLICANT TYPE: Australian researchers/research teams

OBJECTIVES:
Ideally projects will align with the National Strategic Action Plan for Childhood Heart Disease, and could target the Research Priorities in the Action Plan in particular:
* preventing neurodevelopmental and mental health complications
*understanding the impact of prenatal and postnatal factors affecting the health of children born with CHD and their families, or
*exploring the role of exercise and increased activity in reducing the impact of CHD.
Dept of Health (via the business.gov.au portal) CLOSED 12 September, 2019Applications were submitted via https://www.business.gov.au/chd
Researcher Exchange and Development within Industry Initiative (REDI)

GrantConnect ID: GO2827

$8 million in 2019-20
APPLICANT TYPE:
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.

This initiative has been reopened to allow tax exempt entities to apply.

OBJECTIVES:
Strengthening Australia’s success with translation and commercialisation
Department of Health (via the business.gov.au portal)Closes 5pm AEST 19 September, 2019To apply, go to www.business.gov.au/redi

All applications already submitted will be assessed as part of this program unless an applicant advises otherwise - REDI@industry.gov.au