Medical Research Future Fund – what health and medical research projects are being funded?

Medical Research Future Fund – what health and medical research projects are being funded?

1st November, 2017

The Medical Research Future Fund is now up and running, with more than $60M of health and medical research funding announced for 2016-17, following the Federal Budget in May 2017. The Federal Budget has confirmed that there will be over $120M available for new health and medical research projects in 2017-18, and over $215M in 2018-19.

We are keeping track of funding announcements in the tables below. Here you can also find out details on how the funds will be distributed, and whether there will be a competitive application process for funding and links to further details about each scheme. The table will be updated as and when there are further announcements, including details of grant administrators and application processes.

For more general information about the Medical Research Future Fund, see our web page and fact sheet.

Go to MRFF announcements for 2017-18.

2016-17

ValueAnnouncementWhat will the MRFF
funds be used for?
Is there an
application
process?
Who will
administer the
grants?
Funding timeline
$10mRapid Applied Research Translation— $8m awarded to four NHMRC accredited Advanced Health Research Translation Centres (AHRTCs) and $2m to three new AHRTCs & Centres for Innovation in Regional Health (CIRHs), all National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)-accredited through a competitive process.
Yes, an internal application process based on key health prioritiesNot yet specifiedApplications from AHRTC partners will be assessed and funded in 2017.
$10mBoosting preventative health research— For generating low-cost, translatable and scalable solutions that promote the adoption of good health practices, prevent disease and keep people out of hospital. 
— Will double the research effort of The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre (TAPPC)
No. TAPPC has some ready-to-scale projects in the pipelineN/AN/A
$13mLifting Clinical Trials and Registries Capacity – Grant Program— Targets public good clinical trials and Clinical Quality Registries (CQRs) that address areas of health burden and unmet need, innovative methodologies e.g. precision medicine.Yes, peer review competitive process ability to address unmet need and deploy innovative approachesJoint administration by NHMRC and Department of HealthApplications closed 4 October, 2017. Contact help@nhmrc.gov.au for further information.
$5m
over 4 years
Lifting Clinical Trials and Registries Capacity – Clinical Trials Networks (CTNs)— MRFF funding is to support the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance (ACTA) to coordinate and work with the Clinical Trial Networks to strengthen sector capability, maximise collaboration, embed clinical trial best practice and professional support.No. Funds will be used by ACTA for CTN development over the next 4 yearsN/AN/A
$8mNext generation of clinical researchersBoosting three existing NHMRC fellowship schemes: 
— Career Development Fellowships (CDF) 
— Clinical Practitioner Fellowships 
— Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships
Yes, the existing NHMRC peer-review systemGrants will be administered according to NHMRC GuidelinesSuccessful applicants announced by NHMRC
$5mAccelerated Research Investment -Teen Cancer— To stimulate new targeted,clinical trial activity for adolescents and young adults with cancer.Yes, competitive research programCanTeenExpressions of Interest currently under review (closed 27 August, 2017).
$2mAccelerated Research Investment – Motor Neuron Disease— To stimulate new targeted clinical trial activity for adults with Motor Neurone DiseaseYes, competitive research programCure for MND FoundationTBA
$5mBioMedTech Horizons— to move breakthrough discoveries towards proof-of-concept 
— open to innovative, multi-disciplinary and sector research teams and small and medium enterprises 
Yes, a biotechnology grant program

2017
$3M for precision medicine
$2M for 3D anatomical printing
MTPConnect will administer the BioMedTech Horizons grant program.Expressions of interest open: 1 Nov 2017
Closes: 10 Dec 2017
Successful applications announced: late Feb 2018
$2m,
over 2 years
National Security against Pandemic Risk–Australia’s contribution to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), a new international initiative addressing critical research and development gaps for pandemic preparedness and global health security 
–stimulate, finance and coordinate vaccine development to prevent and contain infectious disease epidemics, especially in cases where market incentives alone do not achieve this outcome.
NoN/AN/A
$5.9mAntimicrobial Resistance–To support research on antimicrobial usage and resistance in Australia. Research will be consistent with the achievement of the objectives of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2015-2019Yes, through NHMRC Targeted Call for Research (TCR)According to NHMRC Grant GuidelinesApplications closed 4 October, 2017. Contact help@nhmrc.gov.au for further information.

2017-18

ValueAnnouncementWhat will the MRFF
funds be used for?
Is there an
application
process?
Who will
administer the
grants?
Funding timeline
$50m + $30m philanthropy (+$20m additional)
over 10 years
Australian Brain Cancer Mission- large scale initiative aiming to double the survival rates and improve quality of life of patients with brain cancer over the next 10 yearsYes. Some of the funds will be accessed through contestable schemes to support basic and clinical research (including clinical trials); scholarships and fellowships for researchers at all career stages.Cancer Australia will administer the Mission.Details are yet to be released.