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?

25th January, 2018

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.

Go to MRFF announcements for financial year 2017-2018.

Go to MRFF announcements for financial year 2018-2019.

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 at AHRTCs based on key health prioritiesOne of the AHRTC partners, depending on the AHRTCLinks to details of funded projects are below:
*$2m - Monash Partners
*$2m - Melbourne Academic Centre for Health *$2m - SA AHRTC and *$2m - Sydney Health Partners
$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
$13m

(of $69m over 3 years)
Lifting 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, rare cancers and rare diseases. Yes, peer review competitive process through NHMRC RGMSJoint administration by NHMRC and Department of HealthSuccessful applications announced 24 January, 2018. ($26m for 19 grants).
$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

and one NHMRC grant scheme to commence funding in 2020 (applications in 2019):
— Investigator Grants
Yes, the existing NHMRC peer-review systemGrants will be administered according to NHMRC GuidelinesSuccessful applicants for MRFF-funded Career Development Fellowships and Practitioner Fellowships were announced in October 2017 by The Prime Minister and the Minister for Health.
$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.EOIs Closed: 10 Dec 2017

Successful applications to be 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 Guidelines$2.5m in grants awarded 16 February, 2018.

2017-18

ValueAnnouncementWhat will the MRFF
funds be used for?
Is there an
application
process?
Who will
administer the
grants?
Funding timeline
$100m
over 10 years

$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.
$30m
over 4 years
Support for commercialisation of biomedical researchContinued support for commercialisation of biomedical research following $5m investment in BioMedTech Horizons program in late 2017-early 2018.Yes. Details are yet to be released.TBATBA
$70m
over 5 years
Next Generation Clinical ResearchersOngoing funding boost for NHMRC Fellowship and Grant Schemes. Three existing schemes (final year these fellowships will be awarded is 2018, commencing funding 2019):
— Career Development Fellowships (CDF)
— Clinical Practitioner Fellowships 
— Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships

to be replaced by a new NHMRC scheme:
— Investigator Grants (applications 2019 round for commencing funding in 2020)
Yes. Applications are made via NHMRC processes (through RGMS)Details of open grant rounds and timelines can be found at NHMRC and the Department of Health websites. The current round for Practitioner Fellowships commencing in 2019 closes 5pm, 31 January 2018.
$13m

(of $69m over 3 years)
Lifting clinical trials and registries capacity - Grant programGrants for clinical trials and registries for rare cancers, rare diseases and unmet medical needs. This scheme will be a permanent annual program under the MRFF.

Further support for the scheme announced in January 2018. $13m was committed (from MRFF disbursements in 2016-17), and a further $13m (total = $26m) for 19 grants awarded on 24 January, 2018.
Yes, peer review competitive process (through NHMRC's RGMS)Joint administration by NHMRC and Department of Health. Applications managed through NHMRC's RGMS.1st round: Successful grants were announced 24 January, 2018.

2nd round NOW OPEN: closes 18th April 2018 (minimum data 4th April)
$2.5mAccelerated Research Program - EndometriosisGrants to improve treatment and diagnosis of endometriosis as part of the National Action Plan for EndometriosisYes. Details are yet to be released.TBATBA
$6mRapid Applied Research Translation programThe $6m is for the Central Australian Academic Health Centre to fund indigenous-led and community controlled health research.

Support for the Advanced Health Research & Translation Centres (AHRTCs) and 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 at AHRTCs based on key health prioritiesOne of the partners in the centreTBA

2018-19

ValueAnnouncementWhat will the MRFF
funds be used for?
Is there an
application
process?
Who will
administer the
grants?
Funding timeline
$33m

(3rd year of $69m over 3 years)
Lifting clinical trials and registries capacity - Grant programGrants for clinical trials and registries for rare cancers, rare diseases and unmet medical needs. This scheme will be a permanent annual program under the MRFF.

Further funding commitments will be announced in the Federal Budget.
Yes, peer review competitive process (through NHMRC's RGMS)
Joint administration by NHMRC and Department of Health. Applications were managed through NHMRC's RGMS.
The grant round will open in late 2018.