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?

24th August, 2017

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

Following the Federal Budget in May 2017, there were a flurry of announcements and funding for medical research is now flowing.

We are keeping track of funding announcements in the table below. In the table 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.

ValueAnnouncementWhat will the MRFF funds be used for?Is there an application process?Who will administer the grants?Funding timeline
$10mRapid Applied Research Translation— Awarded to Advanced Health Research Translation Centres (AHRTCs) and Centres for Innovation in Regional Health (CIRHs), both National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)-accredited through a competitive process.
— $8m will go to the four currently accredited AHRTCs: $2m will go to three new AHRTCs and CIRHs accredited in 2017.
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 HealthMinimum data due 20 September, Applications close 4 October, 2017.
$5m over 4 yearsLifting 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 in late 2017
$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 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
$5mBiotech Horizons— to move breakthrough discoveries towards proof-of-concept 
— open to innovative, multi-disciplinary and sector research teams and small and medium enterprises 
–initial investments in precision medicine and 3D anatomical printing
Yes, a biotechnology grant programAdministrator yet to be identifiedCall for applications early 2017-2018
$2m, over 2 yearsNational 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 GuidelinesMinimum data due 20 September, Applications close 4 October, 2017.