AAMRI’s 2017-18 Pre-Budget Submission

AAMRI’s 2017-18 Pre-Budget Submission

15th January, 2017

Summary of recommendations:

  • Ensure the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) reaches $20 billion in capital by 2020-21, and ensure the remaining $124 million of the forecast 2016-17 investment is made this financial
    year.
  • Start the process of disbursements from the fund this financial year, and that future disbursements from the fund be in line with the forecasts in the 2016-17 budget.
  • Increased support for the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellowship scheme, with support coming from disbursements from the MRFF.
  • Provide increased funding for NHMRC medical research at levels above CPI.
  • Restore Independent Research Institute Infrastructure Support Scheme (IRIISS) funding to 20 cents for every dollar of NHMRC research funding, and then build support for IRIISS up to 30 cents for every dollar of NHMRC research funding by 2019-20. The additional investment required to reach the goal of 30c per NHMRC funding dollar would be $34 million over the next three years.
  • Provide the full research support costs incurred in undertaking MRFF research projects. This should include providing additional IRIISS funding for independent medical research institutes, and additional funding through the university research block grants for universities and their affiliated medical research institutes undertaking MRFF research projects.
  • Fund the research infrastructure requirements recommended by the forthcoming National Research Infrastructure Roadmap.

See full submission below.