National Health and Medical Industry Growth Plan – Frontier Health and Medical Research

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The Government will invest $1.3 billion in the National Health and Medical Industry Growth Plan. The Government will provide $240 million over five years to establish a landmark program for researchers and collaborators to support innovative ‘out of the box’ ideas and discoveries. It will unlock groundbreaking research which promises new treatments and technologies to improve health, and open new markets for industry growth.

The program will operate under a two stage process:

  • Stage one will involve a competitive expression of interest, where researchers articulate their idea and its merit, and demonstrate its novelty, competitiveness and transformative nature, and its potential for partnerships. Successful applicants will have approximately one year and $1 million to advance their idea, ready to put forward for potential stage two investment.
  • Stage two will support the best applicants to realise a new frontier in health and medical research and build new industry ecosystems through up to five years of funding – ranging from $10 to $20 million per year.
The Frontiers program will be overseen by an expert international panel and consistent with the Australian Medical Research and Innovation Strategy 2016–2021 and Priorities 2016–2018.

Why is this important?

Many great Australian health and medical research ideas cannot be progressed due to limited resources. To be truly transformative, researchers need to push new boundaries. This measure is essential for nurturing ideas and creating the next generation industries that will drive healthcare improvements, jobs and growth.

Who will benefit?

Researchers will be supported to push the boundaries to develop tomorrow’s health and medical breakthroughs. Innovative and transformative health and medical research activities will lead to better health outcomes for Australians and new economic and job opportunities.

How much will this cost?

This will cost $240 million from 2017–18 to 2021–22 from the Medical Research Future Fund.

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