Australian medical research has been responsible for many medical breakthroughs, such as penicillin, the bionic ear and grey scale ultrasound imaging. Find out what we’re doing to support medical researchers in Australia.
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Medical research in Australia
Medical research helps to improve the health of Australians by developing new medicines, treatments and devices.
Australian medical research is among the best in the world. Australia’s proud history includes our role in the development of penicillin as an antibiotic, and medical breakthroughs such as the bionic ear, grey scale ultrasound imaging, spray-on skin, the cervical cancer vaccine and more.
What we’re doing about medical research
We administer the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), an ongoing research fund set up by the Australian Government in 2015. Researchers can apply for funding opportunities that are advertised every year.
The MRFF is already supporting many research initiatives.
GrantConnect is the Australian Government's grants information system. It is a central source of information about current and forecast Australian Government grant opportunities, and grants that have been awarded.
Government agencies we work with
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funds high quality health and medical research to build research capability, support researchers, encourage the translation of research into better health outcomes and promote the highest ethical standards for health and medical research.