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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.

There are many research centres in Australia, some of which are recognised as centres of excellence.

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.

Its advisory board regularly consults the public and reviews the strategy and priorities to make sure the research is addressing Australia’s needs.

We also work with other agencies on research such as the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Support services

Innovation and Science Australia (ISA)

Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) is an independent board, responsible for providing strategic whole-of-government advice on all science, research and innovation matters

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GrantConnect contact

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.

GrantConnect [at] finance.gov.au

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Australian Medical Research Advisory Board (AMRAB) contact

The Australian Medical Research Advisory Board (AMRAB) advises the Health Minister on prioritising spending from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

MRFF [at] health.gov.au

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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.

help [at] nhmrc.gov.au

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Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Contact the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

Medical Research Future Fund enquiries
MRFF [at] industry.gov.au

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