About the Clinical Trials Activity initiative

The Clinical Trials Activity initiative will provide $750 million over 10 years between 2022-23 and 2031-32 to increase clinical trial activity in Australia.

The initial focus of this initiative was on clinical trials addressing rare cancers, rare diseases, and unmet needs, and on bringing investigator-led international clinical trials to Australia.

The initiative’s focus has now been expanded to enable funding of research projects focused on any disease or condition that meets the objective specified in each grant opportunity.

Why it is important

This initiative is important because it supports clinical trials that test the effectiveness of therapies and treatments and create the evidence needed to improve clinical practice.

Objectives

The objective of this initiative is to increase clinical trial activity in Australia to:

  • improve the evidence base supporting clinical care
  • help patients access trials relevant to their health circumstances
  • enable researchers to bring international trials to Australian patients.

Meeting our objectives

We will monitor the initiative in accordance with the principles and approach detailed in the MRFF Monitoring, evaluation and learning strategy.

Who we work with

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) funds the initiative.

Our Health and Medical Research Office oversees this and other MRFF initiatives.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) administers this initiative.

Apply for funding

View the MRFF grants calendar to see which grants are open, when applications close and when we expect to award funding.

Register with GrantConnect to receive notifications about future funding opportunities under this initiative.

Grants awarded

See a list of all MRFF grant recipients.

Monitoring, evaluation and learning

We have engaged the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare (IEBH), Bond University, to evaluate this initiative.

IEBH will carry out a desktop review, survey, and consult with stakeholders, to assess progress made under the initiative. IEBH will also look at the initiative’s progress in meeting objectives set out in the MRFF 10-year Investment Plan.

The findings are due in mid-2022 and will support future clinical trial activity through the MRFF.

More information is available from MRFF.evaluations [at] health.gov.au.

Contact

For more information, contact us.

Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) contact

Contact for more information about the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), or to provide feedback on the MRFF website.

General enquiries:
MRFF [at] health.gov.au
MRFF website or newsletter feedback:
HMRO [at] health.gov.au

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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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Last updated: 
29 March 2022