What is the Clinician Researchers initiative?

The Australian Government is investing $190.8 million from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) in clinician researcher fellowships over the next decade. This provides money for health care professionals who work with patients to carry out research projects.

Why is the Clinician Researchers initiative important?

Many health care professionals have had to choose between life as a researcher or a clinician. This can mean that research doesn’t address problems seen in clinical practice.

What are the goals of the Clinician Researchers initiative?

The initiative's goals are to help the next generation of talented Australian health professionals drive research questions, develop new discoveries and ensure implementation of best practice care for their patients.

How will we meet these goals?

The Investigator Grants: MRFF Priority Round grant opportunity opened on 2 October 2019 and closed on 27 November 2019. Thirty early-to-mid-career researchers have been awarded 5-year grants in 2 cohorts, with the first starting in 2020 and the second in 2021.

Research programs have a focus on research translation and contribute to the following MRFF priority research areas:

  1. Australian Brain Cancer Mission
  2. Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission
  3. Genomics Health Futures Mission
  4. Dementia, Aged Care and Ageing Mission
  5. Indigenous Health Research Fund
  6. Stem Cell Therapies Mission
  7. Cardiovascular Health Mission
  8. Traumatic Brain Injury Mission
  9. Preventive and Public Health Research
  10. Primary Health Care Research
  11. Global Health

The Investigator Grants: MRFF Priority Round will provide the highest-performing clinician researchers with funding for their salary (if required) and a research support package for 5 years in areas that align with priorities in the MRFF 10-year plan.

See the initiative snapshot for details of how we plan to meet these goals.

MRFF snapshot – Clinician Researchers

This snapshot shows this initiative at a glance. It includes budgets, early funding priorities and grant timelines, as at November 2019. Researchers and other stakeholders can use it to plan for upcoming opportunities and see how the initiative will be established, expanded and embedded over time.

Who works with us on the Clinician Researchers initiative?

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

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources administer this initiative. 

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Status

Upcoming grants

There are currently no upcoming grants. 

Open grant rounds

The 2020 Clinician Researchers: Applied Research in Health grant opportunity opened on 14 December 2020 and will close on 12 April 2021.

Grants being assessed

There are no grants currently being assessed.

Grants awarded

We have awarded the following grants under this initiative, as at 30 October 2020.

Funded Institution

Project Name

Chief Investigator/s

Total Funding

Australian National University

Implementation of a peer worker-led mental health recovery program

Doctor Michelle Banfield

$179,118

Burnet Institute

Advancing diagnostics and vaccines for malaria elimination

Doctor Jack Richards

$437,036

University of Melbourne

Improving patient management pathways in age-related macular degeneration

Doctor Lauren Ayton

$179,118

Curtin University

Pharmacy Interventions for Naloxone Scale-Up (PINS)

Doctor Joanna Moullin

$181,066

National Ageing Research Institute

Translating dignity principles into practice in aged care homes

Doctor Joan Ostaszkiewicz

$181,066

Flinders University

Enhancing the capacity of mental health services to review, personalise and intervene early through implementation of real-time outcome monitoring

Associate Professor Niranjan Bidargaddi

$179,118

Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Mild traumatic brain injury and the risk of long-term neurodegenerative and neurobehavioural disease

Associate Professor Paul McCrory

$577,189

The Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Improving outcomes in osteoporosis and bone health

Professor Jacqueline Center

$343,683

La Trobe University

Implementing appropriate exercise and education for Australians with knee osteoarthritis

Doctor Christian Barton

$179,118

La Trobe University

Translating evidence to improve access to paediatric therapy services

Doctor Katherine Harding

$181,066

Monash University

A national cancer outcome strategy

Professor John Zalcberg

$487,893

Monash University

Cognitive Phenotyping and Personalised Treatment for Methamphetamine Addiction

Associate Professor Antonio Verdejo-Garcia

$476,728

Monash University

fungalAi: Breaking the mould of the traditional antifungal stewardship paradigm

Doctor Michelle Ananda-Rajah

$181,066

Monash University

Generating and translating evidence into practice in women’s health and beyond

Professor Helena Teede

$494,733

Monash University

Improving outcomes for critically ill patients after traumatic brain injury and blood transfusion

Professor David Cooper

$412,278

Monash University

Improving outcomes in low back pain: Targeting specific therapies to patient subgroups

Doctor Donna Urquhart

$429,055

Monash University

Next Generation Targeting of DNA-Methylation in Poor Risk Lymphoid Cancer

Associate Professor Jake Shortt

$218,518

Monash University

Novel targeted onco-theranostic nanoparticles for personalised therapy and real-time monitoring

Doctor Karen Alt

$431,000

Monash University

Optimising Emergency and Trauma Systems through evidence based pathways

Professor Peter Cameron

$412,278

Monash University

Precision medicine for epilepsy and beyond: from discovery to implementation and evaluation

Professor Patrick Kwan

$481,156

Monash University

Reducing Brain Injury and Improving
The Care Of High-Risk Newborn Infants

Associate Professor Flora Wong

$241,702

Monash University

Translational Research Program to Advance Clinical Outcomes in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

Associate Professor Andrew Wei

$412,419

Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Implementing evidence based management for children with dystonic cerebral palsy

Doctor Adrienne Harvey

$181,066

Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Improving the health and development of high risk preterm newborns

Associate Professor Jeanie Cheong

$333,710

Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Improving upper limb function in Hereditary Cerebellar Ataxia

Doctor Louise Corben

$431,000

Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Significance of low-level mosaicism to intellectual disability in paediatric disorders

Doctor David Godler

$476,728

Queensland University of Technology

Embracing digital disruption in hospitals to improve outcomes among vulnerable people

Associate Professor Steven McPhail

$483,404

Sydney Local Health District

Implementing fasting guidelines within an acute hospital surgical setting

Doctor Sharon Carey

$181,066

The University of Queensland

Early diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer

Professor Kwun Fong

$487,893

The University of Queensland

iAx: Instant assessment and personalised feedback in alcohol use disorder

Doctor Matthew Gullo

$181,066

The University of Queensland

Improving paediatric critical care outcome

Associate Professor Andreas Schibler

$348,495

The University of Queensland

Personalised early detection of melanoma

Professor H. Peter Soyer

$577,189

The University of Queensland

Scaling, spreading, and sustaining The Systematised, Interdisciplinary Malnutrition Program for impLementation and Evaluation (SIMPLE) – a multi-site implementation program

Doctor Jack Bell

$181,066

University of Melbourne

Closing the communication gap in chronic disease

Doctor Alison Beauchamp

$179,118

University of Melbourne

Complex depression and anxiety in youth: Innovative e-therapy and biotherapy clinical trials

Doctor Simon Rice

$349,629

University of Melbourne

Elimination of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) as a Public Health Threat

Professor Alexander Thompson

$481,156

University of Melbourne

Examining new treatments and developing new treatment biomarkers for youth with severe depression

Associate Professor Christopher Davey

$333,710

University of Melbourne

From simulation to translation: A new quality improvement program for antibiotic prescribing in general practice

Doctor Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis

$181,066

University of Melbourne

Neuroimaging in mental health: the quest for clinically useful biomarkers

Assistant Professor Lianne Schmaal

$431,000

University of Melbourne

Optimising interventions for Staphylococcus aureus and skin infections

Associate Professor Steven Tong

$333,710

University of Melbourne

Optimising Respiratory Therapies to Improve Outcomes for Preterm Infants

Doctor Brett Manley

$305,925

University of Melbourne

Precision therapy for neurological diseases

Doctor Tomas Kalincik

$476,728

University of New South Wales

Catch them when they fall: Providing best evidence care after a suicide attempt

Doctor Fiona Shand

$179,118

University of New South Wales

Determinants of the outcomes from infectious diseases

Professor Andrew Lloyd

$577,189

University of New South Wales

Discovery to therapy implementation in acute stroke

Professor Christopher Levi

$577,189

University of New South Wales

Improving internet-delivered psychological therapies for depression and anxiety

Doctor Jill Newby

$431,000

University of New South Wales

Reducing the burden of dialysis catheter complications - a national approach

Doctor Sradha Kotwal

$179,118

University of New South Wales

Sepsis Outcomes Research

Professor Bala Venkatesh

$278,795

University of New South Wales

Understanding and optimising the delivery of chronic disease care for better cardiovascular outcomes

Associate Professor Meg Jardine

$476,728

University of Sydney

Clinical Trials To Improve Outcome of Cancer Patients

Associate Professor Mustafa Khasraw

$483,404

University of Sydney

Decreasing unnecessary surgery for low back pain

Associate Professor Manuela Ferreira

$476,728

University of Sydney

Improving health outcomes for disadvantaged children

Professor Elizabeth Elliot

$577,189

University of Sydney

New approaches for treatment of alcohol use disorder

Professor Paul Haber

$418,050

University of Sydney

The role of cortical dysfunction in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) pathophysiology

Professor Ostoja (Steve) Vucic

$585,270

University of Sydney

Vaccine safety research in understudied and at risk groups: critical knowledge to inform practice and policy

Associate Professor Nicholas Wood

$286,037

University of Tasmania

Exercise is medicine so why don't General Practitioners prescribe it?

Associate Professor Andrew Williams

$181,066

University of Tasmania

Improving musculoskeletal pain by matching the right treatment with the right patient

Doctor Dawn Aitken

$431,000

University of Tasmania

Sustaining oral and systemic health in Residential Aged Care Facilities

Associate Professor Leonard Crocombe

$179,118

University of Western Australia

Community-based studies of diabetes and infectious diseases

Professor Timothy Davis

$585,270

University of Western Australia

Developing personalised treatment for retinal degeneration

Doctor Fred Chen

$258,600

University of Western Australia

Maximising health for older Australians

Professor Leon Flicker

$585,270

University of Western Australia

Nutritional strategies for allergy prevention

Doctor Debra Palmer

$431,000

University of Western Australia

Translational Research on Malignant Pleural Effusion and Pleural Infection

Professor Y C Gary Lee

$481,156

University of Wollongong

Implementing a health literacy focused dietetic outpatient model of care for people with chronic kidney disease

Ms Kelly Lambert

$179,118

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Translational research to drive improved diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory diseases

Professor Ian Wicks

$418,050

La Trobe University

Closing the evidence-practice gap in occupational health practices to prevent musculoskeletal disorders

Associate Professor Jodi Oakman

$179,118

University of South Australia

Evidence-based digital technologies for health behaviour

Associate Professor Carol Maher

$1,118,593

Macquarie University

Screening and Risk Reduction for Dementia in Primary Care

Professor Viviana Wuthrich

$1,562,250

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Advancing Personalised Treatment in Colorectal Cancer with Tissue and Liquid Biomarkers

Associate Professor Jeanne Tie

$1,187,350

University of Melbourne

Closing the critical knowledge gaps in perinatal genomics

Associate Professor Lisa Hui

$1,281,125

University of Western Australia

Preventing Bronchiectasis in Indigenous People

Doctor Andre Schultz

$1,131,125

University of New South Wales

Tackling it with Tech: Using novel Internet solutions to overcome the burden of depression in youth

Doctor Bridianne O'Dea

$620,205

University of Melbourne

Saving time, saving brain through prehospital stroke care

Doctor Henry Zhao

$645,205

Menzies School of Health Research

Moving together towards the elimination of chronic Hepatitis B in the Northern Territory

Doctor Jane Davies

$1,131,125

Monash University

Optimise Primary Aldosteronism Detection For Better Health Outcomes

Doctor Jun Yang

$570,205

University of Western Australia

Better penicillin, better hearts: improving secondary prevention of rheumatic heart disease

Doctor Laurens Manning

$1,281,125

Flinders University

Meeting psychological needs to improve the quality and safety of aged care

Doctor Monica Cations

$420,079

Monash University

Using a purpose-built digital assessment tool to determine the mechanisms driving addictive behaviours and its utility to improve treatment engagement and outcomes

Doctor Sze Lee

$645,205

University of Melbourne

A Neural Systems Model to Optimize Treatment Outcomes in Binge Eating Populations

Doctor Trevor Steward

$645,205

Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Establishing the early diagnosis of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular risk factors in adults with repaired aortic arch obstruction: The key to decreasing premature death

Doctor Melissa Lee

$329,041

The University of Newcastle

Sustaining the implementation of evidence-based chronic disease prevention programs in education

Doctor Nicole Nathan

$1,562,250

The University of Newcastle

Personalised biomarker-guided management of asthma during pregnancy

Doctor Vanessa Murphy

$1,562,250

University of Sydney

Policy-driven research to improve the immunisation program for young children

Professor Thomas Snelling

$1,062,555

Deakin University

Improving outcomes for children and adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and their carers

Associate Professor Emma Sciberras

$1,544,073

The University of Queensland

Supporting adults to sit less and move more for chronic disease prevention and management

Associate Professor Genevieve Healy

$1,487,455

University of Sydney

Innovative regenerative therapies for heart repair

Associate Professor James Chong

$1,562,250

Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Keeping children out of hospital by being smarter with antibiotics

Associate Professor Penelope Bryant

$1,281,125

University of Melbourne

Minimising infective complications in the era of immune-based cancer therapies through precision, prediction and prevention

Doctor Benjamin Teh

$1,165,633

University of New South Wales

Investigating novel therapies for heart failure with preserved ejection fraction

Doctor Clare Arnott

$387,123

University of Melbourne

Putting 3D printing into the reality of surgery: an approach for regenerating joint cartilage within the body using one-step surgery

Doctor Claudia Di Bella

$447,603

The University of Queensland

Immuno-genetic biomarkers of response in a prospective study of immune checkpoint therapy in primary CNS lymphoma

Doctor Colm Keane

$1,393,575

The University of Adelaide

Understanding molecular pathogenesis of therapy related myeloid neoplasm

Doctor Devendra Hiwase

$620,205

University of Melbourne

Developing a coherent national approach to the clinical and public health management of invasive Strep A disease

Doctor Katherine Gibney

$1,449,800

University of Melbourne

Blood based detection and monitoring of pre-malignant clonal haematopoiesis to predict clinical outcomes in the immunocompromised

Doctor Paul Yeh

$620,735

The University of Newcastle

A big problem needs a big solution: Advancing the science of scaling up chronic disease prevention interventions

Doctor Rachel Sutherland

$1,562,250

University of Melbourne

The male experience of eating and body image disorders

Doctor Scott Griffiths

$1,562,250

Total

$55,504,674

We publish the details of all MRFF grants we have approved after they have been tabled at budget estimates, supplementary budget estimates or additional estimates. This means there is a delay between us approving grants and the details appearing here.

Related information

See a list of all MRFF grant recipients.

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National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

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Last updated: 
22 December 2020