What is the Clinician Researchers initiative?

The Australian Government is investing $190.8 million from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) in clinical 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?

We announced the Investigator Grants: MRFF Priority Round on 5 September 2019. The grant opportunity opened on 2 October 2019 will provide $32 million over 2019–20 and 2020–21 to fund 5-year grants for outstanding early- to mid-career clinician researchers whose 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. Ageing, Aged Care and Dementia 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 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) administers this initiative. 

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Status

Upcoming grants

There are currently no upcoming grants. 

Open grant rounds

No grant rounds are currently open.

Grants being assessed

Applications for the Investigator Grants: MRFF Priority Round closed on 27 November 2019 and are currently being assessed.

Grants awarded

We have awarded the following grants under this initiative, as at 30 September 2019.

Funded Institution

Project Name

Chief Investigator

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

Deakin University

Translating dignity principles into practice in aged care homes

Doctor Joan Ostaszkiewicz

$181,066

Flinders University of South Australia

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 Neuro-science and Mental Health

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

Associate Professor Paul McCrory

$577,189

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 diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mitochondrial disease

Professor Carolyn Sue

$481,156

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

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Translational research to drive improved diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory diseases

Professor Ian Wicks

$418,050

University of Newcastle

Translation of preventive care for chronic disease risk behaviours into community mental health service delivery

Doctor Kate Bartlem
NB - grant acceptance was withdrawn/relinquished/declined

$179,118

Western Sydney Local Health District

Role of Non-Invasive Imaging using Speckle Tracking Echocardiography in the Identification and Treatment of Patients At Risk of Arrhythmias and Consequent Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Doctor Saurabh Kumar
NB - grant acceptance was withdrawn/relinquished/declined

$431,000

University of New South Wales

Pragmatic implementation trial to reduce evidence practice gap in chronic kidney disease and diabetes

Associate Professor Meg Jardine
NB - grant acceptance was withdrawn/relinquished/declined

$179,118

Monash University

Closing the evidence-practice gap with a highly innovative, patient-centred, decision-support program to guide narcotic use in chronic low back pain

Doctor Donna Urquhart
NB - grant acceptance was withdrawn/relinquished/declined

$179,118

La Trobe University

Development and implementation of evidence-based stroke rehabilitation

Associate Professor Natasha Lannin
NB - grant acceptance was withdrawn/relinquished/declined

$483,404

Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

Utility of novel exercise imaging to identify sub-clinical cardiovascular disease

Associate Professor Andre La Gerche
NB - grant acceptance was withdrawn/relinquished/declined

$483,404

 

 

 

$25,902,903

Related information

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Last updated: 
24 December 2019