What is the Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission?

This mission is investing $185 million from 2018–19 to 2028–29 in research supporting older Australians to:

  • maintain their health and quality of life as they age
  • live independently for longer
  • access quality care when they need it

Why is the Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission important?

Healthy ageing enables older people to contribute to the wider community — socially, culturally and economically. Healthy ageing reduces the cost of disease to our society by delaying:

  • the start of symptoms
  • the need for resource-intensive health and aged care services

What are the goals of the Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission?

This mission's goal is to improve quality of life for Australians as they age.

How will we meet these goals?

We will run a series of grants rounds. We are currently developing the scope and timing for these rounds. We will monitor progress against the goals and regularly report to the Minister for Health, with advice from the Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission Expert Advisory Panel.

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

MRFF snapshot – Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission

This snapshot shows this mission at a glance. It includes budget, 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 mission will be established, expanded and embedded over time.

Who works with us on the Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission?

The Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission Expert Advisory Panel provides advice on priorities for research investment through the mission by developing a Roadmap and Implementation Plan. Public consultation on the Roadmap and Implementation Plan opened on 14 December 2020 and will close on 23 April 2021. Submissions through the consultation will be used to inform any further development of the Roadmap and Implementation Plan by the Expert Advisory Panel.

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

Our Health and Medical Research Office oversees this and other missions under the MRFF.

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

Apply for funding

We will list grants on GrantConnect when they open. If you want GrantConnect to notify you about future MRFF grants:

  • register with them
  • enter ‘MRFF’ in the keyword section of your GrantConnect profile


Upcoming grants

There are currently no upcoming grant opportunities.

Open grant rounds

There are currently no open grant opportunities.

Grants being assessed

We are currently assessing applications received under the 2020 Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care opportunity.

Grants awarded

We have awarded or announced the following grants under this initiative, as at 25 March 2021.

Funded Institution Project Name Chief Investigator/s Total Funding

The University of Queensland

Breaking through dementia - the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research

Professor Jürgen Götz




Related information

See a list of all MRFF grant recipients.


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: 
31 March 2021