What is the Emerging Priorities and Consumer-Driven Research initiative?

This initiative will:

  • improve patient care
  • translate new discoveries into clinical practice
  • encourage researchers to work together with the public on projects that matter to the public
  • connect researchers to consumers, carers and clinicians and foster partnerships

This initiative includes projects previously covered under the Accelerated Research initiative.

Why is the Emerging Priorities and Consumer-Driven Research initiative important?

This initiative aims to assist Australians to benefit from new treatments for conditions that are in emerging priority areas or areas of unmet need.

What are the goals of the Emerging Priorities and Consumer-Driven Research initiative?

The initiative’s goals are to support research that improves patient care and translation of new discoveries, and encourage collaboration between consumers and researchers.

How will we meet these goals?

We will run open and targeted grant opportunities with a focus on collaboration between consumers and researchers in addressing unmet need and emerging priorities.

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

MRFF snapshot – Emerging Priorities and Consumer-Driven Research

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 Emerging Priorities and Consumer-Driven Research initiative?

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

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

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

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Status

Upcoming grants

    Upcoming grants are scheduled to open in early 2020 for:

    • silicosis research
    • children’s cancer
    • medicinal cannabis

    Open grant rounds

    The Endometriosis Research grant opportunity opened on 27 November 2019 and will close on 5 February 2020.

    The Ovarian Cancer Research grant opportunity opened on 28 November 2019 and will close on 5 February 2020.

    The Mental Health Pharmacogenomics grant opportunity opened on 11 December 2019 and will close on 5 February 2020.

    The Bushfire Impact Research grant opportunity opened on 17 January 2020 and will close on 31 January 2020.

      Grants being assessed

      No grants are currently being assessed. 

      Grants awarded

      We have funded the following projects under this initiative, as at 30 September 2019.

      Funded Institution

      Project Name

      Chief Investigator

      Total Funding

      Monash University

      The PARC study: A phase I/II study evaluating the safety and activity of Pegylated recombinant human Arginase (BCT-100) Relapsed/refractory Cancers of Children and Young Adults

      Dr Maria Kirby

      $480,015

      University of Melbourne

      Role of the NKp44-PDGF-DD axis in Glioblastoma

      Dr Alexander Barrow

      $573,689

      University of Melbourne

      Targeting invadopodia to treat glioblastoma

      Dr Stanley Stylli

      $384,526

      Cancer Council SA
      (SA)

      Support research into the cause and potential therapies for people with cancer

      Not applicable

      $3,000,000

      Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (Australian Genomics Health Alliance)

      A project to enable the Australian Genomics Health Alliance to extend the cardiovascular genetic disorders flagship study

      Not applicable

      $6,000,000

      Jean Hailes Foundation

      To establish the National Endometriosis Clinical and Scientific Trials Network (NECST). The project will build a national research platform that supports a comprehensive national program of clinical, basic science and translational research relevant to the needs of Australian endometriosis sufferers

      Not applicable

      $2,500,000

      Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

      The Foundation will accelerate translational research and develop innovative treatments, and also will build collaborative and diverse expertise across the Australian health sector, attract international research to Australia and increase participation of patients in clinical trials

      Not applicable

      $25,000,000

      Sanfilippo Children's Foundation
      (NSW)

      Personalised medicine approach for Australian children with Sanfilippo Syndrome (MPS III)

      Not applicable

      $2,000,000

      University of Melbourne
      Stem Cells Australia

      Advancing stem cell research in clinical care for incurable medical conditions or conditions with unmet clinical need

      Not applicable

      $3,000,000

      Epilepsy Foundation
      (Vic)

      Funding for the Epilepsy Foundation to advance research into treatments including a proof-of-concept study to demonstrate how gene therapy can correct SYNGAP mutations to be conducted by the Florey Institute

      Not applicable

      $2,000,000

      Cerebral Palsy Alliance
      (NSW)

      Funding to drive research to support the treatment of Cerebral Palsy sponsored by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Includes a clinical trial to test the validity of the TheraSuit conducted by the Hudson Medical Research Institute

      Not applicable

      $2,000,000

      Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne)

      The Leukodystrophy Flagship will increase research into the causes of the disease, build new disease models, build evidence for complementary genomic approaches, and develop a patients' bioregistry

      Not applicable

      $3,000,000

      Cure for MND Foundation

       The project will facilitate new clinical trial activity for drug repurposing in the treatment of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and provide greater access to innovative and cutting edge approaches to treating MND

      Not applicable

      $1,960,000

      Cure for MND Foundation

      Expand clinical trials of repurposed drugs for the treatment of Motor Neurone Disease 

      Not applicable

      $6,000,000

      St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation

      Studies on the role of the gut microbiome in health and disease

      Not applicable

      $2,000,000

      Murdoch University

      To establish the Australian National Phenome Centre

      Not applicable

      $10,000,000

      Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute
      (Vic)

      Rare Cancer trial - combination treatment with Ipilimumab and Nivolumab at rural sites

      Not applicable

      $1,000,000

      Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision
      (Vic)

      Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision will be funded to run Clinical Fellowships to build capacity with research nurses, key clinical trial infrastructure, statistical support and/or add value to existing clinical trials through the collection and analysis of correlative samples

      Not applicable

      $1,000,000

      Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

      The establishment of a new national Drug Discovery Centre that will fast track the translation of scientific discoveries into new medicines and treatments

      Not applicable

      $25,000,000

      Canteen
      (NSW)

      Supporting new clinical trials for adolescents and young adults with cancer

      Not applicable

      $5,000,000

      The University of Queensland

      National expansion of the project 'Safer Baby Bundle' which is designed to reduce the rate of stillbirth after 28 weeks' gestation by at least 20%. The Safe Baby Bundle will provide evidence-based information about steps to take to reduce the risk of stillbirth, and an educational program for midwives and doctors on best practice care after stillbirth

      Not applicable

      $3,000,000

      Stroke Foundation
      (Vic)

      Development of the Australian Living Guidelines for Stroke Management (in conjunction with Cochrane Australia) and targeted clinical research on stroke recovery for young survivors – ‘Return to life, return to work’

      Not applicable

      $2,500,000

      Garvan Institute of Medical Research

      Integrating genomics, biomarkers and patient cell phenotyping into disease modifying clinical trials to identify therapeutics to slow or stop Parkinson’s disease progression

      Not applicable

      $30,000,000

      Australian National University

      Develop Australia's phenomics capability by improving the translation of human genomics-to-phenomics, and by optimising new discoveries and innovations

      Not applicable

      $10,000,000

      Movember Foundation

      Establishing three Prostate Cancer Research Alliances at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, St Vincent's Hospital Sydney and the University of Melbourne. Research will support earlier identification and optimal treatment of men at high risk of disease progression

      Not applicable

      $6,000,000

      Griffith University

      Conduct clinical trials on a new malaria vaccine

      Not applicable

      $500,000

       

       

       

      $153,898,231

      Related information

      See a list of all MRFF grant recipients.

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      Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

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

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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.

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      Last updated: 
      17 January 2020