What is the Frontier Health and Medical Research initiative?

The Frontier Health and Medical Research initiative is a 2-stage program that will provide a total of $570 million over 9 years. It will support researchers to explore bold ideas that could have a global impact.

Why is the Frontier Health and Medical Research initiative important?

This initiative supports Australia’s best researchers to pursue big ideas that can revolutionise health care and potentially create new industries.

What are the goals of the Frontier Health and Medical Research initiative?

The program will create opportunities for researcher collaborations to explore bold and innovative ideas, and make discoveries of great potential and global impact.

How will we meet these goals?

This initiative uses a 2-stage process:

  1. Stage 1 — researchers form teams and develop detailed research plans for cutting-edge projects. They must convince the selection panel that their idea has merit. Successful applicants have 1 year and $1 million to get their proposal ready for submit for Stage 2.
  2. Stage 2 — selected Stage 1 teams receive up to 5 years of further funding to pursue their projects. We expect funding to range from $10 million to $20 million per year.

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

MRFF snapshot – Frontier Health and Medical Research

This snapshot shows this initiative at a glance. It includes budgets, early funding priorities and grant timelines, as of 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 Frontier Health and Medical Research initiative?

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

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

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science administers this initiative.

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Upcoming grants

There are no upcoming grant opportunities.

Open grant rounds

The Frontier Health and Medical Research (Stage One) grant opportunity opened on 16 December 2019 and will close on 26 March 2020.

Grants being assessed

There are currently no grants being assessed.

Grants awarded

Applications for Stage 1 opened on 6 December 2018 and closed on 26 February 2019.

The independent Frontier Health and Medical Research Advisory Committee assessed the applications and recommended which projects should proceed. The program delegate selected the first cohort of 10 projects, which are currently preparing for Stage 2.

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

Funded Institution

Project Name

Chief Investigator

Total Funding

Australian Lung Health Initiative Pty Ltd

4D Functional diagnosis: a new frontier in lung health for children

Prof Andreas Fouras


Burnet Institute

EVE-M (Enhancing the Vaginal Environment and Microbiome) Initiative

Prof Gilda Tachedjian


Florey Institute of Neuro-science and Mental Health

Precision Medicine in Epilepsy

Prof Graeme Jackson


Monash University

An Innovative Public Health Program Against Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Prof Scott O'Neill


Monash University

Cortical Frontiers: Commercialising Brain Machine Interfaces

Prof Arthur Lowery


Saluda Medical Pty Limited

Cerebral palsy treatment by closed loop electrical stimulation

Prof John Parker


The University of Queensland

Therapeutic Ultrasound for the Treatment of Brain Disorders

Prof Juergen Goetz


University of Melbourne

Using disruptive technologies to transform prehospital care for stroke

Prof Geoffrey Donnan


University of Technology Sydney

Disruptive technologies to trace, track & tackle antibiotic resistance

Prof Steven Djordjevic


Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

c-FIND: CRISPR Frontier Infection Diagnostics to Detect Infection

Prof Marc Pellegrini





Related information

See a list of all MRFF grant recipients.


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 feedback:
HMRO [at] health.gov.au

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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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Last updated: 
24 December 2019