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?

The Frontier Health and Medical Research initiative comprises 3 phases:

  1. Application phase — applications are submitted and competitively assessed against the application criteria set out in the grant opportunity guidelines.
  2. Research Planning phase — successful applicants are awarded a grant to develop a research plan, which is competitively assessed against the research plan criteria set out in the grant opportunity guidelines.
  3. Research Implementation — successful research planning teams are awarded a second grant to enable implementation of the research set out in their research plan.

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, Science, Energy and Resources administers this initiative.

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Status

Upcoming grants

There are currently no upcoming grant opportunities.

Open grant rounds

There are currently no open grant opportunities.

Grants being assessed

No grant rounds are currently being assessed.

Grants awarded

We have awarded or announced the following grants under this initiative, as at 11 August 2021.

Funded Institution

Project Name

Chief Investigator/s

Total Funding

Australian Lung Health Initiative Pty Ltd

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

Professor Andreas Fouras

$1,124,822.00

Burnet Institute

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

Professor Gilda Tachedjian

$962,458.00

Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Precision Medicine in Epilepsy

Professor Graeme Jackson

$1,197,812.00

Monash University

An Innovative Public Health Program Against Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Professor Scott O'Neill

$1,175,625.00

Monash University

Cortical Frontiers: Commercialising Brain Machine Interfaces

Professor Arthur Lowery

$1,046,625.00

Saluda Medical Pty Ltd

Cerebral palsy treatment by closed loop electrical stimulation

Professor John Parker

$747,596.00

The University of Queensland

Therapeutic Ultrasound for the Treatment of Brain Disorders

Professor Jürgen Götz

$1,076,891.00

University of Melbourne

Using disruptive technologies to transform prehospital care for stroke

Professor Geoffrey Donnan

$1,203,125.00

University of Technology Sydney

Disruptive technologies to trace, track & tackle antibiotic resistance

Professor Steven Djordjevic

$1,166,210.00

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

c-FIND: CRISPR Frontier Infection Diagnostics to Detect Infection

Professor Marc Pellegrini

$1,071,500.00

Australian Lung Health Initiative Pty Ltd

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

Professor Andreas Fouras

$28,867,540.00

University of Melbourne

The Stroke Golden Hour: delivering urgent stroke care to Australians

Professor Geoffrey Donnan and Professor Stephen Davis

$40,167,052.00

Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Australian Epilepsy Project

Professor Graeme Jackson

$30,080,129.00

Synchron Australia Pty Ltd

The Brain-Machine Interface Frontier: Pioneering Endovascular Bionics

Associate Professor Nicholas Opie

$996,000.00

Monash University

The Artificial Heart Frontiers Program

Professor David Kaye

$999,570.00

University of Sydney

Australian Corneal Bioengineering: Novel Therapies to Fight Blindness

Professor Gerard Sutton

$999,224.00

University of Sydney

Phage Australia

Professor Jonathan Iredell

$999,999.00

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Australian Centre for E3 Therapeutics (ACE3T)

Professor John Silke

$999,999.00

Snoretox Pty Ltd

Novel, Innovative Modified Tetanus Toxin Drugs for Weak Muscle Conditions

Associate Professor Anthony Sasse

$994,509.00

University of New South Wales

EpiWatch – Artificial Intelligence Early-Warning System for Epidemics

Professor Raina MacIntyre

$799,788.00

University of Western Australia

Disruptive Technologies for Precision Medicine in Coronary Artery Disease

Professor Girish Dwivedi

$896,606.00

University of Sydney

New Frontiers in Personalised Prevention of Coronary Artery Disease

Professor Gemma Figtree

$997,562.00

The University of Queensland

Earlier Diagnosis and Personalised Treatments for Endometriosis (EndoAIMM)

Professor Grant Montgomery

$927,741.00

Total

$119,498,383.00

The total in this table may vary due to the rounding of individual grant values.

Related information

See a list of all MRFF grant recipients.

Contact

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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Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

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

Medical Research Future Fund enquiries
MRFF [at] industry.gov.au

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Last updated: 
1 September 2021