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 no upcoming grant opportunities.

Open grant rounds

The 2021 Frontier Health and Medical Research grant opportunity opened on 7 October 2020 and will close on 11 December 2020.

The 2021 Frontier Health and Medical Research Grant Opportunity originally opened as the 2019 Frontier Health and Medical Research (Stage One) grant opportunity, but was deferred in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2021 Frontier Health and Medical Research grant opportunity now incorporates the entire Frontiers process, which was to be delivered as two discrete grant opportunities (i.e. Stage One and Stage Two).

Grants being assessed

We are currently assessing applications received under the 2020 Frontier Health and Medical Research (Stage Two) grant opportunity.

Grants awarded

Applications for Stage One (first cohort) 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 Two.

We have awarded the following grants under this initiative, as at 31 January 2020.

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

$960,000

Burnet Institute

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

Prof Gilda Tachedjian

$895,346

Florey Institute of Neuro-science and Mental Health

Precision Medicine in Epilepsy

Prof Graeme Jackson

$999,956

Monash University

An Innovative Public Health Program Against Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Prof Scott O'Neill

$964,700

Monash University

Cortical Frontiers: Commercialising Brain Machine Interfaces

Prof Arthur Lowery

$924,100

Saluda Medical Pty Limited

Cerebral palsy treatment by closed loop electrical stimulation

Prof John Parker

$747,596

The University of Queensland

Therapeutic Ultrasound for the Treatment of Brain Disorders

Prof Juergen Goetz

$1,000,000

University of Melbourne

Using disruptive technologies to transform prehospital care for stroke

Prof Geoffrey Donnan

$1,000,000

University of Technology Sydney

Disruptive technologies to trace, track & tackle antibiotic resistance

Prof Steven Djordjevic

$998,731

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

c-FIND: CRISPR Frontier Infection Diagnostics to Detect Infection

Prof Marc Pellegrini

$1,000,000

Total

 

$9,490,429

We publish the details of all MRFF grants we have approved after they have been tabled at budget estimates, supplementary budget estimates or additional estimates. This means there is a delay between us approving grants and the details appearing here.

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 inquiries
MRFF [at] industry.gov.au

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Last updated: 
9 October 2020