What is the Global Health initiative?

The Global Health initiative funds projects that improve our understanding of, and responses to, threats to our national health security. The initial focus is on tackling antimicrobial resistance and drug-resistant tuberculosis. It will invest $28.4 million over 10 years.

Global Health incorporates the following Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) initiatives:

This initiative will also fund new projects in the future.

Why is the Global Health initiative important?

Health threats such as antibiotic-resistant bacteria and drug-resistant tuberculosis can quickly spread within countries and between countries. This initiative funds projects that:

  • improve our understanding of antimicrobial resistance in residential aged care facilities
  • support our understanding of global health threats like drug-resistant tuberculosis
  • inform the development of new tools to fight them

What are the goals of the Global Health initiative?

This initiative aims to develop understanding and tools to fight threats to Australia’s national health security from the regional and global challenges of antimicrobial resistance and drug-resistant tuberculosis.

How will we meet these goals?

We will meet these goals by:

  • building collaboration between Australia and Pacific Island countries
  • supporting workforce development in Pacific Island countries by transferring knowledge and capability
  • developing strategies that improve outcomes for individuals and the community

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

MRFF snapshot – Global Health

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 Global Health initiative?

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

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

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

Apply for funding

We 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 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 25 March 2021.

Funded Institution Project Name Chief Investigator/s Total Funding

Monash University

Stepped-wedge Trial to increase antibiotic Appropriateness in Residential aged care facilities and model Transmission of antimicrobial resistance (The START Research Program)

Professor Anton Peleg


South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Limited

Using metagenomics and the Registry of Ageing South Australians to understand carriage and transmission of antimicrobial resistance in the elderly

Associate Professor Geraint Rogers


The University of Queensland

Cluster randomised trial of a multimodal intervention to reduce antimicrobial use in residential aged care facilities

Professor David Paterson


University of South Australia

Turning antimicrobial resistance in residential aged care inside-out from the patient to facility level

Doctor Henrietta Venter


Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations

National Security Against Pandemic Risk Program

Not applicable


Burnet Institute

Comprehensive community-based solutions to reduce MDR transmission in a high incidence setting

Professor Stephen Graham


University of Melbourne

Rapid detection of drug resistant tuberculosis using real-time sequencing

Professor Lachlan Coin


University of Melbourne

Preparing Fiji for Pathogens with Critical Antimicrobial Resistance

Professor Kirsty Buising


University of Sydney

Pathway to the Elimination of Antibiotic-Resistant Tuberculosis in the Pacific

Professor Barend Marais




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