MRFF evaluation and monitoring

The Australian Government is developing ways to evaluate and monitor how well the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) is meeting its goals.

Measurement, monitoring and evaluation

Our Health and Medical Research Office (HMRO) is working on ways to evaluate the impact of the MRFF.

The Australian Medical Research Advisory Board recommended MRFF evaluation should consider whether projects:

  • lead to better patient outcomes
  • produce beneficial changes to health practices
  • increase efficiency in the health system
  • lead to commercialisation of health service outcomes
  • increase community support for the use of outcomes from funding


The Australian Government announced its plans for a Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) in 2014. The government intends the fund to provide a stable, ongoing source of research funding. Over time, this research will deliver improvements to the health system and improve patient outcomes.

The government established the MRFF in 2015, along with the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board (AMRAB). AMRAB consulted with researchers and the public to decide how the fund should be used. They identified:

  • 6 strategic platforms
  • 19 priorities

The Department of Health used these strategies and priorities to design the first set of 20 MRFF initiatives.

Last updated: 
11 December 2019

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