What is the Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission?

The Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission funds innovative mental health research. It is providing $125 million over 10 years, from 2018–19.

Why is the Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission important?

More than 3.8 million Australians aged between 16 and 85 experience a mental illness each year. We need ongoing research into mental illness so we can reduce its impact on people’s lives.

The Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission will support research that addresses key national mental health priorities. It specifically encourages research to be translated into practice.

What are the goals of the Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission?

The Mission’s goal is to help an extra one million people be part of new approaches to mental health prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

How will we meet these goals?

The Million Minds Mission Roadmap guides the Mission and will change over the years as priorities change.

Research will focus on areas that are important to national mental health and wellbeing. Early priorities include:

  • eating disorders
  • child and youth mental health
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health
  • suicide prevention

This Mission complements support for the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan

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

MRFF snapshot – Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission

This snapshot shows this mission 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 mission will be established, expanded and embedded over time.

Who works with us on the Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission?

The Million Minds Mission Advisory Panel advises the government about the Mission.

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

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

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) administers grant applications.

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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 May 2021.

Funded Institution Project Name Chief Investigator/s Total Funding

Curtin University

Our Journey, Our Story: Building bridges to improve Aboriginal youth mental health and wellbeing

Associate Professor Michael Wright


Deakin University

Leveraging digital technology to reduce the prevalence and severity of eating disorders in Australia

Associate Professor Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz


Monash University

The Kids are Not Okay: Emergency Department management of acute mental health crises in children and young people

Professor Simon Craig


University of Melbourne

Bringing family, community, culture and country to the centre of health care: culturally appropriate models for improving mental health and wellbeing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people

Professor Sandra Eades


University of Southern Queensland

Translating evidence-based interventions into population-level digital models of care for child and adolescent mental health

Associate Professor Sonja March


University of Sydney

MAINSTREAM Centre for Health System Research & Translation in Eating Disorders: detection and intervention system-focused knowledge to drive better outcomes in mainstream care for eating disorders

Doctor Sarah Maguire


University of Western Australia

Generating Indigenous patient-centred, clinically and culturally capable models of mental health care

Professor Pat Dudgeon


Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Suicide prevention among men in early fatherhood: Determining the effectiveness of Working Out Dads, a group-based peer support intervention to reduce fathers’ mental health difficulties compared to usual care

Associate Professor Rebecca Giallo


University of Melbourne

Preventing suicide in boys and men

Professor Jane Pirkis


University of New South Wales

Developing a Comprehensive Care Pathway For those at Risk of Suicide But Not in Care: The Under the Radar Project

Professor Helen Christensen


University of Sydney

Growing Minds Australia: A National Trials Strategy to Transform Child and Youth Mental Health Services

Professor Mark Dadds


Deakin University

Mental Health Australia General Clinical Trial Network (MAGNET)

Professor Michael Berk




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

Related information

Communiqué for the 2 October 2018 meeting of the Expert Advisory Panel

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 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: 
20 May 2021