What we’re funding

The Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission (the Mission) was announced in the 2018-19 Budget. By supporting innovative and ground-breaking mental health and suicide prevention research, the Mission aims to assist up to one million people affected by mental illness. It will enable people who might not otherwise benefit from research and trials to take part and be part of the solutions, especially smaller organisations, individuals with lived experience, and early career researchers.

The Mission is commencing in 2018-19 with $125 million in funding being provided over ten years from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).  Donations, and contributions from other governments and sectors will also be sought to increase its impact. 

The Mission aims to support research into:

  • the causes of mental illness; 
  • the best interventions to prevent and treat mental illness; and to
  • ensure all Australians have access to the best possible mental health care. 

Research will focus on areas of importance to national mental health and wellbeing. Initial priorities will include:

  • eating disorders;
  • child and youth mental health; and
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health.

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


Desired outcomes

The Mission aims to create interventions and treatments that: 

  • reduce the prevalence of mental illness;
  • improve care; and 
  • reduce mortality associated with mental illness in Australia: and
  • reduce rates of self-harm and suicide


Million Minds Mission Roadmap

The Million Minds Mission Roadmap guides the Mission and include details on:

  • investment priorities;
  • initial focus areas; and
  • initial implementation steps.

This document will evolve as the Mission progresses to capture new and emerging research priorities. 

As part of implementing the Roadmap, the Advisory Panel will be holding a strategic planning workshop in March 2019 to identify emerging and critical priorities in the longer term for this research funding.


    The Million Minds Mission Advisory Panel

    An Advisory Panel guides the Mission. This panel will:

    • help identify research priorities; 
    • inform the design of the Mission’s research grant programs; 
    • prioritise proposals for funding based on peer-review; and
    • track and report on the return on investment under the MRFF.


    Why it’s important

    • more than 3.8 million Australians aged between 16 and 85 experience a mental illness each year.
    • ongoing research is critical to reducing the prevalence and impact of mental illness


    How to apply

    Applications for the first grant round under the Mission are now being received via GrantConnect

    Applications will close at 5.00pm (AEDT) on 20 February 2019.

    Further information for prospective applicants can also be found on the NHMRC Million Minds Mission grant opportunity website.

    Last updated: 
    28 November 2019