About the Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission

The Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission is investing $125 million in innovative mental health research.

Why it is important

This Mission supports research to improve mental health by translating research outcomes into practice.

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.


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

Meeting our objectives

The Million Minds Mission Roadmap advises the Minister for Health and Aged Care on the strategic priorities for research investment through the Mission.

An evaluation of the Mission is currently underway. The Mission’s second Expert Advisory Panel  that was appointed in April 2022 will consider the evaluation’s findings before reviewing the roadmap and developing an implementation plan that will advise future research priorities.

We will monitor the Mission in accordance with the principles and approach detailed in the MRFF Monitoring, evaluation and learning strategy.

Who we work with

The Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission Expert 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 this Mission.

Apply for funding

View the MRFF grants calendar to see which grants are open, when applications close and when we expect to award funding.

Register with GrantConnect to receive notifications about future funding opportunities under this Mission.

Grants awarded

See a list of all MRFF grant recipients.

Monitoring, evaluation and learning

We have engaged the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) to evaluate this Mission. The findings of the evaluation are due in the first half of 2022 and will support the newly appointed Expert Advisory Panel.

The stakeholder survey and consultations closed on 24 December 2021. UTS is currently analysing the information received and preparing a report.

More information about the review is available on the UTS Review website.


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: 
7 April 2022