What is the National Critical Research Infrastructure initiative?

This initiative will increase Australia’s capacity to conduct health and medical research, including improving access to clinical trials for patients in rural, regional and remote Australia by investing in:

  • facilities
  • research equipment
  • systems
  • services

It will provide $605 million over 10 years. 

Why is the National Critical Research Infrastructure initiative important?

To ensure Australia remains at the international forefront of advances in health and medical technology, Australian researchers need access to first-class facilities, research equipment, systems and services.

What are the goals of the National Critical Research Infrastructure initiative?

This initiative aims to establish and extend infrastructure of critical importance that will be used to conduct world-class health and medical research.

How will we meet these goals?

Our early funding priority areas include providing $100 million for the Rural, Regional and Remote Clinical Trial Enabling Infrastructure grant opportunity.

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

MRFF snapshot – National Critical Research Infrastructure

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 National Critical Research Infrastructure initiative?

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

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

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science administers this initiative. 

Apply for funding

We will 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

Status

Upcoming grants

There are currently no upcoming opportunities. 

Open grant rounds

The Applied Artificial Intelligence Research in Health opportunity opened on 18 December 2019 and will close on 3 March.

The Rural, Regional and Remote Clinical Trial Enabling Infrastructure grant opportunity opened on 29 November 2019 and will close on 3 March 2020.

Grants being assessed

No grants are currently being assessed.

Grants awarded

We have not funded any projects under this initiative yet.

Related information

See a list of all MRFF grant recipients.

Contact

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 feedback:
HMRO [at] health.gov.au

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Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Contact the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

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Last updated: 
24 December 2019