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, Science, Energy and Resources 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.


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 25 March 2021.

Funded Institution Project Name Chief Investigator/s Total Funding

Centre For Eye Research Australia Limited

Artificial intelligence to detect eye and cardiovascular diseases

Not applicable


St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research

Transforming Breast Cancer Screening with Artificial Intelligence

Not applicable


University of Sydney

Explainable machine learning to improve youth mental health care

Not applicable


University of Sydney

TRanslating AI to Support Clinical Excellence in Neuro Diseases

Not applicable


University of New South Wales

Optimising treatments in mental health using AI

Not applicable


Border Medical Oncology Research Unit

ReViTALISE Project Bridging the metro - regional trials gap by 2025

Craig Underhill


Department of Health, Queensland

The Australian Teletrial Program - access to clinical trials closer to home

Karen Thompson


Ministry of Health, NSW

Improving access to innovative healthcare in RRR NSW and ACT

Anita van der Meer


Australian Clinical Trials Alliance

Embedding clinical trials for “Better health through best evidence”

Professor John Zalcberg




Related information

See a list of all MRFF grant recipients.


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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Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

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

Medical Research Future Fund enquiries
MRFF [at] industry.gov.au

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Last updated: 
1 April 2021