What is the RART initiative?

The RART initiative is investing in research projects that encourage academic researchers and health service providers to collaborate to improve health care delivery, services and systems sustainability. It will provide $218 million over 10 years. 

Why is the RART initiative important?

Transformative translational research focuses on turning research findings into real health benefits that help patients, by bringing together several expert groups in health and medical research:

  • universities
  • medical research institutes
  • hospitals
  • primary care networks
  • community based health services
  • consumers and their representative groups.

These groups work together to put new health care solutions into practice across Australia.

What are the goals of the RART initiative?

The initiative's goals are to support researchers who conduct transformative translational research, so patients can benefit from better quality of care. 

How will we meet these goals?

Our early funding priority areas include:

  • improving clinical pathways
  • reducing unwarranted variation in clinical care and outcomes
  • improving the health of vulnerable groups
  • increasing primary care research
  • testing new ways to reduce risk factors for chronic and complex diseases.

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

MRFF snapshot – Rapid Applied Research Translation

This snapshot shows this initiative at a glance. It includes budgets, early funding priorities and grant timelines, as of 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 RART initiative?

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

Our Health and Medical Research Office oversees this initiative.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER) administer this initiative. 

So far, the initiative has awarded grants through the following NHMRC-accredited Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres (AHRTCs) and Centres for Innovation in Regional Health (CIRHs):

  • Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners
  • Melbourne Academic Centre for Health
  • Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre
  • Health Translation South Australia
  • Sydney Health Partners
  • Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise 
  • Western Australian Health Translation Network
  • New South Wales Regional Health Partners
  • Central Australia Academic Health Science Network

Status

We are making this funding available over a series of grant rounds, with two rounds conducted to date in 2018 and 2019.

Upcoming grants

There are currently no upcoming grant opportunities.

Open grant rounds

There are currently no upcoming grant opportunities,

Grants being assessed

We are currently assessing applications received under the 2020 Rapid Applied Research Translation opportunity.

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

Monash University

Monash Partners Advanced Health Translation Centre – MRFF Rapid Applied Research Translation, Stage Two

Not applicable

$4,131,439

The University of Queensland

Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners – MRFF Rapid Applied Research Translation, Stage Two

Not applicable

$4,110,000

University of Melbourne

Melbourne Academic Centre for Health – MRFF Rapid Applied Research Translation, Stage Two

Not applicable

$4,431,900

University of Sydney

Sydney Health Partners – MRFF Rapid Applied Research Translation, Stage Two

Not applicable

$4,118,000

University of Western Australia

Western Australian Health Translation Network – MRFF Rapid Applied Research Translation, Stage Two

Not applicable

$4,138,000

The University of Newcastle

NSW Regional Health Partners – MRFF Rapid Applied Research Translation, Stage Two

Not applicable

$4,110,000

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Limited

Health Translation SA – MRFF Rapid Applied Research Translation, Stage Two

Not applicable

$4,110,000

University of New South Wales

Maridulu Budyari Gumal Sydney Partnership for Health Education Research and Enterprise (SPHERE) – MRFF Rapid Applied Research Translation, Stage Two

Not applicable

$4,110,000

Monash University

Monash Partners Advanced Health Translation Centre - MRFF Rapid Applied Research Translation, Stage 2.1

Not applicable

$1,978,561

The University of Queensland

Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners – MRFF Rapid Applied Research Translation, Stage 2.1

Not applicable

$2,000,000

University of Melbourne

Melbourne Academic Centre for Health – MRFF Rapid Applied Research Translation, Stage 2.1

Not applicable

$1,678,100

University of Sydney

Sydney Health Partners – MRFF Rapid Applied Research Translation, Stage 2.1

Not applicable

$1,992,000

University of Western Australia

Western Australian Health Translation Network – MRFF Rapid Applied Research Translation, Stage 2.1

Not applicable

$1,972,000

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Corporation

Researcherenye Wappayalawangka Central Australia Academic Health Science Network – MRFF Rapid Applied Research Translation, Stage 2.1

Not applicable

$2,000,000

The University of Newcastle

NSW Regional Health Partners – MRFF Rapid Applied Research Translation, Stage 2.1

Not applicable

$2,000,000

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Limited

Health Translation SA – MRFF Rapid Applied Research Translation, Stage 2.1

Not applicable

$2,000,000

University of New South Wales

Maridulu Budyari Gumal Sydney Partnership for Health Education Research and Enterprise (SPHERE) – MRFF Rapid Applied Research Translation, Stage 2.1

Not applicable

$2,000,000

Monash University

Monash Partners Rapid Translation Projects - Component A

Not applicable

$2,222,222

The University of Queensland

Collaborative research into national system level initiative/s - Component B

Not applicable

$222,222

University of Melbourne

Melbourne Academic Centre for Health Rapid Translation Projects - Component A

Not applicable

$2,222,222

University of Sydney

Sydney Health Partners Rapid Translation Projects - Component A

Not applicable

$2,222,222

University of Western Australia

Collaborative research into national system level initiative/s - Component B

Not applicable

$222,222

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Corporation

Collaborative research into national system level initiative/s - Component B

Not applicable

$222,222

The University of Newcastle

Collaborative research into national system level initiative/s - Component B

Not applicable

$222,222

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Limited

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Rapid Translation Projects - Component A

Not applicable

$2,222,222

University of New South Wales

Collaborative research into national system level initiative/s - Component B

Not applicable

$222,222

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Corporation

Researcherenye Wappayalawangka Central Australia Academic Health Science Network

Not applicable

$4,000,000

Total

$64,879,998

Monitoring, evaluation and learning

In 2020, we commissioned an evaluation of this initiative to inform options for future investment.

The evaluation looked at:

  • how the initiative has been implemented
  • implementation models
  • alignment with Australian health research priorities, top-down and bottom-up strategic planning, and international best practice.

Read the outcomes of the Evaluation of the Rapid Applied Research Translation Initiative.

Learn more about MRFF monitoring, evaluation and learning.

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 or newsletter feedback:
HMRO [at] health.gov.au

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National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) - Rapid Applied Research Translation initiative (RART) contact

Contact for more information about the Rapid Applied Research Translation initiative (RART). RART is an initiative of the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

mrff.postaward [at] nhmrc.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: 
7 May 2021