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?

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

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

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 initiative.

Grants awarded

See a list of all MRFF grant recipients.

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.

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: 
25 October 2021