What is the Rapid Applied Research Translation initiative?

The Rapid Applied Research Translation (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 Rapid Applied Research Translation 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 Rapid Applied Research Translation initiative?

The initiative's goals are to support research centres that conduct transformative translational research, so patients can benefit from better quality of care. These centres have been accredited for excellence by the National Health and Medical Research Council. They include Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres (AHRTCs) and Centres for Innovation in Regional Health (CIRHs).

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 Rapid Applied Research Translation 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) handles the grants.  

So far, the NHMRC has accredited 9 Translation Centres:

  • 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 (SPHERE) Maridulu Budyari Gumal
  • Western Australian Health Translation Network
  • NSW Regional Health Partners
  • Central Australia Academic Health Science Network

Status

We are making this funding available over a series of grant rounds. The Translation Centres apply for the grants and then carry out projects in line with the Medical Research Future Fund priorities.

Upcoming grants

Upcoming grants are scheduled to open in 2021.

Open grant rounds

No grant rounds are currently open.

Grants being assessed

No grant rounds are currently being assessed.

Grants awarded

We have awarded the following grants under this initiative, as at 31 January 2020.

Funded Institution

Project Name

Chief Investigator

Total Funding

Monash University
Monash Partners

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

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

Not applicable

$4,110,000

University of Melbourne
Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH)

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

Not applicable

$4,431,900

University of Sydney
Sydney Health Partners

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

Not applicable

$4,118,000

University of Western Australia
WA Health Translation Network (WAHTN)

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

Not applicable

$4,138,000

University of Newcastle
NSW Regional Health Partners

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

Not applicable

$4,110,000

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)

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

Not applicable

$4,110,000

University of NSW
The Sydney Partnership for Health, Education and Research Enterprise (SPHERE)

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

Not applicable

$1,978,561

The University of Queensland

Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners

Not applicable

$2,000,000

University of Melbourne

Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH)

Not applicable

$1,678,100

University of Sydney

Sydney Health Partners - Transformative translational research and National system initiatives

Not applicable

$1,992,000

University of Western Australia

WA Health Translation Network (WAHTN)

Not applicable

$1,972,000

Central Australia Academic Health Science Centre

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress

Not applicable

$2,000,000

University of Newcastle
NSW Regional Health Partners

NSW Regional Health Partners

Not applicable

$2,000,000

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)

SAHMRI Rapid Applied Research Translation Program

Not applicable

$2,000,000

University of NSW

The Sydney partnership for Health, Education and Research Enterprise (SHERE)

Not applicable

$2,000,000

Monash University
Monash Partners

Monash Partners Rapid Translation Projects - Component A

Not applicable

$2,222,222

The University of Queensland

Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners

Not applicable

$222,222

University of Melbourne

Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH)

Not applicable

$2,222,222

University of Sydney
Sydney Health Partners

Transformative translational research and National system initiatives

Not applicable

$2,222,222

University of Western Australia
WA Health Translation Network (WAHTN)

Collaborative research into national system level initiative/s  Component B

Not applicable

$222,222

Central Australia Academic Health Science Centre

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress

Not applicable

$222,222

University of Newcastle

NSW Regional Health Partners

Not applicable

$222,222

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

SAHMRI Rapid Applied Research Translation Program

Not applicable

$2,222,222

University of NSW

Sydney Partnership for Health Education Research and Enterprise (SPHERE)

Not applicable

$222,222

Total

 

$60,879,998

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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Rapid Applied Research Translation initiative contact

Contact the National Health and Medical Research Centre for information on the Rapid Applied Research Translation initiative, funded by the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

RART [at] nhmrc.gov.au

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Last updated: 
9 April 2020