What is the Stem Cell Therapies Mission?

The Stem Cell Therapies Mission is a research funding program that will invest $150 million over 9 years to:

  • develop innovative, safe and effective treatments that improve the lives of patients
  • develop the capacity of the workforce
  • translate stem cell innovations into commercial products

Why is the Stem Cell Therapies Mission important?

Stem cell therapy is a proven treatment for blood disorders such as leukaemia, Hodgkin’s disease and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Stem cells have the potential to treat many other types of incurable diseases, bringing hope for treatments and cure where previously there was none.

What are the goals of the Stem Cell Therapies Mission?

The Stem Cell Therapies Mission's goals are to support world-leading translational stem cell research that develops and delivers innovative, safe and effective stem cell medicines to improve health outcomes, in partnership with patients and carers.

How will we meet these goals?

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

MRFF snapshot – Stem Cell Therapies Mission

This snapshot shows this mission 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 mission will be established, expanded and embedded over time.

Who works with us on the Stem Cell Therapies Mission?

The Stem Cell Therapies Mission Expert Advisory Panel provides advice to the Minister for Health and Aged Care on the strategic priorities for research investment through the mission by developing a Roadmap and Implementation Plan. Public consultation on the Roadmap and Implementation Plan was undertaken between 14 December 2020 and 23 April 2021. Submissions through the consultation will be used to inform any further development of the Roadmap and Implementation Plan by the Expert Working Group.

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

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

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) administers this mission.

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Upcoming grants

There are currently no upcoming grant opportunities.

Open grant rounds

There are currently no open grant opportunities.

Grants being assessed

We are currently assessing applications received under the 2020 Stem Cell Therapies 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

University of Melbourne

Identifying novel therapeutic targets in leukaemia stem cells

Professor Mark Dawson


University of Melbourne

Translating patient stem cells into personalised screens for age-related macular degeneration

Professor Alice Pebay


University of Melbourne

Next generation stem cell therapy for Parkinson's disease

Associate Professor Lachlan Thompson


Curtin University

Optimizing a preclinical model for bioprinting skin aimed at repairing skin loss in patients

Associate Professor Pritinder Kaur


Monash University

Discovering new drugs for epilepsy using personalised medicine

Professor Patrick Kwan


Monash University

Developing novel cellular therapies and tissue engineering approaches for the treatment of muscle injury and wasting disorders using tissue resident muscle stem cells

Professor Peter Currie


Monash University

Human Amniotic Epithelial Stem Cells as Novel Treatment for Autoimmune Vasculitis

Professor Stephen Holdsworth


Monash University

Engineering a solution to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis through tuning substrate stiffness

Associate Professor Rebecca Lim




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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National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funds high quality health and medical research to build research capability, support researchers, encourage the translation of research into better health outcomes and promote the highest ethical standards for health and medical research.

help [at] nhmrc.gov.au

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Last updated: 
28 April 2021