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?

An expert advisory panel advises government about the mission.  They developed a mission roadmap for public consultation.

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

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

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

The Stem Cell Therapies grant opportunity opened on 15 January 2020 and will close on 4 March 2020.

Grants being assessed

No grant rounds are currently being assessed.

Grants awarded

We have not yet funded any projects under this initiative.

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 feedback:
HMRO [at] health.gov.au

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Last updated: 
16 January 2020