What is the Traumatic Brain Injury Mission?

The Traumatic Brain Injury Mission is a research funding program that will invest $50 million over 10 years from 2019–20 to improve the lives of patients with traumatic brain injury.

Why is the Traumatic Brain Injury Mission important?

Traumatic brain injury is a major cause of disability and death in Australia. Common causes are falls, car accidents and assault. These injuries can lead to complex, long-term problems affecting patients’ personalities, relationships and independence.

What are the goals of the Traumatic Brain Injury Mission?

The Traumatic Brain Injury Mission will seek to:

  • better predict recovery outcomes after a traumatic brain injury
  • identify the most effective care and treatments

How will we meet these goals?

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

MRFF snapshot – Traumatic Brain Injury 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 Traumatic Brain Injury Mission?

The Traumatic Brain Injury Mission Expert Working Group 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 initiative.

Apply for funding

We will list grants on GrantConnect when they open. If you want GrantConnect to notify you about future MRFF grants:

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  • enter ‘MRFF’ in the keyword section of your GrantConnect profile


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 Traumatic Brain Injury Mission 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

Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Can predictive markers assist in early detection of children at risk for persisting symptoms and their response to prevention and intervention?

Professor Vicki Anderson


The University of Adelaide

Forecasting Impairment and Neurodegenerative Disease risk following Traumatic Brain Injury (FIND-TBI): A computational neurology-driven method to predict long-term prognosis

Associate Professor Lyndsey Collins-Praino


The University of Queensland

PREDICT-TBI - PREdiction and Diagnosis using Imaging and Clinical biomarkers Trial in Traumatic Brain Injury: the value of Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Doctor Fatima Nasrallah




We publish the details of all MRFF grants we have approved after they have been tabled at budget estimates, supplementary budget estimates or additional estimates. This means there is a delay between us approving grants and the details appearing here.

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: 
29 April 2021