Date published: 
25 February 2020
Media type: 
Media release
Audience: 
General public

Applications have opened for the Australian Government’s $2 million grant opportunity to support research into development of a vaccine to protect against novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19 represents a significant and urgent threat to global health, with the overwhelming majority of cases in Wuhan City in China, and increasing numbers in other countries, including Australia.

The objective of this open and competitive grant opportunity is to accelerate research into development of a safe, effective vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Given the rapidly evolving nature of the COVID-19 outbreak, applicants must propose research that will support the rapid development of a vaccine, including demonstration of partnerships that will provide access to critical resources necessary to complete the project.

The grant opportunity is funded from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), the Morrison Government’s $20 billion investment to support vital health and medical research that we can use to react swiftly to emerging health issues.

Australia has produced some of the world’s best medical research. This is another example of us contributing to address important health challenges for Australians and for the global population.

Research plays a critical role in ensuring Australia maintains its world-class health system and is particularly important as the world responds to COVID-19.

For more information on this grant opportunity and how to apply, visit GrantConnect.

Further information on the MRFF is available on the Department of Health website

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