Date published: 
11 January 2022
Media type: 
Media release
Audience: 
General public

The Morrison Government is investing in the future competitiveness of Australian health and medical research with more than $44 million for postgraduate scholarships, international collaboration and research infrastructure and equipment through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Investment in health and medical research capability through postgraduate scholarships and international partnerships is critical to both create and maintain Australia’s competitive sector.

This funding is part of the $1 billion available for NHMRC’s 2021 grant round, the highest yet through the Medical Research Endowment Account.

The postgraduate scholarships will create opportunities for many graduates in medicine and health sciences to pursue their ideas and tackle the health challenges facing our community.

Today’s investment also includes funding to support international collaboration by established researchers.

Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said sharing scientific knowledge enables Australian researchers to develop best practices and build international research networks that will accelerate discoveries and their translation into better health outcomes.

“NHMRC’s international partnerships bring researchers together to promote global health objectives and strengthen Australian participation in international research efforts,” Minister Hunt said.

“This announcement is also an investment in the next generation of Australian medical research leaders, with the careers of many of Australia’s foremost health and medical researchers kick-started by an NHMRC postgraduate scholarship.”

Funding announced today comprises:

  • $25.7 million to contribute to infrastructure costs of research for 21 independent medical research institutes through the Independent Research Institutes Infrastructure Support Scheme (IRIISS).
  • More than $7.24 million to support the early research careers of 65 outstanding health and medical graduates through NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships.
  • More than $2.8 million to support collaboration with our regional neighbours, sharing vital resources and ideas to combat complex regional health challenges through NHMRC’s participation in the e-ASIA Joint Research Program.
  • More than $2.5 million to support collaborative research with partners through the 2021 NHMRC - European Union Joint Programme - Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) Grants and NHMRC - National Institute for Research Health (UK) Collaborative Research Grants.
  • $5.7 million for 45 grants for the procurement of equipment to support the highest quality health and medical research.

“A strong health and medical research system relies on scientists, clinicians and others working together to share knowledge and accelerate discoveries and their translation into better health outcomes,” NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso AO said.

“This collaboration begins with postgraduate research students learning from their mentors, sharing skills and ideas, and continues with international partnerships when researchers around the world come together to solve shared health challenges.”

NHMRC Postgraduate scholarships

Name

Grant Title

Admin Institution

Total

Dr Luke McLean

Understanding response and resistance to immunotherapy in immunocompromised patients with cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas

University of Melbourne

$135,002

Dr Yew Li Dang

Using twin studies to investigate epilepsy aetiology and antiepileptic drug-induced birth defects

University of Melbourne

$135,002

Dr Lucy McGrath-Cadell

Understanding the genetics and mechanisms of spontaneous coronary artery dissection

University of New South Wales

$97,640

Dr Ralley Prentice

The Pregnancy in Crohn's and Colitis - Observations, Levels and Outcomes Extension (PICCOLO - X) study

Monash University

$101,377

Dr Julia Lai-Kwon

Harnessing the power of Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs): demonstrating novel applications of PROs in the care of oncology patients

University of Melbourne

$135,002

Dr Michael Zhu

Long-term Outcomes of Surgery for Diseases of the Aortic Valve in Children

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

$116,321

Dr Jayson Jeganathan

Negative Symptoms of Psychosis

University of Newcastle

$93,904

Dr Ouli Xie

Evolution of Streptococcal pathovars

University of Melbourne

$123,794

Dr Adrian Lee

Towards the understanding of the immunopathogenesis of autoantibody-mediated systemic diseases: new approaches to old problems

Garvan Institute of Medical Research

$135,002

Dr Jessica Fairley

Meeting an unmet need in systemic sclerosis: defining the burden of arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death

University of Melbourne

$135,002

Dr Michael Lim

Randomised Evaluation of the Impact of Catheter Ablation versus Medical Therapy on Psychological Distress and Neurocognitive Function in Atrial Fibrillation

Melbourne Health

$135,002

Ms Tara Guckel

Advancing the prevention and early intervention for co-occurring anxiety and alcohol use disorders

University of Sydney

$93,056

Dr Adithya Balasubramanian

Targeting immune resistance mechanisms to enhance anti-tumour immunity in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

$97,640

Dr Larissa Trease

Risk factors for and burden of low back pain in elite athletes.

La Trobe University

$135,002

Dr Lachlan Batty

Young people with old knees: The role of matrix metalloproteinase 3 and type 2 collagen C-telopeptide fragments in predicting post traumatic osteoarthritis after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

La Trobe University

$101,377

Dr Yi Chao Foong

Validation and implementation of smartphone-based digital biomarkers in multiple sclerosis to define subclinical progression and treatment failure: the ACTIVE MS study

Monash University

$135,002

Miss Sophia Garlick Bock

Comorbid Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Use Among Sexuality and Gender Diverse Young People in Australia

University of Sydney

$93,056

Dr Sonali Shah

Hypertension with low renin - new insights into prevalence, pathophysiology and management

Monash University

$135,002

Ms Desiree LaGrappe

Maternal and Child Health Nursing: A golden opportunity to integrate screening for reproductive coercion and increase effective contraception use?

La Trobe University

$101,542

Ms Olivia Price

Preventing infectious disease and reducing associated harms among people who inject drugs

University of New South Wales

$93,056

Ms Isabelle Meulenbroeks

The impact of COVID-19 and associated health policies on access to allied healthcare, care quality, and health outcomes in Australian residential aged care facilities

Macquarie University

$101,542

Ms Katie Lee

Genomic architecture of skin in the vicinity of previous melanoma in photodamaged and non-photodamaged areas

University of Queensland

$77,630

Dr Gemma Reynolds

High-risk lymphoproliferative malignancies in the era of novel therapies: Infection risk, surveillance and prophylaxis

University of Melbourne

$135,002

Dr Elizabeth Armari

Developing and evaluating an evidence-based training program for improving labour and childbirth care in India.

Burnet Institute

$101,377

Shania Liu

Responsible pre-operative Opioid use for Hip and knee ArthropLasTy (OpioidHALT) study

University of Sydney

$81,985

Dr Anthony Hew

Revolutionising System Reform in Mental Health: Addressing Gaps in the System through Big Data and Data Linkage

Monash University

$116,321

Dr Noa Amir

Identifying and addressing the needs and priorities of patients with  genetic kidney disease and their families

University of Sydney

$97,640

Dr Aaron Kee Yee Wong

Personalising Pain Relief for People With Cancer: The Right Opioid For the Right Person at the Right Time

University of Melbourne

$93,904

Dr Laura Eades

Biomarker profiles in Indigenous Australians with systemic lupus erythematosus

Monash University

$135,002

Dr Edmund Chung

Treatments to expand regulatory T cells and/or deplete autoantibody production in primary membranous nephropathy

University of Sydney

$97,640

Dr Hiu Tat Chan

Towards vaginal microbiota stability: new treatment paradigm for bacterial vaginosis

La Trobe University

$97,640

Mr Dominic Delport

Using mathematical models to generate evidence to support Australia’s COVID-19 responses and prepare for future pandemics

Burnet Institute

$93,056

Mr Karan Shah

Economic evaluation of strategies to increase kidney donation and transplantation

University of Sydney

$80,201

Dr Yasmin Hughes

Improving Syphilis diagnosis and management in the community

Monash University

$135,002

Dr Madeleine  Gill

Understanding Cirrhotic Cardiomyopathy

Centenary Institute

$123,794

Dr Garry Hamilton

Radial artery conduits in coronary artery bypass surgery: the impact of prior instrumentation with a focus on the vascular biology and clinical outcomes.

University of Melbourne

$135,002

Dr Prianka Puri

An integration of multi-omics and machine learning to stratify patients with lupus nephritis for precision medicine

University of Queensland

$131,266

Dr Sean Tan

Cardiovascular Screening in Cancer Patients Treated with Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors

Monash University

$135,002

Dr Alexandra Stewart

The role of cytochrome polymorphisms in primaquine metabolism and effects on its activity in radical cure of Plasmodium vivax infection

University of Melbourne

$135,002

Dr Tanya Ross

Informing future recommendations for prevention and treatment of ovarian cancer using population data

University of Queensland

$90,168

Mr Samuel Tu

Cardiometabolic, Genetic and Lifestyle Risk Factors for Arrhythmias

University of Adelaide

$77,630

Ms Isobel Todd

Perinatal and early childhood risk and protective factors for paediatric infection

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

$93,056

Ms Melissa  Savaglio

Developing a community-based psychosocial intervention for  young people with mental illness

Monash University

$67,346

Mrs Lorelle Holland

Decolonising approaches for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with complex health needs exposed to the youth justice system in Australia: Reducing incarceration and recidivism rates

University of Queensland

$115,801

Ms Amelia Hyatt

Determining health system and public policy elements for successful implementation and sustainability of cervical cancer elimination strategies at a country and regional level

University of Melbourne

$93,056

Dr Deonna Ackermann

Optimising trial processes and generating translational gains: Studies Within A Trial (SWATs) for the MELSELF randomised controlled trial of patient-led melanoma surveillance.

University of Sydney

$62,204

Mr Alexander Terrill

Application of advanced manufacturing technologies to offload diabetes-related foot ulceration

Queensland University of Technology

$85,245

Stephanie Bond

Development and evaluation of strategies to improve syphilis screening of pregnant women to prevent congenital syphilis

Monash University

$135,002

Ms Erin Madden

Improving evidence-based practice for comorbid alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions: the role of implementation science and quality improvement toolkits

University of Sydney

$93,056

Anna Le Fevre

Investigating epigenetic regulators of disease and novel epigenetic treatment approaches for imprinting disorders

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

$135,002

Dr Bernadette Ricciardo

Koolungar Urban Moorditj Healthy Skin: Determining the burden of skin disease in urban Aboriginal children and adolescents.

University of Western Australia

$123,794

Dr Victoria Hall

Defining host immune response and prevention strategies for viral respiratory tract infections in patients with haematological malignancy

University of Melbourne

$135,002

Dr Thomas Lew

Enhancing venetoclax and other pro-apoptotic agents to improve outcomes for patients with haematological malignancies

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

$135,002

Dr Yin Yuan

Dissecting the challenge of AML

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

$135,002

Ashwin Bhaskaran

Ventricular arrhythmia mechanisms and therapies

University of Sydney

$135,002

Dr Sarah Holper

Untangling Neuroinflammation's Role in Alzheimer's Disease Development (UNRAVEL)

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

$135,002

Dr Yara-Natalie Abo

A randomised controlled human challenge trial to evaluate Strep A vaccine efficacy, safety, and immunogenicity

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

$135,002

Ms Chandana Guha

Improving care and outcomes for vulnerable patients with chronic kidney disease – the young and the elderly

University of Sydney

$67,346

Dr Kasun De Silva

Novel technologies and strategies to identify arrhythmogenic substrate and triggers for sudden cardiac death

University of Sydney

$90,168

Alice Powell

Exceptional cognition in old age and interactions with other aspects of successful ageing

University of New South Wales

$123,794

Miss Nicola Creagh

Evaluating the use of an open access self-collection cervical screening pathway: The solution to declining participation and to long standing inequities?

University of Melbourne

$93,056

Dr Huong Nguyen

A Cognitive Ageing Risk Evaluation (CARE) Tool to Support Clinical Diagnosis of Dementia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

University of Melbourne

$105,113

Dr Oliver Cronin

The Science of Cold Snare Polypectomy

University of Sydney

$101,377

Ms Thi Tran

How does methamphetamine use, mental health and treatment interventions affect one another?

University of New South Wales

$117,839

Dr Robert Little

Modulation of the gut microbiome and mucosal immune response in IBD

Monash University

$135,002

NHMRC e-ASIA 2021 Joint Research Program

Name

Grant Title

Admin Institution

Total

Dr Pengfei Cai

Innovative point-of-care diagnostics and environmental surveillance tools for the elimination of Asian schistosomiasis

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

$749,987

Assoc Prof Jason Ong

Ending HIV transmission by Optimizing Pre-exposure prophylaxis in East Asia (HOPE)

Monash University

$667,191

Prof Freya Fowkes

Vector sero-surveillance tools to accelerate malaria elimination

Burnet Institute

$745,125

Assoc Prof Tao Liu

Targeting MYCN/NCYM for cancer therapy

University of New South Wales

$699,317

2021 NHMRC-European Union Joint Programme on Neurodegenerative Disease Research - JPND

CIA Name

Grant Title

Admin Institution

Total

Prof Simon Lewis

COgNiTive propagation in pRodrOmaL Parkinson’s disease: CONTROL-PD

University of Sydney

$462,501

Prof Sarah Spencer

Effects of early-Stress On Lipid mediators and Inflammation for early Detection of neurodegeneration (SOLID)

RMIT University

$499,605

Dr Allan McRae

Leveraging medical records to identify patients at risk of neurodegenerative disease

University of Queensland

$482,706

2020 NHMRC-NIHR Collaborative Research Grant Scheme Round 3

CIA Name

Grant Title

Admin Institution

Total

Prof Viviana Wuthrich

A randomised CONtrolled trial of Tailored Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for older people with treatment resistant Generalised Anxiety Disorder (CONTACT-GAD)

Macquarie University

$358,767

Dr Calum Roberts

The neoGASTRIC trial: Avoiding routine gastric residual volume measurement in neonatal critical care, a multi-centre, randomised controlled trial

Monash University

$739,020

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