Date published: 
13 December 2019
Media type: 
Media release
General public

The Morrison Government is investing $8 million in cutting edge research to address drug resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR), potentially saving thousands of lives across the Pacific.

The Government’s new grant opportunity will back Australia’s best and brightest researchers in collaboration with researchers in Pacific Island countries, as part of the $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

The MRFF supports our researchers to develop new breakthroughs, with the Government making almost $400 million available through the MRFF in 2019–20.

About 1.6 million people die from TB worldwide each year, with nearly 60 per cent of new cases occurring in the Indo-Pacific Region.

The Government recognises the health and prosperity of Australia and countries in our region are deeply intertwined. This important research will help protect future generations of Australians and citizens of Pacific Island countries against this potentially deadly disease.

To be considered for this grant opportunity, applicants must detail how they are collaborating with researchers in Pacific Island countries as part of the application process.

For research projects specifically focused on DR-TB, applicants are required to describe how their research proposal aligns with either the Strategic Plan for Control of Tuberculosis in Australia 2016–2020 or the World Health Organization’s Global Action Framework for Tuberculosis Research.

The Government is committed to supporting our Pacific neighbours tackle TB, as demonstrated by our additional $5 million to support intensive TB detection and treatment under Australia’s Health Security Initiative for the Indo-Pacific Region.

Australia will make its biggest ever contribution to Pacific development in 2019–2020, providing an estimated $1.4 billion in development assistance to address issues of greatest concern.

The Morrison Government’s strong economic management ensures the continued record investment of funding into vital health initiatives including medical research, mental health, life-saving medicines and hospitals.

For more information on how to apply, visit

Former ministers: