Date published: 
31 January 2020
Intended Audience: 
Health sector

Welcome to the first Medical Research Future Fund monthly newsletter.

$16 million for bushfire impact, stem cell and traumatic brain injury research

Grant opportunities are now open under the Emerging Priorities and Consumer-Driven ResearchStem Cell Therapies Mission and the Traumatic Brain Injury Mission. This includes:

  • $5 million for bushfire impact research to study the health effects of the recent bushfires
  • $6 million for stem cell research to deliver innovative, safe and effective treatments
  • $5 million for studies to improve recovery from traumatic brain injury.

Applications for the bushfire related health research close on 31 January, while applications for the stem cell research and traumatic brain injury both close on 4 March. You can visit GrantConnect for more information.

All MRFF grant opportunities are advertised on GrantConnect. Register with GrantConnect to receive notifications when a new opportunity is open.

Public consultation

The Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission draft roadmap is open for public consultation. The roadmap outlines the vision, key themes and priorities of the mission. You can read the draft roadmap and provide feedback on the Department of Health website until 17 February. Your feedback will be used to finalise the roadmap and funding priorities for critical research.

Implementing the 10-year plan

The MRFF 10-year Public Implementation Plan is now on the Department of Health website. The plan includes snapshots of budgets, funding priorities and grant timelines for each initiative and mission. You can use this to plan for upcoming grant opportunities and see how they will be established, expanded and embedded over time.

Grant opportunities closing soon

Applications for 21 Medical Research Future Fund grant opportunities close soon.

Opportunity closing 31 January

  • Emerging Priorities and Consumer Driven Research Initiative
    • Bushfire Impact Research

Opportunities closing 5 February

  • Million Minds Mission
    • Suicide Prevention
  • Preventive and Public Health Research Initiative
    • Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research
    • Preventive and Public Health Research
  • Clinical Trials Activity Initiative
    • Rare Cancers, Rare Diseases and Unmet Need
    • Childhood Brain Cancer
    • Reproductive Cancers
    • Neurological Disorders
  • Emerging Priorities and Consumer Driven Research Initiative
    • Mental Health Pharmacogenomics
    • Endometriosis
    • Ovarian Cancer
  • Global Health Initiative
    • Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance and Drug Resistant Tuberculosis in Pacific Island Countries
  • Primary Health Care Research Initiative
    • Primary Health Care Research

Opportunities closing 12 February

  • Cardiovascular Health Mission 
    • 2019 Cardiovascular Health 
  • Indigenous Health Research Fund
    • Indigenous Health Research

Opportunities closing 3 March

  • Australian Brain Cancer Mission
    • Brain Cancer Survivorship
  • National Critical Infrastructure
    • Applied Artificial Intelligence Research in Health  
    • Rural, Regional and Remote Clinical Trial Enabling Infrastructure

Opportunities closing 4 March

  • Stem Cell Therapies Mission
    • Stem Cell Therapies
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Mission
    • Traumatic Brain Injury

Opportunities closing 26 March

  • Frontier Health and Medical Research
    • Frontier Health and Medical Research (Stage One)

For more information, visit GrantConnect.


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