All MRFF initiatives

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) supports a range of research initiatives to improve the health of Australians. Discover the details of the initiatives we’re funding.

Applying for grants

GrantConnect – the Australian Government’s grants hub – lists current MRFF grants. Researchers can register with GrantConnect and sign up for alerts about MRFF grants.

You can also search GrantConnect for previous grants awarded under the MRFF. A list of grant recipients is also available.

Current MRFF initiatives

The following initiatives are part of the MRFF 10-year Investment Plan.

  • Australian Brain Cancer Mission

    The Australian Brain Cancer Mission is investing $136.66 million to support research into brain cancer. It aims to double the survival rates and improve the quality of life of patients with brain cancer.
  • Cardiovascular Health Mission

    The Cardiovascular Health Mission is investing $220 million. It brings together researchers, health professionals, industry and patients to make transformative improvements in heart and vascular health and stroke for all Australians.
  • Clinical Trials Activity initiative

    The Clinical Trials Activity initiative will provide $750 million over 10 years from 2024–25. It will help Australian researchers and patients test new treatments through national and international clinical trials. It will also support research on rare cancers, rare diseases and unmet needs.
  • Clinician Researchers initiative

    The Clinician Researchers initiative will provide $200 million over 10 years from 2024–25 to support the next generation of talented Australian researchers. It will support health care professionals researching topics important to clinical care.
  • Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission

    The Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission is investing $185 million. It supports older Australians to maintain their health and quality of life as they age, live independently for longer, and access quality care when they need it.
  • Early to Mid-Career Researchers initiative

    The Early to Mid-Career Researchers initiative will invest $433.6 million over 10 years from 2024–25 in early to mid-career researchers (EMCRs). The initiative will build and grow research capacity and capability in Australia by supporting EMCRs to continue their health and medical research careers.
  • Emerging Priorities and Consumer-Driven Research initiative

    The Emerging Priorities and Consumer-Driven Research initiative will provide $653.6 million over 10 years from 2024–25. It will support high-quality research that improves patient care, translates new discoveries into practice, and encourages consumers and researchers to work together.
  • Genomics Health Futures Mission

    The Genomics Health Futures Mission is investing $500.1 million in genomic research. It will improve testing and diagnosis for many diseases, help personalise treatment options to better target and improve health outcomes. It will also reduce unnecessary interventions and health costs.
  • Global Health initiative

    The Global Health initiative will provide $30 million over 10 years from 2024–25 to fund projects that improve our understanding of global health threats and how best to tackle them.
  • Indigenous Health Research Fund

    The Indigenous Health Research Fund is investing $160 million in Indigenous-led research to tackle health issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Medical Research Commercialisation initiative

    The Medical Research Commercialisation initiative will provide $450 million over 10 years from 2024–25 to support innovative early stage health and medical research in Australia. It will help researchers transform ideas into life-saving medicines, devices and treatments to help future patients.
  • Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission

    The Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission is investing $125 million to support a million Australians with mental health issues. This funding will enable access to new approaches to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
  • National Health and Medical Research Strategy

    We are developing a National Health and Medical Research Strategy to provide national direction, build on Australia’s strengths in the health and medical research sector, fill any gaps, and continue to attract researchers and investors to Australia.
  • Preventive and Public Health Research initiative

    The Preventive and Public Health Research initiative will provide $545.1 million over 10 years from 2024–25. It will fund targeted research into new ways to address risk factors for chronic and complex diseases in Australia.
  • Primary Health Care Research initiative

    The Primary Health Care Research initiative will provide $100 million over 10 years from 2024–25. It aims to support an increase in Australia’s evidence base in primary health care through research to improve service delivery and patient outcomes, and translate this knowledge into action.
  • Rapid Applied Research Translation initiative

    The Rapid Applied Research Translation initiative will provide $230 million over 10 years from 2024–25 to support the translation of evidence (through research) into clinical practice.
  • Research Data Infrastructure initiative

    The Research Data Infrastructure initiative will provide $100 million over 10 years from 2024–25. It will fund the creation or extension of national research data infrastructure with a focus on data registries, biobanks and data linkage platforms to support Australian medical research.
  • Stem Cell Therapies Mission

    The Stem Cell Therapies Mission is investing $150 million to develop innovative, safe and effective treatments to improve health outcomes, in partnership with patients and carers.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Mission

    The Traumatic Brain Injury Mission is investing $50 million to improve patient recovery after brain injury. It will support projects that predict recovery outcomes, or identify the most effective care and treatments.

Previous MRFF initiatives

These initiatives have either been consolidated under a current initiative above or have finished. 

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