This theme aims to support Australian researchers, including to help build their skills and capacity, support their research in priority areas and assist them to develop and bring new research discoveries to the market.

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) is the single largest boost to research funding in Australia’s history and has significantly increased funding for health and medical research. MRFF money adds to grants from other bodies such as the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Researchers benefit from:

  • support for innovative research 
  • exchange programs
  • research funding directed to national priorities
  • assistance in bringing new discoveries to market

How to access MRFF grants

To apply for funding, go to GrantConnect
The Australian Government advertises all Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) competitive grant opportunities on GrantConnect.

If you want GrantConnect to notify you about future MRFF grants, you must:

  • register with them
  • enter ‘MRFF’ in the keyword section of your GrantConnect profile

MRFF initiatives under the Researchers theme

Our 2nd 10-year Investment Plan includes several ongoing initiatives under the researchers theme:

See all MRFF initiatives.

See more information about the MRFF funding process.

Grant recipients

Many researchers have already benefited from MRFF grants. 

Researchers speak

Listen to Australian researchers explain how the MRFF is supporting their work and the health of Australia. 

researchers speak


Medical Research Future Fund – Dr Glen Begley

Dr Glen Begley (CEO of BioCurate) talks about how the Medical Research Future Fund helps turn groundbreaking Australian research into successful commercial products.

Medical Research Future Fund – Professor Alex Brown

Professor Alex Brown (Professor of Aboriginal Health, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute) talks about how the Medical Research Future Fund helps translate research findings into better health outcomes.
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