About the Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission
The Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission is investing $125 million in innovative mental health research.
Why it is important
This Mission supports research to improve mental health by translating research outcomes into practice.
More than 3.8 million Australians aged between 16 and 85 experience a mental illness each year. We need ongoing research into mental illness so we can reduce its impact on people’s lives.
The Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission will support research that addresses key national mental health priorities. It specifically encourages research to be translated into practice.
The objective of this Mission is to help an extra one million people be part of new approaches to mental health prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
Meeting our objectives
The Mission’s second Expert Advisory Panel was appointed in April 2022 and has revised the Mission’s first Roadmap and developed an Implementation Plan to advise the Minister for Health and Aged Care on the strategic priorities for research investment through the Mission.
The draft Roadmap and Implementation Plan were reviewed by an international panel of experts on 17 November 2022 who provided expert feedback and advice in the context of relevant activities occurring internationally. See the Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission International Review of the Roadmap and Implementation Plan report.
The draft Roadmap and Implementation Plan also underwent a national consultation between 28 October 2022 and 1 December 2022 to seek community feedback on these documents. See the Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission Roadmap and Implementation Plan Consultation Report.
Based on the feedback from the international review panel and the national consultation, changes were made to the final Roadmap and Implementation Plan.
The Roadmap and Implementation Plan for this Mission were published in April 2023 and will be used to develop the Mission’s grant opportunities
Who we work with
The Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission Expert Advisory Panel advises the government about the Mission.
The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) funds this initiative.
Our Health and Medical Research Office oversees this and other MRFF Missions.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) administers this Mission.
Apply for funding
View the MRFF grants calendar to see which grants are open, when applications close and when we expect to award funding.
Register with GrantConnect to receive notifications about future funding opportunities under this Mission.
Monitoring, evaluation and learning
In 2021-22 we commissioned the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) to review this Mission. The review looked at:
- investments made through the Mission and other MRFF initiatives involving mental health
- how international research models and approaches could apply in Australia
- progress made towards the Mission’s goals
- any ways to improve the alignment of the Mission’s goals with its implementation.
Read the outcomes of the Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission Review.
Learn more about MRFF monitoring, evaluation and learning.
For more information, contact us.