National Critical Research Infrastructure initiative

This initiative will provide $600 million over 10 years from 2024–25 for research infrastructure that will be used to conduct world-class health and medical research.

About the National Critical Research Infrastructure initiative

The National Critical Research Infrastructure initiative will provide $600 million over 10 years between 2024–25 and 2033–34. 

This initiative will increase Australia’s capacity to conduct health and medical research. Funding will be provided through the following streams:

  • innovation enablers
  • digitisation of health care
  • co-investment partnerships
  • mRNA technology enablers

Why it is important

To ensure Australia remains at the international forefront of advances in health and medical technology, Australian researchers need access to first-class facilities, research equipment, systems and services.


The objective of this initiative is to establish and extend infrastructure (facilities, equipment, systems and services) of critical importance that will be used to conduct world-class health and medical research.

Meeting our objectives

We will monitor the initiative in accordance with the principles and approach detailed in the MRFF Monitoring, evaluation and learning strategy.

Who we work with

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) funds the initiative.

Our Health and Medical Research Office oversees this and other MRFF initiatives.

The Department of Industry, Science and Resources administers this initiative. 

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 initiative.

Grants awarded

See a list of all MRFF grant recipients.

Open, collaborative access to world-leading health research infrastructure

To maximise return on project funding, we encourage applicants to MRFF grant opportunities to access Australia’s health research

  • expertise
  • instruments
  • infrastructure

through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) Health Group.

The NCRIS Health Group includes:

and is enabled by the Commonwealth Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.

The NCRIS Health Group supports cross-disciplinary research, giving Australian researchers access to world-leading facilities for more impactful outcomes across the whole translation cycle.

The combined capabilities of the group include:

  • national integration of large-scale health datasets to enable population health research
  • bespoke modelling to understand how diseases develop and test potential treatments 
  • discovery and development research to identify drug targets
  • development of medical products including therapeutics and diagnostics such as nuclear medicine and radiopharmaceuticals
  • scale-up and manufacturing of medical products
  • national facilities supporting clinical trials.

The NCRIS Health Group works collaboratively to provide open access. Contact any of the affiliated organisations for more information.


For more information contact us.

Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) contact

Contact for more information about the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), or to provide feedback on the MRFF website.
General enquiries:
Evaluations enquiries:
MRFF website or newsletter feedback:

Department of Industry, Science and Resources

Contact the Department of Industry, Science and Resources from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).
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