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.

About the Traumatic Brain Injury Mission

The Traumatic Brain Injury Mission is investing $50 million to improve the lives of patients with traumatic brain injury.

This Mission supports research to improve patient recovery after brain injury. This includes projects that predict recovery outcomes or identify effective care and treatments, to reduce barriers to living the best quality of life after a traumatic brain injury.

Why it is important

Traumatic brain injury is a major cause of disability and death in Australia. Common causes are falls, car accidents and assault. These injuries can lead to complex, long-term problems affecting patients’ personalities, relationships and independence.

Objectives

The objectives of this Mission are to:

  • better predict recovery outcomes after a traumatic brain injury
  • identify the most effective care and treatments
  • reduce barriers to support people to live their best life after a traumatic brain injury.

Meeting our objectives

The Traumatic Brain Injury Mission Expert Working Group has developed a Roadmap and 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 30 October 2020 who provided expert feedback and advice in the context of relevant activities occurring internationally. See the Traumatic Brain Injury Mission International Review of the Roadmap and Implementation Plan report.

The draft Roadmap and Implementation Plan also underwent a national consultation between 14 December 2020 and 23 April 2021 to seek community feedback on these documents. See the Traumatic Brain Injury Mission Roadmap and Implementation Plan National 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 September 2021 and will be used to develop the Mission’s grant opportunities.

Who we work with

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

The Traumatic Brain Injury Mission Expert Working Group provides advice to the Minister for Health and Aged Care on the strategic priorities for research investment through the Mission by developing a Roadmap and Implementation Plan. We recently invited expressions of interest for the new Traumatic Brain Injury Mission Expert Advisory Panel. Applications closed on 12 February 2024. We will provide information about the new panel when available.

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

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 initiative.

Grants awarded

See a list of all MRFF grant recipients.

Contact

For more information contact us.

Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) contact

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