The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) is a $20 billion vehicle for investment in health and medical research. It represents the single largest boost to research funding in Australia’s history. It will support research and innovation activities with the objective of improving the health and wellbeing of Australians.
For further information on previous, current and potential future schemes or to discuss how your research might attract MRFF funding, please contact enquiries-MRFF@unimelb.edu.au
See what MRFF grant opportunities are open and what their status is via the MRFF grant opportunities calendar.
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Current Funding Opportunities
Researcher Exchange and Development within Industry (REDI) Fellowship Program
Current round closes 1 November 2021
Applications are reviewed three times annually, with submission deadlines of 1 March 2021, 1 July 2021 and 1 November 2021.
Up to $250,000 of funding is available per Fellow, per annum, for up to 40 industry Fellowships giving Australian, international and/or multinational MTP companies the financial support to bring Australian academics, clinicians and MTP professionals in-house for up to twelve months to work on priority medical research projects.
2021 Improving the Health and Wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mothers and Babies
Opens 12 August 2021, closes 25 November 2021
All interested parties must submit a NOI by 10am, Monday 20 September 2021. As the University can only submit a maximum of one (1) application, an internal EoI process may be required depending on numbers.
Up to $15 million of funding is available to support Indigenous-led Australian medical research projects that translate existing knowledge through culturally safe care for pregnancy, birthing and the post-natal period, for example on-country birthing and continuity of family and midwifery care.
2021 International Clinical Trial Collaborations - Round 2
Opens 26 August 2021, Round 2 closes 16 February 2022
Up to $6.3 million of funding is available in this round to support Australian medical research and medical innovation projects that:
- utilise clinical trials to promote Australian involvement in international collaborative investigator-initiated clinical trials research through the establishment and co-ordination of clinical trial site/s in Australia.
- provide high-quality evidence of the effectiveness of novel health treatments, drugs or devices in ‘usual care’ settings, which will support a decision on whether to deliver the intervention in an Australian setting.
Novel health treatments include new and innovative applications of existing interventions.
Call for previous MRFF Assessment Panel Members
Have you previously participated in a MRFF Grant Assessment Committee? The MRFF Initiatives team would love to talk to you about your experiences and learn any insights you are able to share. Any specific information provided will remain confidential but will be used to generate general insights. Please contact enquiries-MRFF@unimelb.edu.au
Successful MRFF Proposal Library
Register your Notice of Intent (NOI)
Accepting and Managing your MRFF Grant
Useful media links
UoM MRFF Success Stories
MRFF Strategy and Priority Areas
MRFF Governance in Summary:
- The Medical Research Future Fund Act 2015 sets out rules for the fund, including the establishment of the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board (AMRAB) and compels it to consult the public. AMRAB sets the strategy and priorities for the Medical Research Future Fund and consults the public regularly before updating these.
- AMRAB sets the Australian Medical Research and Innovation Strategy every 5 years. It takes into account Australia's health needs and areas that need greater investment. The current Strategy (2016-2021) can be found here.