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.
The MRFF Initiatives team communicate MRFF funding opportunities and provides guidance and template documents, strategic application support and review, and eligibility and compliance checks.
The team assist with Chancellery sign off for letters of support and can coordinate support from other RIC divisions (including Business Development, Knowledge and Technology Transfer and Partnerships) in grant development. The team also facilitate acceptance of awards, negotiation and execution of agreements and variations and assists with managing reporting requirements.
As MRFF funding rounds are announced sporadically with short lead times and are highly targeted the team encourage you to contact them with project ideas that will be captured in the MRFF project pipeline so you can be alerted to relevant MRFF opportunities as they arise.
Current Funding Opportunities
View key dates as well as the links to our specific scheme pages for open MRFF grant opportunities
Research Grants Library
View successful applications donated by University of Melbourne applicants
Department of Health's MRFF website
Find out what the MRFF is, how its funding works and who manages it. See all awarded MRFF grants and MRFF related resources
Have you previously participated in a MRFF Grant Assessment Committee?
We would love to talk to you about your experiences and learn any insights you are able to share. Information provided will remain confidential but will be used to generate general insights.
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.
Register your Notice of Intent (NOI)
Accepting and Managing your MRFF Grant
Useful media links
UoM MRFF Success Stories
- Life-improving research for brain cancer survivors
- Frontiers health outcomes for stroke and epilepsy patients
- Doherty Institute receives MRFF funding for COVID-19 vaccine Phase I clinical trial
- Researchers receive $17 million investment in pathogen genomics
- Million dollar MRFF boost for understanding COVID-19 immunology
- MRFF backs Melbourne-based COVID-19 vaccine candidate
- Stroke researchers look to the skies for latest breakthrough
- MRFF Funding Boosts COVID-19 Research
- Health Economics Unit MRFF grant success
- Commonwealth announces $2m MRFF competitive funding for COVID-19 vaccine
- MRFF Grant awarded to Professor David Berlowitz and team to tackle Motor Neurone Disease
- MRFF funding for Endometriosis research
- MRFF Funding Boosts Genomic Research
- Exciting MRFF grant success for Cancer Health Services Research
Sign up to the University's MRFF Alert
Stay up-to-date with MRFF related activities and new scheme announcements
For further information on previous, current and potential future schemes or to discuss how your research might attract MRFF funding.
MRFF Grant Opportunities Calendar
See what MRFF grant opportunities are open and what their status is.