2019 Applied Artificial intelligence Research in Health



Notice of Intent (NOI) registration OPEN

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

1st Draft of Project Plan, budget and required attachments to MRFF team for review. Early submission encouraged.

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Final Draft and all attachments to MRFF team for Review, including draft of CEO letter detailed UoM letter of Support (this will enable MRFF team to obtain signature of DVCR on the UoM letter of support)

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Complete entry of online application details and assessment criteria for compliance check

Tuesday, 3 Mar 2020

Submit application to sponsor before 5pm


The aim of this Applied Artificial Intelligence in Health Grant Opportunity is to enable AI technologies to impact the implementation work of others in the field, and not to be a source of funding for projects limited to either the provision of hardware alone, or implementation of existing programs.

For the purposes of this grant opportunity AI is defined as any device which:

  • uses reason,
  • discovers meaning,
  • devises strategy,
  • solves puzzles, and/or
  • learns from past experiences to be able to:
    • make judgments, plan, and learn
    • communicate these judgements effectively, and
    • integrate these skills towards agreed objectives5.

AI devices may include machine learning (ML), natural language processing (NLP), speech recognition, computer vision, and/or automated reasoning techniques.

The objectives of the Applied Artificial grant opportunity are to:

  • translate or implement innovative AI technologies into health applications that benefit multiple health disciplines/areas
  • involve consumers in the research journey to ensure the research is applicable to the needs of the Australian community
  • increase AI workforce capacity and capability, particularly in relation to health, through cross-sector and interdisciplinary collaboration.

The intended outcome of the grant opportunity is to promote the application of novel AI technologies and methodologies to cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary health research that will transform health care and outcomes through improved preventive, diagnostic and treatment approaches.


For this grant opportunity, $7.5 million is available for projects that may take up to three years.


The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs (grant percentage)

  • The minimum grant amount is $1 million.
  • The maximum grant amount is $5 million.

You must complete your project three years from the date of execution.


Applications must provide evidence from your board (or chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project is supported, and that you can complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding

How to apply

  1. Notice of Intent: Please register your Notice of Intent if you are considering applying for the MRFF Applied Artificial Intelligence in Health opportunity.  RIC-MRFF team will then contact each applicant with further information.
  2. Review documentation: Review the  Applied Artificial Intelligence in Health  grant guidelines available below and the Applied Artificial Intelligence in Health opportunity page.
  3. Create online application: via business.gov.au
  4. Submit first draft application to RIC: Provide completed sample application form, draft of proposal, letter of support and all required attachements (as per section 6.1 of the Grant Guidelines) to RIC within the RIC internal submission period for review.
  5. Complete application: After taking feedback from the RIC team into consideration, complete the application on the portal. It is suggested advice is sought from colleagues, Faculty Mentors, etc. before finalising the application.
  6. Finalise details in application for compliance review by RIC: email login details to RIC at  enquiries-mrff@unimelb.edu.au to obtain an online application form and document upload check for compliance.
  7. Final submission: Submit the application on the online portal.
  8. Sent a copy of your final application to RIC at enquiries-mrff@unimelb.edu.au

Supporting documents

Sponsor Documents

Grant Guidelines

Sample Agreement

Sample Application Form

RIC Documents

Summary and Tips

A - Project Plan Template

B - Detailed Project Budget Template

B - MRFF Budget Calculator

C - Detailed Risk Management Plan

D - Project Feasibility Analysis - NEW

E - Details of IP Arrangements - NEW

G - UoM detailed CEO letter - NEW

H - Partner Letters of Support - NEW

Application Form - UoM details populated - NEW


MRFF Applied Artificial Intelligence in Health questions and primary email

Key Contacts

Alvin Wong and Catherine Nobes
T: +61 3 8344 9352 (Alvin) & +61 3 8344 1471 (Catherine)