2019 Rural, Regional and Remote Clinical Trial Enabling Infrastructure Grant



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)

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Submit letter of support, completed Authority to Participate form and the project proposal (including plan, budget and any IP arrangements)

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 intent of the grant opportunity is to provide initial stimulus funding for innovative approaches with potential for national application, and not to be a source of funding for routine and on-going activities eligible for funding though existing funding mechanisms.

The objectives of the grant opportunity are:

  • improved facilities, equipment, services and systems in rural, regional and remote Australia
  • improved quality of care and health outcomes for patients through quicker and easier access to medical treatments, drugs, therapies and devices, through participation in clinical trials
  • reduced burden, costs and risks for patients and their families related to clinical trial participation
  • increased research capacity, including linkages, leveraging and enhancements of existing local and national structures, organisations, facilities and/or workforce, with flow-on effects to broader health services.

The intended outcome of the grant opportunity is improved access to clinical trials by Australians living in rural, regional and remote Australia.

Applications that consider the following issues and approaches are also encouraged:

  • new and innovative approaches with demonstrated and feasible national scalability to increase clinical trial participation in rural, regional and remote areas
  • collaboration, partnerships and co-investment including approaches that build the capacity of new or emerging clinical trial sites in rural, regional and remote areas.
  • expansion of facilities and services using existing infrastructure, to reduce duplication and achieve efficiency.


For this grant opportunity, $100 million is available over 5 years ($20m each year from 2020-21).

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

  • The minimum grant amount is $5 million
  • The maximum grant amount is $100 million.

You must complete your project by 30 June 2025


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

To be eligible your project must:

  • be aimed at the objectives and outcomes in Section 1.3
  • have at least $5 million in eligible expenditure
  • include one or more of the following eligible activities:
    - minor capital works
    - development/installation of research equipment
    - employment of personnel.

How to apply

  1. Notice of Intent: Please register your Notice of Intent if you are considering applying for the MRFF Rural, Regional and Remote Clinical Trial Enabling Infrastructure (RRRCTEI) Grant Opportunity.  RIC-MRFF team will then contact each applicant with further information.
  2. Review documentation: Review the RRRCTEI grant guidelines below.
  3. Create online application: via business.gov.au
  4. Submit first draft application to RIC: Provide 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. Submit Authority to Participate form which includes:   
    * names of all key UoM investigators and roles
    * name of lead organization and partners
    HoD signature or approval required for all involved departments with participating investigators.
    Signed ATP  to be sent to enquiries-mrff@unimelb.edu.au
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Final submission: Submit the application on the online portal.
  9. Sent a copy of your final application to RIC at enquiries-mrff@unimelb.edu.au

Supporting documents

Sponsor Documents

Grant Guidelines

Sample Application Form

Sample Agreement

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

G - UoM detailed CEO letter - NEW

H - Partner Letters of Support - NEW

UoM Populated Application Form

Authority to Participate


MRFF RRRCTEI questions and primary email

Key Contacts

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