Coronavirus Response - 2020 Rapid Response Digital Health



Notice of Intent (NOI) registration OPEN

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

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

Monday, 6 July 2020

Send out partner draft letters of support (along with draft proposal and budget)

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Final Draft and all attachments to MRFF team for review

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Submit completed Authority to Participate form (for UoM lead application)(this will enable MRFF team to obtain signature of DVCR on the UoM letter of support)

Thursday, 9 July 2020

UoM as partner: Provide partners draft proposal (including project plan, budget, IP arrangements), draft partner letter of support and completed Authority to Participate form

Thursday, 9 July 2020

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

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Submit application to sponsor by 5pm.


The objective of this 2020 Rapid Response Digital Health Infrastructure grant opportunity is to provide funding for high priority digital health infrastructure that has the potential to increase the speed and quality of health system responses during acute crises.

For this grant opportunity, the term ‘digital health’ includes, but is not limited to, predictive modelling, digital tools for remote screening, diagnostics and monitoring, novel use of existing data sets – including registry data, and/or big data approaches. Where there is broader applicability, criticality to the project, and demonstrated sustainability, support may also be provided for building and/or linking underlying data infrastructure.

Reflecting the complex Australian digital health landscape, applications to this grant opportunity must demonstrate:

  • strong broader applicability (to users, other disciplines, and national scalability)
  • alignment with and an identified priority need within existing digital health systems and investment
  • sustainability.

The anticipated outcome of the research is to promote the application of innovative digital health approaches to enable health systems to rapidly respond to high-need emerging challenges, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.

For this grant opportunity, there will be two streams of funding:

(i) Acute - refers to acute care provided to patients admitted to hospital that is intended to cure illness, alleviate symptoms of illness or manage childbirth5

(ii) Non-acute (including non-health care settings) - refers to all other relevant settings where digital health approaches are applied, including non-health care settings.


For this grant opportunity,

(i) Acute - up to $2 million is available in the 2020-21 financial year;

(ii) Non-acute - up to $2 million is available in the 2020-21 financial year

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

  • The minimum grant amount is $500,000
  • The maximum grant amount is $2 million

You must complete your project 18 months from the date of execution of your grant agreement.


Chief and/or Lead Investigators cannot be named as Chief and/or Lead Investigator on any other application under this grant opportunity.

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 2020 Rapid Response Digital Health Infrastructure opportunity .  RIC-MRFF team will then contact each applicant with further information.
  2. Review documentation: Review the 2020 Rapid Response Digital Health Infrastructure  grant guidelines available below and on grant opportunity website.
  3. Create online application: via
  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
  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 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

Supporting documents

Sponsor Documents

Grant Guidelines

RIC Documents

Summary and Tips

Supporting Template - NEW

Authority to Participate

Info Session - Presentation Recording

Info Session - Presentation Slides

Sample Application From (with UoM details) - NEW


MRFF questions and primary email

Key Contacts

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