Research Division

Medical Research Future Fund

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) will provide grants of financial assistance to support health and medical research and innovation, with the objective of improving the health and wellbeing of Australians.

The Strategy Vision of the MRFF is ‘A health system fully informed by quality health and medical research’ and its Aim is ‘Through strategic investment, to transform health and medical research and innovation to improve lives, build the economy and contribute to health system sustainability.’ The objectives underlying this Aim emphasise the importance of creating health and economic benefits, embedding research evidence in healthcare, and driving collaboration and innovation across research and healthcare.

Six Strategic Platforms have been identified, which provide a framework for the Priorities identified under the MRFF for the first two years.

Further information can be found on the website for the Department of Health.

Further information will be added and communicated by the Office of Research Services as it becomes available.

Strategic Platforms and Priorities

MRFF plans to transform health and medical research through 6 strategic platforms:

  1. Support stronger partnerships between researchers, healthcare professionals, governments and the community. This will help position Australia as a leader in significant global research, such as tackling antimicrobial resistance.
  2. Make better use of existing data and infrastructure to help improve our health and medical research.
  3. Strengthen our health services and systems research to make healthcare more efficient and affordable.
  4. Develop the skills of researchers and healthcare professionals and encourage collaboration across health and medical research disciplines and sectors.
  5. Support new and existing clinical trial networks to guide the development of new drugs and devices, new models of care, and improved clinical practice.
  6. Support researchers to find a commercial partner or investor to help turn their discoveries into every day realities.
Under the 6 strategic platforms sit the specific priorities for 2018-2020:
  • One Health – antimicrobial resistance
  • Global Health and Health Security
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Ageing and Aged Care
  • Digital Health Intelligence
  • Comparative Effectiveness Research
  • Primary Care Research
  • Clinical Researcher Capacity
  • Consumer-Driven research
  • Drug Repurposing
  • Public Health Interventions
  • Translational Research Infrastructure

The MRFF offers funding for the grant schemes listed below:

Key Dates

International Clinical Trials Collaboration Program10 Oct 20187 Nov 201821 Nov 20185 Dec 2018
Keeping Australians Out of Hospital28 Nov 20182 Jan 201916 Jan 201930 Jan 2019
Targeted Health System Research Grants12 Dec 20189 Jan 2019N/A6 Feb 2019
Million Minds Mission12 Dec 201823 Jan 20196 Feb 201920 Feb 2019
International Clinical Trials Collaboration - Round OneJan 201913 Mar 201927 Mar 201910 Apr 2019
International Clinical Trials Collaboration - Round TwoJan 201917 Jul 201931 Jul 201914 Aug 2019
International Clinical Trials Collaboration - Round ThreeJan 20197 Nov 201920 Nov 20194 Dec 2019

*Please let the NHMRC Scheme Leader, Jo McEvoy know as soon as possible if you intend submitting to this scheme. Internal date can be negotiated.