The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) welcomes today’s announcement of funding for the Synergy Grant scheme.
The Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, announced $85 million funding for 17 projects.
Seventeen multidisciplinary research teams will each receive $5 million over five years to find solutions to major questions in human health that cannot be answered by individual investigators.
The Synergy Grant scheme was introduced in 2019 and is designed to support highly collaborative teams of diverse researchers to work together to address major problems in any area of human health and medical research, from discovery to translation. Notably, over 50 per cent of the Synergy Grants awarded in this round are led by women.
NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso said the success of female lead investigators in the latest Synergy Grant outcomes was encouraging for all as well as for many other women starting out on their research careers.
“The projects funded today are exciting examples of what is possible when different disciplines and perspectives are brought together to solve a problem. While the Synergy Grant outcomes for female lead investigators are significant, NHMRC continues to work on ways to ensure women are equally represented at all careers levels and across all our grant schemes,” Professor Kelso said.
Full details of all grant results are available by downloading the Summary of the results of the NHMRC 2021 Grant Application Round on the grant outcomes page.
Synergy Grants announced today are:
Chief Investigator Name
|Application Title||Administering Institution||Budget ($)|
|Professor Kate Schroder
||Mining the host-pathogen interface to deliver a drug pipeline for treating intractable and emerging infections||University of Queensland||5,000,000|
|Professor Paul Haber
||Linking clinical and basic science discovery to find new treatments for alcohol use disorder||University of Sydney||5,000,000|
|Professor Monika Janda
||Roadmap Options for Melanoma Screening in Australia (Melanoma-ROSA)||University of Queensland||5,000,000|
Professor Mark Jenkins
|Tackling Australia’s low screening participation to prevent bowel cancer morbidity and deaths||University of Melbourne||5,000,000|
Associate Professor Kate Sutherland
|Improving outcomes for lung cancer patients: Discovering targetable vulnerabilities in lung cancer||The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research||5,000,000|
Professor Philip Hansbro
|Defining the role and therapeutic manipulation of the gut-lung axis in respiratory disease||University of Technology Sydney||5,000,000|
Professor Anne Kavanagh
|Interventions for better life-time mental health outcomes for young Australians with disability||University of Melbourne||5,000,000|
Professor Ingrid Scheffer
|"Integrative-omics" for precision medicine in the epilepsies||University of Melbourne||5,000,000|
|Professor Jonathan Carapetis
||STopping Acute Rheumatic Fever Infections to Strengthen Health (STARFISH)||University of Western Australia||5,000,000|
Professor Roslyn Boyd
|Cerebral Palsy SYNERGY Network to Protect, Repair and improve Outcomes||University of Queensland||5,000,000|
|Professor Mark Parsons
||SERPICO Stroke: Synergistic Enhancement of Research design with Precision analytics to Improve Clinical Outcomes in Stroke.||University of New South Wales||5,000,000|
|Associate Professor Misty Jenkins
||Rational design of novel CARs for safe and effective brain cancer immunotherapy||The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research||5,000,000|
|Professor Monica Slavin
||Improving patient outcomes through implementation of digital and diagnostic innovations for infections in cancer||University of Melbourne||5,000,000|
Professor Andrew Roberts
|Understanding and averting blood cancer resistance to therapy||The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research||5,000,000|
|Professor Patrick Brennan
||IMPACT: IMplementation of x-ray PhAse-Contrast Tomography to transform cancer diagnosis||University of Sydney||5,000,000|
Professor Alex Brown
|Respecting the Gift - Empowering Indigenous Communities in Genomic Medicine||South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Limited||5,000,000|
|Professor Melissa Southey
||National Precision Health Research Translation for Breast and Prostate Cancer Prevention and Early Detection||Monash University||5,000,000|
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