The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) – Traumatic Brain Injury Mission aims to accelerate Australian Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) research that develops and delivers innovative and effective treatments that substantially and equitably optimise and improve outcomes for people who experience TBI, in partnership with people with TBI and carers.

The objective of the 2020 Traumatic Brain Injury Mission grant opportunity is to provide grants of financial assistance to support Australian medical research and medical innovation projects that:

  • Stream 1 (Incubator): through a competitively selected national consortium, improve care for moderate to severe TBI by designing optimised informatics approaches that gather nationally representative data. Common data elements to be determined by the national consortium will include social, biological, health, clinical, intervention and outcome aspects that are of value to people with lived experience of TBI. The small-scale development project will establish feasible, evidence-based approaches and must:
    • cover the entire trajectory of people’s journeys, from injury to integration back into their communities
    • encompass all states and territories and demographics 
    • encompass the diversity of presentations of people with moderate to severe TBI
    • include a broad range of consensus-derived indicators and outcomes
    • facilitate access to nationally consistent, high-quality linked information that improves care pathways and decision making
  • Stream 2 (Incubator): conduct a small-scale development project to identify best-practice evidence-based care for moderate to severe TBI, and facilitate consistent implementation by developing clinical guidelines and protocols. The guidelines and protocols must:
    • cover the entire trajectory of people’s journeys, from injury to integration back into their communities
    • account for national variations in care pathways (e.g. in rural, regional and remote settings)
    • encompass all states and territories and demographics
  • Stream 3 (Targeted Call for Research): identify treatments, clinical indicators and interventions to improve the effectiveness of acute care for moderate to severe TBI by reviewing existing knowledge and building research evidence
  • Stream 4 (Incubator): conduct a small-scale project to identify best-practice, evidence-based care for mild TBI across the lifespan and facilitate consistent implementation through clinical guidelines and through protocols that are accessible for community use. The guidelines and protocols must:
    • cover the entire lifespan
    • cover the entire trajectory of people’s journeys, from injury to integration back into their communities
    • account for national variations in care pathways (e.g. in rural, regional and remote settings).
  • Stream 5 (Targeted Call for Research): improve health and wellbeing for people with TBI by identifying and addressing the gaps in awareness that are leading to poor outcomes. The research must:
    • be relevant to all states and territories and demographics
    • cover the entire trajectory of people’s journeys, from injury to integration back into their communities
    • cover mild and moderate to severe TBI.

The intended outcome of the research funded by this grant opportunity is to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians by:

  • Stream 1 (Incubator): supporting the development of more effective , evidence-based care for moderate to severe TBI through increased knowledge 
  • Stream 2 (Incubator): supporting health care providers to consistently deliver best practice treatment and care for moderate to severe TBI 
  • Stream 3 (Targeted Call for Research): reducing the extent of harm caused by  moderate to severe TBI by improving acute care practice
  • Stream 4 (Incubator): supporting health care providers to consistently deliver best practice treatments and care for mild TBI 
  • Stream 5 (Targeted Call for Research): identifying strategies for improving community awareness of TBI and responses to people living with TBI.

An application may be submitted to one of the above five streams only. Applicants must specify the Stream to which they are applying in their application.

There will be two separate application forms in Sapphire to select from for Stream 1 and Streams 2-5.

This grant opportunity is being administered by NHMRC on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Health. 

Further information on the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) is available from the Department of Health’s MRFF website

Before you submit an application, please make sure you have:

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Grant submission advice

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Liaise with your Administering Institution

to identify any specific requirements that the institution may have

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Ensure your application is complete and correct.