MRFF – 2021 Indigenous Health Research Fund - 2021 Indigenous Health Research Grant Opportunity Guidelines (GO ID: GO5349)

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Indigenous Health Research Fund – 2021 Indigenous Health Research will support research to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by providing grants of financial assistance to support Australian medical research and medical innovation projects that:

  • Stream 1 (Accelerator): support large-scale, community-led-collaborative projects that focus on one or more of the following:
    • interventions to improve adolescent physical, social and emotional wellbeing
    • mechanisms for minimising and responding to traumatic events in children
    • strategies for communities and service providers to strengthen protective factors for young Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to prevent suicide and self-harm
    • interventions that positively alter the life trajectories of our young people, including the reductions in disease across the life course
  • Stream 2 (Incubator): support small-scale developmental projects to establish teams and feasible, evidence-based approaches:
    • Topic A: that demonstrate how using co-design, in partnership with communities, can successfully reduce the impact of infectious or chronic disease on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
    • Topic B: that demonstrate interventions targeted toward the prevention of multi-morbidity within Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities 
    • Topic C: that identity biological and/or social determinants and risk factors of infectious and chronic diseases
    • Topic D: that demonstrate interventions that are most effective in reducing the multiple risk factors within Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities that contribute to chronic disease.
  • Stream 3 (Incubator): support small-scale developmental projects to establish teams and feasible, evidence-based approaches:
    • Topic A: to integrate community and health system responses to environmental health issues
    • Topic B: to address racism in the health system at multiple levels
    • Topic C: to improve our understanding of interpersonal, institutional, community and system-based factors that contribute to inequality, and actions to reduce the impact of these factors on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing.

The anticipated outcomes of the research is to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through:

  • Stream 1 (Accelerator): generating new approaches for community-led practices that provide targeted support for the health and social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children and adolescents.
  • Stream 2 (Incubator): generating new approaches for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander led health practices that prevent and reduce the impact of infectious and chronic disease, and multi-morbidity in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and communities.    
  • Stream 3 (Incubator): generating new approaches that integrates community into the health system to enable improved care for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.  

The maximum project period in each Stream is as follows:

  • Stream 1 (Accelerator): five years
  • Stream 2 (Incubator): two years
  • Stream 3 (Incubator): two years.

For this grant opportunity, 

  • up to $10.4 million of funding from the Indigenous Health Research Fund is available from 2021-24 for Stream 1, and 
  • up to $8 million of funding from Indigenous Health Research Fund is available over 2 years from 2021-23 for Stream 2. 
  • up to $6 million of funding from Indigenous Health Research Fund is available over 2 years from 2021-23 for Stream 3. 

Applications to this grant opportunity must propose research that addresses one of the three Streams of research. An application may be submitted to one of the above three streams only. Applicants must specify the Stream to which they are applying in their application.

Applications to Stream 1 may be considered for an Innovation grant, if requested in your application (eligibility criteria apply). Innovation grants fund smaller scope research projects so grantees can build evidence of the feasibility of the proposed project so that it can be more competitive in future funding opportunities.

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