The objective of the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) – 2022 Mitochondrial Donation Pilot Program Grant Opportunity is to provide a grant of financial assistance to support one Australian medical research and medical innovation project that conducts a pilot program, including a clinical trial, for the purposes of building the evidence base to determine the safety, efficacy and feasibility of implementing mitochondrial donation reproductive technology in clinical practice settings.
The intended outcome of the research is to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians by:
- assisting women whose mitochondria would predispose their potential children to mitochondrial disease to have a biological child who does not inherit that predisposition
- building a body of knowledge through research and ongoing monitoring of trial participants (including children born as a result of mitochondrial donation) to support future government policy decisions regarding broader implementation of mitochondrial donation reproductive technology in clinical practice in Australia.
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 – MRFF.