Targeted and Urgent Calls for Research

A Targeted Call for Research (TCR) is a one-time request for grant applications to address a specific health issue where there is a significant research knowledge gap or unmet need. A TCR specifies the scope and objectives of the research to be proposed, application requirements and procedures, and the review criteria to be applied in the evaluation of applications submitted in response to the TCR.

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MRFF Rare Cancers, Rare Diseases and Unmet Need Grant Opportunity

This competitive grant opportunity will provide support for publicly funded clinical trials that address areas of health burden and unmet need, such as rare cancers and rare diseases.

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MRFF Targeted Call for Research into Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance

This competitive grant opportunity aims to stimulate research on novel and innovative methodologies, such as genomics, to determine antimicrobial resistance profiles and transmission within, to and from residential aged care facilities.

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MRFF Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research Grant Opportunity Round 2

The Medical Research Future Fund - Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research grant opportunity aims to support research that addresses questions that focus on the comparative effectiveness of health services and areas of health system practice with low or insubstantial evidence. The Program will also address gaps in knowledge and evidence relating to health system issues important to the public, providing opportunities to explore consumer-driven research.

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MRFF Traumatic Brain Injury Mission - 2020 Traumatic Brain Injury Grant Opportunity

The MRFF Traumatic Brain Injury Mission - 2020 Traumatic Brain Injury Grant Opportunity will provide up to $5 million over three years to support clinical research that improves knowledge and its translation into practice in order to enhance personalisation of care after traumatic brain injury (TBI), thereby achieving the best possible outcomes.

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MRFF – Clinical Trials Activity – RCRDUN Initiative – 2019 Childhood Brain Cancer Grant Opportunity

This grant aims to enhance clinical trial activity, treatments, cures, and extend and improve quality of life for young Australians living with brain cancer.

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MRFF – Clinical Trials Activity – RCRDUN Initiative – 2019 Neurological Disorders Grant Opportunity

Applications to this Rare Cancers, Rare Diseases and Unmet Need (RCRDUN) Initiative grant opportunity must propose a clinical trial that addresses a gap in current research and/or knowledge in neurological disorders, including (but not limited to) Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), spinal cord injuries (SCI) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). 

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MRFF – Clinical Trials Activity – RCRDUN Initiative – 2019 Rare Cancers, Rare Diseases and Unmet Need Grant Opportunity

Applications to this Rare Cancers, Rare Diseases and Unmet Need (RCRDUN) Initiative grant opportunity must propose a clinical trial that addresses a gap in current research and/or knowledge in rare cancers, rare diseases and areas of unmet medical need. 

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MRFF – Clinical Trials Activity – RCRDUN Initiative – 2019 Reproductive Cancers Grant Opportunity

Applications to this Rare Cancers, Rare Diseases and Unmet Need (RCRDUN) Initiative grant opportunity must propose a clinical trial that addresses a gap in current research and/or knowledge in reproductive cancer. For the purposes of this grant opportunity, reproductive cancers in women are cancers located in the cervix, uterus, vulva, fallopian tubes, endometrium or ovaries, and in men cancers of the testicles and penis are within scope. 

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MRFF – EPCDR Initiative – 2019 Mental Health Pharmacogenomics Grant Opportunity

This Medical Research Future Fund - Emerging Priorities and Consumer Driven Research Initiative – 2019 Mental Health Pharmacogenomics Grant Opportunity will support research that addresses a gap in evidence related to the application of pharmacogenomics for neuropsychiatric conditions.

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National Institute for Health Research Collaborative Research Grant Scheme 2020 funding - Round 2

The NHMRC-NIHR Collaborative Research Grant scheme (NHMRC-NIHR scheme) supports Australian participation and collaboration in leading international collaborative research through the United Kingdom’s NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme.

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National Institute for Health Research Collaborative Research Grants 2018 priorities for funding in 2019

The NHMRC-NIHR Collaborative Research Grants scheme (NHMRC-NIHR scheme) supports Australian participation and collaboration in leading international collaborative research through the United Kingdom’s NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme. The HTA Programme funds independent research about the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests.

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National Institute for Health Research Collaborative Research Grants 2020 funding

The NHMRC-NIHR Collaborative Research Grants scheme (NHMRC-NIHR scheme) supports Australian participation and collaboration in leading international collaborative research through the United Kingdom’s NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme. The HTA Programme funds independent research about the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests.

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National Network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers

NHMRC has committed to funding a National Network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers as part of responding to Road Map 3: A strategic framework for improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health through research. 

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NHMRC e-ASIA Joint Research Program Grants 2019

The NHMRC e-ASIA Joint Research Program scheme (NHMRC-e-ASIA JRP scheme) will support Australian participation and collaboration in leading international collaborative research through the e-ASIA Joint Research Program. The Joint Research Program formulates and supports international joint research projects in the East Asia region on a multilateral basis, and promotes the interaction of researchers through scientific workshops.

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NHMRC e-ASIA Joint Research Program Grants 2020

The NHMRC e-ASIA Joint Research Program scheme will support Australian participation and collaboration in leading international collaborative research through the e-ASIA Joint Research Program. The Joint Research Program supports international joint research projects in the East Asia region on a multilateral basis, and promotes the interaction of researchers through scientific workshops.

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NHMRC- European Union Joint Program on Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) Joint Call

Call for Multinational research projects on Personalised Medicine for Neurodegenerative Diseases (JPco-fuND-2) 

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NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowships

The aim of this scheme was to support the best emerging dementia researchers and attract scientists into dementia research from other fields, such as neurobiology, immunology, chemistry, bioengineering, information and communications technology, genomics, epidemiology and cell and vascular biology.

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NHMRC-EU Collaborative Research Grant scheme – 2019 priorities for 2020 funding

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) – European Union (EU) Collaborative Research Grant scheme provides a contribution to Australian researchers participating in leading international collaborative research that has been favourably evaluated for funding under select European Commission Horizon 2020 topics.

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NHMRC-EU Collaborative Research Grants - 2019 funding - Round 1

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) – European Union (EU) Collaborative Research Grants scheme provides a contribution to Australian researchers participating in leading international collaborative research that has been favourably evaluated for funding under select European Commission Horizon 2020 topics.

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NHMRC-NAFOSTED Joint Call for Collaborative Research Projects

In December 2015, NHMRC signed an agreement with National Foundation for Science and Technology Development of Vietnam (NAFOSTED) which aims to promote ongoing Vietnamese-Australian scientific co-operation between researchers in the two countries.

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NIH BRAIN Initiative collaborative research grants

The NHMRC – NIH BRAIN scheme provides a contribution to Australian institutions and researchers who are participating in leading international collaborative research that has been selected for funding through the NIH BRAIN Initiative. 

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Partnership Projects PRC2

This funding scheme provides funding and support to create new opportunities for researchers and policy makers to work together to define research questions, undertake research, interpret the findings and implement the findings into policy and practice.

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Partnership Projects PRC3

This funding scheme provides funding and support to create new opportunities for researchers and policy makers to work together to define research questions, undertake research, interpret the findings and implement the findings into policy and practice.

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Practitioner Fellowships

The scheme aims to support research which results in the translation of new evidence into improved clinical practice and health policy and which delivers improvements in health and healthcare to Australians.

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Project grants

Project Grants was the NHMRC’s previous flagship funding program, before the introduction of the new grant program. 

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Rare Cancers, Rare Diseases and Unmet Need (RCRDUN) Grant Opportunity

This competitive grant opportunity will provide support for publicly funded clinical trials that address areas of health burden and unmet need, such as rare cancers and rare diseases.

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Research Fellowships

The objectives of the Research Fellowships scheme are to foster an intellectual environment which supports and builds the capacity of Australian research for the future and to create knowledge through investment in research which improves health and thus contributes to Australia’s prosperity.

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Synergy Grants

Synergy Grants support outstanding multidisciplinary teams of investigators to work together to answer major questions that cannot be answered by a single investigator.

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Targeted Call for Research (TCR) into Dementia in Indigenous Australians

This Targeted Call for Research (TCR) aims to provide funding for culturally appropriate research that specifically addresses dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (referred to as ‘Indigenous Australians’ for the purposes of this TCR) and the impact on their families and carers.

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Targeted Call for Research into Debilitating Symptom Complexes Attributed to Ticks

In April 2017, the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, asked the NHMRC's CEO to fast track a Targeted Call for Research (TCR) into Lyme-like illnesses in Australia, with funding of up to $3 million. A TCR is a one-time solicitation for grant applications to address a specific health issue. 

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Targeted Call for Research into Frailty in Hospital Care: Complex Health Needs

This Targeted Call for Research (TCR) aims to encourage research that addresses how frail persons can be supported to avoid hospitalisations, receive optimal care when admitted, and achieve the best health recovery outcomes, through integrated and coordinated in- and post-hospital interventions.

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Targeted Call for Research into Healthy Ageing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

The aim of implementing this call is to provide funding for rigorous, culturally-informed research into improving the health and experiences of ageing in older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Targeted Call for Research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), often referred to as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), is a complex and debilitating condition, characterised by profound fatigue following exertion (not relieved by sleep or rest), unrefreshing sleep and cognitive impairment.  

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Targeted Call for Research into Nutrition in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Quality evidence generated from this Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led research will allow for better planning, funding and implementation of policies and services to improve nutrition at the individual, community or system level.

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Targeted Call for Research into Per- and Poly- Fluoroalkylated Substances (PFAS)

As part of the Australian Government’s response to potential per-and poly fluoroalkylated substances (PFAS) contamination on or near Commonwealth sites, a national research program into the human health effect of PFAS has been established.

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Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships

TRIP Fellowships provide support for health care professionals, health care personnel, health systems personnel, health researchers and health policy makers to translate evidence into health care and public health improvements.

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UKRI-NHMRC Built Environment and Prevention Research Scheme 2019

UKRI-NHMRC Built Environment and Prevention Research Scheme will support Australian participation and collaboration in world-leading prevention research seeking to address the shared burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) influenced by the built environment.