Medical Research Future Fund

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) is providing grants of financial assistance to support health and medical research and innovation, with the objective of improving the health and wellbeing of Australians.

The Australian Government announced the first round of investments from the MRFF in the 2017 Budget.

NHMRC is working with the Department of Health to implement some of the new programs announced under the first disbursement from the MRFF. This assistance will draw on NHMRC’s high quality application and assessment processes and the expertise available to NHMRC through the health and medical research sector.

Two MRFF grant opportunities open on 24 August 2017 and close at 5pm AEDT on Wednesday 4 October 2017:

  1. Antimicrobial Resistance Targeted Call for Research (AMR-TCR)
  2. Lifting Clinical Trials and Registries Capacity (LCTRC) Grant Opportunity

How to Apply

  1. Antimicrobial Resistance Targeted Call for Research

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. This knowledge will assist in the promotion and development of optimal and appropriate antimicrobial use in residential aged care facilities. Grant Guidelines and information on how to apply is available via Grant Connect (GO ID: GO417)

  1. Lifting Clinical Trials and Registries Capacity Grant Opportunity

This competitive grant opportunity will stimulate clinical trial and registry activity with priority to be given to under-researched health priorities, such as rare cancers and rare diseases. Novel and innovative trial designs and recruitment strategies and the application of precision medicine will also be encouraged under this grant opportunity. Grant Guidelines and information on how to apply is available via Grant Connect (GO ID: GO440)

Applicants are advised to read the Grant Guidelines thoroughly and liaise with the Administering Institution that will submit the application to identify any specific requirements that the Institution might have.

Key Dates

The key dates for the LCTRC grant opportunity and the AMR-TCR are:

Thursday 24 August 2017 Applications open in NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS)
Wednesday 20 September 2017 Minimum Data due in RGMS by 5pm AEST
Wednesday 4 October 2017 Applications Close 5pm AEDT

All applicants are required to commence their application and provide the specified minimum data in RGMS by Wednesday 20 September 2017 to allow the NHMRC to start sourcing reviewers with appropriate expertise.  Applications initiated after this date will not be accepted.

A complete application to the AMR TCR or LCTRC grant opportunity must consist of the following:

  • The relevant information in your RGMS profile and CV
  • Completion of Parts A and B of the application form
  • Grant Proposal PDF (uploaded); and
  • Declaration of Interests PDF (uploaded).

NHMRC’s RGMS must be used to access/update your profile and CV and to submit applications. Applicants who are not registered in RGMS should contact the Research Help Centre by emailing sends e-mail) for more information.

Further information

If you require more information, direct your inquiry to your Administering Institution Research Administration Office in the first instance. If you require further assistance contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983, or email