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 a number of 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.

The MRFF Low Survival Cancers and Diseases (LSCD) Grant Opportunity opened on  the 7th of March 2018 and will close at 5pm AEST on Wednesday 18 April 2018

How to Apply

  1. Low Survival Cancers and Diseases (LSCD) Grant Opportunity

This competitive grant opportunity will provide support for clinical trials that address low survival cancers and diseases.  Applications to this grant opportunity must propose a single clinical trial that aims to improve survival rates for Australians with a low survival cancer or other disease. 

Grant Guidelines and information on how to apply is available via Grant Connect (GO1079)

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 LSCD grant opportunity are:

Wednesday 7 March 2017 Applications open in NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS)
4 April 2018 Minimum Data due in RGMS by 5pm AEST

Wednesday 18 April 2018

Applications Close 5pm AEST

All applicants are required to commence their application and provide the specified minimum data in RGMS by Wednesday 4 April 2018 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 LSCD 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 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

Previous MRFF grant opportunities

  1. Antimicrobial Resistance Targeted Call for Research - CLOSED

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 remain available via Grant Connect (GO ID: GO417)

  1. Lifting Clinical Trials and Registries Capacity (LCTRC) Grant Opportunity - CLOSED

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 remain available via Grant Connect (GO ID: GO440)

Funding outcomes for the LCTRC grant opportunity are available on The Department of Health website