$529 Million in Health and Medical Research Grants

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Summary media release information

16 October 2006
Ministerial Media Release
Contact for further information: 
Claire Kimball (Office of Tony Abbott) 0417 425 227

The Government will provide $529 million in health and medical research funding, awarded through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), for new projects beginning in 2007.

More than 850 grants will be made to support research in Australian universities, hospitals and medical research institutes. It is the first time that annual funding for health and medical research grants has exceeded the $500 million mark.

All grants have been awarded after an open competitive process.

As a result of these grants, research will be undertaken in a wide range of health conditions including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, kidney disease, mental health, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma and hepatitis C.

Research into health services and public health will also be funded to support the translation of research outcomes into clinical practice.

By 2009-10, the Commonwealth Government will have increased by four times its annual investment in NHMRC grants for health and medical research since 1999-00. Australia is a world leader in health and medical research—on a per capita basis our research output is twice the OECD average. A report from Access Economics states from every $1 invested in medical research $5 is returned to the Australian economy.

State and Territory highlights are attached.

Media contacts: Claire Kimball Tony Abbott’s Office 0413 486 926
Nigel Harding NHMRC 0409 307 671