$559.1 million for health and medical research

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Summary media release information

23 October 2013
NHMRC Media Release
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Today, the Prime Minister the Hon Tony Abbott MP announced $559.1 million to Australian health and medical researchers to generate new health discoveries across Australia.

The new funding will support 963 grants across three National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) research support schemes and five fellowship schemes. For these schemes NHMRC received over 5,000 applications with 19% of these being funded.

The importance of tackling national health priorities to researchers is reflected in the funding support to research in these areas. As an example, $21.7 million has been committed to dementia research. $31.8 million continues the NHMRC commitment to research to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

“Grants announced today address research needs, from basic science to research translation as well as supporting researchers and their teams to achieve the goals to improve the health of all Australians,” NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson said.

“We apply rigorous, competitive and open peer review to all applications”. With the announcement of these grants, Professor Anderson acknowledged the efforts of researchers and academics in providing assessments and serving on grant review panels including 170 Assigners Academy members, over 7,800 written peer reviews and over 600 grant review panel members.

View the joint Prime Minister and Federal Minister for Health Media Release: Federal government delivers funding for new medical research discoveries.

Top Research Facts

  • Victoria will receive the highest amount of funding, with $236.4 million for 414 grants.
  • The University of Melbourne is the research institution receiving the greatest amount of funding, with $80.1 million for 145 grants.
  • International collaboration will be strengthened through 12 Australian-European Union Collaborative Research Grants, with total value of $4 million.

Research funding by funding scheme

Funding scheme Grants Funding Amount
Project grants 652 $423.5 million
Partnership project grants 6 $4.5 million
EU grants 12 $4 million
Early Career Fellowship grants 128 $38.6 million
Career Development Fellowship grants 60 $23.9 million
TRIP Fellowship grants 11 $1.9 million
Research Fellowship grants 78 $54.6 million
Practitioner Fellowship grants 16 $7.9 million

Research funding by research focus

Topic* Funding Amount
Indigenous health $31.8 million
Cancer $127.8 million
Cardiovascular disease $69.4 million
Mental health $59.5 million
Injury $41.0 million
Diabetes $44.7 million
Obesity $24.2 million
Dementia $21.7 million
Arthritis $17.0 million
Asthma $13.6 million
*Some grants may appear in more than one of the above categories

Research funding by State/Territory

State/Territory Number of Grants Funding Amount
VIC 414 $236.4 million
NSW 247 $145.1 million
QLD 153 $89.2 million
SA 61 $34.5 million
WA 53 $33.1 million
TAS 6 $1.9 million
ACT 18 $9.8 million
NT 11 $9.0 million
Grand Total 963 $559.1 million

Further information on NHMRC funding by state / territory and by administering institution is available under Summary of the results of the NHMRC 2013 Grant Announcements - 23 October 2013 on the Outcomes of funding rounds page.

For information on NHMRC grants awarded to successful researchers is available here.