$483 million in grants to support innovative Australian health and medical research projects

Summary media release information

03 December 2016
Media Release
Contact for further information: 

NHMRC Media Team
M: 0422 008 512
E: media@nhmrc.gov.au

The Turnbull Government continues to invest in health and medical research with more than $483 million in funding announced today.

This new funding will support 601 grants across four National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding schemes.

More than 1900 researchers will share in the $483 million for a wide-range of projects including:

  • Understanding brain plasticity
  • Creating the world’s first molecular blueprint of exercise
  • Assessing whether stressful life events are associated with Graves’ disease
  • Developing new treatment approaches to chronic pain
  • Identifying a new approach for protecting against stomach cancer by preventing inflammation
  • Improving the treatment of viral infections in transplant recipients.

NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso said that these grants would support an extraordinary breadth of research around Australia.

‘They include 60 fellowships for our future research leaders, laboratory studies of the origins of disease and clinical trials of new therapies.

‘NHMRC is also funding a $5 million Partnership Centre in Health System Sustainability which will support the implementation of research-informed improvements in health care system performance.’

Across all schemes, the funded rate was 15.6%. For the largest scheme, supporting 539 Project Grants, 15.2% of applications were funded—up 1.5% from 2015.

More information on the grants is available on the NHMRC website.

Tables outlining the distribution of funding are provided below and the full funding outcomes are available on the NHMRC website. For information on funded grants and media opportunities, contact the NHMRC Media Team.

CONTACT: NHMRC Media Team | P: 0422 008 512 | E: media@nhmrc.gov.au

Funding by National Health Priority Area

Priority area Commitment
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health $23,514,593
Arthritis and Osteoporosis $7,993,255
Cancer $123,447,943
Cardiovascular Disease $64,816,360
Dementia $26,192,720
Diabetes $23,572,155
Injury $24,005,696
Mental Health $35,546,702
Obesity $14,853,890

Funding outcomes by scheme

Competitive type Commitment
Career Development Fellowships [1] $26,234,208
NHMRC–NIH BRAIN Collaborative Research Grant $486,144
Partnership Centre: Health System Sustainability $5,250,000
Project Grants $451,264,320
Total for Competitive grants $483,234,672

[1] Excludes $50,000 provision for funding of the Minister’s Medal (no actual grants attached)