MFR 12 - Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia

Matter for Review

12.  "The degree of alignment between Australia’s health and medical research activities and the determinants of good health, the nation’s burden of disease profile and national health priorities, in particular “closing the gap” between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians."


NHMRC Research Funding Facts Book 2011

Contains key statistics related to NHMRC’s research funding and research activity in Biomedical, Clinical Medicine, Public Health and Health Services research and research training over the last ten years. 

NHMRC funding statistics and data

The NHMRC Statistics Unit has developed the NHMRC research funding data and statistics information portal to provide statistical data on NHMRC funded grants and expenditure. These data allow for comparisons to be made by the broad research area, type of award, administering institution, year of application etc.

Selected sub-pages of the statistics portal:

The summary of annual funding commitments 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 webpage contains a summary by grant type and sub type of the total commitments for the new grants awarded to commence in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. It is essentially a summary of grant announcements in those years. A link to the relevant grant funding page or media announcement on the NHMRC website is also provided for those wishing to review the information.

The NHMRC research funding datasets for burden of disease and health issues webpage contains 134 datasets, each with a summary page providing detail of the number of grants and expenditure in a given year, along with a calendar and financial year page for all grants in that dataset. Within these datasets there are more than 1,000 separate worksheets for the different sub-types within each disease or health issue. For example, the Cancer dataset, in addition to the summary page, calendar year and financial year all grants data has in excess of 50 sub-type worksheets (from bone cancer to testicular cancer). These datasets generally cover the period 2000-2011.

NHMRC – Outcomes of funding rounds

NHMRC Strategic Plan for 2010 – 2012

NHMRC is working to improve the health of Indigenous Australians by allocating a minimum of 5 per cent of research funding to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and well-being.  In the period 2004 -09, NHMRC contributed $138.2 million to this goal.

As required by the National Health and Medical Research Act (1992), NHMRC has identified the major health issues that will be the subject of special consideration by NHMRC over the next three years.

Major health issues—2010–2012

  • Building a self-improving health system
  • Indigenous health and well-being
  • Ageing and health
  • Chronic disease
  • Mental health
  • Genomic medicine and frontier technologies
  • Planning for emerging infectious disease threats
  • Examining alternative therapy claims
  • Global health
  • Health consequences of climate change.

Progress report against the Major Health Issues Likely to Arise (MHILAs) for the 2010-2012 Triennium

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples health - research funding summary

NHMRC Road Map II: a strategic framework for improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People through research

Doing more to improve Indigenous health: the new NHMRC Road Map

Warwick P Anderson   MJA 2010; 192 (10): 610-611

Ministerial Media Release