MFR 2 - Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia

Matter for Review

2. "Current expenditure on, and support for, health and medical research in Australia by governments at all levels, industry, non-government organisations and philanthropy; including relevant comparisons internationally."


Focusing Australia’s Publically Funded Research Review – Maximizing the Innovation Dividend Review Key Findings and Future Directions – DIISR October 2011

This report illustrates trends in Australian Government support for science, research and innovation, including NHMRC.  Basic research, applied research, strategic basic research and experimental development trends from 1992 to 2009 are presented as a proportion of Commonwealth Government, Business, State and Local Government funding in Australia and overseas.

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.

Details of key areas of the statistics portal are as follows:

The NHMRC Core funding datasets provide comprehensive data on the grants awarded by NHMRC over the period 1990-2010. There are four datasets available that cover the following periods: 1990-1999, 2000-2009, 2002-2011 (current decade) and 2010-2019 (future decade). Each dataset contains the grant ID, Chief Investigator name, Administering institution name and details, grant type, scientific and lay title, application year, budget details, keywords, and field of research codes.

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.

National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy

Through NCRIS, the Government is providing $542 million over 2005-2011 to provide researchers with major research facilities, supporting infrastructure and networks necessary for world-class research. 

2011 Strategic Roadmap for Australian Research Infrastructure

The 2011 Strategic Roadmap for Australian Research Infrastructure (2011 Roadmap) was released by Senator the Hon. Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, on 30 September 2011. The 2011 Roadmap articulates the priority research infrastructure areas of a national scale (capability areas) to further develop Australia's research capacity and improve innovation and research outcomes over the next five to ten years.”  from Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education website.

Population Health Research Network

The Population Health Network aims to “build a nationwide data linkage infrastructure capable of securely and safely managing health information from around Australia”. from PHRN website.