MFR 3 - Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia

Matter for Review

3. "Opportunities to improve coordination and leverage additional national and international support for Australian health and medical research through private sector support and philanthropy, and opportunities for more efficient use, administration and monitoring of investments and the health and economic returns; including relevant comparisons internationally."


Discussion Paper - Health and medical research and the future in NHMRC’s 75th year. The virtuous cycle and the economic benefits of health and medical research

NHMRC Research Funding Facts Book 2011

Figure 7 shows how NHMRC research grants have been used to leverage additional funding from other sources to support research nationally and internationally for the period 2004 – 2010.

Figure 8 indicates the value of additional funds leveraged from national and international sources through NHMRC research collaborations and partnership arrangement from 2001 – 2011 and lists international collaborators, national collaborations and partnerships and co-funding arrangements.

NHMRC Co-funded Grants

Co-funded grants are offered through funding partnerships agreed between NHMRC and each partner organisation. They offer additional opportunities to applicants to NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships, Early Career Fellowships, Career Development Fellowships and a number of research support awards such as Partnerships for Better Health and Special Program Grants. Partner organisations are listed below:

  • Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation
  • Diabetes Australia
  • Hearing Loss Prevention Program (HLPP)
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • MND Research Australia
  • Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia (MSRA)
  • National Heart Foundation of Australia
  • Osteoporosis Australia
  • Parkinson’s Victoria
  • Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation Limited
  • SpinalCure Australia

Further details on funding partnerships available for individual funding schemes are provided in scheme-specific funding rules under Apply for Funding.

NHMRC Partnership For Better Health - Centres

The primary aim of NHMRC Partnership Centres initiative is to have a national resource for excellence in research and related knowledge exchange in areas central to improving Australian’s health and health care. The strategic leadership of these centres will be from health or health care systems and governance will be shared with those from the research world.

NHMRC will release a maximum of $2.5 million per year for each Partnership Centre up to a maximum of six centres. Initial funding is agreed for five years. Funding partner organisations are expected to match NHMRC’s contribution in their chosen Partnership Centre, bringing the total funding to $5 million per centre per year for five years.