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How does MRFF funding work?

Introducing the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF)

In the 201415 Budget the Australian Government created the $20 billion MRFF.

The MRFF provides a major injection in health and medical research funding. The MRFF is in addition and complements the history and ongoing funding of the National Health and Medical Research Council.

$1.4 billion will be spent in the first five years.

MRFF funding aligns with four key streams:

The MRFF was created under the Medical Research Future Fund Act 2015.

The MRFF is governed by the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board (Advisory Board).

The Advisory Board is charged with developing a five yearly Australian Medical Research and Innovation Strategy and a two yearly set of Australian Medical Research and Innovation Priorities.

The government must take the Strategy, and in particular the Priorities into consideration when deciding how to invest the MRFF.

The MRFF funding principles

In December 2017, the government endorsed the MRFF Funding Principles, created by the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board.

The MRFF Funding Principles outline the important features of programs to ensure the MRFF funds research excellence.

Each MRFF program has its own program guidelines, eligibility criteria, funding arrangements and processes for identifying investment.

The MRFF may disburse funds by open and contestable or targeted calls for applications. The implementation of MRFF programs are overseen by the Office of Health and Medical Research (OHMR) in the Department of Health. OHMR uses the grants expertise of the National Health and Medical Research Council and the government’s Business Grants Hub to assist with administration.

Funding allocations

The MRFF has already begun investing in health and medical research.

For further details on MRFF programs currently being implemented see links below:

Last updated: 
8 May 2018