Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF)

As a “translation fund”, the MRFF will supercharge the growth of Australian health and medical research to better translate research into health outcomes, improve lives, build the economy and contribute to health system sustainability.

View MRFF application instructions

The MRFF is a major new source of Federal Government funding for medical research; a sovereign fund that was set up in 2015 and on target for full capitalisation of $20B by 2020-21.

The Medical Research Future Fund Act 2015 requires the Minister for Health must take into account the Australian Medical Research and Innovation Priorities that are in force when approving MRFF grants.

These are the second set of priorities for the MRFF selected by the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board, and influence the format and direction of both competitive funding rounds and non-competitive investments.

The Department of Health has a useful overview of how the MRFF strategy and each set of priorities have informed the funding programs established so far. There will be opportunity to engage in the national consultations as future MRFF strategies and priorities are set, which will be an important way to represent the fields of research undertaken at the University of Adelaide.

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International clinical trial collaborations

Supports Australian research teams in conducting clinical trial research in collaboration with international counterparts.

17 Feb 2021 24 Feb 2021 3 Mar 2021

Cardiovascular health

Grants available for projects across 3 focussed Streams related to prevention of cardiovascular disease, improvement of outcomes and increasing survivorship.

17 Feb 2021 24 Feb 2021 3 Mar 2021

Stem cell therapies

Grants available for projects across 5 focussed streams related to establishing feasibility of stem cell therapies, conducting clinical trials of stem cell therapies, using stem cell-based screening methods (including for COVID-19 therapeutics) and the ethical, social, regulatory, health economics and legal issues associated with stem cell therapies.

17 Feb 2021 24 Feb 2021 3 Mar 2021

Genomics health futures mission

Grants available for projects across 3 focussed streams related to diagnosis of rare mono- or oligogenic diseases, genetic markers of common cancers, and using functional genomics to improve diagnosis.

17 Feb 2021 24 Feb 2021 3 Mar 2021

Traumatic brain injury mission

Grants available for projects across 5 focussed streams related to informatics approaches to improve care pathways, developing evidence-based best-care TBI practices, reviewing existing evidence to improve acute care, and identifying and addressing gaps that lead to poor outcomes.

17 Feb 2021 24 Feb 2021 3 Mar 2021

Improving diagnosis in cancers with low survival rates

Grants available for projects across 2 focussed streams related to ovarian, pancreatic, liver or lung cancers; and improving early diagnosis of cancers with unknown primary site.

24 Feb 2021 3 Mar 2021 10 Mar 2021

Dementia, ageing & aged care

Grants available for projects across 4 focussed streams related to methods to appraise organisation and system performance, multidisciplinary care after dementia diagnosis, diagnostic and prognostic tools for dementia, and improving infection control in aged care settings.

24 Feb 2021 3 Mar 2021 10 Mar 2021

Indigenous health research grant

Supports research projects focusing on specific indigenous health challenges.

24 Feb 2021 3 Mar 2021 10 Mar 2021

Targeted Translation Research Accelerator (TTRA) for diabetes & cardiovascular disease - research centres

The TTRA research centres will accelerate therapies towards clinical practice for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of disease-related complications for identified priorities associated with diabetes or cardiovascular disease, respectively.

  8 Mar 2021 15 Mar 2021

Neurofibromatosis research grant

Aims to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians by generating knowledge that will lead to new interventions that reduce the clinical impact of neurofibromatosis.

24 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 7 Apr 2021

Clinician Researchers: Applied research in health 

Supports medical research and medical innovation projects that validate and implement new approaches for improving the quality and consistency of patient care.

  5 Apr 2021 12 Apr 2021

COVID-19 vaccine candidate research - round 3

Supports the development of promising COVID-19 prophylactic vaccine candidates for which research and development is already underway.

EOI: 10 Mar 2021 28 Apr 2021 5 May 2021

Ministerial announcements will frequently precede eventual funding rounds by weeks or months. Wherever possible, such advance alerts will be outlined below.

Rapid applied research translation
For research projects that enable academic researchers and health service providers to collaborate to improve health care delivery, services and systems sustainability.

  • Opens: 4 March 2021
  • Internal deadline: 29 April 2021
  • Grants of up to AUD $10M
  • Further information


While MRFF processes are distinct to NHMRC or ARC, and peer review does not obligatorily guide Ministerial funding decisions, some MRFF rounds do utilise peer review processes, managed online by either the NHMRC (RGMS) or the Department of Industry, Innovation & Science (Business Portal).

Get involved

For schemes that do undertake peer review of grant applications, University of Adelaide involvement is critical.

The NHMRC invite you to self-nominate to assist in MRFF grant review and assessment processes as a member of a Grant Assessment Committee for a number of 2020-21 MRFF grant opportunities. It is necessary to register for these MRFF panels as they are coordinated independent of NHMRC peer review activities. Register here.

Anyone who has volunteered and participated in MRFF Peer Review is urged to contact Dr Cadence Haynes, for University acknowledgement and support.

It is the intention of the Taskforce to:

  • Capture critical knowledge and information
  • Share the information with groups/individuals who need to know
  • Understand the needs of researchers, to help our University better support MRFF applications and activity

Talk to your representative, or contact the MRFF Opportunities Manager for more information.



A/Prof Mathias Baumert

Theme Leader – Medical, Health and Bioprocessing Technologies, ECMS

A/Prof Michael Beard

School of Biological Sciences Research Committee chair, and
representative for the Research Centre for Infectious Diseases

Prof Alex Brown

Theme Leader, Aboriginal Health Equity, SAHMRI and Adelaide Medical School

A/Prof Gustavo Carneiro

Professor of Computer Science

Prof Józef Gecz

Adelaide Medical School Research Committee chair

Prof Bronwyn Gillanders

DDR Faculty of Sciences – also represent human health-related Animal and
Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture Food and Wine and Physical Sciences

Prof Gillian Harvey

Adelaide Nursing School Research Committee

Prof Tim Hughes

Precision Medicine Theme Leader at SAHMRI; Cancer Council Chair in
Cancer Research and Consultant Haematologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Prof Mark Hutchinson

Director of the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics

Prof Mark Jenkinson

Professor of Neuroimaging at the University of Adelaide, SAHMRI,
Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML), and the University of Oxford

Prof John Lynch

Interim DDR Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences
School of Public Health

A/Prof Anna Ma-Wyatt

School of Psychology Research Committee chair

A/Prof Peter Psaltis

Cardiologist with Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN);
Deputy Leader of the Heart Health Theme and Co-director of the
Vascular Research Centre at SAHMRI.

Prof. Sarah Robertson

Director, Robinson Research Institute

Dr. Nick Smith

Paediatric Neurologist at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital

Mr Steve Whetton

Deputy Director - South Australian Centre for Economic Studies,
representing Health Economics

Dr Peter Zilm

Adelaide Dental School Research Committee chair

Need help?

For further information please contact our MRFF grant manager.