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.

Funding schemes Min Data Internal review Close

Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), AU
2020-21 COVID-19 vaccine candidate research grant opportunity

Supports promising COVID-19 vaccine development projects in 2020-21. Rounds opening in July 2020, November 2020, and March 2021.

  16 Sep 2020 23 Sep 2020

Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), AU
2020 brain cancer survivorship grant opportunity

Supports development of better approaches to addressing the medical, functional and psychosocial impacts of brain cancer to improve quality of life and the survivorship experience, with a focus on children, adolescents and young adults, or adults with malignant brain cancer, their families or carers.

  13 Oct 2020 20 Oct 2020


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

  • $3 million for research into medicinal cannabis benefits: to examine the benefits of medicinal cannabis for pain, symptom and side effect management for cancer patients. “An open and contestable grant opportunity” will be available at an unspecified time.

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.

Researchers may self-nominate for consideration to undertake peer review for those MRFF schemes which are administered by NHMRC. Self-nomination is only open at certain times and for certain schemes as advertised in the NHMRC Research Tracker.

Once the self-nomination process opens in RGMS there is a 3-4 week window in which researchers can take advantage of this process.  

To be considered for appointment to peer review panels for schemes which have already closed to self-nomination, email the NHMRC Research Help Centre an expression of interest which they can then forward to the relevant business area.

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?

Complete our simple Google Form to flag your interest in MRFF support, or to nominate your colleagues with expertise across the MRFF Priority areas.

For further information please contact our MRFF grant manager.