July 2022

Welcome to the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) monthly newsletter.
What's in this edition?

Strengthening consumer involvement in the MRFF

A new MRFF Consumer Reference Panel has been established to advise the Chief Executive Officer of the Health and Medical Research Office on strategies for strengthening consumer involvement in the MRFF’s implementation.

The panel comprises people with existing and/or previous involvement in health and medical research who can represent the views of the broader community. It is Chaired by Mr John Stubbs, board member of the Cancer Institute NSW, and the TGA Medicines Advisory Committee.

Learn more about the MRFF Consumer Reference Panel. Hear from panel members who recently spoke with us about their consumer priorities for the MRFF.


MRFF webinar for research administration officers

It’s not too late to register for the inaugural MRFF Research Administration Officer Webinar at 2:00pm (AEST) on Thursday, 4 August 2022.

The webinar will be hosted by the Health and Medical Research Office. The presentation will include an overview of the MRFF grant process and cover the phases of the MRFF grant lifecycle – from grant opportunity development to post-award management.

You will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

Register here for the webinar.


Helping to minimise stroke damage from bleeding in the brain

An intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH), or a stroke caused by bleeding into the brain, causes just 30% of strokes but 55% of stroke-related lost life years. It also leads to 35% of stroke fatalities in 28 days after the stroke occurs.

Professor Bruce Campbell, from the University of Melbourne, is part of the EVACUATE team which is trialling an ultra-early minimally invasive surgical technique to stop bleeding in the brain and improve ICH outcomes.

Nurse Consultant Jenni Cranefield, who saw her dad struggle to regain functions after his stroke, is the link between the EVACUATE team and the system at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Read about Australia’s unique, ultra-early surgery trial to minimise stroke damage caused by bleeding in the brain, where the biggest challenge is getting ICH patients into surgery fast enough.

This MRFF project was supported by the MRFF’s Cardiovascular Health Mission.

Image: iStock/SolStock

Steady walking and talking to improve mental health services for Aboriginal young people

Most youth mental health service staff are dedicated people with a strong sense of social justice who want to meet the needs of Aboriginal young people, but don’t always know how to do this.

Associate Professor Michael Wright, from the Curtin School of Allied Health, has worked with Aboriginal Elders to develop the Debakarn Koorliny Wangkiny (Steady Walking and Talking) (DKW) co-design framework, which disrupts service providers’ ‘typical ways of working’.

Read how Our Journey Our Story is implementing and evaluating DKW, to help mental health service staff become flexible, confident and competent in responding to the cultural needs of Aboriginal young people.

This MRFF project was supported by the MRFF’s Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission.

Image: iStock/gorodenkoff

Let us know about your research

We would like to hear about the achievements of researchers who have received MRFF funding for their work.

Write to us about your research outcomes at:

Remember to include information about how your research outcomes have made a difference, for example, their application in programs, clinical practice or guidelines, or published findings.


Current grant opportunities

Australian Brain Cancer Mission

Cardiovascular Health Mission Clinical Trials Activity initiative Clinical Trials Activity and Emerging Priorities and Consumer-Driven Research initiatives Clinician Researchers initiative Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission Emerging Priorities and Consumer-Driven Research Medical Research Commercialisation initiative National Critical Research Infrastructure initiative Preventive and Public Health Research initiative Stem Cell Therapies Mission

All MRFF grant opportunities are advertised on GrantConnect.

Register with GrantConnect to receive notifications when new opportunities open.

MRFF grant opportunities calendar

For information on all MRFF grant opportunities from 1 January 2020, visit the MRFF grant opportunities calendar.

Awarded MRFF grants

You can find information about all MRFF funded projects at MRFF grant recipients.

Is COVID-19 impacting your grant?

Significant changes to our grant opportunities because of COVID-19 will be published on the MRFF website.

You can also contact the Grant Hub administering the relevant MRFF grant opportunity or grant agreement (NHMRC: or BGH: or with any enquiries.

MRFF on social media

Keep an eye out for MRFF announcements, opportunities and outcomes on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

How to access previous editions of the MRFF newsletter

Previous editions of the MRFF newsletter are available on the MRFF newsletter archive page.


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