September 2022

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

$156 million for innovative medical research

The MRFF is providing $156.7 million for 93 innovative medical research projects to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians. This includes $33.6 million for 41 projects aimed at reducing the number of Australians affected by heart disease and stroke.

Find out about the projects that have been awarded funding.


Acknowledging MRFF assessors

The MRFF Roll of Honour acknowledges and celebrates the people who participated in MRFF grant assessments between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022. As Grant Assessment Committee (GAC) members, they helped ensure the MRFF continued to support high impact projects that deliver real outcomes for all Australians.

GACs bring together people from different backgrounds and with different perspectives. They include scientific experts, consumers, industry experts and health service providers.

Read more about GACs. Visit the NHMRC website if you would like to register your interest in becoming a GAC member.


Did you miss the MRFF Research Administration Officer Webinar?

On 4 August 2022, the Health and Medical Research Office hosted the inaugural MRFF Research Administration Officer Webinar. Topics included the phases of the MRFF grant lifecycle, the MRFF Act 2015, Strategy and Priorities, selecting and establishing MRFF grants, and managing MRFF grants.

You can now watch a recording of the webinar and read the related presentation.

Other MRFF videos and webinars are also available.

Image courtesy of Clay Lawrence

Supporting bushfire responders after the fires

The 2019-20 Black Summer fire season was the most intense and sustained fire season Australia ever experienced. Across the nation, 82,480 people responded to the fires, many of whom faced traumatic or life-threatening events.

Dr David Lawrence, from the University of Western Australia, is leading ‘After the Fires’, the largest ever pre- and post-bushfire fighters survey, to learn how the fires impact their mental health. Read about David’s research in Supporting bushfire responders after the fires.

This MRFF Project was supported by the MRFF’s Emerging Priorities and Consumer-Driven Research initiative.


Indigenous-led research to reduce chronic kidney disease in First Nations communities

First Nations Peoples have one of the highest rates of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the world, with diabetes accounting for about 75% of this disease. This rate of diabetic CKD is markedly higher than for non-Indigenous Australians.

Kim Morey, Co-Theme Leader of Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, and Professor Mark Cooper, a world expert in diabetic kidney disease from Monash University, are leading a research team using advanced multi-omics technology to detect, prevent and manage CKD in First Nations communities. Learn about this research in Reducing the high rate of chronic kidney disease in First Nations communities.

This MRFF Project was supported by the MRFF’s Indigenous Health Research Fund.


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

Clinical Trials Activity initiative

Clinical Trials Activity and Emerging Priorities and Consumer-Driven Research initiatives Medical Research Commercialisation initiative

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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