2021 Genomics Health Futures Mission Grant Opportunity

Posted: 3 October 2021
Minimum data due by: 16 Feb 2022

The objective of the 2021 Genomics Health Futures Mission Grant Opportunity is to provide grants of financial assistance to support Australian medical research and medical innovation projects that:

  • Stream 1 (Targeted Call for Research): develop disease-agnostic, high throughput and scalable functional genomics platforms to increase the diagnostic rate of unresolved cases and accelerate the development of experimental therapeutics
  • Stream 2 (Targeted Call for Research): develop new models of genomic newborn screening
  • Stream 3 (Targeted Call for Research): through a competitively selected national consortium, conduct research addressing emerging ethical, legal and social issues associated with the governance of clinical and genomic datasets
  • Stream 4 (Targeted Call for Research): through a competitively selected national consortium, conduct research to develop effective approaches for responsible, culturally appropriate and nationally consistent involvement of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in genomics research and clinical practice
  • Stream 5 (Targeted Call for Research): through a competitively selected national consortium, conduct research to enrich genomics databases to support the inclusion of culturally and linguistically diverse groups in genomics research, and equitable benefit from genomics in health
  • Stream 6 (Incubator): conduct small-scale development projects to establish feasible, evidence-based approaches for population cohort research, focusing on culturally and linguistically diverse groups, including:
    • using the international landscape to inform an Australian approach
    • identifying potential cohorts for analysis and integration
    • identifying opportunities for Australian leadership and contribution.

The intended outcome of the research funded by this grant opportunity is to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians by:

  • Stream 1 (Targeted Call for Research): enabling earlier and more efficient genomic diagnosis of unresolved cases to inform and accelerate the clinical options and pathways
  • Stream 2 (Targeted Call for Research): enabling effective diagnosis in newborns of diseases caused by genetic mutations to support development of earlier and more effective interventions and treatments
  • Stream 3 (Targeted Call for Research): generating knowledge to enable more effective implementation and use of clinical and genomic datasets
  • Stream 4 (Targeted Call for Research): generating knowledge that supports the involvement of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in genomics research and clinical practice
  • Stream 5 (Targeted Call for Research): generating knowledge that supports the involvement of culturally and linguistically diverse populations in genomics research
  • Stream 6 (Incubator): generating new approaches for researching population-based cohorts that include culturally and linguistically diverse populations in Australia.

This grant opportunity is being administered by NHMRC on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Health.

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