20 May 2020
The Morrison Government will invest almost $400 million in world-leading health and medical research projects to improve the lives of all Australians.
Our Government will strengthen Australians’ health through research to prevent illness and deliver better health care as we recover and restore our nation in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A total of 237 new projects will receive funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), with a further 30 grants to be funded through the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Priority Round.
Funding will support research in the areas of:
Of the grants funded, a total of $84.7 million will go towards 61 new research projects in infectious diseases – a significant strength of Australia’s research sector.
Whilst applications for this grant round closed in 2019, prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, infectious disease research into influenza and pneumonia may contribute to our understanding of COVID-19 and translate into new treatment strategies and trials.
Professor Allen Cheng from Monash University will receive $1.7 million to optimise vaccine and treatment strategies to prevent illness and death from severe influenza in Australia.
Professor Cheng’s research project will transform the prevention and treatment of influenza and its complications by developing innovative public health and treatment strategies that can be applied globally.
Australians will benefit from this vital health and medical research being conducted around the country:
While this round was closed for submissions last year, we are currently in the process of awarding $42 million for COVID research through the MRFF.
Medical research is one of the core elements of the Australian Government’s $104 billion Long Term National Health Plan. This vital investment across the broad health spectrum will continue the proud Australian tradition of discovery and translation for the better health for all.
A full list of grant recipients is available on NHMRC’s website: www.nhmrc.gov.au.
The research funding allocated will support a number of health priority areas and below is a breakdown of State and Territory summaries:
NHMRC Investigator Grants Commencing 2021
MRFF Investigator Grants Commencing 2020/2021
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