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Medical Research Future Fund – National Critical Research Infrastructure Initiative: 2019 Applied Artificial Intelligence Research in Health Grant Opportunity

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) - National Critical Research Infrastructure Initiative: 2019 Applied Artificial Intelligence Research in Health Grant Opportunity provides funding to health and medical researchers to transform the future of health care using Artificial Intelligence ideas, technologies and methodologies.
Open date: 11 Feb 2020 09:00 AM AEDT
Close date: 03 Mar 2020 05:00 PM AEDT.
What do you get?

Grants from $1 million to $5 million.

Who is this for?

Eligible organisations seeking to translate or implement Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies into health applications that benefit multiple health disciplines/areas, involve consumers in the research journey and will increase AI capacity and capability.


The 2019 Artificial Intelligence Grant Opportunity was announced as part of the Medical Research Future Fund and is an Initiative under the National Critical Research Infrastructure Initiative.

AI will be critical and transformational to the future of health care, with significant opportunities and benefits including: improved efficiency of research, including methodologies and subsequent result output; more informed clinical decision-making; new approaches for healthcare delivery; accelerated and more efficient clinical trials; and empowerment of patients in managing their health.

The aim of this grant opportunity is to enable AI technologies to impact the implementation work of others in the field, and not to be a source of funding for projects limited to either the provision of hardware alone, or implementation of existing programs.

The objectives of the grant opportunity are to:

  • translate or implement innovative AI technologies into health applications that benefit multiple health disciplines/areas
  • involve consumers in the research journey to ensure the research is applicable to the needs of the Australian community
  • increase AI workforce capacity and capability, particularly in relation to health, through cross-sector and interdisciplinary collaboration.

The intended outcome of the grant opportunity is to promote the application of novel AI technologies and methodologies to cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary health research that will transform health care and outcomes through improved preventive, diagnostic and treatment approaches.


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be incorporated in Australia

and in accordance with s20 and s24 of the MRFF Act 2015, be one of the following entities:

  • a medical research institute
  • a university
  • a corporate Commonwealth entity
  • a corporation (including businesses and not for profits)
  • a state or territory government
  • a state or territory government entity.

Joint applications are encouraged, provided you have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply. For further information on joint applications, refer to section 6.2 of the grant opportunity guidelines.

We cannot waive the eligibility criteria under any circumstances.


How do you apply?

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement before you apply.

When the grant opportunity opens to applications, you must submit your application through the online portal. You will need to set up an account when you first log into the portal. The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure online environment.

Need help?

Contact us for help with your application or to find out more.

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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

Board or CEO approval template

Sample application form