Note to applicants – 1 March 2022

Due to the large number of applications received and the volume of data generated from the review/assessment process, the process has taken longer than anticipated to conclude, however we anticipate that applicants will be advised of outcomes in the near future.

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MRFF 2020 Clinician Researchers Applied Research in Health Grant Opportunity

This grant provides clinician researchers with funding to build on research capacity to work with patients to develop new treatments and better patient care

The grant is no longer available

What do you get?

Up to $3 million for medical research to support applied research in health care.

Who is this for?

Eligible organisations seeking to improve better clinician research practices, capacity and outcomes for applied health.


The 2020 Clinician Researchers: Applied Research in Health Grant Opportunity was announced as part of the Medical Research Future Fund and the Clinician Researchers Initiative. This initiative aims to provide direct research resources to clinicians, researchers and healthcare professionals to focus on developing and refining their research skills and build research capacity.

The objective of this grant opportunity is to support medical research and innovation projects that validate and implement new approaches for improving the quality and consistency of patient care.

Applicants must propose a research project that:

  • addresses a clearly defined health care priority from local health care and/or practice
  • has potential to improve clinical practice or health system effectiveness and therefore patient outcomes
  • is embedded within health services (e.g. community-based care, hospitals, general practices); however, it can also be coordinated across networks (e.g. Primary Health Networks, Local Health Networks).

The intended outcome of the research funded by this grant opportunity is to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians. Specifically, it aims to support clinicians to improve the quality of health care, practice and systems by undertaking applied research in health care that:

  • improves outcomes for their patients
  • addresses an area of high need
  • improves the safety, quality and effectiveness of health services, including connectivity
  • improves efficiency in health services or health system/s.

Projects will be funded from the following streams:

  • Stream 1: General practitioner-led teams
  • Stream 2: Medical specialist-led teams
  • Stream 3: Allied health-led teams.


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.

We can only accept applications where you can provide:

  • details of your nominated Chief Investigator A (CIA), the person who will take the lead role in conducting the project
  • details of all members of your research team are listed as Chief Investigators (CIs)
  • evidence from your board (or chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project is supported, and that you can complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding
  • letters of support from each project partner, where applicable.


How do you apply?

The MRFF 2020 Clinician Researchers Applied Research in Health Grant Opportunity is closed to applications.

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Key documents

The grant opportunity guidelines were updated on 23 March 2021 to provide further guidance on chief investigators.

Additional information to support the addendum to the grant opportunity guidelines

Grant opportunity guidelines

Sample application form

Sample grant agreement

Board or CEO letter template

Independent audit report template

Progress report template

End of project report template