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
This grant is currently closed to applications

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.

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • an individual
  • partnership
  • unincorporated association
  • any organisation not included in section 3.1 of the guidelines
  • trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a non-corporate Commonwealth entity.


How do you apply?

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

We review your application against the eligibility criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the assessment stage. Eligible applications are then assessed against the assessment criteria by an independent committee of experts.

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide in your application should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. You should define, quantify and provide evidence to support your answers. The sample application form displays character limits.

The program delegate will make the final decision taking into consideration the recommendations from the independent committee of experts.

We will assess your application based on the weighting given to each criteria.

  • Assessment criterion 1 Project impact (40% weighting)
  • Assessment criterion 2 Project methodology (30% weighting)
  • Assessment criterion 3 Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (30% weighting)
  • Assessment criterion 4 Overall Value and Risk of the Project (non-weighted)
  • Scoring information for all assessment criteria can be found at Appendix C and Appendix D of the grant opportunity guidelines.

If your application is successful, you’ll receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we’ll notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

We will make payments according to an agreed schedule set out in the grant agreement. Payments are subject to satisfactory progress on the project.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

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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

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Grant opportunity guidelines

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Sample application form

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Sample grant agreement

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Board or CEO letter template

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Independent audit report template

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MRFF grant management resources

Reporting templates are available from the MRFF grants management webpage. The page also provides other resources for MRFF grant administration, including current policies and relevant forms and templates.

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