Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) 2021 Frontier Health and Medical Research Initiative

The MRFF 2021 Frontier Health and Medical Research Initiative provides multi-disciplinary teams with up to $1 million to develop, and up to $50 million to implement their innovative research projects.
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This grant is currently closed to applications

What do you get?

Between $250,000 and $1 million to develop a research plan.

Up to $50 million over 5 years to implement your research plan.

Who is this for?

Researchers with innovative projects in the health and medical sector.

Overview

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) 2021 Frontier Health and Medical Research Grant Opportunity opened as the MRFF 2019 Frontier Health and Medical Research (Stage One) Grant Opportunity. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the opportunity was deferred.

The MRFF 2021 Frontier Health and Medical Research Grant Opportunity now incorporates the entire Frontier process. It now includes both Stage One and Stage Two into a single grant opportunity.

If you submitted an application under the original MRFF 2019 Frontier Health and Medical Research (Stage One) Round, your application will be re-set back to draft in the portal. You must update your application dates and budget to the new requirements. For instructions read the FAQ's factsheet and follow the steps.

We understand the impact of COVID-19 to the health and medical research sector. This includes the ability of researchers to submit applications and undertake research.

We ask you to consider these impacts in your risk management plan. We'll take this information into account during assessment of your application.

The MRFF 2021 Frontier Health and Medical Research Grant Opportunity comprises three phases:

  • Application
  • Research planning
  • Research implementation

If your application is successful, we'll award a grant to develop a detailed research plan. If you're awarded a grant you'll need to complete and submit your research plan. It will be then be competitively assessed against the research plan assessment criteria.

Eligibility

What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be incorporated in Australia

You must also be one of the following eligible bodies:

  • 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 that is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • an individual
  • a partnership
  • an unincorporated association
  • any organisation not identified as eligible
  • a trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a non-corporate Commonwealth entity

Applying

How do you apply?

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) 2021 Frontier Health and Medical Research Initiative is closed to applications.

We'll assess your application against the eligibility assessment criteria. Only eligible applications are then referred to an independent committee. This will be the MRFF Frontier Health and Medical Research Advisory Committee. It will then make recommendations on the merit of each application to a program delegate. If your application is successful, we'll award a grant to develop a detailed research plan. Once you complete your research plan, we'll refer it to the committee. We'll expect you to take part in due diligence activities.

The committee will assess the following against the assessment criteria:

  • Your research plan.
  • Your associated due diligence report.
  • Your presentation.

They will also compare them to other eligible applications. The committee will recommend which projects can proceed with implementing the research plan.

The program delegate will make the final decision. Their decision will include the recommendations from the independent MRFF Frontier Health and Medical Research Advisory Committee.

To be competitive you must score highly against all of the assessment criteria.

Assessment criteria for applications:

Assessment criterion 1: Project Impact (34% weighting)

  • Assessment criterion 2: Project methodology (33 weighting)
  • Assessment criterion 3: Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (33% weighting)
  • Assessment criterion 4: Overall value and risk of the project (non-weighted)

Assessment criteria for research plans:

  • Assessment criterion 5: Alignment with the application and delivery performance (30% weighting)
  • Assessment criterion 6: Methodology and implementation (35% weighting)
  • Assessment criterion 7: Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (35% weighting)
  • Assessment criterion 8: Overall value and risk of the project (non-weighted)

Please refer to Appendix C and D of the grant opportunity guidelines for further information about assessment scoring and a rating scale.

If your application is successful, you’ll receive a written offer. If you’re 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
  • milestones necessary to receive payments

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

We’ll make payments by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

Need help?

Let us answer your question via phone, email or live chat. And if we can't help, we'll put you in touch with someone who can.

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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

pdf · 0.66 MB DOCX · 1.85 MB

Frequently Asked Questions

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Sample application form

pdf · 0.64 MB docx · 1.52 MB

Standard grant agreement

pdf · 0.62 MB docx · 0.12 MB

Board or CEO Letter approved template

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Independent audit report template

pdf · 0.35 MB docx · 0.05 MB

Peer Review Panel Communique

pdf · 0.14 MB

Progress report template

pdf · 0.24 MB docx · 1.14 MB

End of project report template

pdf · 0.28 MB docx · 1.15 MB

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