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Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Frontier Health and Medical Research Program Stage Two

The MRFF Frontier Health and Medical Research Program Stage Two - provides multi-disciplinary teams with up to $100 million to implement their novel and transformative research projects.


What do you get?

Up to $100 million to implement your research project.

Who is this for?

Researchers with projects in the health and medical sector who were awarded Stage One funding.


The MRFF Frontier Health and Medical Research Program will provide grants to a total of $570 million over ten years to establish this landmark initiative. For the Stage One - Research Plan grant opportunity, $1 million in funding was provided to 10 multi-disciplinary teams including research and industry partners to work on novel and transformative ideas that will produce practical benefits to Australians and also globally.

The teams had 12 months to develop a detailed research plan to outline the activities, methods and partnerships required to transform the idea from concept to implementation in the health system.

Australia has the potential to lead markets and create new ones by applying cutting-edge science and technologies to new, first-in-world applications that improve human health. This program encourages Australia's best and brightest researchers to create talented and ambitious multi-disciplinary teams.

The program operates using a two-stage competitive process:

  • Stage One funded the development of detailed research plans for cutting-edge research projects.
  • Stage Two will fund the implementation of selected research projects.

Stage One

The Stage One grant opportunity funded 10 projects for one year to develop a detailed research plan. Applications for Stage One have closed.

Stage Two

Stage Two projects will enable selected research plans developed under Stage One to receive investment to develop their ideas. These ideas will revolutionise healthcare with new technological advances or approaches. Stage Two grants will vary depending on applicant requirements, but they would typically be in the range of $10 to $20 million per annum for 5 years.


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be incorporated in Australia
  • have been awarded a grant under the Frontier Health and Medical Research Program – Stage One Research Plan and have submitted a Research Plan by 30 June 2020.

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)


How do you apply?

The MRFF Frontier Health and Medical Research Program Stage Two is closed to applications.

Need help?

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

  • Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia

Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

Sample application form

Sample grant agreement

Board or CEO approval template