MRFF 2020 Rapid Applied Research Translation Grant Opportunity

This grant provides support for innovative medical research projects that encourage academic researchers and health service providers to collaborate to improve health care delivery, services and systems sustainability.
This grant is currently closed to applications

What do you get?

Up to $10 million for research projects that translate medical research into health care interventions to improve health care applications. 

Who is this for?

Eligible organisations such as universities, medical research organisations, corporations and corporate Commonwealth entities who can translate medical research into health benefits and can put health care solutions into practice.


The 2020 Rapid Applied Research Translation Grant Opportunity was announced as part of the Medical Research Future Fund and the Rapid Applied Research Initiative. This initiative is investing in research projects that encourage academic researchers and health service providers to collaborate to improve health care delivery, services and systems sustainability.

The objective of this grant opportunity is to provide grants of financial assistance to support Australian medical research and medical innovation projects that:

  • use existing knowledge to develop, test and implement new approaches for the translation of research findings into health care and health interventions that have potential for broader applicability;
  • address a clearly defined gap in the implementation of best practice health care and health interventions to improve health outcomes; and
  • involve all stakeholders relevant to the research and its translation in its conceptualisation, design and implementation, including health care consumers and providers.

Two streams of funding are available based on the geographic location of the lead organisation:

  • Stream 1: Organisations based in urban areas (any area according to the Modified Monash Model Locator )
  • Stream 2: Organisations based in rural areas (MM2 or above according to the Modified Monash Model).

Each will be a separate funding stream. For each stream, applications will be funded based on rank until the total funding available for the stream is reached.

An application may be submitted to one of the above two Streams only.

The intended outcome of the research funded by this grant opportunity is to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians by accelerating implementation of research knowledge and outcomes into health care and practice.


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).

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:

  • 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 Rapid Applied Research Translation 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

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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Key researchers contact list 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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