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MRFF 2021 BioMedTech Incubator Grant Opportunity

The BioMedtech Incubator grant provides business up to $50 million to establish a research incubator to identify and select Australian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) undertaking early-stage medical research projects with commercial potential.

Closes in 50 days

Closing date: 25 Aug 2022 05:00 PM AEST

What you get?

A grant of up to $50 million to establish a BioMedTech incubator.

Who is this for?

An eligible organisation who can establish a working incubator and select SME's to partner with in new and innovative research projects.


The 2021 BioMedtech Incubator grant is part of the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) and the Medical Research Commercialisation Initiative. This opportunity looks to fund the most suitable organisation who can identify and select a number of Australian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) undertaking early-stage medical research and medical innovation projects that have commercial potential.

The successful organisation, in partnership with SMEs, aims to progress and support medical research and medical innovation projects by:

  • providing access to capital and industry knowledge
  • facilitating an environment where research projects are incubated
  • providing up to $5 million in funding for an SME over 5 years to develop a research project.

The successful organisation must:

  • identify and select through open and competitive processes Australian SMEs undertaking early-stage medical research and medical innovation projects that have commercial potential
  • work in partnership with the selected Australian SMEs to successfully progress their medical research and medical innovation projects through the early stages of development
  • nurture and mentor the next generation of health and medical research innovators in Australia
  • assist SMEs in the development of health and medical research to result in interventions, cures, and treatments that address health problems of national significance
  • provide project funding of up to $5 million to the selected Australian SMEs and support them to plan and undertake agreed activities, meet relevant milestones and generate required data and evidence
  • provide and/or procure specialist support and expertise for the selected Australian SMEs to assist them in successfully planning and undertaking the agreed activities to attract commercial investment
  • facilitate meetings, share knowledge and establish networks.

Information session

Research administrators are invited to the Research Administration Officer (RAO) Webinar delivered by the Department of Health on Thursday 4 August 2022 from 2:00 to 3:00pm AEST.

MRFF Directors Pru Glasson, Sophie Han, Ragini Singh, and Ruth Webster will present an overview of the MRFF grant process, including phases of the MRFF grant lifecycle, from grant opportunity development stage to post-award management of active grants. 

Participants can participate in a ‘Question and Answer’ session following the presentation. 

Research administrators can submit questions related to the MRFF grant lifecycle to inform the webinar by completing a brief survey by COB Monday 18 July 2022.

Check if you can apply

You can apply if you meet the eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria are a set of rules that describe who we can consider for this grant. You can apply if you:

  • are an eligible entity
  • have an eligible project
  • have eligible expenditure.

The rules are in the grant opportunity guidelines.

How to apply

Check if you’re ready to apply for a grant

Finding a suitable grant opportunity is just the start of the process to get funding. The application process can take time and effort. Understanding the entire process will help you be grant ready and may improve your chances of getting funding.

Use our checklist to find out what it takes to apply for a grant.

When you're ready to apply

Apply using our online portal:

  • Create or log into your portal account.
  • Follow the instructions to complete your application.
  • Submit your application before the close date.

Make sure you include enough detail and supporting evidence in your application to help us decide whether to award you the grant.

Don’t submit the application until it’s complete. You can’t correct a mistake.

Apply now

Apply for the MRFF 2021 BioMedTech Incubator Grant now

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read and understand the grant opportunity guidelines
  • read the sample grant agreement.


Need help?

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

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

Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

Sample application form

Sample grant agreement

Progress report template

End of project report template

Board or CEO approval letter

Chief Investigator template