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MRFF 2022 National Critical Research Infrastructure Grant Opportunity

The National Critical Research Infrastructure program provides organisations and researchers with funding to help them collaborate on research infrastructure projects that translate into health benefits for Australians.
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Opening date: 16 Jun 2022 10:00 AM AEST

Closing date: 07 Sep 2022 05:00 PM AEST

What you get?

Grants of up to $3 million under Stream 1 and 2, or up to $10 million under Stream 3 to fund research infrastructure innovation projects.

Who is this for?

An eligible organisation who can support innovative medical research projects to improve health benefits for Australians.


The 2022 National Critical Research Infrastructure grant is part of the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) and the National Critical Research Infrastructure Initiative. This 3 stream program will fund organisations to undertake innovative project solutions to complex health problems in areas of unmet need to improve Australian's quality of life and the health system sustainability.

The successful organisations aim to improve health outcomes, by:

  • enhancing Australia's research infrastructure
  • addressing areas of unmet need in the research sector through greater access to quality data and health interventions
  • utilising investment through greater collaboration with industry, government and medical sector to enable research to be translated into greater health benefits.

The objective of this program is to provide grants to Australian medical research and innovation projects that align with the following streams:

Stream 1

Address an area of unmet need by promoting the development and implementation of new research methodologies or applications including ‘omics’-led approaches and enhanced infrastructure linkage strategies by supporting development and/or expansion of research enablers such as:

  • biobanks
  • tissue repositories
  • novel platforms
  • secure health data environments to create valuable research resources.

Stream 2

Develop and translate into practice:

  • digital therapeutics
  • artificial intelligence enabled health interventions and technologies (eg wearables integrated into clinical practice)
  • applications or other software for use in clinical practice.

Stream 3

Utilise co-investment with the research sector, state and territory governments and industry in significant critical research infrastructure (eg facilities and equipment) to support:

  • development of research capacity
  • capability and/or effectiveness in an area of need
  • easily accessible facilities and platforms for the wider research community, including within industry.

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.

If applying under Stream 3, you must be part of a consortia and contribute at least 34% of project costs in cash.

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

When the online form is available, you must submit your application through the online portal. You’ll need to set up an account when you first log into the portal. The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure online environment.

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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