MRFF 2022 Research Data Infrastructure Grant

Funding for researchers to support projects using existing data infrastructure types to create or apply new approaches for an unmet medical need.

The grant is no longer available

What do you get?

Funding for projects that support researchers to improve on existing research data infrastructure platforms and achieve better health care outcomes.

Who is this for?

Eligible organisations seeking to develop better data health intelligence to improve health care delivery.


The 2022 Medical Research Data Infrastructure Grant Opportunity is part of the Medical Research Future Fund and the Research Data Infrastructure Initiative. It looks to fund the creation or extension of national research data infrastructure.

It will support world-class health and medical research in Australia. 

Projects should incorporate:

  • new linkage and/or use of data from at least 2 existing research data infrastructure sources of different types (e.g. administrative and biobank data, registry and biobank data, wearables and use artificial intelligence); and/or
  • novel methodologies and approaches that leverage and enhance existing linked research data infrastructure of at least 2 different types
  • a clear outline of how the proposed project will produce knowledge and outcomes that address an area of unmet medical need.

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.

You can apply if you:

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

You must also be one of the following entities:

  • a medical research institute
  • a university 
  • a corporate Commonwealth entity 
  • a corporation (including businesses and not for profits).

You can't apply if you are:

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:

  1. Create or log into your portal account.
  2. Follow the instructions to complete your application.
  3. 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.

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If COVID-19 has impacted your ability to meet the obligations of your grant agreement, to discuss your circumstances and how we can assist you, you should contact:

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We review your application against the eligibility criteria. Then, an independent committee of experts will assess eligible applications against the assessment criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the assessment stage.

You should provide detail and supporting evidence that is relative to the project. You should consider the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. 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. 

  • 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 (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.

Apply for the MRFF 2022 Research Data Infrastructure Grant Opportunity now

Before you apply, make sure you:

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

Sample applications

The best way to understand what information you need to provide is to start an application. We have also provided a version to download at the bottom of this page.

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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/CEO letter template

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Independent audit report template

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Progress reporting template

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End of project reporting template

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Chief Investigator template

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