MRFF 2023 Global Health Grant Opportunity

This program provides organisations with funding to improve the understanding of infections in hospitals that drive antimicrobial resistance and develop interventions to reduce infections.
Closes in 110 days

Closing date: Wednesday 20 September 2023 5:00pm AEST Wed 20 Sep 2023 5:00pm AEST

What do you get?

Grants of up to $2 million over 2 years from 2023-24.

Who is this for?

Eligible organisations who can support innovative medical research projects to improve health benefits for Australians.


This grant opportunity was announced as part of the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) under the Global Health Initiative.

The objective and intended outcome of this grant opportunity are aligned with the following Australian Medical Research and Innovation Priorities 2022-2024:

  • antimicrobial resistance
  • global health and health security.

Consistent with the Medical Research Future Fund Act 2015, the objective of this grant opportunity is to provide grants of financial assistance to support Australian medical research and medical innovation projects that: 

  • generate knowledge to improve understanding of healthcare associated infections in hospitals that drive antimicrobial resistance. This includes understanding the incidence, pathways and drivers of transmission, and
  • develop, implement and/or assess the effectiveness of interventions to reduce the incidence of healthcare associated infections in hospitals that drive antimicrobial resistance.

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)
  • are 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:

  • an organisation, or your project partner is an organisation, included on the National Redress Scheme’s list of Institutions that have not joined or signified their intent to join the Scheme
  • an employer of 100 or more employees that has not complied with the Workplace Gender Equality Act (2012)
  • an individual
  • partnership
  • unincorporated association
  • trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a non-corporate Commonwealth entity
  • any organisation not listed in the eligible entity list.

Partner with other organisations

You can partner with one or more other organisations that also meet the eligibility criteria. But you must decide who the lead organisation is.

The lead organisation must fill out the application form and enter into the grant agreement with the Commonwealth.

If we give your group the grant, the lead organisation:

  • signs the grant agreement
  • is responsible for making sure your group follows the rules in the grant agreement.

You must complete your project within 5 years of the date of executing a grant agreement.

We can only accept applications that provide:

  • a list of up to 15 chief investigators using the mandatory templates on - with none of these people permitted to be listed on any other application
  • evidence from your board (or chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project is supported, that you can complete the project and meet any costs not covered by grant funding
  • letters of support from each project partner/consortia partner
  • a detailed project plan (maximum of 12 pages)
  • a detailed project budget
  • a one-page statement of how your project will contribute to the Measures of Success for the MRFF as described in the MRFF Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Strategy
  • a detailed risk management plan (maximum of 2 pages)
  • details of Intellectual Property arrangements if not included within the written content of the application.

You can apply for a grant up to $2 million.

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.

First we check that you meet the eligibility criteria. Then we assess your application against the assessment criteria.

The assessment criteria are a set of rules that describe how we must assess each application.

We give each criterion a certain number of points.

We’ll decide whether to award you the grant based on the total number of points we give your application.

  • Assessment criterion 1: Project impact (40% weighting)
  • Assessment criterion 2: Project methodology (30% weighting)
  • Assessment criterion 3: 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 now

Apply for MRFF 2023 Global Health 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

pdf · 0.49 MB docx · 1.90 MB

Sample application form

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Sample grant agreement

pdf · 0.36 MB docx · 1.18 MB

Board or CEO letter template

pdf · 0.08 MB docx · 0.03 MB

Independent audit report template

pdf · 0.35 MB docx · 0.05 MB

Progress report template

pdf · 0.24 MB docx · 1.14 MB

End of project report template

pdf · 0.28 MB docx · 1.15 MB

Chief investigator template

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