MRFF 2023 Targeted Translation Research Accelerator – Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes Drugs and Devices Grant Opportunity

This grant provides organisations with funding for partnering with small to medium enterprises (SMEs) to accelerate into practice promising drugs and devices focused on cardiovascular disease and the complications of diabetes (types 1 and 2).
Closes in 69 days

Closing date: Wednesday 7 February 2024 5:00pm AEDT Wed 7 Feb 2024 5:00pm AEDT

What do you get?

A grant of up to $15 million for topic A and $13.5 million for topic B, to cover up to 100% of eligible expenditure.

Who is this for?

Eligible organisations seeking to accelerate into practice promising drugs and devices that reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease and complications of diabetes.


The 2023 Targeted Translation Research Accelerator – Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes Drugs and Devices Grant Opportunity is part of the MRFF and the Preventive and Public Health Research Initiative.

It will support Australian medical research and medical innovation projects that, through competitively selected national organisation/s partnering with small to medium enterprises (SMEs), accelerate into practice promising drugs and devices focused on cardiovascular disease and the complications of diabetes (types 1 and 2).

The successful independent organisation/s will be responsible for ensuring that the funding by each organisation:

  • targets investment and related support through partnership projects to accelerate promising drug (topic A) or device (topic B) development projects
  • promotes commercialisation of novel drugs and devices for cardiovascular disease and for complications of diabetes (types 1 and 2)
  • provides a maximum of $1.5 million for each promising drug/device project
  • leverages support (including co-funding) from partner organisations such as industry
  • provides a minimum investment of $3 million into each of the following: cardiovascular disease; the disease-related complications in people with type 1 diabetes; and the disease-related complications in people with type 2 diabetes.

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 are:

  • an individual
  • a partnership
  • an unincorporated association
  • a 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
  • 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)

Joint applications are encouraged.

You can partner with one or more other organisations but you must decide who the lead organisation is.

The lead organisation must fill out the application form.

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

  • signs the grant agreement
  • receives grant payments
  • is responsible for making sure your group follows all requirements in the grant agreement, including all reporting requirements.

We can only accept applications that 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
  • a list of up to 15 Chief Investigators using the template on (max 15 CIs and none listed in more than one application submitted to a topic within this grant opportunity)
  • a detailed project plan (max 12 pages)
  • a detailed and itemised project budget
  • a one-page statement of how your project will contribute to the Measures of Success for the MRFF
  • a detailed risk management plan (max 2 pages)
  • details of IP arrangements (if applicable)
  • letters of support from each project partner (if applicable)
  • a trust deed (if applicable).

How to apply

Check if you’re ready to apply for a grant

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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.

First we check that you meet the eligibility criteria. Eligible applications are then assessed against the assessment criteria by an independent committee of experts.

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide 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’ll only award funding to applications that score satisfactorily against all 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 (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 the MRFF 2023 Targeted Translation Research Accelerator – Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes Drugs and Devices Grant Opportunity now

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read and understand the grant opportunity guidelines
  • read the sample application form
  • read the sample grant agreement.
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Sample applications

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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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Chief Investigator template

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Progress reporting template

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End of Project reporting template

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Independent audit report template

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