NHMRC Grants announced – Funding for 132 projects in Victoria

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grant outcomes have been recently announced. The funding adds up to a total of $440 million, distributed among 298 new projects around Australia.

Victoria received 45% of all the research funds, with $203 million for 132 projects. This proportion highlights the unparalleled strength of the Victorian health and medical sector.

BioMedVic warmly congratulates all recipients of the NHMRC grants.

You can find more information here.

BioMedVic members at the MRFF Frontier of medical research

The grants from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Frontiers initiative have been announced. Of the $9,490,429 million awarded, Victoria has secured $6,744,102 million (71.1%). This result highlights the strength of Victoria in medical research nationwide.

Awarded research projects led by or involving as project partners BioMedVic members are:

  • “The Cortical Frontiers: Commercialising Brain Machine Interfaces project” (Monash University). Grant: $924,100
  • “The Innovative Public Health Program Against Mosquito-Borne Diseases” (Monash University). Grant: $964,700
  • “The EVE-M – Enhancing the Vaginal Environment and Microbiome – Initiative” (Swinburne University of Technology and Deakin University as project partners; the project is led by the Burnet Institute). Grant: $895,346
  • “The multidisciplinary research Alliance on pre-hospital care for stroke” (The University of Melbourne). Grant: $1 million

Three other members of Victoria’s medical research community secured funding for the following projects:

  • “The Precision Medicine for Epilepsy project” (The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health). Grant: $999,956
  • “The Australian Lung Health Initiative” (4Dx Limited). Grant: $960,000
  • “The c-FIND: CRISPR Frontier Infection Diagnostics to Detect Infection project” (Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research). Grant: $1 million

BioMedVic congratulates all funding recipients!

The MRFF Frontiers initiative fosters the development of cutting-edge research projects and, as stated in the official announcement, it can “transform healthcare and stimulate growth in the Australian medical technologies, biomedical and pharmaceutical sector, a vital part of the innovation economy”.

You can find the Health Minister announcement here.

New Inquiry into Australian Research Funding

Late last week the House Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Training announced it would inquire into and report on the efficiency, effectiveness and coherency of Australian Government funding for research. The inquiry will focus on federally funded research agencies, their funding mechanisms and university collaborative research.

Chair of the House Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Training, Mr Andrew Laming MP, said that the Committee would seek to identify opportunities to improve how
research funding is administered, in the following terms:

  • The diversity, fragmentation and efficiency of research investment across the Australian Government, including the range of programs, guidelines and methods of assessment of grants;
  • The process and administrative role undertaken by research institutions, in particular universities, in developing and managing applications for research funding;
  • The effectiveness and efficiency of operating a dual funding system for university research, namely competitive grants and performance-based block grants to cover systemic costs of research; and
  • Opportunities to maximise the impact of funding by ensuring optimal simplicity and efficiency for researchers and research institutions while prioritising delivery of national priorities and public benefit.

Notably, the National Health and Medical Research Council and non-federal sources of research funding are not subject to inquiry.

The Government’s media release is available here.