NHMRC recognises Victoria’s leadership in health and medical research

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recently announced grant outcomes, totaling $437 million distributed among 495 projects throughout Australia.

Following the usual trend, Victorian researchers have received the majority of the funding, with $392 million for 329 projects. This represents 44.3% of all funding and reflects the leadership, expertise and strength of Victoria’s capability in the health and medical research sector.

BioMedVic congratulates all NHMRC grant recipients.

More information here.

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.

2020 Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research

Applications are currently open for the 2020 Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research, recognising the exceptional contributions and capabilities of Victoria’s emerging early career researchers in their PhD studies.

Recipients of the Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research category awards receive $5,000 and an additional $15,000 is granted to the Premier’s Excellence award winner, receiving $20,000 in total prize money.

The five award categories include:

  • Aboriginal Researcher undertaking research in any field of health and medical research
  • Health Services Researcher
  • Public Health Researcher
  • Basic Science Researcher
  • Clinical Researcher

Key Dates:

  • Applications Open: 1 August 2019
  • Applications Close: 30 September 2019
  • Awards Ceremony: 23 March 2020

You can find more information regarding application requirements, eligibility and selection criteria 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.

BioMedVic members – key drivers of national innovation and translation

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants have been announced for 2018. Of the $526 million awarded, Victoria has secured $347 million (47%), cementing its position as the leading state for medical research in Australia.

Beyond that, two BioMedVic members were the top-ranking institutions nationally, with Monash University securing grants to the value of $103.6M and the University of Melbourne winning $103.3M worth of grant funding.

Outstanding results run even deeper across Victoria’s remarkable health research community, with NHMRC success for:

  • Deakin University ($14.4 million)
  • RMIT University ($4.6 million)
  • St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research ($4.1 million)
  • Swinburne University ($3.4 million)
  • Melbourne Health ($624.882)

BioMedVic warmly congratulates all recipients of this latest round of NHMRC grants.

You can find more information here.

Defence Research Funding Opportunity for Universities

Universities and Small Business are invited to submit research proposals in response to a new call for Defence Research that aims to find new ways to integrate advanced materials onto military platforms. Find more information here.

Applications open on 28 November 2018 and close on 1 February 2019.

Funding will be provided jointly by Australia’s Defence Science and Technology and the United Kingdom’s Defence and Security Accelerator. Initial funding of up to $900,000 is available under the Next Generation Technologies Fund through the Small Business Innovation Research for Defence (SBIRD) program.

For more details and the chance to speak directly with the SBIRD project team, attend the Information Session on Wednesday 28th of November at Engineers Australia (Melbourne). Register online now!

New funding for Victoria’s health startup sector

BioMedVic’s CEO Jan Tennent is pleased to have contributed during the consultation phase in the lead up to the recent release of the State of HealthTech – Victoria report by LaunchVic.

Having examined what needed to be done to maximise the health startups sector in the state, the report’s findings underpin a decision by the Victorian Government to provide new funding, through LaunchVic, to accelerate the growth of Victoria’s health startups by supporting accelerator and education programs focused on the health sector – including medtech, biotech, pharma, health and ageing services and disability services.

Details of forthcoming Information Sessions as well as the Funding Guidelines and FAQ are available at launchvic.org.


The 2018 VCA Funding Round is closing soon!

Applications to five Victorian Cancer Agency (VCA) 2018 funding schemes are due to close at 11.59pm on 12 June 2018.

Two new schemes offered under the Improving Cancer Outcomes Collaborative Research Grants

  • Improving Cancer Outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians
  • Improving Outcomes for Upper Gastrointestinal Cancers

Workforce Schemes

  • Early Career Seed Grants
  • Mid-Career Research Fellowships
  • Nursing and Allied Health Clinical Research Fellowships

All workforce schemes are eligible to apply for the Victorian-USA Cancer Fellowship Exchange Program. Applications are encouraged from multiple disciplines across the translational cancer research continuum.

More information, including guidelines, funding rules and a link to the application forms can be found here.

Answers to frequently asked questions can also be found on the website, however should you have further questions, contact the VCA on 1300 664 737 or send an email to victorian.canceragency@dhhs.vic.gov.au

Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund – 2018 Round Open!

The Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund is an initiative under Victoria’s Health and Medical Research Strategy 2016-2020 and aims to support those in the early stages of health and medical research with their discovery research, clinical or health practice research, or with an idea to attract investment by industry.

The Fund provides $3 million per annum to help address current market gaps and supports a small number of research proposals to ‘fast track’ translation into health and economic outcomes. Funding is available for proposals up to $100,000.

Applicants are required to have matching funding as evidence of capacity to collaborate and undertake research that has a clear pathway to translation.

Submissions will be accepted from collaborations or partnerships between:

  • health services
  • medical research institutes
  • universities.

The 2018 round of funding is open until 4 May. Details of the 2018 Application Process can be found on the Acceleration Fund webpage.


Victorian Cancer Agency 2018 Early Career Health Services Research Fellowships – EOI now open

The Victorian Cancer Agency has opened expressions of interest for the Victorian Cancer Agency Early Career Health Services Research Fellowships.

The intention of this scheme is to fund early career researchers within cancer health services with a focus on building capacity within cancer health services research, improving the delivery of care for patients, improving patient outcomes and improving patient experience. It is expected that applications will align to the Victorian cancer plan 2016-2020 and/or the Cancer Reform Framework.

The scheme is open to medical, nursing and allied health practitioners, health economists, behavioural scientists, statisticians, bioinformaticians, epidemiologists and other disciplines conducting health services research in cancer.

Applications close 31 January.

More information, including guidelines, funding rules and a link to the application forms can be found on the Victorian Cancer Agency website: http://www.victoriancanceragency.org.au/index.php/2018funding-round