Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF)

National funding to support inspiring medical and health research
Find key dates and links to MRFF funding schemes, as well as contact details of our specialist staff who can help you with the funding process.

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) is an ongoing research fund set up by the Australian Government in 2015. Every year, the Government uses some of the net interest from this investment to pay for medical research initiatives. In July 2020, the fund grew to $20 billion.

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) strategy and priorities inform where the Australian Government directs its research funding. The Health Minister takes into account the MRFF strategy and priorities when deciding how to use the fund's money.

MRFF priorities and funding opportunities

Following a national consultation, the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board (AMRAB) sets the Australian Medical Research and Innovation priorities every 2 years. 

In line with the MRFF funding principles, the Government considers which initiatives will reduce burden of disease, provide practical benefits, or deliver the best value for money. The Australian Government takes the priorities into account when making funding decisions.

Funding disbursements are expected to be made through competitive grants processes and targeted calls administered by the Department of Health, NHMRC, or other independent bodies.

For strategic writing advice, contact Ed Hendriks, MRFF Development Manager.

Current MRFF grant opportunities, and University of Sydney MRFF schemes and initiatives key contact details and resources are available on the University's intranet page.

For more information:
Research Australia MRFF
Department of Health, MRFF