483 million in grants to support innovative Australian health and medical research projects


The Turnbull Government continues to invest in health and medical research with more than $483 million in funding announced today. This new funding will support 601 grants across four National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding schemes. 

More than 1900 researchers will share in the $483 million for a wide-range of projects including: 

  • Understanding brain plasticity
  •  Creating the world’s first molecular blueprint of exercise
  •  Assessing whether stressful life events are associated with Graves’ disease
  • Developing new treatment approaches to chronic pain
  • Identifying a new approach for protecting against stomach cancer by preventing inflammation
  • Improving the treatment of viral infections in transplant recipients

NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso said that these grants would support an extraordinary breadth of research around Australia. ‘They include 60 fellowships for our future research leaders, laboratory studies of the origins of disease and clinical trials of new therapies. ‘NHMRC is also funding a $5 million Partnership Centre in Health System Sustainability which will support the implementation of research-informed improvements in health care system performance.’ Across all schemes, the funded rate was 15.6%. For the largest scheme, supporting 539 Project Grants, 15.2% of applications were funded—up 1.5% from 2015.

More information on the grants is available on the NHMRC website. 

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