2020 Rapid Response Digital Health Infrastructure Grant

What is the 2020 Rapid Response Digital Health Infrastructure Grant?

The Coronavirus Research Response – 2020 Rapid Response Digital Health Infrastructure is a grant opportunity to drive innovation and contribute to global efforts to control the COVID-19 outbreak through rapid responses to high-need challenges. ‘Digital Health’ may include but is not limited to, predictive modelling, digital tools for remote screening, diagnostics and monitoring.



The Coronavirus Research Response – 2020 Rapid Response Digital Health Infrastructure grant opportunity was announced as part of the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) and is part of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) National Health Plan to support our health system to manage the outbreak of novel coronavirus in Australia. This package provides support across primary care, aged care, hospitals and research, and includes funding from the MRFF for a Coronavirus Research Response comprising vaccine, anti-viral and respiratory medicine research.

Digital health approaches and tools have the potential to fundamentally transform the capacity and speed of the health system to respond to urgent and high-need challenges such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.

For this grant opportunity funding for high priority digital health infrastructure that has the potential to increase the speed and quality of health system responses during acute crises.



For this grant opportunity you can apply to either stream for grants of $500,000 to $2 million:

  • Acute; or
  • Non-acute (including non-health care settings).

‘Acute’ refers to acute care provided to patients admitted to hospital that is intended to cure illness, alleviate symptoms of illness or manage childbirth.

‘Non-Acute’ refers to all other relevant settings where digital health approaches are applied, including non-health care settings (such as aged care and correctional facilities).


Eligible Projects

To be eligible your project must:

  • be aimed at the objectives in Section 1.3 of the guidelines
  • include one or more of the following eligible activities:
    • development/installation of research equipment
    • employment of personnel and/or
    • other direct research costs.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be incorporated in Australia

and in accordance with s20 and s24 of the MRFF Act 20157 , be one of the following entities:

  • a medical research institute
  • a university
  • a corporate Commonwealth entity
  • a corporation (including businesses and not for profits)
  • a state or territory government
  • a state or territory government entity

Joint applications are encouraged, provided you have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply. For further information on joint applications, refer to section 6.2 of the guidelines.



Applications open 01 July 2020 and close 14 July 2020.


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