Applied Artificial Intelligence Research in Health Grant

What is the 2019 Applied Artificial Intelligence Research in Health Grant Opportunity?

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) – National Critical Research Infrastructure Initiative: 2019 Applied Artificial Intelligence Research in Health Grant Opportunity is a funding to help health and medical researchers to transform the future of health care using Artificial Intelligence ideas, technologies and methodologies.



The 2019 Applied Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research in Health (AAIRH) Grant Opportunity was announced as part of the Medical Research Future Fund and is an initiative under the National Critical Research Infrastructure Initiative.

AI will be critical and transformational to the future of health care, with significant opportunities and benefits including: improved efficiency of research, including methodologies and subsequent result output; more informed clinical decision-making; new approaches for healthcare delivery;
accelerated and more efficient clinical trials; and empowerment of patients in managing their health.

AI has already begun to be used in each of these areas and, as technology develops to further analyse complex datasets, so too will its scale of use AI for ‘better health, aged care and disability services’ was also recently identified as one of the top three domains where Australia is well positioned to transform existing industries and build new ones, including opportunities to export the solutions worldwide.

While opportunities for AI research funding are emerging internationally, Australia currently lacks a dedicated research funding stream that combines both the Research and Development (R&D), and translational components required for AI research. Investment in this grant opportunity will maximise the potential for Australia to attract and retain high quality AI researchers and stay at the forefront of AI internationally.



The aim of this grant opportunity is to enable AI technologies to impact the implementation work of others in the field, and not to be a source of funding for projects limited to either the provision of hardware alone, or implementation of existing programs.

The objectives of the grant opportunity are to:

  • translate or implement innovative AI technologies into health applications that benefit multiple health disciplines/areas
  • involve consumers in the research journey to ensure the research is applicable to the needs of the Australian community
  • increase AI workforce capacity and capability, particularly in relation to health, through crosssector and interdisciplinary collaboration.



For this grant opportunity, $7.5 million is available for projects that may take up to three years.

  • $5 million 2019-20
  • $2.5 million 2020-21
  • Nil 2021-22.

The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs (grant percentage)

  • The minimum grant amount is $1 million.
  • The maximum grant amount is $5 million.


Eligible Projects

To be eligible your project must:

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

The grant may also approve other activities.


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.



Applications close 03 March 2020.


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