Up to $1M is available from the Frontier Health and Medical Research Program to develop detailed research plans for significant research projects in the health and medical research sector.


Frontier Health and Medical Research Program

The Frontier Health and Medical Research program creates opportunities for researcher collaborations to explore bold and innovative ideas in the health and medical research sector and/or make discoveries of great potential and global impact.

Stage One supports the development of a detailed research and implementation plan that will form the basis of a Stage Two application. The research plan will cover up to five years of activity to take your idea from concept to outcome. You must demonstrate how your idea is novel and transformative, and how you will bring together multi-disciplinary research and industry partners to transform your idea into practical benefit for Australia.



The Australian Government has announced a total of $240 million over five years for the Frontier Health and Medical Research Program. The Stage One grant opportunity will provide up to $10 million.

The program will create opportunities for researcher collaborations to explore bold and innovative ideas and/or make discoveries of great potential and global impact. It will operate using a two-stage process. Stage One will fund development of detailed research plans over one year for cutting-edge research projects. The research plan will cover up to five years of activity to take your idea from concept to outcome. Stage Two will fund the implementation of selected research projects.

Successful applicants from the Stage One grant opportunity will be invited to apply for Stage Two.



The Stage One grant opportunity will fund up to ten projects. For this Stage One grant opportunity, up to $10 million is available.

  • The minimum grant amount is $250,000.
  • The maximum grant amount is $1 million.
  • The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs.
  • The maximum grant period is one year of execution of grant agreement.


Eligible Projects

To be eligible your project must:

  • include eligible activities and eligible expenditure
  • align with the goals and objectives of the Medical Research Future Fund

Frontier Health and Medical Research program cannot fund your project if it receives funding from another Commonwealth government grant.
You can apply for a grant for your project under more than one Commonwealth program, but if your application is successful, you must choose either the grant or the other Commonwealth grant.

Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and can include:

  • developing a detailed research plan
  • generation of data supporting the feasibility of the proposed project.

Frontier Health and Medical Research program may also approve other activities.

To be eligible, expenditure must:

  • be a direct cost of the project
  • be incurred by you for required project audit activities.

You must incur the project expenditure between the project start and end date for it to be eligible unless stated otherwise.

You must not commence your project until you execute a grant agreement with the Commonwealth.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must:

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

And be one of the following eligible bodies:

  • a medical research institute
  • a university
  • a corporate Commonwealth entity
  • a corporation (including businesses and not for profits).

Joint applications are encouraged, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.

Frontier Health and Medical Research program can only accept applications where you provide:

  • evidence from your board (or chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project is supported, and that you can complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding
  • letters of support from each project partner are provided (see section 7.2 of the guidelines)
  • a project plan
  • a project budget
  • details of intellectual property (IP) arrangements as per the requirements in section 10.3.2 of the guidelines as an attachment if this is not included within the written content of the application.
  • a trust deed (where applicable).

Eligibility criteria cannot be waived under any circumstances.



Applications close 26 February 2019.


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