Up to $11.7M is available from MRFF Keeping Australians Out of Hospital Grant to support research into evidence-based, implementable and scalable preventive health measures.
MRFF Keeping Australians Out of Hospital Grant
The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Keeping Australians Out of Hospital grant opportunity will support research into evidence-based, implementable and scalable preventive health measures that aim to prevent the development, or promote better management of complex and chronic health conditions, improve quality of life for people with these conditions and keep them out of hospital.
This grant opportunity is part of the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Keeping Australians Out of Hospital program, which was announced in the context of the 2018 Budget. It is part of the Australian Government Department of Health Portfolio Budget Statement Outcome 1 – Health System Policy, Design and Innovation.
The MRFF, established under the Medical Research Future Fund Act 2015 (MRFF Act), provides grants of financial assistance to support health and medical research and innovation to improving the health and wellbeing of Australians. It operates as an endowment fund with the capital preserved in perpetuity. At maturity, the MRFF will reach $20 billion. The MRFF provides a long term sustainable source of funding for endeavours that aim to improve
health outcomes, quality of life and health system sustainability.
The MRFF Keeping Australians Out of Hospital program aims to support implementation science initiatives to better support informed choices by consumers and service providers and to scale up proven evidence-based interventions and local prevention activities to larger populations to improve quality of life for people with chronic conditions. This is consistent with the current MRFF Strategy and Priorities.
This grant opportunity under the MRFF Keeping Australians Out of Hospital program will support research into evidence-based, implementable and scalable preventive health solutions that can result in outcomes to prevent the development of, or promote better management of complex and chronic health conditions, improve quality of life for people with these conditions and keep them out of hospital.
Competitive applications will:
- build on research outputs that have proven to be effective at a local level;
- have a strong implementation component in the study design;
- address critical knowledge and evidence gaps in Australia; and
- have strong involvement with the community and other service providers who can help with the specific requirements of the target population.
Currently, $11.7 million from the MRFF is available for this grant opportunity. It is anticipated that 5 – 10 applications will be funded.
Funding will be available over a period of up to three years to 2020-21, unless applications specify a shorter period. Applications must clearly justify the requested duration and budget and how it will support the proposed outcomes of the research. The grant review panel will consider this information and may adjust the duration and budget to ensure the research can be achieved while ensuring value-for-money.
The grant money from the MRFF Keeping Australians Out of Hospital Grant can only be spent on eligible expenditure incurred on eligible grant activities as defined in the grant proposal. The following categories must be used in the proposed budget:
- personnel (personnel support packages), and/or
- other Direct Research Costs (DRCs).
Rules apply to each category of expenditure. Applicants are required to justify the budget requested for each year of the proposed research in order to demonstrate value for money. Poorly justified items may be reduced or removed from the budget.
Applications for the MRFF Keeping Australians Out of Hospital Grant will only be accepted from NHMRC approved Administering Institutions. A list of NHMRC approved Administering Institutions is available on NHMRC’s website.
In addition to being, or having an affiliation with an Administering Institution, to be eligible for a grant under the MRFF Act an organisation must be one of the following bodies:
- a medical research institute
- a university
- a corporate Commonwealth entity
- a corporation
- a state or territory government, or
- a state or territory government entity.
Applications close 30 January 2019.