What is the Primary Health Care Research Data Infrastructure?

The Primary Health Care Research Data Infrastructure is a grant opportunity that will fund the creation or extension of national research data infrastructure. It will focus on strategic investment in data registries, biobanks and data linkage platforms to support world-class health and medical research in Australia.

 

Background

The 2020 Primary Health Care Research Data Infrastructure grant opportunity is part of the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) and the Research Data Infrastructure Initiative. This opportunity looks to fund the creation or extension of national research data infrastructure.

It will support world-class health and medical research in Australia. The opportunity focuses on strategic investment in:

  • data registries
  • biobanks
  • data linkage platforms

 

Objectives

The 2020 Primary Health Care Research Data Infrastructure grant opportunity will help researchers to collect, share and analyse data more widely. This will help:

  • make evidence-based care easier for health professionals
  • drive efficient use of resources
  • support advances in healthcare

The intended outcome of the research funded by this grant opportunity is to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians. By developing digitally-enabled models of primary health care, improved patient outcomes may include:

  • reducing avoidable hospitalisations
  • supporting earlier diagnosis of chronic conditions
  • improving mental health care and outcomes
  • improving compliance with medication regimes
  • improving adherence to interventions amongst patients with complex and/or chronic conditions
  • improving primary health care data linkage to enhance the quality of care such as the support for artificial intelligence-enabled general practitioner session data coding

 

Funding

For this grant opportunity, a total $10 million is available in the 2020-21 financial year. Up to $2 million is available for each of the streams:

  • Stream 1: Residential aged care
  • Stream 2: Urban general practitioner-led practices
  • Stream 3: Rural general practitioner-led practices
  • Stream 4: Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs)
  • Stream 5: Other settings including, but not limited to, nurses, allied health professionals, midwives, pharmacists, dentists, and Aboriginal health workers

 

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.

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be incorporated in Australia

You must also 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

We encourage joint applications provided you have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.

We can only accept applications where you can provide:

  • details of your nominated Chief Investigator A (CIA), the person who will take the lead role in conducting the project
  • details of all members of your research team listed as Chief Investigators (CIs)
  • 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, where applicable

 

Timing

Applications close 23 February 2021.

 

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