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05 Sep 2019

The Federal Government will invest more than $440 million for a total of 298 new world-leading health and medical research projects. The projects will receive funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Each State and Territory will benefit, including: 

  • $1.3 million to the University of Adelaide for a targeted vaccination program trial for children and young adults in the Northern Territory and South Australia. Titled Gono B Gone, the program trial will evaluate the effectiveness of the 4CMenB vaccine against gonorrhoea and meningococcal disease. The findings of the trial will inform the policy considerations for vaccination program in Australia and globally;
  • $120 million in research funding for 78 grants in New South Wales to support research into improving medication safety in hospitals. This includes $2.5 million to Macquarie University to research the use of information technology to advance medication safety by reducing medication errors in hospitals;
  • $203 million in research funding for 132 grants in Victoria to support research into new treatments and trials for lung cancer. This includes $2.6 million for The University of Melbourne for clinical trials and laboratory based translational research, to deliver precision medicine and improve outcomes for patients with lung cancer;
  • $59 million in research funding for 46 grants in Queensland to support research into genomics. This includes $1.5 million for The University of Queensland to understand the relationship between DNA and changes in health and well-being;
  • $25 million in research funding for 17 grants in Western Australia to support research into mental health. This includes $236,437 for The University of Western Australia to design a suite of tools, resources and guidelines to support principals, school counsellors and teachers to respond to their students’ social and emotional well-being and mental health needs;
  • $19 million in research funding for 16 grants in South Australia to support research into maternal and child health. This includes $2 million to The University of Adelaide to transform antenatal care by delivering early pregnancy screening tools to identify the factors that lead to life-threatening complications in pregnancy;
  • $4 million in research funding for four grants in Tasmania to support research into cardiovascular disease. This includes $1 million for the University of Tasmania to measure cardiovascular disease risk and to improve awareness, understanding, diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions;
  • $5 million in research funding for five grants in the Australian Capital Territory to support research into suicide prevention. This includes $1.2 million to The Australian National University of research into the drivers for suicidal behaviour, and the use of positive social connections and timely help-seeking to reduce the rates of suicide in young people; and
  • $6 million in research funding for three Indigenous health grants in the Northern Territory. This includes $2.5 million for an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence at The Menzies School of Health Research to prevent and manage bronchiectasis.

The complete list of projects can be found at and Health Minister Greg Hunt said the funding included the first grants delivered through the Investigator Grant Scheme, part of NHMRC’s new grant program.

“These grants provide five-year funding certainty for high performing health and medical researchers from across all career stages, as well as support for their research groups,” the Minister said.

“This first round of Investigator Grants was highly competitive and the quality of applicants was extraordinary, resulting in an outstanding inaugural cohort of 246 Leadership and Emerging Leadership Fellows.

“This vital investment across the broader health spectrum will continue the proud Australian tradition of discovery and translation into better health for all.”



Published: 05 Sep 2019