Frontier Health and Medical Research Program – Stage One – Research Plan

This grant provides medical researchers with up to $1 million to develop detailed research plans for significant research projects. The grant aims to fund projects in the health and medical research sector that are innovative at a global level and have great potential to have a transformative impact on health care.
What do you get?

Between $250,000 and $1 million to develop a research plan.

Who is this for?

Researchers with projects in the health and medical sector.


The Frontier Health and Medical Research Program will provide grants to a total of $240 million over five years. For the Stage One grant opportunity, up to $10 million is available.

The program creates opportunities for researcher collaborations to explore bold and innovative ideas and make discoveries of great potential and global impact.

Australia has the potential to lead markets and create new ones by applying cutting-edge science and technologies to new, first-in-world applications that improve human health. This program encourages Australia’s best and brightest researchers to create talented and ambitious multi-disciplinary teams.

The program will operate using a two-stage process:

  • Stage One funds the development of detailed research plans for cutting-edge research projects.
  • Stage Two will fund the implementation of selected research projects.

Selected applicants from the Stage One grant opportunity will be invited to participate in Stage Two.

Stage One

The Stage One grant opportunity funds up to ten projects for one year to develop a detailed research plan. Your research plan will need to cover up to 5 years of activity that takes your idea from concept to outcome. You must demonstrate how your idea is novel and transformative. And show how you will bring together multi-disciplinary research and industry partners to transform your idea into practical benefit for Australia.

The intended outcome of this grant opportunity is a detailed research and implementation plan. Your plan will form the basis of a Stage Two application. Your research should transform healthcare in Australia with a range of new treatments for disease and medical services.

Stage One is currently closed. A second round of funding for Stage One will be available shortly.

Stage Two

Stage Two projects will enable selected research plans developed under Stage One to receive investment to develop their ideas. These ideas will revolutionise healthcare with new technological advances or approaches.

Stage Two grants will vary depending on applicant requirements, but they would typically be in the range of $10 to $20 million per annum for 5 years.

Stage Two is currently closed.


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must:

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

You must also 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)


Applications for Stage One closed.

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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

Peer Review Panel communique

Independent audit report

Sample application form

Board or CEO approval template