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Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) - Coronavirus Research Response - 2020 Rapid Response Digital Health Infrastructure


The Coronavirus Research Response – 2020 Rapid Response Digital Health Infrastructure provides funding to drive innovation and contribute to global efforts to control the COVID-19 outbreak through rapid responses to high-need challenges. 'Digital Health' may include but is not limited to, predictive modelling, digital tools for remote screening, diagnostics and monitoring.

Open
Close date: 14 Jul 2020 05:00 PM AEST.

What do you get?

Between $500,000 to $2 million in funding for innovative digital health approaches to enable health systems to rapidly respond to high-need emerging challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who is this for?

Eligible organisations seeking to develop new approaches to digital health infrastructure.

Overview


The Coronavirus Research Response - 2020 Rapid Response Digital Health Infrastructure grant opportunity was announced as part of the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) and is part of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) National Health Plan to support our health system to manage the outbreak of novel coronavirus in Australia. This package provides support across primary care, aged care, hospitals and research, and includes funding from the MRFF for a Coronavirus Research Response comprising vaccine, anti-viral and respiratory medicine research.

Digital health approaches and tools have the potential to fundamentally transform the capacity and speed of the health system to respond to urgent and high-need challenges such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.

For this grant opportunity funding for high priority digital health infrastructure that has the potential to increase the speed and quality of health system responses during acute crises.

Reflecting the complex Australian digital health landscape, applications to this grant opportunity must demonstrate:

  • strong broader applicability (to users, other disciplines, and national scalability)
  • alignment with and an identified priority need within existing digital health systems and investment
  • sustainability.

The anticipated outcome of the research is to promote the application of innovative digital health approaches to enable health systems to rapidly respond to high-need emerging challenges, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.

For this grant opportunity you can apply to either stream for grants of $500,000 to $2 million:

  • Acute; or
  • Non-acute (including non-health care settings).

‘Acute’ refers to acute care provided to patients admitted to hospital that is intended to cure illness, alleviate symptoms of illness or manage childbirth.

‘Non-Acute’ refers to all other relevant settings where digital health approaches are applied, including non-health care settings (such as aged care and correctional facilities).

Eligibility


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must:

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

and in accordance with s20 and s24 of the MRFF Act 2015, 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

Joint applications are encouraged, 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:

  • confirmation that any Chief and/or Lead Investigators named on your application under this grant opportunity are not named as Chief and/or Lead Investigators on any other application under this grant opportunity
  • 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
  • letters of support from each project partner, if applicable.

Applying


How do you apply?

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement before you apply.

To apply, you must submit your application through the online portal. You'll need to set up an account when you first log into the portal. The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure online environment.

Apply now for the 2020 Rapid Response Digital Health Infrastructure grant opportunity

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read the guidelines
  • read the sample grant agreement

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  • Contact us for help with your application or to find out more.

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Key documents


Grant opportunity guidelines

Sample application form

Sample grant agreement

Board or CEO approval template