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

At a glance


Provides medical researchers with up to $1 million to develop detailed research plans for significant research 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.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be incorporated in Australia

And 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).

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Deadline to apply:

Contact information:

13 28 46



The Frontier Health and Medical Research program creates opportunities for researcher collaborations to explore bold and innovative ideas in the health and medical research sector and/or make discoveries of great potential and global impact.

Stage One supports the development of a detailed research and implementation plan that will form the basis of a Stage Two application. The research plan will cover up to five years of activity to take your idea from concept to outcome. You must demonstrate how your idea is novel and transformative, and how you will bring together multi-disciplinary research and industry partners to transform your idea into practical benefit for Australia.

The Stage One grant opportunity will fund up to ten projects. For this Stage One grant opportunity, up to $10 million is available.

  • The minimum grant amount is $250,000.
  • The maximum grant amount is $1 million.
  • The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs.
  • The maximum grant period is one year of execution of grant agreement.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be incorporated in Australia

And 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).

Joint applications are encouraged, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • an individual
  • partnership
  • trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a Commonwealth, State, Territory or local government body (including government business enterprises)
  • a non-corporate Commonwealth entity.

For further information on eligibility criteria, refer to the grant opportunity guidelines.

Merit criteria

To be competitive you must score highly against all of the merit criteria.

  • Merit criterion 1 - The extent that your project applies cutting edge research to develop new world applications that will deliver significant benefits for human health (50 points)
  • Merit criterion 2 - Your capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (40 points)
  • Merit criterion 3 - Impact of grant funding (10 points)

How to apply

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement before you apply. Grant opportunity guidelines provide detailed information on the grant opportunity, including granting activity objectives; all eligibility and merit criteria; the assessment processes; reporting and acquittal requirements; and a description of review mechanisms.

To apply, fill in the online application form and attach the required supporting documentation.


When you submit your online application, we will provide you with an automated receipt number and a link. The link goes to a page where you can enter your email address to receive acknowledgment and a copy of your complete application.

For assistance with the application form contact us.

How we assess applications

We assess your application against the eligibility criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the merit assessment stage.

We refer your application to an independent Frontier Health and Medical Research Advisory Committee of Australian and international experts. The committee will assess your application against the merit criteria and compare it to other eligible applications before recommending which projects to proceed. To recommend an application for funding it must score highly against merit criteria.

The Program Delegate will make the final decision.

If your application is successful

If your application is successful, you will receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we will notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

We will make an initial payment on execution of your grant agreement. We will make subsequent payments according to an agreed schedule set out in the grant agreement. Payments are subject to satisfactory progress on the project.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

Key documents

  • Grant opportunity guidelines
  • Factsheet
  • Sample application form
  • Board or CEO approval template
  • Sample grant agreement
  • Progress report
  • End of project report
  • Independent audit report

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