Genomics Health Futures Mission - Flagships - Pathogen Genomics

At a glance

Provides researchers with grants of up to $10 million for large-scale pilot research studies into pathogen genomics late in the research and development pipeline aiming to demonstrate clinical and/or public health utility, cost-effectiveness, and capacity for translation of genomics in the clinic, in recognition that such evidence is critical to the adoption of genomics in mainstream healthcare.

Who can apply

At a minimum, you must:

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

and, in accordance with s24 of the Medical Research Future Fund Act 2015, you must 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

business.gov.au/contact

Overview

The Genomics Health Futures Mission (GHFM) is the centrepiece of the Australian Government's National Health and Medical Industry Growth Plan.

The $106 million Flagships stream forms part of the GHFM and will be delivered over nine years from 2019-20 to 2027-28 through a number of rounds.

This grant opportunity is the first round of the Flagships stream.

The objectives of this grant opportunity are to:

  • fund large scale pilot research studies into pathogen genomics late in the research and development pipeline aiming to:
    • demonstrate clinical and/or public health utility, cost-effectiveness, and capacity for translation of genomics in the clinic, in recognition that such evidence is critical to the adoption of genomics in mainstream healthcare.
  • The minimum grant amount is $1 million.
  • The maximum grant amount is $10 million.

The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs.

The maximum project period is four years.

You must complete your project by 30 June 2023. Any further extension to project period will be subject to the availability of program funds.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

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

and, in accordance with s24 of the Medical Research Future Fund Act 2015, you must 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.

Merit criteria

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

  • Merit criterion 1 Scientific quality and feasibility (30 points)
  • Merit criterion 2 Significance of the expected outcomes (40 points)
  • Merit criterion 3 Your capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (20 points)
  • Merit criterion 4 Impact of grant funding (10 points)

How to apply

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement before you apply. The 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 any mandatory attachments, when the grant opportunity opens to applications.

How we assess applications

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

We refer your application to an independent peer review committee.

The committee will assess your application against the merit criteria and compare it to other eligible applications in a funding round before recommending which projects to fund.

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide in your application should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. You should define, quantify and provide evidence to support your answers. The sample application form displays character limits.

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 six monthly in advance, based on your forecast eligible expenditure and adjusted for unspent amounts from previous payments. 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 (to be published soon)
  • Sample grant agreement - standard (to be published soon)
  • Board or CEO approval letter template

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