Research Grants

Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Grant

Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Grants provide funding for medium to long-term, industry-led research collaborations. A collaboration between at least one Australian industry organisation and one Australian research organisation is required.

The program is a proven model for linking researchers with industry to focus on research and development towards use and commercialisation.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries, especially where Australia has a competitive strength, and in line with government priorities
  • Foster high-quality research to solve industry-identified problems through industry-led and outcome-focused collaborative research partnerships between industry entities and research organisations
  • Encourage and facilitate small and medium enterprise (SME) participation in collaborative research.

The grant will cover up to 50% of eligible grant project costs. 

Closes 29 July 2020

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Coronavirus Research Response – 2020 COVID-19 Mental Health Research Grant Opportunity (GO4054)

This grant supports research that will help us understand how the mental health system can be enhanced to be most effective and responsive during and following the acute COVID-19 crisis. This may include consolidating data systems, helping to design and deliver new treatments, new services, and new policies both during and beyond the crisis.

The anticipated outcome of the research is to positively impact the lives of a significant number of Australians, especially those with pre-existing mental health issues and those with mental health issues arising from the COVID-19 crisis. The outcome of the research is also expected to have application beyond COVID-19 and extend to other natural disasters and widespread times of hardship.

In the context of the rapidly evolving nature of the COVID-19 crisis, the grant opportunity requires applicants to work rapidly from early 2020-21 to understand the enhancements required within the mental health system to enable it to be as effective and responsive as possible in managing the mental health and wellbeing community impacts of a crisis.

Applications will only be accepted from NHMRC-approved Administering Institutions. A list can be found here:

Up to $1m per application, to a total of $3m in funding.

Closes 13 July 2020

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COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Research Grant (GO4088)

The objective of the MRFF 2020 COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Research Grant Opportunity is to accelerate the development of promising COVID-19 prophylactic vaccine candidates for which research and development are already underway. The prophylactic vaccine must be intended to induce active long-term immunity against COVID-19. 

The vaccine candidate must have progressed beyond early or “developmental” stage research to pre-clinical or clinical investigation, and applicants must have already generated proof-of-concept data that supports the pre-clinical or clinical development of the vaccine candidate. Applicants must also demonstrate access to critical resources necessary to complete the project in the stipulated timeframes. 

The intended outcome of the research is to support the rapid development of a safe and effective COVID-19 prophylactic (disease-preventing) vaccine, which induces active long-term immunity, within the next 12-18 months.

This Grant Opportunity will consist of a maximum of three Rounds. A round will comprise two application steps: expression of interest and full applications.

Applications will only be accepted from NHMRC approved Administering Institutions. A list can be found here:

Total amount available $13,650,000.00.  Estimated individual grants $3,000,000.00

Closes 15 July 2020

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COVID-19 Immunological Studies Grant Opportunity (GO4080)

Applications to this Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Coronavirus Research Response: 2020 COVID-19 Immunological Studies Grant Opportunity must propose research that characterises the immune response across COVID-19 patients with asymptomatic, mild, moderate, severe, and critical disease. Studying the natural infection and the level of immunity across these patient groups will support:
  • understanding how the SARS-CoV-2 virus is transmitted by asymptomatic individuals
  • the development of predictive markers of patient infectivity and to define disease severity
  • understanding the immunological correlates of protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection
  • understanding how genetic variation between SARS-CoV-2 isolates (as the virus mutates) effects the immune response of different patient groups.
The research should consider population dynamics in Australia and vulnerable population groups such as the elderly, pregnant women and those with complex and/or chronic health conditions.The intended outcome of this research is knowledge and evidence that will inform the national health response to COVID-19 and support clinical practice, including:
  • targeting interventions such as self-isolation
  • prioritisation of vaccines and / or treatments for high-risk individuals and vulnerable populations.
Given the rapidly evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, timely research outcomes relative to the time required to conduct the appropriate research should be proposed. 
Applications will only be accepted from NHMRC approved Administering Institutions. A list can be found here:
Total amount available $2,000,000.00 with estimated individual grants from $1,000,000.00.
Closes 23 July 2020
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Linkage Research Projects (GO3426)

The Linkage Program promotes national and international research partnerships between researchers and business, industry, community organisations and other publicly funded research agencies. By supporting long-term strategic research partnerships, the Australian Research Council encourages alliances that solve problems, acquire new knowledge and allow the transfer of skills and ideas as a basis for securing commercial benefits of research.

The Linkage Projects scheme objectives are to:

  • support long-term strategic research alliances between higher education organisations and industry/business and other research end-users, in order to apply advanced knowledge to problems
  • provide opportunities for internationally competitive research projects to be conducted in collaboration with organisations outside the higher education sector
  • enhance the scale and focus of research in Australian Government priority areas.

The intended outcomes of the Linkage Projects scheme are:

  • the growth of a national pool of world-class researchers to meet the needs of the broader Australian innovation system
  • economic, commercial, environmental, social and/or cultural benefits for Australia.
Closes 1 December 2020
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