GrantS and funding opportunities

Looking for funding for your research project? Here is a list of the latest grant opportunities relevant to research projects at TRI.

This page is designed to assist TRI researchers and clinicians stay up to date with latest funding opportunities. Please note, this is not a comprehensive list of available grants; also, minimum data due dates vary between institutions so check with your research office. Interested in receiving funding news, MRFF opportunities and updates straight to your inbox? Register on GrantConnect, and subscribe to the NHMRC newsletter and AAMRI newsletter.

Last updated: 26 August 2020, 9:20 am



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2020 Brain Cancer Survivorship Grant

1 July 2020

Up to $3m

The objective of this Grant Opportunity is:

  • support the development of new approaches and the use of technologies to improve communications between brain cancer survivors, their families, carers and health care professionals; and
  • understand how information technologies and platforms can be used to support people with brain cancer, their families and carers, and their impact on the physical, psychosocial and economic sequelae of a brain cancer diagnosis.

Grant Connect: G0446

20 Oct 2020, 5pm,  (ACT local time)


 2020 COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Research Grant 

15 June 2020

Up to $3m

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

Grant Connect: G04088

10 March 2021, 5pm (ACT local time)


Frontier Health and Medical Program – Stage One Research Plan

30 Jan 2020

Stage 1: up to $1 million

For novel and transformative ideas that will produce practical benefits to Australians and also globally

Grant Connect: G03551










NHMRC-NIHR Collaborative Research Grant scheme 

25 June 2020

NHMRC is supporting Australian researchers for the following NIHR HTA research topics:

  • 19/120 Relapsing polymyalgia rheumatica 
  • 19/124 Effectiveness of meniscal allograft transplantation

Grant Connect: G034111

20 Nov 2020, 5pm (ACT local time)


2020 Partnership Projects

30 July 2020

$1,500,000 over five years

Provides funding and support to create new opportunities for researchers and policy makers to work together to define research questions, undertake research, interpret the findings and implement the findings into policy and practice.

NHMRC website

Min Data: 18 Nov 2020

Close:2 Dec 2020,  5:00 pm EST


Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants

4 March 2020


Aims to drive improvements in health and well-being, health care practice or policy

Grant Connect-GO3714

Min Data: 4 Nov 2020

Close: 25 Nov 2020,  5:00 pm EST


Synergy Grants


Aims to support outstanding multidisciplinary teams to work together to answer major questions that cannot be answered by a single investigator.



Queensland grants



Metro South Health Research Support Scheme & PA Research Foundation Research Awards

10 June 2010


Aims to award excellence in research that translates research discoveries into health and medical outcomes.

More info

3pm Thursday 17 September 2020


Advance Queensland Women’s Research Assistance Program (WRAP)


Up to $26,000

To contribute to employing a researcher or research/laboratory assistant to help maintain research progress during or immediately following a maternity break.

Advance Queensland

Ongoing until 31 December 2021 if funds not exhausted

Other Australian grants & Awards

Rebecca L. Cooper Medical Research Foundation Project Grants

3 August 2020

Two-year grants designed to encourage early-career researchers (3-10 years post-doctoral) conducting high quality research to take ownership of a discrete research project and to provide a stepping-stone towards independence.

  • Endocrinology
  • Rheumatology
  • Brain sciences
  • Geriatrics
  • Vision sciences
  • Dermatology
  • Lung disease


28 August 2020, 5pm AEST


Australia-China Science and Research Fund – Joint Research Centres – Round 4


Up to $1m

In the medical research area, the funding priority is for medical technologies, including services and aged care

Grant Connect-GO3692

2 Sept 2020, 5pm (ACT local time


Diabetes Australia Research Program


Up to $60,000

Research projects into any aspect of diabetes management or prevention will be considered. Diabetes Australia encourages applications that focus on:

  • self-monitoring & self-management education and support in diabetes
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and diabetes
  • behavioural and psychological  research in diabetes.

More information

25 Sept 2020

National Blood Sector R&D program


Up to $1.275 m

Aims to facilitate world-class research and development in Australia that contributes to optimising the use, management and administration of blood products, and improve patient  outcomes. The Program is focussed on the following research areas:

• Patient Blood Management (PBM) evidence gaps.
• Efficient and effective use of immunoglobulin (Ig) products. 

Grant Connect-GO4146

28 Sept 2020, 5pm (ACT local time

Financial Markets Foundation for Children

15 August 2020

Funds research programs and other projects designed specifically for the prevention, treatment or alleviation of sickness, suffering, distress, illnesses and disease in children including the promotion of wellness and good health of children of Australia.

Further information

EOI application due 30 Sept 2020

Cancer Australia: 2020 PdCCRS Project Grants



The Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme (PdCCRS) brings together government and other funders to collaboratively fund cancer research in identified priority areas in Australia. PdCCRS project grant applications must directly relate to a research priority area specified by Cancer Australia and/or its Funding Partners.  Experienced investigators as well as Early Career Researchers with less than 7 years post-PhD or post-MBBS are eligible to apply.

Grant Connect: G03751

2 Dec 2020, 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)


The Ian Potter Foundation – Medical Research grants

19 October 2020


To support the provision of equipment and capital infrastructure to support outstanding medical research groups.


22 Jan 2021, 5pm AEST


Solving Kids’ Cancer Therapeutic Development Initiative


$50,000 to $500,000

Funding for high-impact paediatric cancer research

Solving Kid’s Cancer



Fanconi Anemia Research Fund Grants


$25,000 to $250,000

Funds interdisciplinary and translational research efforts that will lead to rapid discovery and development of therapies or strategies that treat, control, or cure Fanconi anemia (FA).




Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation Grants


Not specified

Researchers who wish to submit a proposal should email the ACCRF Executive Director with a one-paragraph description of the research project.




Novartis grants


Not specified

Novartis provides funding opportunities for the general purposes of supporting healthcare initiatives from scientific and charitable organisations that directly support patients, improve healthcare and enable ongoing education that are aligned to our Therapeutic Areas:

•Cardio Metabolic
•Immunology and Dermatology



International grants


Merck 2020 Research Grant for Pandemic Preparedness


up to 500,000 €/year for 3 years

Research grants for technological solutions towards pandemic outbreak preparedness or solutions that could help fighting emerging viral infections.

More info

31 Aug 2020


Merck 2020 Drug Discovery grants


31 Aug 2020

For proposals that have the potential to advance the field of drug discovery within Oncology and Autoimmune Diseases.

More info

31 Aug 2020

Mochida Open Innovation Research – MOIRe



An open innovation program for drug discovery based on proposals from academic researchers with a great interest in connecting drug discovery seeds to pharmaceutical development for collaborative research.  Interest areas: Obstetrics and Gynecology - Endometriosis, Pre-eclampsia; Gastroenterology - Inflammatory bowel disease; Orthopaedic disease - Osteoarthritis

Mochida Pharmaceutical

Contact: [email protected]

30 Sept 2020


Wellcome Trust Innovator Awards



Further Information



Merck Investigator Studies Program – Oncology Grant



Provides funding to advance science and improve patient care. Australian and New Zealand researchers need to discuss their proposal to the Merck Medical team prior to submission.

Further Information




The Snow Fellowships


$8 m over 8 years

Target emerging global research leaders that show the potential to drive, manage and influence the next generation of health and medical innovation.

Snow Medical

EOIs due 20 Sept 2020


National Breast Cancer Foundation: International Fellowship Program


Over 1-2 years

NBCF has established an International Fellowship program to support outstanding Australian scientists/clinicians to strengthen their research experience by working in internationally renowned breast cancer research centres outside of Australia

NBCF website










MS Research Australia Ian Ballard Travel Award

17 August 2020

Up to $25,000

To support research into finding better treatments and a cure for MS.

MS Research Australia

2 October 2020


Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds Travel Grant




Further information



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