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.

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Last updated: 17 February 2020, 12:15pm.


Applications Open

Amount of funding available

Key Details

Full information & eligibility

Closing date


Frontier Health and Medical Program – Stage One Research Plan

30 January 2020

Stage 1: up to $1 million

This grant is for novel and transformative ideas that will produce practical benefits to Australians and also globally

Grant Connect – G03551

26 March 2020

Biomedical Translation Bridge (bTb) funding program

17 February 2020

Up to $1 million in matching funding

This grant is designed to nurture the translation of new therapies, technologies and medical devices through to the proof of concept stage.

bTb Program

6 March 2020


Discovery Projects 2021

13 November 2019

From $30,000 to $2,500,000

The Discovery Projects scheme provides grant funding to support research projects that may be undertaken by individual researchers or research teams.

GrantConnect - GO3193

Closing 26 February 2020, 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) for funding commencing in 2021

Up to $462,948

Provides focused research support for early career researchers in both teaching and research, and research-only positions.

GrantConnect - GO3074

12 March 2020

Discovery Indigenous for funding commencing in 2021

27 November 2019

From $30,000 to $2,500,000

The Discovery Indigenous scheme provides grant funding to support research projects led by an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researcher.

GrantConnect - GO3278

18 March 2020, 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)

Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities grants 2021

The scheme enables researchers to participate in cooperative initiatives so that expensive research infrastructure, equipment and facilities can be shared between higher education organisations and also with industry.


1 April 2020


Synergy Grants

26 February 2020


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


Min data: 25 March 2020

Close: 22 April 2020,  5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)

Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants

4 March 2020


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


Min Data: 1 April 2020

Close: 29 April 2020,  5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)

Ideas Grants

1 April 2020


Supports high-quality clinical trials and cohort studies that address important gaps in knowledge, leading to relevant and implementable findings for the benefit of human health.  This grant opportunity is open to research proposals for clinical trials and/or cohort studies of any size.


Min data: 8 April 2020

Close: 6 May 2020,  5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)

Postgraduate Scholarship

11 March 2020


This grant scheme aims to support innovative research projects addressing a specific question.


10 June 2020,  5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)

Queensland grants

Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist

Queensland Citizen Science Grants

17 February 2020

  • Up to $30,000

The grants are designed to boost community participation in citizen science projects that tackle important issues in Queensland.

Queensland Citizen Science grants

1pm Monday 9 March 2020

Children’s Hospital Foundation – 2020 Health Services Research Stimulus Grant

$20,000 to $80,000

Funds research at all maturity levels in the health services research field.

 Children’s Hospital Foundation

26 March 2020

Emergency Medicine Foundation – Queensland Research Program 

10 February 2020

From $40,000 to $450,000

Funding for clinician-led research targeting emergency health care


17 April 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

The Brain Tumour Charity – Clinical Biomarkers

8 January 2020

  • Up £500,000

This scheme supports the identification, validation, and implementation of clinical biomarkers that bring us closer to an early and accurate diagnosis, and/or inform the management of brain tumours.

The Brain Tumour Charity

12 March 2020, 5pm (GMT)

The Brain Tumour Charity – Expanding Theories Awards

8 January 2020

  •  Up to £120,000

This scheme supports pilot studies that explore and develop novel concepts that may eventually lead to significant improvements in clinical outcomes, including quality of life, for people with brain tumours. They also welcome proposals that explore innovative approaches that could fundamentally change our understanding, diagnosis, and/or management of brain tumours.

The Brain Tumour Charity

12 March 2020

National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation General Grant Round (including Alzheimer’s disease)

February 2020

Not specified

Supporting the translation of biomedical research projects that have strong potential in addressing unmet community needs.

The Brain Tumour Charity

EOIs: 16 March 2020

Full Close: 26 July 2020

Cure4 Cystic Fibrosis –  Barbara Stow-Smith CF Innovation Grant

February 2020

Not specified

Supporting the translation of biomedical research projects that have strong potential in addressing unmet community needs.


EOIs: 16 March 2020

Full Close: 26 July 2020

Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation Grant Scheme


Not specified

Grants must meet research priorities aimed at improving survivability and decreasing the threat of ovarian cancer.

OCRF website

20 March 2020, 5pm AEST

Heart Foundation – Partnership Engagement Grant Round 1

27 January 2020

Up to $150,000

Enables researchers to partner with the Heart Foundation to apply to NHMRC, ARC and other funding bodies, for large-scale cardiovascular research projects.

Heart Foundation website

20 March 2020

Mito Foundation – Translational Research Grants

17 January 2020

Up to $300,000

Funds exceptional researchers who have the capability to turn around ground-breaking mitochondrial disease research and start to make inroads into treatments.

Mito website

27 March 2020

PKD Australia: Polycystic kidney disease grant

11 December 2019


These grants will support leading Australian research that aims to provide a deeper understanding of Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) and/ or improves the outlook and quality of life for PKD patients to assist in our mission to find a cure for PKD and to help the community we support.

PKD Australia website

30 March 2020

Heart Foundation – Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards

10 February 2020

Not specified

Funding for research in the cardiovascular health sphere/community. Projects are expected to produce tangible outcomes with the potential of creating high impact change in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cardiovascular health research community, whilst also providing a capacity building opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and/or students.

ATSI Awards

3 April 2020

Heart Foundation – Vanguard Grants

24 February 2020

Up to $150,000

For concept studies with the potential to improve cardiovascular health in the short term.

Vanguard grants

24 April 2020

Jian Zhou Medal 

Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS)

October 2019

This Medal is awarded at the Academy’s annual meeting each October and recipients receive financial support for their travel costs to enable them to attend.

The Academy’s Jian Zhou Medal is awarded annually to a rising star of Australian health and medical science – an individual who is making a significant impact in translational medical science, primarily working in Australia.

Nominations are welcome from all fields associated with furthering biomedical and health research, whether clinical or basic biomedical research, but must have a clear translational focus.


30 April 2020 

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.



International grants

Transthyretin Amyloid Cardiomyopathy (ATTR-CM) Research Competitive Grant Program for Junior Investigators

Further information

17 March 2020

Human Frontier Science Program

Young Investigators and Program Grants

Up to $450,000 per year

Supports innovative basic research into fundamental biological problems with emphasis placed on novel and interdisciplinary approaches that involve scientific exchanges across national and disciplinary boundaries. 

Further Information

Letter of intent: 30 March 2020

Ehlers-Danlos Society – 2020 Microgrants

5 February 2020

Up to $5000

These awards are given to assist researchers undertaking small study hypothesis testing, activities such as surveys, or collation and analysis of existing data, for example, in the areas of Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) and hypermobility spectrum disorders (HSD).


24 April 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



L'Oréal-Unesco For Women In Science Program Fellowships


Up to $25,000

This program recognises the achievements of exceptional female scientists at different stages of their careers and awards them with Fellowships to help further their research.

Further information

2 March 2020

Queensland Smithsonian Fellowships Program

9 December 2019

Up to $25,000

Funds fellows from Queensland’s research, education and cultural sectors to visit and complete a project at the Smithsonian Institution.

Qld Government

9 March 2020

Queensland Health

Queensland Advancing Clinical Research Fellowships (CRF)

20 January 2020


The CRF program supports Queensland Health clinicians (including medical, nursing, dental, allied health professionals and clinical scientists) to undertake research linked to their practice. The program recognises that clinician researchers are uniquely placed to identify clinical issues that can benefit from further research and lead the translation of research discoveries into improved patient care. There are four categories of award catering for different levels of previous research experience:

  • PhD Pathway Fellowship – up to $150,000 over 2-4 years
  • Early Career Researcher Fellowship – up to $300,000 over 2-4 years
  • Mid-Career Researcher Fellowship – up to $400,000 over 2-4 years
  • Experienced Researcher Fellowship – up to $500,000 over 2-4 years

Qld Health HIIRO website

13 March 2020, 12 pm

Thrasher Research Fund – Early Career Award PRogram


Up to US$25,000

The purpose of this program is to encourage the development of medical research in child health by awarding small grants to new researchers, helping them gain a foothold in this important area. The goal is to fund applicants who will go on to be independent investigators.

Early Career Award

Concept Paper: 17 March 2020

Invited Full Proposal: 8 May 2020

CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowships


Up to US$175,500

For postdoctoral fellows working in both fundamental immunology and tumour immunology

Cancer Research Institute

1 April 2020

Prizes & Awards

2020 Prime Minister's Prizes for Science 

6 February 

From $50,000 to $250,000

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science are Australia’s most prestigious awards for outstanding achievements in scientific research, research-based innovation, and excellence in science teaching.

The prizes recognise achievements across diverse disciplines and career stages. Recipients share $750 000 in prize money, and have the opportunity to showcase important work undertaken in their field

Prime Minister's Prizes

12 March 2020

Australian Society for Microbiology – Distinguished Service Award

Recognises exceptional service of, or contributions by individuals to microbiology.

Further Information

31 March 2020


Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – Travel Grants

Further Information

20 April 2020

Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds Travel Grant 

Further information