New Coronavirus medical response grants announced


// Two federal government coronavirus medical research grants – offering up to $2 million per eligible grantee – will be opening for applications in July…

The two new Coronavirus Research Response grants, administrated by the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) both open on 1st July before closing on the 14th of July. 

These grants are designed for organisations developing innovative practices assisting global efforts in controlling COVID-19 either in terms of digital health (Rapid Response Digital Health Infrastructure grant) or communication strategies (Communications Strategies and Approaches During Outbreaks grant).

What are the grants for?

The Rapid Response Digital Health Infrastructure grant is primarily aimed at organisations developing digital infrastructures and tools that have the potential to improve the speed and quality of health system responses during the acute crisis.  

Applicants must demonstrate strong broader applicability – such as to other users nationally – along with alignment with existing digital health systems and sustainability.

The Communications Strategies and Approaches During Outbreaks grant is designed for research into how diverse communities respond and react to outbreaks, along with how they access information and interpret it.  This targets Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, culturally diverse people and those with disabilities.

How much is on offer?

2020 Rapid Response Digital Health Infrastructure offers between $500,000 and $2 million.

2020 Communication Strategies and Approaches During Outbreaks offers up to $600,000.

Who is eligible?

In order to be eligible for either grant you must

  • have an Australian business number (ABN) and be incorporated in Australia; and,
  • be one of the following in accordance with Sections 20 and 24 of the MRFF Act 2015:
    • medical research institute
    • university
    • corporate Commonwealth entity
    • corporation (including businesses and not for profits)
    • state or territory government
    • state or territory government entity

Subsequently this means you are not eligible if you are either an individual, partnership, unincorporated association, any organisation included in section 3.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines, trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust) or a non-corporate Commonwealth entity. 

Joint applications are allowed and encouraged, as long as the lead organisation meets the criteria.

How do you apply?

It is advised all applicants view the grant opportunity guidelines alongside the sample agreement before you apply.  

For more information and to apply – once its past July 1 – check out the below links:

For the Rapid Response Digital Health Infrastructure grant visit:

For the Communication Strategies grant visit:


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