Grants and funding opportunities

The Victorian Government has committed $1.3 billion to medical research since 2014. That investment has helped Victoria to emerge as a world leader in cutting-edge health and medical research – driving growth in the sector, creating jobs and supporting incredible breakthroughs in treatment and care.

Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund

Applications for Round 5 of the Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund are now open.

Launched by the Victorian Government in 2017, each year the Fund provides $3 million in grant support to accelerate health and medical research and fast-track innovative projects from research to real-world impact.

A total of 69 projects have received funding through the four previous rounds, providing $11.9 million to the Victorian health and medical research sector.

Round 5 of the Fund will be delivered in two tiers:

Tier 1: Early-stage research – Supporting innovative early-stage research that will deliver health and economic benefits to Victoria.

Tier 2: Research translation – Providing direct funding to fast-track the translation of health and medical research into real-world outcomes.

This year the Fund is being complemented by a $2 million mRNA-specific stream to support and accelerate RNA-based therapeutics research.

In both streams, projects led by women or that can show a 50/50 gender split in their research teams will be prioritised to help address underrepresentation of women in health and medical research. Full details of this provision can be found in the Program Guidelines available below.

Please note, projects are only eligible to apply for one funding stream (either the Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund or the mRNA Victoria Research Acceleration Fund).

Applications will be open until 17 December 2021.

Guidelines

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Frequently Asked Questions

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mRNA Victoria Research Acceleration Fund

Launched by mRNA Victoria as part of the Victorian Government’s $50 million investment to grow mRNA capability in the state, the mRNA Victoria Research Acceleration Fund provides $2 million in grant support to accelerate RNA-based therapeutics research.

The Fund is designed to complement the existing Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund by providing a dedicated funding stream for RNA-based therapeutics projects.

Please note, projects are only eligible to apply for one funding stream (either the mRNA Victoria Research Acceleration Fund or the Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund).

Applications are now open. Learn more and apply

Page last updated: 19 November 2021