$32 million for next generation of clinician researchers to pursue critical health and medical research

Four researchers in a meeting

We will offer 30 early- to mid-career researchers 5-year grants funded through the Investigator Grants: MRFF Priority Round. We offer these grants in 2 cohorts, the first starting in 2020 and the second in 2021.

This grant opportunity is part of the MRFF Clinician Researchers initiative, which will invest $190.8 million over 10 years in clinician researcher fellowships. This funding will enable Australia’s health care professionals, who might otherwise have had to choose between life as a researcher or a clinician, to:

  • drive research questions
  • develop new discoveries
  • apply best-practice care for their patients

These grants provide research-focused clinicians with dedicated time and resources to help them translate research findings into clinical practice in different areas.

Aged care

Doctor Monica Cations (Flinders University) will receive $420,079 to help improve the quality and safety of aged care.

Doctor Cations will research:

  • how to meet the psychological needs of people using aged care services
  • how accessible and effective mental health services for these people are
  • what the aged care sector needs to implement best-quality care

Keeping children out of hospital

Associate Professor Penelope Bryant (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute) will receive $1,281,125 to investigate ways to keep children out of hospital by being smarter with antibiotics.

One of the most common reasons children go to hospital is for intravenous (IV) antibiotics. This research program asks whether children:

  • respond equally well with oral antibiotics for some infections
  • can be treated equally safely at home when they do need IV antibiotics

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