Vital Monash medical research secures federal funding

Monash University has been awarded almost $70 million in the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding.

Federal Health Minister, the Hon. Greg Hunt, announced over $440 million in health and medical research grants through the NHMRC and the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

Monash attracted funding across four schemes – Investigator Grants (38), Centres of Research Excellence (3), Partnership Projects (2), and Research Fellowships (4).

The funding will support a diverse range of projects at Monash from investigating new treatments for obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, research to improve the health of women, to new strategies to combat bacterial infection - a major threat to human health.

Monash Provost and Senior Vice-President, Professor Marc Parlange, said continued success in attracting grant funding was a testament to the talent and dedication of the University’s researchers.

“This funding recognises Monash as global leader in medical research and the world class projects being pursued by our talented scientists," Professor Parlange said.

“It is wonderful to see representation of funded research projects from right across the University - from the fields of medicine, science, and pharmacy.”

The funding included the first grants delivered through the Investigator Grant scheme, part of NHMRC’s new grant program. These grants provide five-year funding for high performing health and medical researchers from across all career stages, as well as support for their research groups.

“The first round of Investigator Grants was a highly competitive process. I congratulate Monash researchers in this inaugural cohort and all those represented this year, both through their applications and funding successes. We are also thrilled to see our early-career researchers making significant contributions to the national research agenda," Professor Parlange said.

“I thank the NHMRC for their shared commitment and support, enabling our talented scientists to make vital discoveries that address the major medical and health burdens impacting society today.”