Research projects

Australia announces $ 239 million in funding for 248 medical research projects

Each Ideas Grant team will receive funding for up to five years, with funding starting in 2022

248 innovative research projects will receive a share of $ 239 million from the Morrison government to help advance our understanding of a wide range of health and medical issues facing Australians.

Funded by the National Board of Health and Medical Research (NHMRC) Ideas Grants program, the research undertaken by the 248 projects will bring important discoveries to improve the health of Australians.

Projects include research by Dr Melissa Call of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI), who is leading a project to manipulate human immune cells to develop new and improved cancer treatments for CAR-T cells that train the immune cells of the body. ‘a patient to kill tumors. This grant will support the development of these new treatments.

The projects also include research to improve the reliability of cochlear implants conducted by the University of Western Australia, by determining whether anti-fibrosis drugs can reduce the formation of scar tissue around the electrode; Study of the cause of endometriosis led by Prof. Guiying Nie at RMIT University, to explore new diagnostic and therapeutic options for women with this disorder; An investigation into the uptake and transport of the SARS-CoV-2 virus conducted by the University of Queensland to understand the long-term consequences of potential viral interactions with brain cells and find ways to block infection.