Medical Research Facilities - Grants for Development and Expansion

This Budget provides $163 million in grants for medical research facilities to enhance their capacity and reputation.

Page last updated: 09 May 2006

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Why is this important?

  • In order for Australia to maintain its international reputation for important medical research and advancement, our medical research facilities must be of a standard capable of carrying out complex research activities to attract world class researchers and maximise returns on investment. Building Australia’s physical capacity to undertake medical research is vital to these objectives and will be supported by this budget measure.

Who will benefit?

  • This measure will benefit the medical research facilities to receive funding by enhancing their research capacity and reputation.

How much is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • The Government has committed $163 million for a variety of development and enhancement projects by medical research facilities.

What have we done in the past?

  • The Government has previously provided the following funding:
    • funding of $50 million for the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research announced in March 2006;
    • new funding of $10 million for the Brain and Mind Research Institute and to establish the Centre for Medical Bionics and Hearing Science announced in 2004-05;
    • $200 million over seven years from 2004-05 to fund overhead infrastructure in independent medical research facilities in receipt of NHMRC research grant funding; and
    • The Medical Research Infrastructure initiative of $31 million announced in 2004-05 Budget.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • Funding under this measure will be provided to the medical research institutes by the end of the 2005-06 financial year.

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