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Medical research institutes invited to apply for $160 million in NSW Government support

The NSW Government is launching a $160 million medical research program as it searches for the next big health breakthrough.

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Heading into its fourth round, the Medical Research Support Program (MRSP) aims to support excellence in health and medical research by funding the indirect costs of research, such as equipment and support staff.

Applications for the program, which is administered by the Office of Health and Medical Research, opened on Monday 13 May.

The funding awarded to independent medical research institutes is integral in helping complete their important work.

Previous recipients include the Black Dog Institute, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research, and the Woolcock Institute.

Funding from previous rounds of the MRSP has significantly contributed to NSW’s world-leading research achievements.

This includes Australia’s first precision medicine program for children with cancer, development of a single test for over 50 genetic diseases, and personalised digital mental health tools to deliver evidence-based therapies for people living with depression, anxiety and stress.

MRSP Application Guidelines and Program Details can be found at or by emailing the Office for Health and Medical Research at

Minister for Medical Research David Harris said:

“We are proud to support the world-class health and medical research taking place right here in NSW through the Medical Research Support Program.

“This funding is vital as it covers some of the costs that independent medical research institutes must pay, but may not be included in awarded research grants, such as the costs of infrastructure and support staff.

“Our researchers strive every day to improve the lives of people in NSW and across the world.

“Through programs such as this one, we’re investing in them to continue their work, which hopefully leads to improved health outcomes for all.

“I look forward to seeing the incredible research made possible by this round of MRSP funding in the years to come.”

Updated 4 weeks ago