Funding boost for research

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced funding for over $200 million in world-leading medical research projects. The announcement was made at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, where he also met with young cancer patients.

Several researchers from both Kids Research Institute at The Children's Hospital at Westmead and Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick were successful in their applications for National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).grants for research projects or awarded fellowships. This funding will increase clinical research capacity and provide greater opportunities for more breakthroughs. The successful projects covered a range of areas including genomics, diabetes and orthopaedics.

Nationally, a total of 326 research projects will be funded at a cost of more than $197 million and a further 13 Fellowships have been allocated $5.64 million under the $8 million MRFF Next Generation Clinical Researcher Fellowship program, which supports Australia’s new and up and coming research talent.

In addition, CanTeen received $5 million under the Medical Research Future Fund Accelerated Research program to improve access to cutting-edge breakthroughs for adolescents and young adults with cancer