The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) – Preventive and Public Health Research Initiative - 2020 Efficient Use of Existing Medicines Grant Opportunity will support Australian medical research projects that conduct clinical trials to address one of the following topics:

  • safer and more efficient ways to use high-cost medicines for one or more specific indications without compromising effectiveness
    • priority areas include biological agents and other high-cost medicines
  • other therapeutic indications for existing medicines that are not currently approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration
    • priority areas include off-patent and other low-cost medicines.

Priority will be given to clinical trials investigating changes in the use of medicines that have the greatest potential impact on patients, clinical care and/or health service delivery.

The anticipated outcome of the research is to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians through clinical trials that investigate the more efficient and effective use of existing medicines. 

This grant opportunity is being administered by NHMRC on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Health. 

Further information on the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) is available from the Department of Health’s MRFF website

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