Key dates for MRFF NCRI AAI Initiative 2019

  • Release of Funding Rules: 18 December 2019 (updated 15 January 2020)
  • Proposals open through 11 February 2019
  • UQ R&I NOI Close: 19 February 2020
  • Applications due to UQ R&I: 19 February 2020
  • Applications close: 5pm AEDT time, 3 March 2020


The National Critical Infrastructure Initiative is an open and competitive grant selection process to establish and extend infrastructure of critical importance, including facilities, research equipment, systems and services that will be utilised to conduct world-class health and medical research.

The 2019 Applied Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research in Health (NCRI AAI) Grant opportunity was announced by MRFF as an initiative under the National Critical Research Infrastructure Initiative. MRFF instructs that AI will be critical and transformational to the future of health care, with significant opportunities and benefits including: improved efficiency of research, including methodologies and subsequent result output; more informed clinical decision-making; new approaches for healthcare delivery; accelerated and more efficient clinical trials; and empowerment of patients in managing their health. While opportunities for AI research funding are emerging internationally, Australia currently lacks a dedicated research funding stream that combines both the Research and Development (R&D), and translational components required for AI research. Investment in this grant opportunity will maximise the potential for Australia to attract and retain high quality AI researchers and stay at the forefront of AI internationally. MRFF intends this grant opportunity to enable AI technologies to impact the implementation work of others in the field, and not to be a source of funding for projects limited to either the provision of hardware alone, or implementation of existing programs.

The objectives of the grant opportunity are to:

  • translate or implement innovative AI technologies into health applications that benefit multiple health disciplines/areas
  • involve consumers in the research journey to ensure the research is applicable to the needs of the Australian community
  • increase AI workforce capacity and capability, particularly in relation to health, through cross-sector and interdisciplinary collaboration.

How to Apply

Internal notice of intent process

All researchers intending to submit an MRFF NCRI AAI Grant for funding in 2020 are required to submit an internal Notice of Intent. NOIs will be collated centrally and distributed to Faculties and Institutes in order to provide maximum support to the UQ research community.

Step 1. Scheme reading

  • Access the full scheme documents at GrantConnect, GO3514. Login or registration will be required.
  • Familiarise yourself with the key Department of Health, Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) and UQ documentation.

Step 2. Completing the application

  • Go to the MRFF NCRI AAI webpage and follow the links to complete the application.

Step 3. UQ R&I internal review and feedback

  • Ahead of internal review, ensure all components are complete/valid and send the completed application form to UQ R&I.
  • To initiate internal review, email your completed Funding Coversheet to UQ R&I at
  • Also provide completed UQ Certification Proforma.
  • Internal review by UQ R&I/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/grantsmanship).

Step 4. Final submission

  • Final submission is to be completed by UQ R&I, or nominated lead organisation.

Readership and researcher support

Before applying, we recommend you:

Key documents

Before applying, please review the full suite of documents available from GrantConnect, the Australian Government grants information system, and on the website.