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MCRI’s best ever NHMRC Grants funding

Institute News
Friday, December 14, 2018 - 3:09pm

Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) has attracted $34.2 million funding in the latest National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Grant Application Round.

The funding has been awarded to 41 grants across the institute, which is an overall success rate of more than 31 per cent – significantly higher than the national rate of 19.5 per cent.

In a stellar year for MCRI, successful applications include 24 Project Grants, four Early Career Fellowships, four Research and Practitioner Fellowships, and two Centres of Research Excellence.

The results, announced Wednesday, 12 October by Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt, represent an almost 40 per cent increase on last year’s NHMRC grant total of $24.5 million.

MCRI Director Kathryn North said she was proud to lead such a high-performing institute.

“Our success is recognition of the intense work of all our staff, as well as a reflection of the calibre of our researchers and their world-class research,” Professor North said.

Successful grant applicants

Jeanie Cheong: CRE in Newborn Medicine

Harriet Hiscock: CRE Childhood Adversity and Associated Depression and Anxiety

Andrew Sinclair, David Thorburn, Melissa Wake: Research Fellowships

Sharon Goldfeld: Practitioner Fellowship

Jennifer Koplin, Louise Owen, Deanne Thompson: Career Development Fellowships

Nicole Lake, Kerryn Moore, Rachel Peters, Graham Gee: Early Career Fellowships

Angela Morgan: Development Grant

Tom Wilson, Mohommad Monsurul Hoq, Sharman Tan Tanny: Postgraduate Scholarships

David Thorburn, George Patton (two grants), Sarath Ranganathan, Jeanie Chong, Alex Combes, Kate Lee, Ed Oakley, Melissa Little, Brett Manley, David Burgner, Richard Leventer, Julie Bines, Enzo Porrello (two grants), Stuart Kinner, Richard Saffery, Margie Danchin, Paul Licciardi, Boris Novakovic, Paul Lockhart, Katie Ayers, Elizabeth Ng, Katherine Howell: Project Grants

So far this year, NHMRC has awarded 956 competitive grants totalling $743 million across Australia for projects spanning cardiovascular disease, cancer, mental health, diabetes, obesity and Indigenous health.

A summary of results can be found at