The Australian Government has announced the recipients of its National Health and Medical Research Council grants for the 2013 year.
National Health and Medical Research Council grants support research into human health and medicine and provide support for projects, equipment, and development of researchers and practitioners working in Australia’s universities, medical schools, hospitals and other research institutions. $652 million in grants for over 1,000 projects were announced by the Honourable Tanya Pilbersek, Minister for Health. Cancer and cardiovascular disease research received $213 million in grant funding with $181.3 million and $81.7 million of funding respectively.
On a state by state basis, Victoria will receive the largest component of National Health and Medical Research Council funding being awarded $290 million for 498 grants. In a press release obtained by Digital Journal, Parliamentary Secretary for Health Catherine King said the University of Melbourne was the most successful research institution nationwide, winning $89.1 million for 161 grants while researchers at Monash University will benefit from $86.2 million for 147 grants. Other institutions to receive support from the National Health and Medical Research Council include the Menzies School of Health Research in the Northern Territory, which has a major focus on Indigenous health, who will receive more than $9 million of funding for research, fellowships and equipment. Professor Alan Cass, Director Designate of Menzies said:
The projects funded range from a 25 year study on Aboriginal babies to identify those most a risk of chronic diseases, to improving systems and quality of care for Indigenous cancer patients at the primary health care level, to using DNA technology to better understand the potentially deadly tropical disease meliodosis.
Workplace health, mental health and aging related projects have also received grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council. The University of Queensland has been awarded over $600,000 to investigate a workplace-based exercise intervention to prevent and reduce the economic and personal burden of non-specific neck pain in the office personnel, Deakin University has received support to investigate falls in the elderly and the University of New South Wales will be trialling a web based intervention to reduce suicide ideation.
The Australian Academy of Science congratulated the Australian government on continuing its commitment to funding biomedical research. In a press release, Academy President Professor Susan Cory said:
The Academy is very pleased that Australia’s excellent medial research effort will continue to be supported by the Federal Government. We know that there is massive pressure to balance the Federal budget, so it is reassuring that medical research is being given the resources needed to take the work forward for the medium and long term.
A full list of grant recipients can be downloaded from the National Health and Medical Research Council’s website.