$25 million booster shot for WA’s health and medical research sector

  • First round of new Research Infrastructure Support program awarded
  • $25 million to support health and medical research ecosystem and build collaboration
  • 19 local organisations to benefit across the sector

The Cook Government will inject $25 million into Western Australia’s health and medical research sector towards boosting operational and indirect research costs.

Under a new scheme being launched through the Government’s successful Future Health Research and Innovation (FHRI) Fund, the Research Infrastructure Support (RIS) program will deliver $100 million into the sector over four years.

The RIS program supports research institutes, universities and hospitals by providing grants to cover indirect and operational costs associated with the running of their research facilities.

This investment will also expand access and availability of existing dedicated research facilities, services and/or equipment.

These new grants will enable local organisations to boost capacity and free up funds so they can push on with their important cutting-edge and world-class research.

The 19 recipients of this year’s $25 million RIS grants include:

  • Child and Adolescent Health Service
  • Curtin University
  • Ear Science Institute Australia
  • East Metropolitan Health Service
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
  • Institute for Respiratory Health
  • Joondalup Health Campus
  • Lions Eye Institute
  • Murdoch University
  • North Metropolitan Health Service
  • PathWest
  • Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science
  • South Metropolitan Health Service
  • Telethon Kids Institute
  • The University of Notre Dame Australia
  • The University of Western Australia
  • WA Country Health Service
  • Women and Infants Research Foundation

To learn more about the RIS program, visit Future Health Research and Innovation Fund – News and Events

As stated by Medical Research Minister Stephen Dawson:

“We are extremely fortunate to have a pool of amazing and very talented health and medical researchers based here, whose work is positioning WA as a global leader in research and innovation.

“The RIS program is another important step in maintaining this momentum and I am very pleased to announce that 19 health and medical research organisations will share in $25 million in funding through the first round.

“We’ve expanded on the previous program as part of the Cook Government’s FHRI Fund to include universities and hospitals to ensure they are also receiving support to assist with indirect research costs.

“The RIS program is all about backing our home-grown research teams so they can crack on with translating their innovative research into practice and commercialisation, leading to improved health outcomes and local jobs for the WA community.”

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