Nov 23, 2010

Health and medical research funding in the Inner West

The Gillard Labor Government is providing almost $70 million in new health and medical research funding to the Heart Research Institute in Newtown, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown and the University of Sydney, Anthony Albanese, Member for Grayndler and Tanya Plibersek, Member for Sydney announced today.

The funding is part of the Gillard Labor Government’s $573 million investment into the future health and wellbeing of all Australians, which will be provided through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

NHMRC is the Australian Government’s peak funding body for health and medical research. It selects projects and researchers for funding from among a large number of applications.

“This funding will enable researchers at RPA and Sydney University to contribute to the Government’s health reform agenda to improve the health of all Australians,” Ms Plibersek said.

“The research information produced at the Heart Research Institute will enable us to better understand, tackle and even prevent chronic disease and other health problems in the future,” said Mr Albanese

The largest slice of the overall funding has gone to Project Grants, which support individuals and teams conducting research into all areas of health. This round of funding also includes the Council’s Equipment and IRRIISS Grants to support the indirect costs of research.

The Heart Research Institute received 3 grants totalling $926,294, The University of Sydney received 127 grants totalling $68,068,260, and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital received 2 grants totalling $425,688.

For more information on the funding schemes, and a full list of successful applicants, visit www.nhmrc.gov.au