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MRFF Coronavirus Research Response - 2020 Communication Strategies and Approaches During Outbreaks

Department of Health and Aged Care
Close Date & Time:
14-Jul-2020 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Primary Category:
381001 - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research
Secondary Category:
231021 - Health and Medical Research
Publish Date:
ACT, NSW, VIC, SA, WA, QLD, NT, TAS, Administered Territories, Overseas
Selection Process:
Open Competitive

FO Reference:
MRFF CRR 2020 Communication Strategies


The Coronavirus Research Response - 2020 Communication Strategies and Approaches during Outbreaks grant opportunity was announced as part of the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) and is part of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) National Health Plan to support our health system to manage the outbreak of novel coronavirus in Australia. This package provides support across primary care, aged care, hospitals and research, and includes funding from the MRFF for a Coronavirus Research Response comprising vaccine, anti-viral and respiratory medicine research.

For this grant opportunity funding for research into how diverse communities respond during outbreaks, how they react, access information and interpret it.

The objectives of this grant opportunity are to:

  • research the information needs of individuals and the community during outbreaks (including population sub-groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people, and those with disabilities)
  • investigate how individuals (including population sub-groups) access information about outbreaks (e.g. through peers, online, on radio or television)
  • consider the impact of the attitudinal and behavioural patterns on how information is sourced, interpreted and actioned
  • identify key information and messages about the outbreak and also the response that individuals and the community would benefit from understanding
  • propose options for communication strategies and approaches that address these needs and also support response strategies such as social isolation.

The intended outcome of this grant opportunity is to improve the community’s engagement with and responsiveness to Government communication efforts during outbreaks such as COVID-19.


To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be incorporated in Australia

and in accordance with s20 and s24 of the MRFF Act 2015, be one of the following entities:

  • a medical research institute
  • a university
  • a corporate Commonwealth entity
  • a corporation (including businesses and not for profits)
  • a state or territory government
  • a state or territory government entity

Joint applications are encouraged, provided you have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.

We can only accept applications where you can provide:

  • confirmation that any Chief and/or Lead Investigators named on your application under this grant opportunity are not named as Chief and/or Lead Investigators on any other application under this grant opportunity
  • evidence from your board (or chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project is supported, and that you can complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant
  • letters of support from each project partner, if applicable.

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • an individual
  • partnership
  • unincorporated association
  • any organisation not included in section 3.1 of the guidelines
  • trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a non-corporate Commonwealth entity
Grant Activity Timeframe:

Up to 8 months duration.

Total Amount Available (AUD):


Estimated Grant Value (AUD):

From $1.00 to $600,000.00

Instructions for Application Submission:
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