Medical Research

Encouraging excellence and innovation

Right: Video highlights from the Medical Research program area, 2012-13.
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Support for medical research has been a cornerstone of the Foundation’s funding since it was established, with commitments of $54 million made to the sector.  The Foundation has a proud history of supporting Australia’s leading medical research institutes, particularly in their formative stages when leverage is crucial for funding and endorsement.  Even before he established his foundation, Sir Ian Potter, together with Ken and Baillieu Myer, provided start-up funding for The Howard Florey Institute of Experimental Physiology and Medicine.

Since then The Ian Potter Foundation has made establishment grants to a number of major centres and institutes, including Research Australia; The Ian Potter Centre of Cancer Genomics and Predictive Medicine at The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre; the National Trauma Research Institute at Alfred Hospital; The Bionic Ear Institute; The Ian Potter Malaria Laboratory at Burnet Institute, and The Blood and Bone Cancer Centre at St Vincent’s Institute, to name just some. 

Our latest major medical research grants continue this tradition with a commitment of $15 million over six years to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation towards the new Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre project, as well as $3 million to a collaboration between the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute to create The Ian Potter Centre for Genomics and Personalised Medicine.

Moreover, our Medical Research program area prioritises support for world class biomedical research to bring new preventions and cures closer to reality, through the use of new technology, innovative practices and knowledge.   Many of our grants support major initiatives by leading Australian research institutes, universities and teaching hospitals in innovative biomedical research, the anticipated benefits of which are likely to advance the research outcomes of the institution as a whole, and we also place emphasis on research into major diseases.

Details of our Medical Research grants can be found in our Grants Database.  Potential applicants should refer to the Funding Objectives in the Grant Seekers  section for more information about current funding priorities.