Stem Cells Australia

Key Dates:

Tuesday 13 November 2018 – Applications Open

Friday 21 December 2018 – Deadline for registration of intent to Apply, with minimum data on topic and team

Wednesday 13 February 2019 – Final submissions due to RIC for organisational approval prior to submission.

Friday 15 February 2019  – Final applications due to Stem Cells Australia

Funding Documents – Relevant documents including the Research Grants Application Guide, application forms and category descriptors can be found on the Stem Cells Australia website.


Stem Cells Australia (SCA) invites Australian researchers to submit proposals for targeted disease teams to translate stem cell research towards a specific clinical need. These will be considered for funding from SCA's new MRFF Accelerated Research - Stem Cells grant.

In July 2018, SCA secured $3 million from the MRFF Accelerated Research - Stem Cells program to pilot the use of targeted disease teams to translate stem cell research towards a specific clinical need. This is the funding model SCA proposes to use in a future application for large scale support through the forthcoming MRFF Frontier Health & Medical Research Program.

Applications are now open for disease teams seeking support for translational research using stem cells. It is anticipated that two teams will be supported with up to $637,000 each: teams are encouraged to leverage this with other funding sources. Funding will start in July 2019 and projects must be concluded and funds spent by June 2021, but can be shorter that 24 months.

Eligibility: The Disease Team Leader must have an appointment at one of the 14 partner organisations in Stem Cells Australia. Other participants in the disease team may come from Stem Cells Australia partner organisations or from other organisations.

Contact: Ken Choong,, 90358763