Research Projects: Round 3

Round 3 Research Projects

The Targeted Translation Research Accelerator (TTRA) program, a Medical Research Future Fund initiative delivered by MTPConnect, will open Round 3 of its Research Projects funding opportunity in early 2023 to support diabetes and cardiovascular disease projects that address the unmet health and medical needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in rural, remote, regional and urban centres.

A prioritisation project to determine the Indigenous-specific priority areas for this round is currently underway, led by the Lowitja Institute - a community-controlled organisation and Australia's National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research.

For Round 3, MTPConnect has engaged the TTRA Indigenous Advisory Group to guide the delivery and implementation of the funding opportunity and to help maximise its impact. MTPConnect is honoured to be supported by this group, including prominent Indigenous researchers, clinicians and thought leaders, as well as representatives from organisations that have deep engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through direct healthcare delivery:

  • Professor Alex Brown, Professor of Indigenous Genomics, Australian National University | Telethon Kids Institute
  • Dr Fergus Gardiner, Director, National Emergency Response, Public Health and Research, Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia
  • Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AM, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Strategy & Services, University of Sydney, and Professor Public Health and Epidemiologist, Sydney Medical School
  • Mr Ray Kelly, Indigenous Allied Health Australia
  • Mr Chris Lee, Assistant Director - Programs, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)
  • Professor Ray Mahoney, Professor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Discipline Lead for Population Health, Visiting Scientist, Australian eHealth Research Centre (AeHRC), CSIRO, College of Medicine & Public Health, Flinders University
  • Dr Janine Mohamed, CEO, Lowitja Institute
  • Dr Simon Quilty, Medical Advisor, Purple House (Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation)
  • Dr Tanya Schramm, Senior lecturer of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Education, University of Tasmania
  • Dr Sean Taylor, Executive Director Aboriginal Health & Diversity, NT Health; Deputy Director Indigenous Leadership and Engagement, Menzies School of Health Research; and Adjunct Associate Professor, Public Health and Tropical Medicine, James Cook University.

It is important to note, MTPConnect is carefully managing any potential conflicts of interest. Indigenous Advisory Group members are eligible to apply for Round 3 unless they have been involved in the subcommittee that has designed the application process and guidelines.

In anticipation of the round, MTPConnect will host a webinar on Tuesday 29 November, 2-3pm AEDT to highlight key elements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research that potential applicants should consider early when building their projects and teams. You can register for the webinar here.

The priority areas and guidelines for this round will be published here ahead of the round opening in early 2023.

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