Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Emergency Services; Innovation and the Digital Economy; Medical Research; Volunteering

    Open Day for WA’s top health and medical researchers and innovators

    2/03/2023 11:05 AM
    • ​Open Day showcases WA's flagship Future Health Research and Innovation (FHRI) Fund
    • Exciting new research and innovation funding programs launched
    • FHRI Fund programs to be boosted, with around $50 million on offer each year for the next four years

    A who's who of Western Australia's medical researchers and innovators descended on Curtin University's enAble Institute today for the Future Health Research and Innovation (FHRI) Fund Open Day.


    Today's event not only championed health and medical research and innovation in WA but also launched funding opportunities for some exciting new programs.


    One of these - DISCOV3R Focus Grants - is looking for WA researchers to investigate the effectiveness and sensitivity of Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) as a long-term testing tool for the SARS-CoV-2 infection and its variants.


    The Innovation Challenge 2023 - Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) Applications also debuted - funding researchers and innovators to look at using Generative AI, such as Chat Generative Pre-Trained Transformer (ChatGPT), to respond to health and medical needs.


    Funding was also announced for two FHRI Fund programs launched previously.


    Curtin University won $631,367 to co-design and deliver training and practical research modules to WA health consumers and carers.


    The WA Near-miss Awards saw 23 successful early and mid-career researchers sharing in more than $4.5 million to enable them to resubmit applications to a future National Health and Medical Research Council Investigator Grants round.


    For more information about funding recipients for the above programs, visit the FHRI Fund Funding outcomes page.


    Comments attributed to Medical Research Minister Stephen Dawson:


    "This is an exciting time for medical research in WA.


    "Our State is already home to some of world's leading researchers and innovators and over the next decade we will see some amazing advances in home-grown research and innovation.


    "We are working hard to ensure WA researchers and innovators can conduct internationally recognised, impactful work that is put into practice for healthier communities.


    "Congratulations to the funding recipients announced today.


    "Consumers are at the centre of our health system and training them to be more involved in research will benefit the quality of research in WA and the outcomes produced.


    "I am also excited to see funding through the WANMA program going to the State's emerging researchers, who will be leading the research effort in WA for years to come."

    Minister's office - 6552 5800