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New research funding announced

Almost $450 million in NHMRC research grants.

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler has announced $447.5 million for medical research, though the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Butler made the announcement while opening two new research facilities at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, which has been awarded 24 of the project grants worth $15.38 million over three to five years.

745 research projects across Australia will be supported by NHMRC Project Grants, with funding of $408.7 million over three to five years.

Universities and independent research institutes will also receive $38.8 million toward the indirect costs of health and medical research, through NHMRC Equipment and Infrastructure Grants.

“Health and medical research is a key to the improved quality of life and life expectancy experienced by most Australians. It is also essential in attracting and retaining some of the brightest research minds to Australia,” said Butler.

Researchers will conduct a range of studies, including investigating the link between pregnant women with low levels of vitamin D and the risk of having children who develop schizophrenia, and the effects of pain killer use for people with dementia.

A full list of all grants is at www.nhmrc.gov.au.

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