Medical Research Future Fund commits $13 million to eye research

The Australian Government has committed nearly $13 million from the Medical Research Future Fund to eye research projects this week, as part of a $630 million allocation to more than 800 medical research projects across Australia.

Grants have been awarded to 23 eye research projects including projects headed up by the Centre for Eye Research Australia and Save Sight Institute.

Vision 2020 Australia CEO, Jennifer Gersbeck, says that the representation of eye research projects in the funding announcement is encouraging.  

“Australia is a world leader in so many areas of eye research, such as the bionic eye, and it is pleasing to see that the Australian Government has recognised the importance of eye research.”

“The 23 eye research projects funded through the Future Research Medical Fund will cover a broad range of conditions, potential treatments and aids for people who are blind or vision impaired.”

Institutions to receive funding for eye health research projects include:

  • Centre for Eye Research Australia
  • Macquarie University
  • Monash University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Tasmania
  • University of Western Australia

A full list of the research projects is available in the resources section.

Read the official press release about the funding on the website for Minister for Health, the Hon Sussan Ley MP.