In 2011, the Australian Government funded the Special Research Initiative in Stem Cell Science.

The initiative will further build Australia’s capacity to conduct world class stem cell research, keeping our stem cell researchers at the forefront of this rapidly developing field.

The project aims to deliver fundamental scientific breakthroughs required to seed development of innovative biotechnology industries and medical treatments using stem cell therapies. Close ties with Australian and international clinical researchers will ensure that research outcomes are suited to rapid translation into practice, cementing Australia’s reputation in this field. This will build Australia’s capacity in stem cell biology, and deliver significant long term health and economic benefits. An integrated education, ethics, law and community awareness unit will work with the community to facilitate well informed, robust debates on policy, health and ethical issues of stem cell use in human applications.

The successful proposal is titled ‘Stem Cells Australia’.

Funding: $21 000 000 over seven years

Centre Director: Professor Melissa Little

Administering Organisation: The University of Melbourne

Collaborating Organisations:

  • Monash University
  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of New South Wales.

Partner Organisations:

  • Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
  • Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
  • Florey Neuroscience Institutes
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

Please visit the Stem Cells Australia website for further information. 

Key documents relating to the application and selection process are available below.

Selection Report - Funding Outcomes for funding commencing in 2011

Call for Proposals for funding commencing in 2011