Become a Member

Become a Member

AAMRI members benefit from

Information and advice

AAMRI actively engages with government, opposition parties and sector leaders to ensure our members’ interests are on the agenda. We are always happy to speak with members about issues that their medical research institute is facing.

AAMRI develops:

  • AAMRI Member Survey & Report: As the peak body for medical research institutes across Australia, AAMRI captures a snapshot of its member medical research institutes through a biennial survey.
  • Reports and key summaries: Including federal budgets and their impact on our sector, analysis of government policy changes affecting the medical research sector, and funding election summaries.
  • Monthly e-newsletter: with sector and policy updates, funding opportunities and events listings.


Unique sector representation and insights

AAMRI is uniquely placed to represent the interests of medical research institutes. Our board includes representatives from different research and geographical areas around Australia, ensuring the full breadth of issues affecting our members is on our agenda.

AAMRI writes many submissions on behalf of our members advocating for their interests in areas such as research funding, tax and charity legislation, NHMRC policies and other legislative and policy areas that have an impact on our members. These submissions are published on our website.


AAMRI Staff Network: knowledge sharing

AAMRI Networks connect professional staff working at medical research institutes. They provide a forum for ongoing, open discussion and sharing of ideas among institutes. Professional staff often face common challenges that are specific to medical research institutes. Each network organises an annual networking event to meet in person. Read about our current Networks.


AAMRI Annual Convention

The annual AAMRI National Convention in Canberra is an opportunity for all members’ directors and business managers, along with their board members, to connect. All members of Parliament are invited to attend our annual dinner, which also includes the presentation of the CSL Florey/CSL Young Florey Medal. The convention and dinner are free of charge to our members.


(Image left: AAMRI Dinner at Parliament House as part of the Annual Convention)


Collegiality amongst members

Assisting our members to form strong working relationships is another key to the success of AAMRI. By joining AAMRI, our members are part of an organisation working towards improving the standing of medical research in Australia.


Improved fiscal and regulatory environment

By working together as a sector we can advocate for an improved fiscal and regulatory environment for medical research, ensuring our sector is afforded the prominence it deserves in policy priorities and can better achieve its aims.


Improved research and organisational outcomes

Together we are stronger than as individual institutions. By doing all we can to push for better funding and regulation in our sector we can free up our member institutions to focus on what they do best: medical research.


AAMRI membership criteria

To be a member of AAMRI, an institution should:

  • be a not-for-profit institute established primarily for the conduct of health and medical research
  • have a track record of peer-reviewed research outputs
  • have procedures and policies in place that allow good scientific practice, the ethical conduct of research, and appropriate financial governance
  • either be:
    • a medical research institute (MRI) that is an independent legal entity
    • an MRI that has an independent Board, or is recognised as a research institute by their parent organisation, or is separate from the faculty structure of any university parent organisation
    • a hub or precinct with an incorporated governance structure, and at least one constituent MRI as defined above.

Admission of prospective members to AAMRI is at the discretion of the AAMRI Board, i.e. it should be in the best interest of AAMRI members.


Membership fees

Membership costs are: $500 per Institute and $65 per FTE (full-time equivalent) member of staff (research and administration) and research higher degree students.


To join AAMRI

If your institute satisfies the eligibility criteria above, please complete the AAMRI Membership Application Form and AAMRI FTE form and email it to Applications will be reviewed by the AAMRI Board as soon as possible.