Hundreds of Australian medical research projects have been pumped up with a $437 million federal government boost.
Almost 500 projects will share in the National Health and Medical Research Council cash pool, Health Minister Greg Hunt announced on Saturday.
"This investment in health and medical research will place Australia at the leading edge of research in areas like genomics and will support the search for cures and treatments including for rare cancers," Mr Hunt said in a statement.
There is $68 million tipped for cancer research while more than $74 million will go towards grants to support clinical trials and studies, among the spend.
Another $200 million is headed for discovery research for diagnosis and disease prevention.
Monash University will score $1.8 million to develop cell therapy treatments for cancer.
"This project has the potential to be a game-changing discovery in the field of cancer immunotherapy, leading to the next-generation of CAR T therapies that should increase their effectiveness in approved diseases and broaden their therapeutic utility to additional diseases such as solid cancers," Professor Tony Tiganis said of his work.
Vice-Chancellor Margaret Gardner said the university scored about $76 million in the latest round to help researchers solve some of the biggest medical challenges.
Australian Associated Press