Our Research

Stem Cells Australia was established in 2011 to discover how to regulate stem cells. The initiative is now poised to harness the immense potential of stem cells for new diagnostic, therapeutic and biotechnological applications. 

Stem Cells Australia was established in 2011 through the support of the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council’s Special Research Initiatives scheme, with the objective of discovering how to regulate stem cells.

In 2017 an extension of support from the Australian Research Council allowed Stem Cells Australia to expand and target its scientific portfolio towards medical and technological advances. 

Our stem cell medicine agenda is now anchored in three pillars of research and translation: Regenerative Medicine, Disease Modelling and Designer Cells. Each program builds on key outcomes generated during the initial seven years of Stem Cells Australia funding, and is underpinned by four enabling activities: Engagement, Ethics and Policy; Clinical and Commercial Translation; Capacity-building and Training; and Infrastructure.

In parallel, the network is continuing to track and discuss the important social and regulatory implications of this research through its Engagement, Ethics and Policy Program, as an essential component of this initiative.

In 2018 Stem Cells Australia received $3 million from the Australian Government’s Accelerated Research Program of the Medical Research Future Fund, to support national teams of experts to take stem cell research from the laboratory into the clinic.


The research conducted by Stem Cells Australia is funded through an Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative which provides funding for new and emerging fields of research and builds capacity in strategically important areas.