Make use of our systems and support to ensure your NHMRC grant application is competitive
If you’re considering applying for an NHMRC grant, we have systems and support in place to ensure your submission is competitive and aligns with our reputation for remarkable research. See the NHMRC website for the full range of schemes available.
NHMRC Grants Program
In 2019 the NHMRC implemented a new Grants Program comprised of four major funding streams:
- Investigator Grants. This stream will consolidate separate fellowship and research support into one grant scheme that will provide the highest-performing researchers at all career stages with funding for their salary (if required) and a significant research support package.
- Synergy Grants will provide $5 million per grant for outstanding multi-disciplinary research teams to work together to answer complex questions.
- Ideas Grants will support innovative and creative research projects, and be available to researchers with bright ideas at all career stages, including early and mid-career researchers.
- Strategic and Leveraging Grants will support research that addresses identified national needs. This will include an enhanced Targeted Calls for Research scheme and a dedicated funding stream for Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies. It also includes existing schemes such as Centres of Research Excellence, Development Grants, international collaborative schemes, and Partnerships for Better Health (Partnership Centres and Partnership Projects - see further information below regarding this scheme).
For details on the grant program, including resources such as videos, FAQs, timelines and information on Peer Review please visit https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/funding/new-grant-program.
Grant Application Development Process
For most NHMRC schemes applicants are asked to submit a Grant Application Development (EOI) for approval through their respective Group. Full details including key dates are available from this page.
Grant Guidelines and documentation for NHMRC schemes can be accessed by filtered search on the GrantConnect website at: https://www.grants.gov.au/
NHMRC Eligibility Tool
The NHMRC has made an Eligibility tool available at https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/restructure/changes/eligibility-tool-2019.
Further Information - NHMRC Partnership Projects
NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health - Partnership Projects (Partnership Projects) aim to help create partnerships among decision makers, policy makers, managers, clinicians and researchers. This funding scheme provides funding and support to create new opportunities for researchers and policy makers to work together to define research questions, undertake research, interpret the findings and implement the findings into policy and practice.
Partnership Projects are for five years or less and the maximum amount of NHMRC funding that may be requested for a single application is $1.5 million. Partner organisations must make a combined total contribution of at least the same value (in cash and/or in-kind) as is sought from the NHMRC. Partner funding can be provided as cash and/or in-kind. While there is no mandated ratio of cash vs. in-kind contribution, cash contributions are seen to provide strong evidence of the policy partner’s commitment to the research and its eventual outcomes and are strongly encouraged.
This scheme has a continuous application process which allows applicants to apply at any time during the year rather than through just one annual round. This is to allow researchers and partner organisations to develop timely collaborations. The grant commencement date is not fixed for 1 January—it will be aligned with the timing of each peer review cycle. This allows funding to be administered more quickly after grants are awarded provided all necessary documentation is in place.
Applications will proceed to peer review depending on when they are submitted to NHMRC. For example, for an application to be peer reviewed in the first Peer Review Cycle (PRC 1); applicants had to endure minimum data requirements were met by 27 March 2019, and the application had to be submitted by 10 April 2019. Applications that have met minimum data requirements but are not submitted by the application due date will remain active. The applicant may continue to work on the application and submit to the next available PRC. Any application which was started but was not submitted by close of applications for PRC3, will need to reapply in the following year.
See the NHMRC website for current submission dates.
The Office for Research will be in touch with all current applicants via email when the rebuttal process opens.