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Development Grants

A Development Grant provides funding support to individual researchers, research teams, or a HMR company in partnership with a researcher/s to undertake research at the early proof-of-principle or pre-seed stage.

The Scheme supports the commercial development of a product, process, procedure or service that if applied, would result in improved health care, disease prevention or provide health cost savings.

Applications must demonstrate a basic understanding of the process and steps required to move from research to outcomes that can be commercialised, including:

  • the process and steps to a market, the nature of the market;
  • the milestones and risks of the venture; and
  • an understanding of possible means of handling intellectual property connected with the project.

Important Dates

  • Applications OPEN 26 March 2014
  • Minimum data and citizenship waiver deadline 5pm (AEST) on 28 May 2014
  • Applications CLOSE at 5pm (AEST) on 25 June 2014

Minimum Data requirements (new this year)

In this year’s round, all applicants are required to commence their application and provide the minimum data in RGMS by 5pm (AEST) on Wednesday 28 May 2014 to allow the NHMRC to start sourcing reviewers with appropriate expertise. Applications initiated after this date will not be accepted.

Apply for Funding

The NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) must be used to access/update your CV and profile and to submit your Development Grant application.

Applicants who are not yet registered on RGMS, should contact the Research Help Centre on for more information.

A complete Development Grant application must consist of the following:

  1. Completion of Parts A and B (including the Grant Proposal pdf) of the application form; and
  2. The relevant information in your RGMS profile and CV

Prior to submission of an application for Development Grant funding, applicants are to ensure they:

  • read all relevant reference material; and
  • liaise with their Administering Institution to identify any specific requirements that the Institution may have.

Applicants should note that as a result of streamlining the application and assessment (peer review) process for NHMRC schemes, less information will be required in the application compared to previous years. View more information on the Streamlining and Application Assessment Project.

Citizenship Waiver Requests

Requests to waive the requirement for the CIA to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident must be certified and submitted by the Administering Institution’s Research Administration Officer (RAO) by no later than 5pm (AEST) on Wednesday 28 May 2014. The waiver request should be emailed to with the subject ‘Citizenship waiver request for the 2014 Development Grants funding scheme’.
To enable an informed decision to be made as early as possible, waiver requests should include the following information:

  • Applicant’s full name;
  • Administering Institution;
  • Application ID (if known);
  • Current visa type and expiry date;
  • Employment status noting employer and term of appointment;
  • Details of the applicant/s permanent residency (if applicable).

Documentation to Apply for a Development Grant

  1. NHMRC Funding Rules Incorporating the Development Grants funding scheme for funding commencing in 2015
  • Applicants should review Section A: NHMRC Funding Rules; and Section K: Development Grants
  1. Advice and Instructions to applicants for funding commencing in 2015
  1. NHMRC Development Grants Peer Review Guidelines for funding commencing in 2015 (PDF, 191KB)
  2. Criteria for Health and Medical Research of Indigenous Australians (applicable for applicants applying for NHMRC Development Grants in the area of Indigenous Health)
  1. Research Classifications Guides including Broach Research Area, Fields of Research & NHMRC Keyword ⁄ Phrases
  1. Budget mechanism for funding commencing in 2015

Further Information

If you require more information, direct your inquiry to your Research Administration Office in the first instance.

If you require assistance and are unable to satisfy your concern by seeking assistance through your administering institution, contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983, or email

Page last updated on 23 June 2014