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NHMRC – California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Collaborative Research Grants

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) – California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Collaborative Research Grants scheme has been established to support Australian-based components of collaborative research grants. An NHMRC research grant of up to 3 years duration will be offered to support project work to be conducted by Partner Investigators located in Australia.

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NHMRC will support Australian-based components of collaborative research grants as part of RFA 13-05: CIRM Tools and Technologies III Awards.

This Request for Application (RFA) intends to support the creation, design and testing of broadly applicable novel tools and technologies and the optimization, improvement, standardization or scale-up of existing tools or technologies for addressing translational bottlenecks to stem cell therapies. Such approaches could include, but are not limited to tissue engineering technologies to enhance cell delivery, survival and integration, the development of biomarkers and assays for stem cell biodistribution, pharmacodynamics and immunological monitoring and stem cell process development advances.

Please note that carriage of administration and assessment responsibilities are with CIRM.

Applicants seeking to apply for support from this scheme should visit the CIRM website for details on how to apply for the appropriate RFA.

Australian-based Partner Investigators (API) on applications favourably peer reviewed by CIRM will be invited to apply to NHMRC for support for the Australian-based components of the research. APIs will be required to submit an application to NHMRC online via the Research Grants Management System (RGMS). The API must be Chief Investigator A on the application submitted to NHMRC under this scheme.

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

A complete application for this scheme will consist of:

  1. General page of the application form
  2. Part A – RT, Part B – PBRF (as needed), Part B – PB and Part B – CPR of the application form
  3. The relevant information in your RGMS Profile and CV
  4. The uploaded PDF Document in Part B - GP containing the application submitted to CIRM

Prior to submission, applicants must ensure they:

  • read all relevant reference material
  • contact their Administering Institution to identify any specific Institutional requirements.

Key dates

Date Activity Leading Agency/s
18 October 2013 CIRM Pre-applications opened CIRM
17:00 (PST)
7 January 2014
CIRM Pre-applications closed CIRM
April 2014 Invitations to submit a full application sent out to applicants CIRM
17:00 (PDT)
11 August 2014
CIRM submission of full applications closed CIRM
5-7 November 2014 CIRM Scientific Review of Applications by Grants Working Group CIRM
Late January 2015 Scientific Review Outcomes
Note: Funding of Australian PI’s subject to NHMRC review and approval
09:00 (AEDT)
15 January 2015
RGMS open to Australian applicants for NHMRC application submission period NHMRC
17:00 (AEDT)
28 January 2015
Close of NHMRC application submission period NHMRC
March 2015 NHMRC funding outcomes NHMRC

Completed applications must be submitted to the NHMRC in RGMS by 5.00 pm AEDT on 28 January 2015. Late applications will not be accepted.

Documentation to Apply for a NHMRC-CIRM Collaborative Research Grants

These must be read in conjunction with the NHMRC Funding Rules 2015, NHMRC Advice and Instructions to Applicants 2015 and Guide to NHMRC Peer Review 2015, which have also been revised.

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 13 February 2015