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Program Grants

The aim of the Program Grants scheme is to provide support for teams of high calibre researchers to pursue broad based, multi-disciplinary and collaborative research activities. Teams will be expected to contribute to new knowledge at a leading international level in important areas of health and medical research. The scheme is available for all research approaches relevant to better health - biomedical, clinical, public health or health services research and is typically for 5 years.

Applying for Funding

In 2014, Program Grant applications will be submitted through the Research Grants Management System (RGMS). If they have not already done so, 2014 applicants are advised to gain an RGMS log on and commence their CV and profile.

Prior to submission of an application for Program Grant funding, applicants need to ensure they have:

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

Key dates

The key dates for the Program Grants 2014 application round are as follows

  • 12 March 2014 – Round open with the release of the Program Grants Funding Rules and the Advice and Instructions to Applicants.
  • 23 April 2014 – deadline for Citizenship waiver requests.
  • 4 June 2014 – Applications close 1700 hrs (5:00pm) AEST.
  • Week commencing 20 October 2014 – Interviews for short-listed applicants.
  • January 2016 – Funding for successful applications scheduled to commence.

Documentation to apply for a Program Grant

The documentation to apply for an NHMRC Program Grant is shown below.

  1. NHMRC Funding Rules incorporating the Program Grants scheme for funding commencing in 2016
  2. NHMRC Program Grants Advice and Instructions to Applicants for funding in 2016 (PDF, 223KB)
  3. The Program Grants Application Form will be available through RGMS on 12 March
  4. NHMRC Program Grants Peer Review Guidelines for funding commencing in 2016 (PDF, 159KB)
  5. Grant proposal template (DOC, 41KB)

2014 Program Grants External Assessor’s Briefing Pack

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 Wednesday 23 April 2014. The waiver request should be emailed to with the subject ‘Citizenship waiver request for the 2014 Program 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).

Program Grants Quanta

Program Grants are awarded on the basis that recent past achievements are the best indicators of future performance. This is why the selection criteria award 60% of available points to each Chief Investigator’s record of research achievement.

The budget for Program Grants is also based on this philosophy. Rather than being based on a detailed budget bid, the budget is focused on awarding a quanta of funding commensurate with the recent record of achievement for each Chief Investigator. This is totalled and awarded as a one-line grant. This provides a flexible funding pool for the team, with the Chief Investigators being responsible for allocation of research resources to the team research program.

The 2014 Program Grants quanta rates are provided below as a retrospective guide to assist applicants considering a submission to the 2014 round. Quanta rates are adjusted annually in line with indexation.

Score Range

Quanta Level

2014 Rate

36 - 41.9



42 - 47.9



48 - 53.9



54 - 60



Reference Documents

Archived Documentation for the Previous Round

Criteria for Health and Medical Research of Indigenous Australians

Australian Standard Research Classifications & NHMRC Keyword ⁄ Phrases

Page last updated on 28 August 2014