Project Grants

The objective of the Project Grants scheme is to support the creation of new knowledge by funding the best investigator-initiated research project plan of five years, or less, in any area relevant to human health.

A Project Grant application must outline a research proposal that describes the investigation of a new research idea/s. The proposal must support a particular set of aims and the budget must be directed to those aims. Single investigators or teams of up to ten chief investigators are supported as well as New Investigators (early career investigators).

Apply for funding

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

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

A complete Project Grant application must consist of the following:

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

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

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

Key Dates

The key dates for the Project Grants 2016 funding round are as follows:

9  December 2015 Application information and templates available
13 January 2016 Applications open in RGMS
27 January 2016

by 5pm  AEDT
Deadline for submission of New Investigator online forms to NHMRC
17 February 2016

by 5pm AEDT
Minimum data due in RGMS
16 March 2016

by 5pm AEDT
Applications close in RGMS

Applications in Period 1:
6 June - 17 June 2016; or

Applications in Period 2:
27 June  to 5 July 2016

Approximate dates for release of Assessor Reports

Applications in Period 1:
16 June - 27 June 2016; or

Applications in Period 2:
7 July to 15 July 2016

Approximate dates for submission of Applicant’s response (rebuttal)
9 September 2016 Completion of Peer Review
September 2016 NFFC applicants advised of outcomes
October - December 2016 Funding Announcement

Documentation to Apply for a Project Grant

Research Classification Guide including Broad Research Area, Fields of Research and NHMRC Keyword ⁄ Phrases

Applications in Indigenous Health and Well-being

Clinical Trials

NHMRC will only be able to fund a limited number of clinical trials and may require applicants to find co-funding as a prerequisite for NHMRC support if Clinical Trials Peer Review Panel members determine that this is warranted. See Section 6.2.3 of the Project Grants Funding Rules for additional details.

Funding by Other Organisations

External Funding Schemes

In 2016, organisations offering funding through the NHMRC Project Grants scheme include:

While the funding of applications is managed by the external funding organisation, NHMRC conducts the peer review process.  Applicants may select one or more funding organisation/s on their application form to indicate that the application/s are to be forwarded to the organisation for consideration of funding.  NHMRC is unable to forward the application to an external funding organisation without the applicant’s permission.  

Following the peer review of applications NHMRC provides the nominated organisation/s with the outcomes of the assessment process for applications that are considered fundable, but not funded by NHMRC. Any additional/supplementary questions required by the organisation are to be submitted directly to that funding organisation.

For more information on how to apply for funding from these external funding parties, applicants should refer to their websites and to the Project Grants Funding Rules.

Gap Funding

External organisations may have funding available to support research in specific areas and use the NHMRC Project Grants scheme to identify such projects. External organisations that have expressed an interest in providing funding for suitable Project Grant applications are:

This list is correct as at 11 March 2016.

Gap funding is aimed at supporting fundable research proposals that are unsuccessful through the NHMRC Project Grants scheme. Applications that address specific research areas identified by the funding organisation may be funded through this mechanism. The decision to ‘gap-fund’ a fundable Project Grant application that is not funded by NHMRC, is made by the partner organisation which may request additional information from potentially suitable applicants. The duration, budget and award requirements for gap funding will vary according to the organisation.

Important information for researchers applying for Project Grants funding in 2016 

Important information for 2016 Project Grant applications currently under review

Recent Outcomes

Further information

If you require more information, direct your inquiry to your administering institution Research Administration Office in the first instance. If you require further assistance contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983, or email