Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships

NHMRC TRIP Fellowships provide support for health care professionals (e.g medical specialists, general practitioners, public health practitioners, physiotherapists, nurses, midwives, radiologists, and other allied health providers), health care personnel (health service managers, hospital department leaders, clinical trial managers) health systems personnel, health researchers and health policy makers to translate evidence into health care and public health improvements.

Note: In the context of the TRIP Fellowship, a policy maker is defined as someone who contributes significantly to the development of a health policy or policy decisions. The person must also be actively implementing or contributing significantly to the implementation of policy into practice.

The Fellowships provide for 0.5 of a full time equivalent position and ensure time for Fellows to develop the range of skills needed for leadership in research translation within their career. TRIP Fellowships are not designed to support applicants already established as health care leaders.

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 TRIP Fellowship application.

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

A complete TRIP Fellowship application must consist of the following:

  1. The relevant information in your RGMS Profile and CV;
  2. Completion of Parts A and B of the RGMS application form where indicated;
  3. The uploaded PDF document containing your Employing Institution’s Statement of Support (uploaded to Part B-EI: Eligibility Information);
  4. The uploaded PDF document containing your Translation Grant Proposal (uploaded to Part B-GP: Grant Proposal); and
  5. The uploaded PDF document containing your Project Mentor Statement of Support (uploaded to Part B-NM Project Mentor).

Prior to submission of an application for a TRIP Fellowship funding, applicants are to ensure they have:

  1. Read all relevant reference material;
  2. Liaise with their Administering Institution to identify any specific requirements that the institution may have; and
  3. Ensure their application is complete and correct (once submitted to NHMRC, your application will be considered final and no changes will be accepted).

Key Dates

The key dates for the Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships 2015 application round are as follows:

  • Applications open: 18 February 2015
  • Applications close: 17:00 hrs (5:00pm) AEST, 15 April 2015

Changes to TRIP Fellowships scheme for 2015

  • Qualifications: New wording has been added to clarify that applicants must have completed a tertiary qualification within the last 15 years at time of application.
  • Assessment Criteria/Scoring Matrix: Assessment Criteria weightings have been modified to
    • Translation Project 45% (previously 50%)
    • Research Output and Leadership 55% (previously 50%)
  • TRIP Fellowships Salary Package: New wording has been added to clarify that successful applicants are expected to commence their Fellowship on 1 January of the first year of the award.
  • Suspension of TRIP Fellowships for Family or Personal Reasons: Provision to suspend a TRIP Fellowship has been included to align with other NHMRC Fellowship schemes.
  • TRIP Fellowship Scoring Descriptors have been revised to more accurately reflect the objectives and requirements of the Scheme in relation to the sustainability of the project and mentoring in implementation science.
  • Citizenship: At the time of acceptance of the award, the applicant must be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident of Australia, or a New Zealand citizen. Previously this status was required when the award commenced.

For the full list of changes to TRIP Fellowships, please refer to Section 2 of the TRIP Fellowships Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2016.

Documentation to Apply for a TRIP Fellowship

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.

Research Classifications Guides including Broad Research Area, Fields of Research and NHMRC Keyword ⁄ Phrases

TRIP Fellowship Applications in Indigenous Health and Well-being (if required)

Recent Outcomes

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

Archived Documentation for the Previous Round

Documentation to apply for a TRIP Fellowship