Research funding statistics and data

The datasets on this page are updated annually to include each year’s new awards and to refresh the data for continuing grants.

These data represent a snapshot of the NHMRC‘s research funding activity at the time that the data was extracted from our systems. -These data were last updated 4 April 2016.

NHMRC funding data have undergone some recent cleaning to improve data quality. As part of the data cleaning process, some grants previously reported in these datasets that were co-funded by the NHMRC, but administered through other organisations, have been removed as these grants are reported by those organisations.

In addition, reporting of NHMRC grant expenditure has changed from budget amounts to actual payments.  This better reflects actual disbursement of funds and aligns NHMRC grant reporting with financial reporting. As such, some historical expenditure has changed from previous data.

NHMRC Research Funding Data - 2000 to 2015

The All Grants – 2000 to 2015 dataset contains details of all research grants during the period from 2000 to 2015. The dataset contains all publicly available details including research achievements and expected future outcomes from Final Reports when available.

The Summary Tables 2000 – 2015 dataset contains tables that summarise the data from the All Grants – 2000 to 2015 dataset. These summaries include funding by the main funding groups, grant types and sub types, states and territories, research sectors, broad research areas and administering institutions.

Both datasets contain a worksheet that provides explanatory information on the terminology used.

NHMRC Research Funding – Disease/disorders or health condition based data collections

Allocation of NHMRC funding to disease, health and research areas is based on the review of each individual grant against a range of investigator provided data classifications including Burden of Disease allocations, fields of research, keywords, grant titles and media summaries. The process may result in the allocation of grants to more than one disease, disorder or health issue. No attempt has been made to apportion the funding where more than one disease or disorder is indicated.

If the below tables do not provide the information you seek please contact nhmrc.statistics@nhmrc.gov.au.

NHMRC and other Australian Government priorities

The following table provides summary expenditure by NHMRC priority area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples health, as well as the Australian Government’s National Health Priority Areas.

NHMRC expenditure by priority areas 2011 to 2015

NATIONAL HEALTH PRIORITY AREAS

2011  
$m

2012   
$m

2013  
$m

2014  
$m

2015  
$m

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

$45.5

$46.6

$41.5

$49.1

$56.2

Arthritis and Osteoporosis

$28.4

$26.7

$22.9

$21.7

$23.0

Asthma

$19.3

$20.5

$21.5

$23.5

$22.6

Cancer

$181.3

$192.3

$179.3

$188.

$191.9

Cardiovascular Disease

$122.2

$121.8

$112.7

$123.1

$121.3

Dementia

$31.2

$27.6

$27.1

$33.5

$35.1

Diabetes

$81.0

$74.9

$65.1

$69.6

$69.6

Injury

$48.1

$51.8

$46.1

$58.9

$61.9

Mental Health

$70.2

$70.4

$73.3

$83.8

$86.4

Obesity

$39.2

$40.1

$41.4

$40.1

$37.8

           

Other disease, research and health areas:

The following table provides summary expenditure by a range of different disease, research and health areas. This list is under development and will grow over time.

BURDEN OF DISEASE

2011  
$m

2012  
$m

2013  
$m

2014  
$m

2015  
$m

Adolescent Health

$20.4

$20.1

$21.0

$20.0

$19.2

Child Health

$23.8

$25.7

$29.9

$29.5

$36.0

Congenital Abnormalities

$28.0

$27.0

$24.5

$27.4

$31.2

Developmental Disorders

$12.5

$13.0

$10.8

$12.2

$14.9

Eye Disease

$19.8

$19.7

$18.6

$20.8

$21.6

Human Development

$41.5

$39.7

$36.6

$35.5

$37.1

Infectious Disease

$119.2

$131.8

$126.3

$134.8

$141.9

Maternal Health

$28.4

$30.6

$33.6

$34.7

$37.1

Nervous System Disorders and Neuroscience

$155.1

$154.5

$148.2

$171.8

$188.3

Primary Health Care

$19.6

$19.5

$19.4

$24.7

$31.5

Respiratory Disease

$37.9

$41.5

$42.1

$47.1

$49.2

NHMRC Analysis of Australian Health and Medical Research Publications

NHMRC regularly publishes reports on the scientific publication output and the citation impact of NHMRC-funded research, and of Australian health and medical research more broadly.

National Register of Public Health Research

The pilot phase of the National Register of Public Health Research - contains details of NHMRC-funded research projects only.

Governance Reporting