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NHMRC - European Union Collaborative Research Grants

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) – European Union (EU) Collaborative Research Grants scheme aims to provide assistance to Australian researchers to participate in multinational research collaborative projects with international researchers. Previously, research projects that have been selected for funding under the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) Cooperation Calls for proposals have been eligible for NHMRC support.

The EU has recently opened calls under its new framework Horizon 2020. More information is available on the Horizon 2020 website. NHMRC is considering which Horizon 2020 calls to support through its EU – NHMRC Collaborative Grants scheme. Information available on this page relates to the 2013 funding round. Information regarding a 2014 funding round will be provided once details are known.

Program description

The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) was the EU's main instrument for funding research and development from 2007 to 2013. More information on FP7 is available from the following websites:

Projects involving Australian researchers based in Australia that are chosen by the European Commission (EC) for funding, may be eligible for NHMRC support.  The following criteria will be considered by the NHMRC when assessing eligible projects:

  • Research activities;
  • Demonstrated area of need;
  • Anticipated benefits; and
  • Collaboration/networking/resource sharing.

Key Dates

  • Application opens - TBA
  • Applications close  - TBA

Applications submitted after this time will not be accepted.

How to apply for grant funding under this program

Responsibility for submitting proposals to the EC under the FP7 lies with the European partners.

Applications for NHMRC – EU Scheme grants are only required to be submitted to NHMRC if an application has been peer reviewed by the EC and is favourably evaluated for funding.  The Australian Chief Investigator A (CIA) must forward evidence that the application has been favourably evaluated, with their application, to the NHMRC by the advertised closing date and time.

The NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) must be used to access/enter your CV and Profile, or submit funding applications to NHMRC.

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

A complete NHMRC – EU Scheme Application must consist of the following:

  1. Completion of Parts A and B of the application form;
  2. The relevant information in your RGMS Profile and CV;
  3. The uploaded PDF document containing your Research Proposal; and
  4. A copy of the Proposal submitted to the EU and evidence that the application has been favourably evaluated by the EC.

Prior to submission of an application for NHMRC – EU scheme funding, applicants are to ensure they:

  • are eligible to apply
  • read all relevant reference material; and
  • contact their Administering Institution to identify any specific requirements that the Institution may have.

Documentation to apply for a NHMRC – EU Scheme Grant

The NHMRC – European Union Scheme Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2014 can be found below.


Applications must be certified by, and submitted through the Research Administration Office (RAO) of an NHMRC approved Administering Institution.  The NHMRC Administering Institutions Policy and Registration Form is available on the internet at .

To be eligible for NHMRC – EU Scheme funding commencing 2014:

  1. All Australian CIs are to be listed as key or principal personnel or listed as participants and their roles explained on the EU application.  This ensures that the CI’s contribution has been peer reviewed as part of the original EU application;
  2. Evidence which indicates that the relevant EU FP7 application has been favourably evaluated and/or successfully awarded by the EU Commission, must be provided as part of the NHMRC-EU application;
  3. NHMRC recognises that an application to the EU may involve more than one Australian partner. Where NHMRC funding is sought, those partners will need to agree to a lead CI(A) and submit a single application. Other Australian partners must be identified as CIs in that application. Only one NHMRC grant may be funded for a successful EU application;
  4. Only applications submitted under the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) Cooperation calls are eligible;
  5. The Administering Institution for the NHMRC-EU application must be listed as a Full Partner in the List of Participants in the EU application;
  6. CIs must be based in Australia for the duration of the grant.

Successful NHMRC - EU Collaborative Research Grants

Contact for further information

For more information please contact:

NHMRC – European Union Collaborative Research Grants
Research Programs
GPO Box 1421

Page reviewed: 25 March, 2014