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. All Project Grants applications must be of five years, or less. Single investigators or teams of up to ten chief investigators are supported as well as New Investigators (early career investigators) see Section 6 for further details.
2014 Project Grants funding round
The key dates for the Project Grants 2014 funding round are as follows:
- Wednesday 4 December 2013 - Applications Open
- Wednesday 22 January 2014 - deadline for Citizenship waiver requests
- Wednesday 22 January 2014 - deadline for New Investigator rulings
- Wednesday 5 March 2014 at 17:00 hours AEDT – Applications Close
- Approximate dates for Applicant’s response (rebuttal): 2 June – 11 June 2014 or 23 June to 2 July 2014. Note: The rebuttal period assigned to each application is determined by the Grant Review Panel (GRP) meeting dates for specific research disciplines. When available, a list confirming rebuttal dates for each application will be posted on the NHMRC website. Further details will be provided via NHMRC Research Tracker newsletter.
Further advice for Project Grants 2014 B-PR: Grant Proposal – referencing style
Due to complexities around referencing styles and the impact on applicants we are updating our advice to applicants on referencing styles.
- not exceed 2 pages,
- provide a list of all references cited in the application in an appropriate standard journal format, (NHMRC prefers the Author-date (also known as the Harvard System), Documentary-note and the Vancouver System),
- list authors in the order in which they appear in PubMed,
- not include web links,
- only include references to cited work.
The NHMRC Project Grants Advice and Instructions document has been updated at page 24 in accordance with this advice.
Project Grants New Investigator Formal Ruling and Citizenship Waiver Submissions
To avoid any undue delay in processing these requests, ONHMRC requires as much relevant information as possible.
Formal Rulings for New Investigator eligibility:
At close of round, 5 March 2014 all CIs on an application for NI funding will need to:
- have less than 10 years from the date of the letter advising them that their doctoral thesis was passed, unless career disruptions exist;
- not have been a named CI (or equivalent) on a funded NHMRC Project Grant and/or an ARC Discovery Grant; and
- not have been a named CI (or equivalent) on a funded research grant from any other agency listed on the Australian Competitive Grants Register or from an international funding agency totalling $AUD 250,000 or more.
Emails should be marked for attention of Director, Project Grants Section and must be submitted to Project Grants firstname.lastname@example.org by 22 January 2014.
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 22 January 2014. The waiver request should be emailed to email@example.com with the subject ‘Citizenship waiver request for the 2014 Project 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).
Changes to New Investigator eligibility criterion for 2014 Project Grants
Significant changes have been made to the New Investigator eligibility criterion for the 2014 Project Grants funding round. These changes can be viewed at Section 6 of the 2014 NHMRC Funding Rules incorporating the Project Grants scheme for funding commencing in 2015 (Funding Rules).
Five Year Project Grants
Project Grants are for five years, or less. The GRP will consider how the requested budget and requested duration of the grant supports the proposed outcomes of the application, and may adjust the duration and budget of the grant to ensure the project can be achieved, while ensuring value-for-money.
For details on 2013 funded rates for Project Grant applications requesting five years of funding go to:
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.
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 Project Grant application.
Applicants who are not yet registered on RGMS, should contact the Research Help Centre on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A complete Project Grant application must consist of the following:
- Completion of Parts A and B (including the Grant Proposal pdf) of the application form; and
- The relevant information in your RGMS profile and CV
Prior to submission of an application for Project Grant funding, applicants are to ensure they:
- read all relevant reference material; and
- liaise with their Administering Institution to identify any specific requirements that the Institution may have.
Applicants should note that as a result of streamlining the application and assessment (peer review) process for NHMRC schemes, less information will be required in the application compared to previous years. View more information on the Streamlining and Application Assessment Project.
Documentation to apply for a Project Grant
- NHMRC Funding Rules incorporating the Project Grants scheme for funding commencing in 2015
- (Scheme specific changes can be found on in Part 2 of this document)
- Advice and Instructions to applicants for funding commencing in 2015
- NHMRC Project Grants Peer Review Guidelines for funding commencing in 2015 (TBA)
- 'Guide to Peer Review Areas' and 'Fields of Research (FoR) and Broad Research Area (BRA)' documents:
- Criteria for Health and Medical Research of Indigenous Australians
Applicable for applicants applying for NHMRC Project Grants funding in the area of Indigenous Health
- Research Classifications Guides including Broach Research Area, Fields of Research & NHMRC Keyword ⁄ Phrases
- Budget mechanism for Project Grants funding commencing in 2015
- 2014 NHMRC Project Grants Category Descriptors (PDF, 130KB)
Funding by Other Organisations
External Funding Schemes
In 2014, organisations offering funding through the NHMRC Project Grants funding 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 NHMRC Funding Rules incorporating the Project Grants scheme for funding commencing in 2015.
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:
- Cystic Fibrosis Australia
- Department of Health (Hearing Loss Prevention Program) (PDF, 353KB)
- Duchenne Foundation (PDF, 79KB)
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.
Not for Further Consideration (NFFC) Process
Summary of NFFC process and outcomes
The Not for Further Consideration (NFFC) process was introduced into the peer review of Project Grants in 2010. This process identifies the least competitive applications received by NHMRC based on initial scores provided by the primary and secondary spokespersons and aims to remove them from progressing further through to the face-to-face GRP process. A summary of the overall process may be found here.
- Project Grants Not For Further Consideration Process for 2014 and outcome data from 2011-2013 (PDF, 85KB)
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 email@example.com.