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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 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.

Key dates

The key dates for the TRIP Fellowships 2014 round for funding commencing in 2015 are:

  • Applications open: 26 February 2014; and
  • Applications close: 17:00hrs (5pm) AEST, 7 May 2014.

Changes to TRIP Fellowships scheme for 2014

Several changes have been made to the TRIP Fellowships scheme including:

  • Applicants who have applied for or are currently enrolled in a PhD program may apply for a TRIP Fellowship.  However if successful, applicants must defer their PhD study during the tenure of the Fellowship.
  • New wording has been added to clarify that applicants must have completed their latest tertiary qualification more than 5 but less than 15 years ago at time of application.
  • Eligibility rulings will not be determined prior to submission of a completed application.
  • Assessment Criteria have been reduced from three to two.
  • Requirement for a TRIP Mentor has been removed.

For the full list of changes to TRIP Fellowships, please refer to Section 3 of the TRIP Fellowships Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2015.

Applying 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 consists of:

  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, applicants are to ensure they:

  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).

*NHMRC aims to continuously improve its grant application and assessment (peer review) process.  For this and upcoming grant application rounds, applicants will need to supply less information compared to previous years. View more information on the Streamlining and Application Assessment Project.

Documentation to apply for a TRIP Fellowship

Research Translation Training Courses

Fellows are expected to develop their skills in research translation, leadership and communications through study and professional development course(s) provided either by their administering institution or another institution that offers such opportunities.

The following institutions provide courses that are relevant to the NHMRC TRIP Fellowship program.

Note: Details regarding research translation training courses will be updated as further information is received.

Australian National University

Note: The current training courses information is being revised by the ANU for 2014.

Bond University

  • Bond University has courses in Evidence Based Medicine (EMB) practice, Systematic Reviews and Diagnostics. For further information go to

Curtin University

Joanna Briggs Institute

Clinical Fellowship Program

Course Offerings: The Joanna Briggs Institute Clinical Fellowship Program is a 6 month work place, evidence based implementation program involving 2 x five day intensive training residencies in the Joanna Briggs Institute. It teaches participants about evidence based practice, clinical leadership and implementation science. Further information is available on the Joanna Briggs Institute website.

Queensland University of Technology

The University of Melbourne

The University of New South Wales

The University of Sydney

The University of Technology Sydney

Monash University

  • Monash University offers research translation training courses through:
  1. The Australasian Cochrane Centre’s training in systematic reviews program.  The timetable for the program can be viewed on the Centre’s website at
  2. Two short courses run by the Monash University’s School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine. The two short course training programs are:

Further Information

If you require more information, direct your inquiry to your Research Administration Office in the first instance.
If you are unable to satisfy your concern by seeking assistance through your administering institution, please contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983, or by email

Page last updated on 1 May 2014