The NHMRC Statistics Unit welcomes you to NHMRC's research funding data and statistics information portal. Over time this site will be developed to provide comprehensive information on NHMRC research funding data across the spectrum of research activity.
Statistics and data collections
Summary of annual funding commitments 2009 to 2013
Based on the announcements for new research funding commitments since the 2008 Application Round (funding years 2009 to 2013) with links to the NHMRC website where details of the funding announcements and awards are located.
- Summary of annual funding commitments information 2009 - 2013 updated November 2012
Summary Tables of annual funded rates for Research Institutions applying for funding in the period 2008 to 2012
These data provide summary tables of the proportion of funded grants from all applications received and peer reviewed across the various grant schemes over the period from application year 2008 to application year 2012. In the case of Project Grants, data on the number of applications that were rated as fundable but not funded is also included.
- Summary Tables of annual funded rates for Research Institutions applying for funding in the period 2008 to 2012 updated November 2012
NHMRC Project Grants success rate by Broad Research Area
This dataset contains details of the success rate for Project Grants from the 2005 through to 2011 Application Rounds against the four research pillars – Basic Science, Clinical Medicine and Science, Health Services Research and Public Health. This dataset contains details of the funded rate (proportion of funded grants against applications for funding peer reviewed) for Project Grants against the four research pillars – Basic Science, Clinical Medicine and Science, Health Services Research and Public Health.
- NHMRC Project Grants success rate by Broad Research Area updated November 2012
NHMRC core funding data
NHMRC core funding data
The NHMRC research funding data for period 1990 to 2012 covering all new and continuing grants funded and active in that 23 year period. Provides the core information on who was funded, what was funded, for how long and how much. Whilst the data is filtered to enable user interrogation, it also provides a range of tabulated data to assist. The data is provided in four datasets:
- The Last Ten Years of NHMRC research funding - 2003 to 2012 updated November 2012
- The Current Decade, 2010 to 2019 NHMRC research funding (contains 2010, 2011 and 2012 data and will be added to annually until 2019) updated November 2012
- 2000 to 2009 NHMRC research funding updated November 2012
- 1990 to 1999 NHMRC research funding updated November 2012
NHMRC Research Funding Facts Book 2011
Contains key statistics related to NHMRC research funding and research activity over the last ten years.
Major Health Issues Likely to Arise
As required by the National Health and Medical Research Act (1992) and outlined in the NHMRC 2010-2012 Strategic Plan, the following major health issues are the subject of special consideration:
- Building a self-improving health system
- Indigenous health and well-being
- Ageing and health
- Chronic disease
- Mental health
- Genomic medicine and frontier technologies
- Planning for emerging infectious disease threats
- Examining alternative therapy claims
- Global health
- Health consequences of climate change.
- Report on the NHMRC’s considerations and progress of the MHILAs
- Progress report on the extent that NHMRC’s research funding addresses each of the MHILAs, updated to include data for the period 2000 to 2011
National Register of Public Health Research
The National Register of Public Health Research provides for greater transparency in the conduct and reporting of results of government, non-government and commercially supported public health research. The pilot phase of the National Register of Public Health Research contains details of NHMRC-funded research projects only. In future, researchers will be welcome to add information on their research projects that are not part of this initial pilot.
Summary of Research achievements
A series of summary reports that includes both the research intention through the investigator provided lay summary from the grant application and the research outcomes summary from the investigator provided End of Grant Report (contains details from more than 3300 reports as at August 2010). The summaries cover:
- Summary of All available End of Grants Reports as at 1 Aug 2010
- Summary of Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia research reports
- Summary of Arthritis research reports
- Summary of Asthma research reports
- Summary of Cancer research reports
- Summary of Cardiovascular Disease research reports
- Summary of Diabetes research reports
- Summary of Injury research reports
- Summary of Mental Health research reports
- Summary of Obesity research reports
- Summary of Indigenous health research reports
Lay or Media summaries for NHMRC research grants
Lay Summaries or Media Summaries for all research support grants (projects, program and strategic grants) and people support grants (career fellowships, early career training fellowships and postgraduate scholarships) that are available electronically since the 2000 Application Round are contained in the datasets available through the NHMRC core funding data and also in the individual NHMRC research funding datasets based on burden of disease and health issues.
Please note that while lay summaries for most Research Support grant types are available, only People Support grants awarded since the 2007 Application Round have lay summaries available electronically and therefore available for inclusion in these datasets.
Lay summaries for the 2012 application round are available separately in the attached spreadsheet and will be incorporated into the core funding data and burden of disease datasets over the next 12 months.
- Lay or Media summaries for NHMRC research grants updated November 2012
Summary list of NHMRC research funding data
A quick reference list providing a one line summary of the funding for the ten year period 2003-2012 for the wide range of burden of disease and health issues datasets (including National Health Priority Areas and NHMRC priorities) that are available on the NHMRC Statistics Portal. The currency of the data is also provided.
- Summary list of NHMRC research funding data updated November 2012
National Health Priority Areas (NHPAs)
Research funding data for the Australian Government’s nominated national health priorities (arthritis, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, dementia,diabetes, injury, mental health and obesity).
- National Health Priority Areas (NHPAs) updated November 2012
NHMRC research priorities
The current NHMRC Research priority is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples health.
- NHMRC research priority - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples health updated November 2012
NHMRC research funding datasets based on burden of disease and health issues
Here there are 128 datasets, each with a summary page; a calendar year and a financial year page for all grants in teach dataset. Within these datasets there are 911 separate worksheets for the different sub-types within each disease or health issue. For example, the Cancer dataset, in addition to the summary page, calendar year and financial year all grants data has in excess of 50 sub-type worksheets (from bone cancer to testicular cancer).
- NHMRC research funding datasets based on burden of disease and health issues updated November 2012
A range of research funding data and information drawn from the NHMRC’s electronic databases covering information on funded research, generally over the period 2000-2006 (to be updated to include data up to 2012).
Currently contains quantitative data from more than 1200 available final reports for grants that ended in 2004 to 2005 held in the electronic database (to be updated to include more than 4500 reports held as at October 2012).
A History of NHMRC research activity through its research funding and researchers. This will include a series of short ‘stories’ about NHMRC research funding over different periods of time including from the very beginning of the NHMRC in 1937. These ‘stories’ will be developed as time and resources permits and currently includes:
This site enables stakeholders and users of NHMRC data to have direct access to the most consistent and best available information on NHMRC funded research. The datasets and worksheets have been produced by the NHMRC Statistics Unit and will be updated annually through a rolling review process to include the current year's research funding details.
The datasets and worksheets are based on the review of each individual grant against a range of investigator provided data classification and search options including Burden of Disease allocations, Fields of Research, keywords, grant titles and, where available, investigator provided lay descriptions/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.
The core NHMRC Research Funding Datasets cover the 23 years from 1990 to 2012 and are fully searchable datasets. The first dataset is the Last Ten Years (2003-2013). Subsequent datasets are presented as ten year snapshots; 1990-1999, 2000-2009 and 2010-2019 (with 2010, 2011 and 2012 as the first three years of the latter dataset). Each contains a range of information presented in summary tables, including funding by main funding groups, grant types, grant sub-types, broad research areas, fields of research, administering institutions, state and territory and funding by sector.
Burden of disease and health issues
Each burden of disease and health issues dataset contains a Summary page which provides details of the total expenditure by calendar and financial year for the full period of the funding for the all the worksheets contained in the dataset as well as details on the data collection/presentation methodology. Each worksheet within a dataset also contains a Summary of Expenditure for each year of the dataset, including the number of active grants each year and details of the remaining out years funding.
As NHMRC funding is awarded on a calendar year basis, the funding information provided in the datasets and worksheets is the annual expenditure for each calendar year. However, each dataset will also include a worksheet that shows financial year funding at the all grants worksheet level. For example, the cancer dataset will have both a calendar year and a financial year worksheet for all cancer grants whereas the Breast Cancer sub-types worksheet will be provided in calendar year form only.
Each dataset and worksheet contains a number of summary notes. These will indicate that the data:
- is based on keyword and title searches relative to the disease or disorder;
- may form part of a larger dataset and if so, there may be a large amount of funding that falls within the disease or disorder under review that cannot be ascribed to a particular type of the disease through the existing methodology but which may have a benefit to sufferers of that disease or disorder; and
- will change over time.
The information provided in these data is provided free of charge by the NHMRC for the benefit of stakeholders and the public. While due care has been taken in its preparation, the NHMRC cannot guarantee and assumes no legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, currency, completeness or interpretation of the information.
As a part of the NHMRC's ongoing commitment to consistently provide the best available information on NHMRC funding to all stakeholders and the Australian public, we are seeking feedback regarding the usability and usefulness of the data contained in the statistics portal. Your feedback will be used to improve the quality and presentation of the information provided. Further information and assistance is available from the NHMRC Statistics Unit via email at NHMRC.Statistics@nhmrc.gov.au.