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NHMRC Project Grants success rate by Broad Research Area

Numbers of Applications, number of funded grants and funded percentage, by Broad Research Area for Application Years 2005 to 2012  (Grant funding  commencing  2006 to 2013).

Current as of 22 October 2012

Application Year

Broad Research Area (BRA)*

Total Number of Applications

Number of Applications Funded

Proportion funded by BRA

2005

Basic Science

1013

257

25.4%

Clinical Medicine and Science

703

117

16.6%

Health Services Research

106

14

13.2%

Preventative Medicine

59

10

16.9%

Public Health

226

47

20.8%

 

2005 Total

2107

445

21.1%

2006

Basic Science

1334

350

26.2%

Clinical Medicine and Science

963

166

17.2%

Health Services Research

156

23

14.7%

Preventative Medicine

75

8

10.7%

Public Health

313

59

18.8%

 

2006 Total

2841

606

21.3%

2007

Basic Science

1167

374

32.0%

Clinical Medicine and Science

822

207

25.2%

Health Services Research

114

23

20.2%

Preventative Medicine

72

14

19.4%

Public Health

245

49

20.0%

 

2007 Total

2420

667

27.6%

2008

Basic Science

1256

394

31.4%

Clinical Medicine and Science

826

185

22.4%

Health Services Research

139

23

16.5%

Preventative Medicine

82

16

19.5%

Public Health

284

68

23.9%

 

2008 Total

2587

686

26.5%

2009

Basic Science

1441

377

26.2%

Clinical Medicine and Science

1006

192

19.1%

Health Services Research

126

24

19.0%

Preventative Medicine

86

13

15.1%

Public Health

342

79

23.1%

 

2009 Total

3001

685

22.8%

2010

Basic Science

1565

423

27.0%

Clinical Medicine and Science

1179

234

19.8%

Health Services

138

24

17.4%

Public Health

356

75

21.1%

 

2010 Total

3238

756

23.3%

2011

Basic Science

1721

437

25.4%

Clinical Medicine and Science

1173

232

19.8%

Health Services

132

22

16.7%

Public Health

343

80

23.3%

 

2011 Total

3369

771

22.9%

2012

Basic Science

1896

431

22.7%

Clinical Medicine and Science

1199

208

17.3%

Health Services

112

26

23.2%

Public Health

363

66

18.2%

 

2012 Total

3570

731

20.5%


*Notes:

1. How BRA is designated. Broad Research Area (BRA) is the descriptor of the research provided by the applicants, at the time of applying for the grant. NHMRC does not verify this categorisation and so the data provided here should be regarded as indicative only.

2. BRA and distribution to GRPs. The BRA categorisation provided by grant applicants is not used to determine the allocation of applications to grant review panels. This is done primarily on the basis of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Field of Research classification. In addition this year, we have asked grant applicants to choose an indicative panel from a select list. . Most GRPs are multi-disciplinary and have applications from more than one BRAs, though the mix of BRA applications will vary depending on the areas that the GRP is addressing (e.g., the mix will be quite different between the Nursing and Gerontology GRP and  the Cancer Genetics GRP, just as an example of contrast ). Thus the success rate of each BRA is not predetermined but is the outcome of the deliberations of more than 30 different GRPs.

3. Disappearance of the “Preventative Medicine” BRA in 2010.  This BRA was introduced two decades ago but is not thought of as one of the research pillars internationally. Analysis showed that the types of grants in this category were a combination of clinical medicine (especially secondary prevention) and some public health. Overall however, public health approaches to prevention were mostly categorised into the Public Health BRA. In the 2010 grant application round, Research Committee agreed to remove this BRA upon the recommendation of the Review of Public Health Research in Australia, by the NHMRC Committee chaired by Prof. Don Nutbeam. (Nutbeam Review recommendation 14).

 

Page reviewed: 19 December, 2012