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Directory of NHMRC grants

The NHMRC provides funding for all areas of research relevant to human health and medical research. This page provides a comprehensive list of the NHMRC's funding types.

Name / Description

Funding type

Australia Fellowship

The Australia Fellowship was for outstanding health and medical researchers across all disciplines and consisted of a one line budget of $800,000 per annum for five years. Applications were invited from leading researchers both in Australia and around the world.

After five rounds and the awarding of 39 Australia Fellowships, applications are no longer accepted for this scheme.

NHMRC Fellowship Awards

Career Development Fellowships (formerly Career Development Awards)

Career Development Awards are available to researchers in the early stages of their careers. They aim to develop their capacity for original independent research; develop their research leadership skills; and help them to establish themselves as independent self-directed health and medical researchers in a research program or as part of a research team.

NHMRC Career Development Fellowships

Centre of Research Excellence

Centres of Research Excellence provide support for teams of researchers to pursue collaborative research and develop capacity in clinical, population health and health services research. Funding is provided through three schemes:

  • Centres of Research Excellence in Clinical Research;
  • Centres of Research Excellence in Health Services Research; and
  • Centres of Research Excellence in Population Health Research

NHMRC Centre of Excellence Scheme

Development Grant

These grants support development work undertaken on products, processes, techniques or procedures arising from fundamental biomedical research which have commercial potential.

NHMRC Development Grants

Early Career Fellowships (formerly Training (Postdoctoral) Fellowships) 

NHMRC Training (Postdoctoral) Fellowships provide opportunities for Australian researchers to undertake research that is both of major importance in its field and of benefit to Australian health. These Fellowships provide a vehicle for training in basic research either in Australia or overseas (where appropriate), to enable Fellows to work on research projects with nominated advisers.

Early Career Fellowships

Equipment Grants

The NHMRC provides funding for Equipment Grants to support competitively funded medical research. The funding is allocated on a pro rata basis to Administering Institutions according to their share of the total funding awarded by the NHMRC for research in the applicable year.

NHMRC Equipment Grants

Independent Research Institutes Infrastructure Support Scheme

The IRIISS was established in response to recent reviews that have found overhead infrastructure costs for independent medical research institutes to be substantial. IRIISS commenced in January 2005.


New Investigator Project Grants

A Project Grant aimed at providing an avenue for less experienced researchers to access NHMRC Project Grant funding.

NHMRC Project Grants

NHMRC – California Institute for Regenerative medicine

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) – California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Collaborative Research Grants scheme was established to support Australian-based components of collaborative research grants.  An NHMRC research grant of up to 3 years duration was offered in 2012 to support project work to be conducted by Partner Investigators located in Australia.

NHMRC– CIRM Collaborative Research Grants

NHMRC - European Union Collaborative Research Grants

The NHMRC has a limited fund to assist Australian participation in projects selected for funding under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The NHMRC provides funding support to Australian researchers who are listed as partners on successful European Union grants addressing health and medical research issues relevant to the NHMRC.

NHMRC - European Union Collaborative Research Grants

NHMRC - Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) Grants

The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) supports international and interdisciplinary collaborations in research, focusing on chronic non-communicable diseases.

Particular emphasis is placed on cardiovascular diseases (mainly heart disease and stroke), chronic respiratory conditions, type 2 diabetes, and several cancers. Work of the GACD will focus in particular on the needs of Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) and on low income populations in more developed countries.

Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) Grants

NHMRC John Cade Fellowship in Mental Health Research

The NHMRC John Cade Fellowship in Mental Health Research aims to build national leadership and expand capacity in Australian mental health research. Up to two Fellowships will be awarded in this one-off scheme. These Fellowships will provide substantial support for outstanding researchers who have a demonstrated ability to expand Australia’s capacity in mental health research. Successful applicants will be established researchers with an exemplary international record of achievement and expertise in innovative research and research translation.

Targeted Awards

Partnerships for Better Health
(Partnership Projects and Partnership Centres)

The NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health initiative aims to improve the availability and quality of research evidence to decision makers who design policy and to inform the policy process by supporting more effective connections between the decision makers and the researchers,.

As part of this initiative, NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health –Projects (Partnership Projects) will help create partnerships among decision makers, policy makers, managers, clinicians and researchers. This funding scheme provides funding and support to create new opportunities for researchers and policy makers to not only work together to define research questions and undertake research, but also to interpret and implement the findings.

Partnerships for Better Health

Practitioner Fellowship

NHMRC Practitioner Fellowships support 5 year appointments for high performing researchers, generally in the top 10% of their field. They are a part time fellowship which supports active clinicians and public health or health services professionals to undertake research that is linked to their practice or policy.

NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship

Cancer Australia PdCCRS

Cancer Australia’s Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme is an annual national research project grant scheme which funds cancer research in identified priority areas to help reduce the impact of cancer in the community and improve outcomes for people affected by cancer.

Cancer Australia’s Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme

Program Grant -Teams

The aim of this scheme is to provide support for teams of high caliber researchers to pursue broadly based collaborative research activities. Teams will be expected to contribute to new knowledge at a leading international level in important areas of health and medical research.

NHMRC Program Grants

Project Grants

Investigator initiated research projects of between one and five years duration.

NHMRC Project Grants

Research Fellowship

NHMRC Research Fellowships support 5 year appointments for high performing researchers, generally in the top 10% of their field and who, are viewed as 'pushing the boundaries' of research.

NHMRC Research Fellowship

Postgraduate Scholarships

The Scholarships scheme is to support outstanding Australian health and medical graduates early in their career so that they can be trained to conduct research that is internationally competitive and develop a capacity for original independent research. This is usually achieved by funding scholars to attain a PhD by full-time research.

Postgraduate Scholarships

Sir Macfarlane Burnet Fellowships

The Sir Macfarlane Burnet Fellowship serves as a formal mechanism by which the NHMRC can acknowledge and draw on the unique talents and expertise of Australian Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine, enabling them to contribute to the achievement of the NHMRC’s strategic objectives, better health outcomes and the development of a more dynamic health and medical research sector.

NHMRC Fellowship Awards

Targeted Call for Research (TCR)

An NHMRC Targeted Call for Research (TCR) is typically a one-time solicitation for grant applications addressing a defined research topic. A TCR specifies the scope and objectives of the research to be proposed, application requirements and procedures, and the review criteria to be applied in the evaluation of applications submitted in response to the TCR.

In alignment with the overarching goals of NHMRC's Strategic Plan, a TCR will stimulate or greatly advance research in a particular area of health and medical science that will benefit the health of Australians.

TCRs complement NHMRC's existing suite of funding schemes by providing a means for funding research in a way which is responsive, flexible and efficient. It should be noted that Urgent Calls for Research are a special type of TCR for which selection criteria and processes are already established.

Not applicable

Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships

The NHMRC TRIP Fellowships provide support for future leaders in translating important research findings into clinical practice. The award supports protected time for health professionals in researching approaches to applying evidence to improve care, and develop the range of skills needed for leadership in research translation. The Fellowships are intended to promote implementation of established evidence rather than further development of the evidence base for an intervention.


Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships


Page reviewed: 20 March, 2014