Professor Anne Kelso AO
CEO, National Health and Medical Research Council
30 August 2019

NHMRC’s New Grant Program commenced on 5 December 2018 with the opening of the Investigator Grant scheme.

The development and implementation of the New Grant Program has been more than three years in the making, involving extensive stakeholder consultation on its objectives and peer review processes. Yesterday marks the completion of the first round of Investigator Grants with outcomes announced by the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP. 

246 outstanding applicants have been awarded a five-year Investigator Grant – a grant which provides a full-time or part-time salary (if needed) along with a research support package. These grants represent a total expenditure from the Medical Research Endowment Account of over $365 million. The five-year package provides flexibility to undertake innovative research that will see health and medical advances for all Australians.

I would like to congratulate these individuals and wish them all the best as they embark on the next phase of their research. I would also like to thank the many researchers who contributed their time and expertise to participate in the peer review of the applications received. To reach this point would not have been possible without their support.

There has been considerable interest in the outcomes of this scheme and the impact of the New Grant Program in general. We have published Investigator Grant outcome data and a factsheets covering the peer review process on NHMRC’s website. I will be giving a series of presentations discussing the first round and outcomes of the Investigator Grant scheme – noting that a complete overview of the New Grant Program cannot be achieved until the conclusion of peer review for the remaining schemes (e.g. Ideas Grants, Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants and Synergy Grants) later this year. I will also present via a live webinar in early October – additional details will be provided through NHMRC’s tracker.

Again, congratulations to those who have been awarded funding for 2020.

Professor Anne Kelso AO