10 August 2020

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A message from the CEO, Professor Anne Kelso AO: changes to NHMRC’s 2021 grant schedule and policies in response to COVID-19 
NHMRC has changed the timing of the 2021 Investigator Grant and Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies schemes. NHMRC has also changed its Relative to Opportunity policy to accommodate the impacts of COVID-19 on research.

NHMRC is aware that all researchers and support staff continue to be affected, to varying degrees, by the COVID-19 pandemic. These effects include interruptions to research activities, increased workloads for front-line health care workers and public health researchers and increased caring responsibilities, particularly for those based in Victoria.

Read the full communique on the NHMRC website.

Ideas Grants Peer Review Processes 
The Conflicts of Interest (COI) and suitability declaration process commenced on 3 August. Prompt completion of COI and suitability declarations is important to allow NHMRC to match peer reviewers to the applications they are most suited to assess, and so that peer reviewers can start assessing applications. Thanks to those reviewers who have already completed their declarations.

NHMRC appreciates the willingness of the sector to make themselves available for peer review.  Assessor appointments for peer review will depend on the outcomes of the Conflict of Interest and suitability survey. NHMRC will confirm assessor appointments as soon as possible following the outcomes of the COI and suitability survey process.

NHMRC expects assessments for Ideas Grants applications to commence in September and will provide further updates in due course.

Training Modules for Peer Reviewers 
Two training modules to assist NHMRC peer reviewers to build their knowledge on NHMRC’s disclosure of interest and suitability declaration processes are now available to view on the NHMRC website.

Key application dates

Funding scheme

Open date

Minimum data due

Applications close

Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants




2020 Partnership Projects PRC1




2020 Partnership Projects PRC2




*NB schemes are in order of opening dates