4 May 2020

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Investigator Grants 2020 Update
Funding outcomes for NHMRC’s Investigator Grant and Investigator Grants: MRFF Priority Round were released under strict embargo on Friday 24 April, 2020.
All applicants are reminded that strict embargo remains until after the grants have been announced. A definition of ‘under embargo’ can be found on NHMRC’s website.

Eligibility - Investigator Grant Awardees applying for Ideas Grants
Recipients of NHMRC and MRFF Investigator Grants are reminded that as per section 4.3 of the Investigator Grants 2020 Grant Guidelines, CIs (CIA-CIJ) who concurrently (in the same funding round) apply for an Investigator Grant and an Ideas Grant and are successful with both applications, will only be offered the Investigator Grant.

As such, recent Investigator Grant awardees are encouraged to remove themselves from any active Ideas Grants applications.  If they do not, the entire Ideas Grant application will be ruled ineligible and removed from the round as per sections 4.3.1 and 4.3.2 of the Investigator Grants 2020 Grant Guidelines.

Ideas Grants application dates
NHMRC Ideas Grant scheme dates for 2020 are as follows:

  • Minimum data due on Wednesday 13 May 2020
  • Round closes on Wednesday 10 June 2020.

Ideas Grants minimum data deadline
Minimum data must be entered in NHMRC’s granting system by the specified due date. This will assist NHMRC to confirm panel membership based on the spread of anticipated applications and recruit more peer reviewers in particular areas if required.

Applications that fail to satisfy this requirement will not be accepted. Applicants must complete the required fields with correct information. Using placeholder text such as “text”, “synopsis” or “xx” etc. is not acceptable as minimum data.

Listing all Chief Investigators on grant applications at Minimum Data is also important to assist RAOs to undertake eligibility checks and resolve issues before grants are submitted.

Minimum d­­ata fields for Ideas Grants 2020 are indicated in Sapphire by a blue flag.

Failure to provide this data in time will result in the application being removed from the funding round.

RAOs are not required to certify applications for the purpose of minimum data. Applications should only be certified once complete and ready for submission.

2020 Ideas Grants Peer Review Membership
Membership for Ideas Grants is currently being reviewed and further invitations will be sent following the minimum data due date with appointments to be confirmed following the conflict of interest and suitability survey in June. NHMRC is conscious of the impact that COVID-19 is having and anticipate that membership will be finalised by the end of June. Please advise NHMRC as soon as possible of any changes to your availability for Ideas Grants peer review

Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD): Cancer Prevention Funding Call 2019 – extension of submission deadline
The GACD Cancer Call submission deadline has been extended to 30 July 2020. You will find the critical documentation you need to apply on GrantConnect. Refer to the GACD website for further information.

NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, NHMRC will not hold the annual Symposium on Research Translation in 2020. NHMRC will use this year to explore suitable themes and innovative structures for a future Symposium and will provide further updates as they become available.

If you have any enquiries, comments or would like to share your ideas for future Symposia, please send a message to nhmrc.symposium@nhmrc.gov.au.

Canadian COVID-19 Rapid Research Funding Opportunity
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), recognising the importance of international cooperation in health research, invites applicants located in Canada to build on existing resources, in order to leverage efforts and increase timeliness, efficiency, and impact of the response.

Researchers based outside of Canada may collaborate on applications as either principal applicants, co-applicants or collaborators if they meet the relevant definitions in the CIHR Application Administration Guide, as well as the specific eligibility criteria outlined in the funding opportunity.

More information can be found on the CIHR webpage. For all inquiries about this opportunity, please contact the CIHR Contact Centre at EHTRF-FRNMS@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

Featuring research outcomes
If you have a publication that acknowledges NHMRC as a funder please let us know so we can tweet about it.

  • tweet including @NHMRC and #NHMRCresearch and we’ll retweet or
  • submit your details on NHMRC’s website and we’ll write a tweet.

Key application dates

Funding scheme

Open date

Minimum data due

Applications close

GACD- Cancer Prevention Call




Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants




Ideas Grants




Special Initiative in Mental Health




2020 Partnership Projects PRC1




Postgraduate Scholarships




2020 Partnership Projects PRC2




*NB schemes are in order of opening dates