1 February 2021

Revised Relative to Opportunity Policy

NHMRC has revised its Relative to Opportunity Policy, which includes clearer categorisation and clarification of relative to opportunity considerations, including personal situations such as disability and unemployment. The update complements changes to the policy announced on 4 August 2020, to recognise the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and other calamities.
The revised policy will apply to all NHMRC schemes involving track record assessment that open on or after 1 February 2021.
As part of the revised policy, NHMRC will also trial a new approach to assessment of ‘relative to opportunity’ considerations in the 2021 Investigator Grant round, by taking into account the individual career context and life circumstances of all applicants.
The revised Relative to Opportunity Policy is available on our policy page.

A NHMRC communique explaining the policy changes is available on the 2021 Investigator Grants funding webpage.
Please contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983 or email help@nhmrc.gov.au for further information or assistance.