These FAQs address common eligibility queries received during the application process for the Investigator, Ideas, and Synergy Grant schemes.

Potential applicants should familiarise themselves with all eligibility requirements detailed in the relevant and most up to date scheme grant opportunity guidelines before submitting an application.

Cross-cutting

'CIs can submit a total of 2 applications across the Investigator, Synergy and Ideas Grant schemes in any given funding round.'

See section:
4.2.1 of the Ideas and Synergy grant guidelines, or
4.3.1 of the Investigator Grant guidelines

'CIs can hold a maximum of 2 grants concurrently from the Investigator, Synergy and Ideas Grant schemes'

See section:
4.2.1 of the Ideas and Synergy grant guidelines, or
4.3.1 of the Investigator Grant guidelines

The breaching application(s) is removed from further consideration for funding.

'If any CI (CIA–CIJ) submits an Investigator, Synergy or Ideas Grant application(s), in the same funding round, in excess of the maximum for which they are eligible to apply for or hold, the breaching application(s) (i.e. the last submitted) on which that CI is named may be ineligible and excluded from consideration, irrespective of:

  • the scheme to which they have applied, and
  • that CI’s position or role on the application.'

See section:
4.2.1 of the Ideas and Synergy grant guidelines, or
4.3.1 of the Investigator Grant guidelines

'Once submitted to NHMRC, the application is considered final and no changes can be made.'

See section:
7.6 of the Investigator and Ideas Grant guidelines, or
7.7 of the Synergy Grant guidelines

No

Eligibility to apply for an Investigator, Ideas or Synergy Grant is based upon the original end date of held grants. Extensions to the grant end date no longer impact eligibility to apply for an Investigator, Ideas and/or Synergy Grant.

Investigator Grants

Yes, depending on the number and/or type of other applications and/or grants you hold.

'CIAs in receipt of an Investigator Grant salary are not eligible to concurrently receive salary support from non-NHMRC grants. The term 'non-NHMRC grant' covers competitive funding received from any source other than NHMRC (including MRFF).

'For the purposes of the non-NHMRC grants policy, ‘salary support’ means any salary from a non-NHMRC grant(s) that totals greater than 20% of the value of the awarded Investigator Grant salary, for the overlapping period.

'CIAs with non-NHMRC grants that provide salary(ies) with a total value less than or equal to 20% of the value of the awarded Investigator Grant salary can retain both/all salaries.'

See section:
4.3.6 of the Investigator Grant guidelines

The Investigator Grant PhD census date was aligned with the application close date from the 2024 round. This was to eliminate potential inequities with the change in timing of the Investigator Grant round, shifting the application phase away from the previous census date (1 March). This change means that eligibility to apply at the Emerging Leadership (EL) Category is now calculated from when the application is submitted, rather than from 6 months post this date, had the census date remained 1 March. This change ensures that applicants to the EL Category are less than 10 years post PhD (when adjusted for any career disruptions) when they apply, creating a fairer peer review for applicants.

See section:
4.4 of the Investigator Grant guidelines

'Eligibility to apply for, and hold, an Investigator Grant is linked to numbers of grants applied for or held from the Synergy and Ideas Grant schemes, as well as other NHMRC grants held, including the Investigator Grant scheme itself.

'Detailed information on how eligibility for an Investigator Grant is affected by a CI’s grant applications and/or currently held grants is available at Appendix E of the grant guidelines and the eligibility tool.'

See section:
4.3.1 of the Investigator Grant guidelines

Yes.

'If an Investigator Grant applicant is a CI (CIA-CIJ) on a Synergy or Ideas Grant application(s) from the previous round, and are subsequently offered a Synergy or Ideas Grant(s) to the maximum of NHMRC grants that they are eligible to hold, the Investigator Grant will not be eligible for NHMRC funding and will be removed from consideration, irrespective of whether the Synergy or Ideas Grant(s) is accepted.'

See section:
4.3.1 of the Investigator Grant guidelines

Synergy Grants

'A Synergy Grant application requires a minimum of 4 CIs. The maximum number of CIs allowed on a Synergy Grant application is 10.'

See section:
4.1.1 of the Synergy Grant guidelines

'CIs can submit a maximum of one Synergy Grant application in a grant opportunity, subject to other NHMRC grants concurrently held or applied for.'

See section:
4.2.2 of the Synergy Grant guidelines

'Eligibility to apply for, and hold, a Synergy Grant is linked to numbers of grants applied for or held from the Investigator and Ideas Grant schemes, as well as other NHMRC Grants held, including the Synergy Grant scheme itself.

Detailed information on how eligibility for Synergy Grants is affected by a CI’s grant applications and/or currently held grants is available at Appendix E of the grant guidelines and the eligibility tool.'

See section:
4.2.1 of the Synergy Grant guidelines

Ideas Grants

CIs can hold a maximum of 2 Ideas Grants concurrently, subject to other NHMRC grants held or concurrently applied for.

'Eligibility to apply for, and hold, an Ideas Grant is linked to the numbers of grants applied for or held from the Investigator and Synergy Grant schemes, as well as other NHMRC grants held, including the Ideas Grant scheme itself.

'Detailed information on how eligibility for Ideas Grants is affected by a CI’s grant applications and/or currently held grants is available at Appendix D.'

See section:
4.2.1 of the Ideas Grant guidelines