6. Funding

6.1 Level and Duration of Funding

Development Grants are available for 1 – 3 years. Applicants are required to fully and clearly justify their requested budget.

The Grant Review Panel (GRP) will consider how the requested budget and requested duration of the grant supports the proposed outcomes of the application, and may adjust the duration and budget of the grant to ensure the project can be achieved, while ensuring value for money. 

For a more detailed explanation regarding Personnel Salary Packages (PSP) requests, the appropriate use of NHMRC funds and how to prepare the budget in the application, refer to the Development Grants Scheme Specific Advice and Instructions to Applicants.

For details on Development Grants applications funded rate by year go to the NHMRC website

6.2 Use of Funds

6.2.1 Funding to support overseas research activities

Applicants may request funding to support specific research activities to be undertaken overseas.  In doing so, the applicants must clearly demonstrate that the research activity is critical to the successful completion of the research aims and that the equipment/resources required for the research activity are not available in Australia.  

Applicants may request funding for salary support for the specific research activities to be undertaken overseas. However, when requesting salary support for overseas activities, the personnel in relation to the request may not be named as a CI.

6.2.2 Funding for Clinical Trials

Applications with a significant Clinical Trial component, as determined by NHMRC, are ineligible to apply for Development Grant funding, and will be withdrawn from consideration (see section 10.7 of the NHMRC Funding Rules 2017). Applicants are advised to consider applying to the Project Grants scheme, which has dedicated Clinical Trial Grant Review Panels to assess clinical trial applications.

For details on budget development please refer to the NHMRC Funding Rules 2017 section 8.3.2 and Development Grants Scheme Specific Advice and Instructions to Applicants 2017, sections 3.3 B-PBRF and 3 B-PB Proposed Budget – DRC and Equipment.

6.3 Industry/Commercial experience: Track Record criterion

When evaluating the Record of Commercial Achievements criterion, assessors will take into consideration applicants’ relevant expertise or research industry skills, experience and achievements. Further guidance is provided at section 6.1 NHMRC Funding Rules 2017