The New Investigator (NI) initiative aims to support researchers who are yet to receive significant research funding through a competitive grants process. NHMRC seeks to ensure that the success rate for NI applicants is approximately the same as that for standard Project Grant applications.
As at close of round, 5 March 2014 all CIs on an application for NI funding will need to:
- have less than 10 years from the date of the letter advising them that their doctoral thesis was passed, unless career disruptions exist;
- not have been a named CI (or equivalent) on a funded NHMRC Project Grant and/or an ARC Discovery Grant; and
- not have been a named CI (or equivalent) on a funded research grant from any other agency listed on the Australian Competitive Grants Register or from an international funding agency totalling $AUD 250,000 or more.
Applicants may still have held a salary-only award (Scholarship or Fellowship) from any funding source including NHMRC (e.g. NHMRC Career Development Award, Early Career Fellowship Award or Training Award).
Applicants will be required to provide justification within the application stating why the application should be considered for New Investigator status.
Applicants unsure of their eligibility can seek a formal ruling by emailing NHMRC. Applicants should clearly outline details of any previous funding, and their role on the funded project(s). Emails should be marked for attention of Director, Project Grants Section and must be submitted to Project Grants firstname.lastname@example.org by 22 January 2014.