The Development Grant scheme provides financial support to individual researchers and/or research teams to undertake health and medical research within Australia at the proof-of-concept stage that specifically drives towards a commercial outcome within a foreseeable timeframe.

Development Grants 2021 are now closed for applications in Sapphire

The intended outcomes of the Development Grant scheme are increased rates of translation of health and medical research into commercial outcomes, resulting in improved health and medical knowledge.

If you are planning to apply for a Development Grant and have not yet registered for a Sapphire account you will need to register

Key changes 

Revised NHMRC Relative to Opportunity Policy. The Policy has been revised by categorising and updating reference to Relative to Opportunity circumstances typically considered during peer review, including disability, illness and unemployment (noting that applicants can nominate any circumstance impacting productivity). 

Where to go for assistance and help

Resources are available to assist you in navigating Sapphire, such as Help (a list of frequently asked questions), how-to videos and access to the Sapphire Help Desk. The Sapphire Helpdesk will be available by email and telephone to assist you with any questions and issues.

NHMRC will update Sapphire’s NHRMC web page with latest news and other relevant information. We encourage you to check back regularly to keep yourself informed.

Peer Review Information

Applications to the Development Grants 2021 opportunity will be assessed in accordance with the assessment criteria set out in the Grant Guidelines (available on GrantConnect). The category descriptors are also provided within the Grant Guidelines.

For details regarding the Development Grants 2021 peer review process, please refer to the Development Grants 2021 Peer Review Guidelines available from the download section below. 

Before you submit an application, please make sure you have:


Grant submission advice

Read all relevant reference material

GrantConnect GO Documents


Liaise with your Administering Institution

to identify any specific requirements that the institution may have


Ensure your application is complete and correct.


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