The objective of the Ideas Grant scheme is to support innovative research projects addressing a specific question(s).

The expected outcomes are:

  • innovative and creative research
  • funding of researchers at all career stages, and
  • funding any area of health and medical research from discovery to implementation.

The scheme provides particular opportunities for early and mid-career researchers. It is expected that the CIA will have the capability to lead the team in achieving the project aims. 

The Ideas Grant scheme is not intended to support research where a clinical trial or cohort study is the primary objective. Applicants conducting projects which incorporate elements of clinical trial and/or cohort study must consider whether the project goals are more applicable to the Ideas Grant or Clinical Trials and Cohort Grant schemes. 

Funding Support

Ideas Grants may be funded by or in conjunction with other organisations. These grants offer opportunities to researchers whose work is particularly relevant to the priorities and research interests of the partner organisations. 

Information on how organisations and individuals can support NHMRC to fund health and medical research is available on the NHMRC website.

Peer Review of Ideas Grants

For peer review of 2021 Ideas Grants:

  • NHMRC will seek five independent assessments for each application
  • Reviewers will provide scores and written feedback against each assessment criterion
  • Grant Review Panel (GRP) meetings will not be held
  • Peer reviewer training will be enhanced.

More information on the key changes to 2021 Ideas Grants Peer Review process can be found in the CEO communique from 25th February 2021.

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

A Peer Reviewer Support Pack was provided to assessors to assist in the Ideas Grants peer review process. The Support Pack is available from the downloads section below. 

This year we have replaced the peer review webinar with a short video featuring some of our peer review mentors. Peer review mentors are independent senior researchers with experience conducting Ideas Grant/NHMRC peer review. Our mentors were asked to address some of the key questions and themes relating to Ideas Grants peer review and NHMRC peer review in general. They discuss the methods and practices they use for conducting effective independent peer review. 

The 2021 Ideas Grants Peer Review Mentor Video is available below.

Please click to view the Ideas Grants 2021 Peer Review Mentor video transcript.

Level of funding

The amount of funding for an Ideas Grant is based on assessment of the requested budget. 

Grant at a glance

Duration of funding
1-5 years

Outcomes of funding rounds

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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