Investigator Grants consolidate separate fellowship and research support into one grant scheme that provides the highest-performing researchers at all career stages with funding for their salary (if required) and a significant research support package.

These grants provide the investigator with flexibility to pursue important new research directions as they arise and to form collaborations as needed, rather than being restricted to the scope of a specific research project.

Investigator Grants support:

  • research across the four pillars of health and medical research: biomedical, clinical, public health and health services research
  • different career stages – early career researchers, mid-career researchers and established researchers
  • researchers with clinical responsibilities (such as clinicians, public health and allied health practitioners)
  • full-time and part-time researchers.

The expected outcomes are:

  • flexibility for investigators to pursue important new research directions as they arise and to form collaborations as needed
  • innovative and creative research
  • opportunities for researchers at all career stages to establish their own research programs
  • reduced application and peer review burden on researchers.

Key Changes in 2021

Each year NHMRC seeks feedback from peer reviewers and receives feedback from applicants on peer review policies and processes. This feedback contributes to a detailed policy analysis to determine whether the new grant program is achieving its objectives and if any policy adjustments are required.

The key changes to the Investigator Grant 2021 Guidelines are detailed in the Investigator Grants 2021 Key Changes Factsheet, available from the Download section at the bottom of this page.

Communique on revised Relative to Opportunity Policy

NHMRC has revised its Relative to Opportunity Policy based on feedback from its expert advisory committees and the research sector, and will trial a new approach to assessment of ‘relative to opportunity’ considerations in the 2021 Investigator Grant round. Further information is provided in the Communique, available from the Download section at the bottom of this page.

Funding Support

Investigator 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 Information

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

As part of a new and expanded process for utilising senior researchers through the 2021 Investigator Grant round NHMRC has produced a video consisting of senior researchers, or Mentors, addressing key questions and themes relating to both the Investigator Grant peer review process as well as NHMRC peer review in general. 

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

An index of the above video, including time-stamps for each section/question is available from the download section below.


Grant at a glance

Duration of funding
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.