Investigator Grants provide the highest-performing researchers at all career stages with consolidated funding for their salary (if required) and a significant research support package.
In this way, the Chief Investigator has flexibility to pursue important new research directions as they arise, adjust their resources accordingly, 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:
- public health
- health services research
- all career stages:
- early career researchers
- mid-career researchers
- established researchers
- researchers with clinical responsibilities (such as clinicians, public health and allied health practitioners)
- full-time and part-time researchers.
Investigator Grants aim to:
- allow flexibility for investigators to pursue important new research directions as they arise and to form collaborations as needed
- foster innovative and creative research
- create opportunities for researchers at all career stages to establish their own research programs
- reduce application and peer review burden on researchers.
Working towards gender equity in Investigator Grants
Following NHMRC's national consultation during 2022 on options to reach gender equity in the Investigator Grant scheme, NHMRC will implement additional special measures under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 to address systemic disadvantage faced by female and non-binary applicants to its Investigator Grant scheme. For the 2023 round, NHMRC will:
- continue to use structural priority funding for women at the Emerging Leadership levels of the scheme (EL1 and EL2) to the extent necessary to achieve gender equity targets
- for the Leadership category (L1, L2 and L3 combined), adopt a new intervention with the target of equal numbers of grants by gender
- include non-binary researchers alongside women in both gender equity interventions (structural priority funding for Emerging Leadership grants and the new intervention for Leadership grants)
- adopt a single Research Support Package of $400,000 for all Leadership grants.
Further information on the findings of the consultation is available in the NHMRC consultation report: Options to reach gender equity in the Investigator Grant scheme.
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 Working together to support health and medical research.
For details regarding the Investigator Grants 2023 peer review process, refer to the Investigator Grants 2023 Peer Review Guidelines (see Downloads section, below).
As part of NHMRC's ongoing support to peer reviewers, the Investigator Grants 2022 Peer Review Mentor (PRM) video and the 2022 CEO peer reviewer briefing webinar (CEO webinar) are available below.
In the first video senior researchers (the PRMs) discuss their approach to organising, assessing, scoring and comparing Investigator and other NHMRC grant applications equitably.
The CEO webinar highlights the key changes to peer review for the 2022 round and provides helpful hints and tips for reviewers in completing their assessments. Updates of the PRM video and CEO webinar for 2023 will be available in the coming months.
The 2022 Investigator Grant Peer Review Mentor video follows:
Briefing webinar video
The 2022 Investigator Grant CEO peer reviewer briefing webinar video follows:
Transcripts of these videos, including the question and answer session, are available below.
Grant at a glance
Key changes in 2023
Each year, we seek feedback from peer reviewers and receive feedback from applicants on peer review policies and processes. This feedback contributes to a detailed policy analysis to determine whether our grant program is achieving its objectives and if any policy adjustments are required.
Key changes are detailed in section 2.1 of the Investigator Grants 2023 Guidelines available from GrantConnect.