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: biomedical, clinical, public health and health services research
- all 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.
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.
Key changes in 2022
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 NHMRC's 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 2022 Guidelines available from GrantConnect. Further information is also provided within the Investigator Grants 2022 Factsheet, available at the bottom of this page.
Changes to publication assessment in track record
From 2022, researchers applying for NHMRC funding through its track record based schemes will be asked to list up to 10 of their top publications in the past 10 years (accounting for career disruptions). The full list of applicant publications from the past 10 years will no longer be provided to peer reviewers for their assessment.
This will help to ensure that assessment of publication track record focuses on the quality and contribution of the science rather than the quantity of publications.
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 NHMRC's website.
Peer review information
For details regarding the Investigator Grants 2022 peer review process, please refer to the Investigator Grants 2022 Peer Review Guidelines available from the download section below.
As part of NHMRC's ongoing support to peer reviewers, the Investigator Grants 2022 Peer Review Mentor (PRM) video and the CEO peer reviewer briefing webinar (CEO webinar) are available below.
The PRM video consists of senior researchers (the PRMs) discussing key questions and themes relating to both the Investigator Grant peer review process as well as NHMRC peer review in general.
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. A transcript of the webinar is available from the download section below.
The 2022 Investigator Grant Peer Review Mentor video is available below.
A transcript of the above video is available from the download section below.
The 2022 Investigator Grant CEO peer reviewer briefing webinar video is available below.
A transcript of the above video, including the de-identified Question and Answer session, is available from the download section below.