The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) – European Union (EU) Collaborative Research Grant Scheme supports Australian participation in leading international collaborative research under Horizon Europe, which is the EU’s key funding program for research and innovation. Horizon Europe facilitates collaboration and strengthens the impact of research and innovation while tackling global challenges. It supports the creation and better dispersion of excellent knowledge and technologies.

NHMRC selects topics that align with the health priorities identified in the NHMRC Corporate Plan, and are guided by the principles of the NHMRC’s International Engagement Strategy 2023–2026 to support collaborative approaches to health and medical research internationally. 

Programme Description 

NHMRC will invite Australian researchers who are listed on eligible applications deemed fundable by the European Commission (EC) to apply to NHMRC for support of the Australian component of research under the following topics: 

  • HORIZON-HLTH-2023-ENVHLTH-02-01: Planetary health: understanding the links between environmental degradation and health impacts 
  • HORIZON-HLTH-2023-ENVHLTH-02-02: Evidence-based interventions for promotion of mental and physical health in changing working environments (post-pandemic workplaces) 
  • HORIZON-HLTH-2023-DISEASE-03-04: Pandemic preparedness and response: Broad spectrum anti-viral therapeutics for infectious diseases with epidemic potential 
  • HORIZON-HLTH-2023-DISEASE-03-07: Relationship between infections and non-communicable diseases 
  • HORIZON-HLTH-2023-DISEASE-03-17: Pandemic preparedness and response: Understanding vaccine induced-immunity 
  • HORIZON-HLTH-2023-DISEASE-03-18: Pandemic preparedness and response: Immunogenicity of viral proteins of viruses with epidemic and pandemic potential 
  • HORIZON-HLTH-2023-CARE-04-02: Resilience and mental wellbeing of the health and care workforce 
  • HORIZON-HLTH-2023-CARE-04-03: Environmentally sustainable and climate neutral health and care systems 

Further information about Horizon Europe topics can be found on the European Commission’s webpage

Application Process 

  • EC invites submissions against advertised research topics 
  • EC conducts peer review 
  • EC advises NHMRC Administering Institution/s of favourable evaluations 
  • NHMRC Administering Institution/s notify NHMRC of applicant details 
  • NHMRC will invite Australian researchers who are listed on eligible applications deemed fundable by the EC to apply to NHMRC for support of the Australian component of research by submitting an application in Sapphire. 
  • NHMRC reviews the budget requested for the Australian components of the research 
  • Funding recommendations approval process. 


The NHMRC-EU scheme has eligibility criteria and applications will be excluded from consideration if eligibility requirements are not met: 

  • Australian applicants must be listed on eligible applications deemed fundable by the EC 
  • The Administering Institution for the NHMRC-EU scheme application must be listed as an Associated Partner in the EU application 
  • Evidence, such as the EU grant agreement or a letter from the EU, which indicates that the relevant EU application has been evaluated favourably and will proceed to the preparation of the grant agreement 
  • Applications must be under the selected topics as listed by NHMRC 

Grant at a glance

Duration of funding
Up to 5 years
Level of funding

Outcomes of funding rounds

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