A Targeted Call for Research (TCR) is a one-time solicitation for grant applications to address a specific health issue. A TCR specifies the scope and objectives of the research to be proposed, application requirements and procedures, and the review criteria to be applied in the evaluation of applications submitted in response to the TCR.

In alignment with the overarching goals of NHMRC's Corporate Plan, a TCR will stimulate or greatly advance research in a particular area of health and medical science that will benefit the health of Australians.

TCRs complement NHMRC's existing suite of funding schemes by funding priority research in defined areas of need and when urgent research needs emerge.

NHMRC also administers a number of Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) grant opportunities, including TCR’s, on behalf of the Department of Health. Information about MRFF grant opportunities can be found here.

Open Calls for Targeted Research

Upcoming Calls for Targeted Research

  • Targeted Call for Research: National Network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers – End of 2019
  • Targeted Call for Research into End of Life research and translation – Mid 2020.

Closed Calls for Targeted Research 

Further information

If you require more information, direct your inquiry to your Research Administration Office in the first instance. If you require assistance and are unable to satisfy your concern by seeking assistance through your administering institution:

Contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983, or email help@nhmrc.gov.au

Framework for Identification and Prioritisation of Targeted Calls for Research

The TCR framework provides NHMRC with a mechanism to respond to emerging research needs, and priorities potential calls according to relative needs and impact. NHMRC has revised its framework for Targeted Calls for Research (TCRs) and developed a priority driven set of Principles for Consideration of a TCR. It was developed with consideration given to the NHMRC Corporate Plan, the National Science and Research Priorities. 

  • Framework for Identification and Prioritisation of Targeted Calls for Research - See Downloads 
  • Flowchart: Process for Developing and Implementing a TCR - See Downloads 

Online Submission Pathway

Under the framework, NHMRC has established an Online Submission Pathway to provide an opportunity for community and professional groups to identify possible TCR Proposals in areas of health research where there is a significant research knowledge gap or unmet need for which there is potential to greatly advance our understanding of the issue for the improvement of human health. More information can be found on the following webpage

The Pathway will allow submission of proposals throughout the year, for a bi-annual review and prioritisation process.

Each bi-annual review will confirm whether proposals meet the relevant criteria as outlined in the framework. All eligible proposals, including those reviewed in previous cycles, will be prioritised and recommendations will be provided to NHMRC’s Research Committee for consideration. Planned TCRs may be reprioritised to facilitate new TCR Proposals that may be of higher priority.

Visit the Submission of Targeted Calls for Research Online Pathway – NHMRC’s Statement of Intent webpage for further information on how to register and submit a TCR Proposal.

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.