A Targeted Call for Research (TCR) is a one-time request for grant applications to address a specific health issue where there is a significant research knowledge gap or unmet need. 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 NHMRC's Corporate Plan, a TCR is designed to stimulate research or build research capacity in a particular area of health and medical science to the benefit of Australians.
TCRs complement the NHMRC’s existing suite of funding schemes by providing a mechanism to respond to emerging research needs and prioritising potential topics according to relative urgency and impact.
- Hearing Health 2021: Evidence-based support services – This call opened on 13 October 2021
- Improving health of people with intellectual disability – This call opened on 20 October 2021
- Improving Indigenous maternal and child health in the early years
Recently Closed TCRs
- Biotoxin-related illnesses - This call closed on 15 September 2021
- TCR into Participation in Cancer Screening Programs 2021 - This call closed on 18 August 2021
- End of Life Care - This call closed on 28 October 2020
- National Network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers - Expressions of interest closed on 12 February 2020
Further information is available via Grant Connect
Outcomes of Past TCRs
See the Downloads section below for funding outcomes of past Targeted Calls for Research.
Framework for Identifying and Prioritising Targeted Calls for Research
The framework (see 'Download' section below) describes NHMRCs process for identifying, prioritising and approving TCR topics. TCR topics are identified through several different channels as in the process flowchart below.
Process flowchart for the Identification, Prioritisation and Approval of TCRs
NHMRC aims to conduct one TCR from each channel per year – see indicative annual schedule below.
Indicative annual schedule
The timeline below illustrates the TCR scheme cycle. For each channel, there will generally be a TCR underway and a TCR in development for the following year. Note: the timeline for 2020 was disrupted due to the impact of COVID-19.
Community Research Priorities Portal
The Community Research Priorities Portal enables community and professional groups to submit research topics to NHMRC that may be underfunded or have a significant research knowledge gap. If prioritised, submissions may be developed into a TCR.
For more information, please visit the Community Research Priorities Portal webpage.