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.

Open TCRs

Upcoming TCRs

  • Loneliness and social isolation
  • Building the capacity of the Australian health system to improve the health, wellbeing and lives of LGBTIQ+ people in Australia
  • Improving the physical health of people with a mental illness

Recently closed TCRs

Further information on all TCR grant opportunities is available via GrantConnect.

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 'Downloads' section below) describes NHMRCs process for identifying, prioritising and approving TCR topics. TCR topics are identified through several different channels as in the following process flowchart:

Process flowchart for the identification, prioritisation and approval of TCRs

NHMRC aims to conduct one TCR from each channel per year – see the following indicative annual schedule.

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.

The timeline for 2020 was disrupted due to the impact of COVID-19.

NHMRC Targeted Calls for Research indicative annual schedule

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, visit the Community Research Priorities Portal.


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