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Grants funded by the Medical Research Future Fund

Two  Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) grant opportunities opened on 24 August 2017 and will close at 5pm AEDT on Wednesday 4 October 2017:

  1. Antimicrobial Resistance Targeted Call for Research (AMR-TCR)
  2. Lifting Clinical Trials and Registries Capacity (LCTRC) Grant Opportunity

Further information is available on the MRFF webpage


Many of NHMRC’s funding schemes address multiple Priority Actions under our 2015-2016 Corporate Plan. Our schemes have been categorised below according to their logical and/or primary strategic intention (Create, Translate, Build, Partner) rather than by research topic or discipline. A directory of previous NHMRC grants can be found here.

Grants to Create New Knowledge

These grants focus on providing funding to support the research undertaken to promote the health of all Australians through the creation of knowledge.

Grants to Accelerate Research Translation

NHMRC’s translational schemes fund high quality researchers to conduct the research needed to support the production of scholarly evidence to inform policy and/or practice and the intellectual work to better deal with complex translation pathways.

Grants to Build Australia’s Future Capability

To build Australia’s future capability for research and translation, NHMRC funds the best and brightest researchers and research teams and provides infrastructure support grants to support the infrastructure required to complete health and medical research in Australia.

Work With Partners

NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health aims to improve the availability and quality of research evidence to decision makers who design policy and to inform the policy process by supporting more effective connections between the decision makers and the researchers.

Collaborative Grants (NHMRC international activities)

Collaborative grants aim to provide assistance to Australian researchers to participate in multinational research collaborative projects with international researchers. The focus of these grants can be knowledge creation and/or research translation. NHMRC has partnerships with many international agencies and organisations. Information on these partnerships can be found on the International Activities page and through the links below.

Gap Funding

Other organisations may have funding available to support research in specific areas and use the NHMRC grants scheme to identify fundable research and/or researchers. Organisations that have expressed an interest in providing third party or gap funding for suitable applications are:

Last updated: 27 February 2017

Third party funding is aimed at supporting fundable research and/or researchers that are unsuccessful through NHMRC grant schemes.  Applications that address specific research areas identified by the funding organisation may be funded through this mechanism.  The decision to support a fundable application that is not funded by NHMRC is made by the third party organisation which may request additional information from potentially suitable applicants.  The duration, budget and award requirements for this funding will vary according to the organisation.

Applicants should refer to the scheme-specific funding rules to identify the relevant third party funders.

Budget Mechanisms for NHMRC Research Funding

The budget mechanisms will assist NHMRC grant applicants in the preparation of the budget component of their grant application.

Salary Support Packages for People Support Schemes

Applicable Laws and Obligations


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