Budget mechanism for funding commencing in 2016

For approved applications, an expert Peer Review Panel (PRP) has determined a total budget. This has been based on the budget requested by the applicant, the requirements of the proposal as assessed by the PRP, and its knowledge of the costs associated with the research.

Personnel Support Packages $ per annum
PSP1 - Technical support - non-graduate personnel 53,648
PSP2 - Junior graduate research assistant; or junior graduate nurse, midwife or allied health professional; or junior data manager/data analyst 66,989
PSP3 - Experienced graduate research assistant/junior postdoctoral research officer; or experienced graduate nurse, midwife or allied health professional; or experienced data manager/analyst 73,661
PSP4 - Experienced postdoctoral researcher (i.e., a researcher who may be considered as a named investigator on the research application and/or approaching the NHMRC CDF scheme or equivalent), or clinician without specialist qualifications 87,004
PSP5 - Senior experienced postdoctoral researcher (i.e., a researcher who would normally be considered as a named investigator on the research application and is more than 10yrs post-doctoral and/or would be expected to have applied for or held an NHMRC CDF (formerly CDA) or equivalent) 93,675

Note that an annual indexation may be applied to the PSPs.

Direct Research Costs

Direct Research Costs are allotted in one or more quanta of $5,000. The total amount will be determined by the PRP on the basis of their experience of the type of research being undertaken and from consideration of special items justified by the applicant. This may include small equipment items.


Equipment requests may be awarded for items individually costing over $10,000 which are essential to the project. The total request can not exceed $80,000.

Salary Loading (Project Grants)

Clinical Loadings are not included in the budget determined by the PRP. Rather, administering institutions have an opportunity to separately claim a Clinical Research Quantum for any staff entitled to a clinical loading. The NHMRC will provide $7,500 for staff entitled to a half-medical loading or full dental loading and $15,000 for those entitled to a full medical loading.

Post Award Administration of Budget

Use of all grant funds must comply with the NHMRC Funding Agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the Administering Institution.

See more information on the NHMRC Funding Agreement.