Development Grants

The Development Grants scheme provides financial support to individual researchers and/or research teams to undertake health and medical research within Australia at the proof-of-concept stage that specifically drives towards a commercial outcome within a foreseeable timeframe.

Early stage research or knowledge creation research (fundable through the NHMRC Project Grant scheme) will not be funded through the Development Grants scheme.

The Development Grants scheme supports the commercial development of a product, process, procedure or service that, if applied, would result in improved health care, disease prevention or provide health cost savings.

Research supported by this scheme must, via a commercial business plan, have detailed feasible strategies for commercialisation that takes into account the regulatory pathway, protectable IP, commercial barriers and potential routes to market.


Critical documentation to apply to the Development Grants scheme is available on Grant Connect.

Additional resources that may assist you preparing your application include:

Apply for funding

Applicants must use NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) to access/update their CV and profile and to submit their Development Grant application. If they have not already done so, applicants are advised to gain an RGMS log on and commence their CV and profile.

Applicants who are not yet registered on RGMS, can request an account from the RGMS webpage. For assistance please refer to the Research Help Centre.

A complete Development Grant application must consist of the following:

  • completion of Parts A and B (including the Grant Proposal PDF template) of the application form
  • the relevant information in  applicants' RGMS profile and CV.

Prior to submitting an application, applicants need to ensure they have:

  • read all relevant reference material
  • liaised with their Administering Institution to identify any specific requirements the Institution might have.

Applicants are required to, as part of their Grant Proposal, provide a Commercialisation Business Case (see section 5.3 of the Development Grants scheme-specific funding rules and section 3.2 of the Development Grants scheme-specific advice and instructions to applicants). 

Minimum Data requirements

For each application, it is mandatory that minimum data requirements are entered in RGMS by 5:00pm AEDT on 24 January 2018 to allow the NHMRC to start sourcing suitable assessors. Applications that fail to satisfy this requirement will not be accepted. Applicants are also reminded to complete the recommended fields below with correct information. Using placeholder text such as “text”, “synopsis” or “xx” etc. are not acceptable as minimum data.

Minimum data for the Development Grants scheme consists of the following:

  • General – Application Information: applicants must complete fields for Administering Institution, Application Title, Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Research (yes/no) and Plain English Summary
  • A-RC Research Classification (all sections).


Key Dates

The key dates for the Development Grants 2018 funding round are as follows:

15 November 2017 Applications open in RGMS
24 January 2018 at 5:00pm AEDT Deadline for entering minimum data requirements in RGMS
7 February 2018 at 5:00pm AEDT Applications close in RGMS
Late May 2018 Completion of Peer Review
July/August 2018* Notification of outcomes

*Dates are indicative.

Key changes to the Development Grants scheme for 2018

Applicants should note the following changes to the Development Grant scheme-specific funding rules for 2018:

  • Changes to Commercialisation Business Case guidance (section 5.3)

Recent Outcomes

Further information

If you require more information, direct your inquiry to your Research Administration Office in the first instance. If you require further assistance you may contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983, or by email