Program Grants

The aim of the Program Grants scheme is to provide support for teams of high calibre researchers to pursue broad based, multi-disciplinary and collaborative research activities. Teams will be expected to contribute to new knowledge at a leading international level in important areas of health and medical research. The scheme is available for all research approaches relevant to better health - biomedical, clinical, public health or health services research and is typically for 5 years.

Applying for Funding

The NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) must be used to access/update your CV and profile and to submit your Program Grant application. If they have not already done so, applicants are advised to gain an RGMS account and commence their CV and profile.

Applicants who are not yet registered on RGMS should contact the Research Help Centre on for more information.

Prior to submission of an application for Program Grant funding, applicants need to ensure they have:

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

Key dates

The key dates for the Program Grants 2017 application round are as follows:

  • 22 March 2017 – Round open.
  • 3 May 2017 5PM AEST – Minimum Data Due in RGMS.
  • 17 May 2017 5PM AEST – Applications close.
  • 30 June 2017 11:59 PM AEST – Deadline to provide NHMRC with interview time preference. Deadline to request attendance to interview via videoconference.
  • August 2017 – Applicants notified of shortlisting outcome; shortlisted applicants invited to interview.
  • 28 August 2017 11:59PM AEST – Deadline for CIs to provide one-page Research Achievements update.
  • 11-12 September 2017 – Shortlisted applicant team interviews.
  • Nov-Dec 2017* – Funding outcomes announced and offers of funding made to successful applicants.
  • 28 February 2018 – Final date to accept offers of funding.
  • 1 January 2019 – Funding commences.

* Date is indicative and subject to change 

Changes to the Program Grant scheme for 2017

Applicants should note the following changes to the Program Grants Scheme-Specific Funding Rules for 2017:

  • Wording has been added to clarify applicants’ participation in interviews.

Attachment A – Category Descriptors

  • Category Descriptors for Collaborative Gain have been amended
  • Collaborative Gain wording has been amended.

Documentation to Apply for a Program Grant

These must be read in conjunction with the NHMRC Funding Rules 2017NHMRC Advice and Instructions to Applicants 2017 and Guide to NHMRC Peer Review 2017, which have also been revised.

Program Grants Quanta

Program Grants are awarded on the basis that recent past achievements are the best indicators of future performance. This is why the selection criteria award 60% of available points to each Chief Investigator’s record of research achievement.

The budget for Program Grants is also based on this philosophy. Program Grant budgets are not based on the cost of the proposed research and applicants do not submit budget requests; instead, each CI attracts a quantum of funding based on assessment of their track record, as indicated by their individual score for Research Achievements. The budgets offered will generally equate to the sum of the quanta for all CIs on the application.

The 2017 Program Grants quanta rates are provided below as a guide to assist applicants considering a submission to the 2017 round.

Research Achievements score range Quanta Level 2017 annual rate*
6.501 – 7.000 4 $549,895
5.501 – 6.500 3 $473,300
4.501 – 5.500 2 $392,128
3.501 – 4.500 1 $307,530
1.000 – 3.500 0 Nil

* Program Grant budgets may be indexed each year.

Recent Outcomes

Further information

  • If you require more information, direct your inquiry to your Research Administration Office in the first instance.
  • If you require assistance and are unable to satisfy your concern by seeking assistance through your administering institution:
  • Contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983, or email