Project Grants

Project Grant applications must outline a research proposal that describes the investigation of a new research idea/s. The proposal must support a particular set of aims and the budget must be directed to those aims. All Project Grant applications must be between one and five years. Single investigators or teams of up to ten Chief Investigators (CIs) are supported as well as New Investigators (NI) or early career investigators. Research teams are encouraged to include early career researchers as part of the CI team.

Documentation to apply for a Project Grant

Apply for funding

The NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) must be used to access/update your Profile and CV and to submit your Project Grant application.

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

A complete Project Grant application must consist of the following:

  • Completed Parts A and B (including the Grant Proposal PDF) of the application form
  • Relevant information imported from your RGMS Profile and CV.

Prior to submitting an application for Project 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.

Minimum data requirements

For each application it is mandatory that minimum data requirements be entered in RGMS by 5:00pm AEDT on 14 February 2018 to allow the NHMRC to start sourcing suitable assessors. Applications that fail to satisfy this requirement will not be accepted. Using placeholder text such as ‘text’, ‘synopsis’ or ‘xx’ etc. are not acceptable as minimum data.

Minimum data consists of:

  • General: complete fields for Administering Institution, Application Title, Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander research (yes/no), and Synopsis.
  • A-RC: Research Classification, all sections
  • B-GRPN: Grant Review Panel nomination, all sections including Clinical Trial and Cohort Study.

Key Dates

The key dates for the Project Grant scheme 2018 funding round are:

December 2017* Application information and templates available
10 January 2018 Applications open in RGMS
24 January 2018

by 5pm  AEDT
Deadline for submission of New Investigator online forms to NHMRC
14 February 2018

by 5pm AEDT
Minimum data due in RGMS
14 March 2018

by 5pm AEDT
Applications close in RGMS

Applications in Period 1:
8 June 2018

Applications in Period 2:
29 June 2018

Dates for release of Assessor Reports

Applications in Period 1:
18 June 2018

Applications in Period 2:
9 July 2018

Due dates for submitting Applicant Response (rebuttal)
7 September 2018 Completion of Peer Review
September 2018* NFFC applicants notified of outcome
October 2018* Notification of outcomes

*Dates are indicative. 

New Investigator (NI) status request

The NI initiative aims to support early career researchers who are yet to receive significant research funding through a competitive grants process. NHMRC seeks to fund Project Grant applications with NI status at approximately the same rate as standard Project Grant applications.

For a Project Grant application to have NI status, each CI (CIA-CIJ) will need to be assessed and be confirmed as a NI by NHMRC. The process to request NI status is outlined in section 5.2.1 of the Project Grant scheme-specific funding rules 2018.

Clinical trials and cohort studies

Applicants should refer to the Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Decision Chart (Attachment B of the Project Grant scheme-specific advice and instructions to applicants) to determine whether their application should be reviewed by a Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grant Review Panel or a discipline specific Grant Review Panel. NHMRC will refer to this decision chart when confirming the allocation of applications to panels. Refer to the scheme-specific guidance available through GrantConnect for more information.

Funding by other organisations

Organisations offering funding through the NHMRC Project Grant scheme for funding commencing in 2018 include:

While the funding of applications is managed by the external funding organisation, NHMRC conducts the peer review process. Applicants may select one or more funding organisation/s on their application form to indicate that the application/s are to be forwarded to the organisation for consideration of funding. NHMRC is unable to forward the application to an external funding organisation without the applicant’s permission.  

Following the peer review of applications NHMRC provides the nominated organisation/s with the outcomes of the assessment process for applications that are considered fundable, but will not be funded by NHMRC. If there are any additional/supplementary questions required by the organisation these are to be submitted directly to the funding partner. For more information on how to apply for funding from these external funding parties, applicants should refer to their websites.

Recent Outcomes

Details of previously awarded Project Grants and associated data

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