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.
- NHMRC Funding Rules 2018, available on GrantConnect
- Project Grant scheme-specific funding rules, available on GrantConnect
- NHMRC Advice and Instructions to Applicants 2018, available on GrantConnect
- Project Grant New Investigator scheme-specific advice and instructions to applicants, available on GrantConnect
- Project Grant scheme-specific advice and instructions to applicants, available on GrantConnect
- Project Grant scheme-specific Grant Proposal template, available on GrantConnect
- RGMS User Guides
- NHMRC Administering Institutions List
- Australian Standard Research Classifications and NHMRC Research Keywords/Phrases
- Budget mechanism for funding commencing in 2019
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 email@example.com 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.
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:
Applications in Period 2:
|Dates for release of Assessor Reports|
Applications in Period 1:
Applications in Period 2:
|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.
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
Cancer Australia and the Cancer Councils
NHMRC undertakes expert peer review on behalf of Cancer Australia and the Cancer Councils.
Details relating to funding opportunities offered by Cancer Australia and the Cancer Councils through the NHMRC Project Grant scheme for funding commencing in 2019 include:
Applying for funding from Cancer Australia and the Cancer Councils
Applicants should refer to section 4.2 of the Project Grant scheme-specific Advice and Instructions to Applicants 2018.
Following the peer review of applications NHMRC will provide Cancer Australia and the Cancer Councils 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.
Gap Funding is aimed at supporting high quality, fundable research proposals that are not selected for funding by NHMRC.
Other organisations may have funding available to support research in specific areas and use the NHMRC Project Grant scheme to identify fundable research.
Organisations that have expressed an interest in providing third party or gap funding for suitable applications are:
- Suicide Prevention Australia (PDF, 45KB)
- Cystic Fibrosis Australia (PDF, 61KB)
- Gap Funding Initiative for Neuromuscular Disorders (GIN) (PDF, 13KB)
- McCusker Charitable Foundation (PDF, 58KB)
- Bone Health Foundation (PDF, 65KB)
Applying for funding from Gap Funding organisations
Applicants should refer to section 5.2 of the NHMRC Advice and Instructions to Applicants 2018.
Applicants must select ‘yes’ at ‘Gap Consent’ within the Privacy section of the RGMS application. This will give consent for NHMRC to provide the applications, snapshot reports and information about the results of NHMRC’s assessment to gap funding organisations.
Following the peer review of applications, NHMRC will supply the Gap Funding organisations with a list of relevant applications considered worthy of funding that fall outside NHMRC’s level of funding. 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. If there are any additional/supplementary questions required by the organisations these are to be submitted directly to the funding partner.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.