Targeted and Urgent Calls for Research

Targeted Calls for Research

A Targeted Call for Research (TCR) is a one-time solicitation for grant applications to address a specific health issue. A TCR specifies the scope and objectives of the research to be proposed, application requirements and procedures, and the review criteria to be applied in the evaluation of applications submitted in response to the TCR. In alignment with the overarching goals of NHMRC's Strategic Plan, a TCR will stimulate or greatly advance research in a particular area of health and medical science that will benefit the health of Australians.

TCRs complement NHMRC's existing suite of funding schemes by funding priority research in defined areas of need and when urgent research needs emerge.

Framework for Identification and Prioritisation of Targeted Calls for Research

NHMRC has revised its framework for Targeted Calls for Research (TCRs) and developed a more priority – and impact – driven set of Principles for Consideration of a TCR. The new TCR framework will provide NHMRC with a mechanism to respond to emerging research needs, and prioritise potential calls according to relative need and impact. It was developed with consideration given to the NHMRC Corporate Plan, the National Science and Research Priorities (the Priorities), the Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research (the McKeon Review), and NHMRC’s Statement on Consumer and Community Participation in Health and Medical Research.

Online Submission Pathway

Under the Framework, NHMRC has established an Online Submission Pathway to provide an opportunity for community and professional groups to identify possible TCR Proposals in areas of health research where there is a significant research knowledge gap or unmet need for which there is potential to greatly advance our understanding of the issue for the improvement of human health. More information can be found on the following webpage

The Pathway will allow submission of proposals throughout the year, for a bi-annual review and prioritisation process.

Each bi-annual review will confirm whether proposals meet the relevant criteria as outlined in the Framework. All eligible proposals, including those reviewed in previous cycles, will be prioritised and recommendations will be provided to NHMRC’s Research Committee for consideration. Planned TCRs may be reprioritised to facilitate new TCR Proposals that may be of higher priority.

Final submission date for review in Cycle 1 7 April 2017
Final submission date for review in Cycle 2 6 October 2017

Visit the Submission of Targeted Calls for Research Online Pathway – NHMRC’s Statement of Intent webpage for further information on how to register and submit a TCR Proposal.

Policy Documentation for Targeted  Calls

Open Calls for Targeted Research

  • There are no calls open for Targeted Research

Targeted Research Working Committee

Urgent Calls for Research

Urgent Calls for Research are a special subset of NHMRC’s Targeted Calls for Research (TCR) scheme.

Urgent research is research that must be undertaken rapidly in response to a threat to public health. The threat may be generalised, or specific to particular groups of individuals, and may be identified as either, a current major problem, a potential major problem or a problem which is expected to increase in the future.

The main catalysts for urgent research will be the fact that a disease or illness or its variant(s) is previously unknown or unidentified, and/or that it has a high morbidity and/or mortality rate and thus attracts publicity and public and/or government concern about the disease/illness.

From this definition, NHMRC’s process for considering requests for urgent research involves a risk assessment against the following criteria:

  • immediate threat to public health;
  • potential to spread, population at risk;
  • unfamiliarity with the disease;
  • high morbidity or mortality; and
  • broad economic impact of the threat.

Open calls for Urgent Research

  • There are no calls currently open for Urgent Research

Outcomes and Archived Documentation for Previous Calls

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