Project Grants

A Project Grant is a funding agreement with an eligible Australian institution to enable an individual researcher or a group of researchers to undertake a scientific investigation.

The Project Grant scheme is the NHMRC's main avenue of support for individuals and small teams of researchers undertaking biomedical, clinical, public health or health services research in Australian universities, medical schools, hospitals or other research institutions.

While a Project Grant specifies financial support for individual researchers working on a specified topic, the institution is responsible for administration of the award and accepts responsibility for the financial management of the grant. The institution is also responsible for providing basic infrastructure support to those involved in the research project.

A further research question may arise as a result of the successful completion of a Project Grant. This will require a new application for an NHMRC Project Grant and that application will be peer reviewed and considered with all other applications submitted in that application year. In 2012, 21% of applicants were successful in obtaining funding through this scheme.

Advertisements inviting applications for Project Grant support are provided by electronic notification to Australian research institutions in December each year.

Project Grant types

Standard Project Grants

The Project Grants scheme aims to fund research leading to improved health of all Australians. To achieve this aim the scheme provides support for projects with the following attributes:

  • Investigator-initiated research across all fields of research, from basic research through to research in clinical and community settings, relevant to health; and
  • single investigators or small teams of researchers (up to 10 investigators) and early career researchers (new investigators).

In 2013, the scheme will also identify and support research in the following areas:

  • NHMRC Priority Area of Indigenous Health;
  • NHMRC Special Initiative Areas where NHMRC has secured additional funding for particular health and medical research, and where Research Committee has advised its relevance to the goals of NHMRC.

Further details can be found in Part 2 Section 8 of the NHMRC Funding Rules incorporating the Project Grants scheme for funding commencing in 2014 on the Apply for Funding - Project Grants page.

New Investigator Grants

NHMRC seeks to provide support each year to researchers who have previously not received significant research funding through a competitive grants scheme. For eligibility criteria for New Investigator Project Grants please refer to Part 2 Section 7.1 of the NHMRC Funding Rules incorporating the Project Grants scheme on the Apply for Funding - Project Grant page.

Cancer Council funding

All applications for funding by a Cancer Council are to be submitted and reviewed through the Project Grant funding scheme.

Cancer Australia – Priority driven Collaborative Cancer Research Grants

Cancer Australia’s Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme is an annual national research project grant scheme which funds cancer research in identified priority areas to help reduce the impact of cancer in the community and improve outcomes for people affected by cancer.

Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research grants will support Australian researchers to work collaboratively to generate evidence, increase knowledge, and improve the translation of research into policy and practice in identified priority areas.

All applications for funding by Cancer Australia and its Funding Partners are to be submitted and reviewed through the NHMRC Project Grants funding scheme.

2013 Round of the Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme

This information is currently being updated and will be provided by mid-December 2012.