Partnering with NHMRC

How NHMRC can partner with you in funding health and medical research – working with philanthropists, governments, and NGOs

There are many ways in which NHMRC can work with you to partner in funding health and medical research. You may want to partner if you are part of;

  • a philanthropic group,
  • a State or Territory government,
  • another Australian Government agency, or
  • a Non-Government Organisation (NGO).

How you can partner with NHMRC

NHMRC has an interest in partnering with you in funding health and medical research if your objectives are consistent with the NHMRC Corporate Plan 2016-2017

The following information outlines ways in which we can work with you to partner in funding health and medical research.

1. Use NHMRC’s expert peer review system for assessment of applications

NHMRC, using expert peer reviewers, will assess applications and supply you with a list of relevant grants considered worthy of funding that fall outside NHMRC’s level of funding. You can choose what to fund from the list we provide to you, and at what level of funding. You may choose to fund at the level recommended by the peer reviewers or provide an alternative amount of funding. Using this approach you would administer the grants you choose.

By using NHMRC’s well-established peer review processes you will save on the work involved in running your own peer review and you would benefit from the reputation of our assessment processes.

Who has done this already?

  • Cancer Australia and funding partners, Cancer Council Victoria, Cystic Fibrosis Australia, Duchenne Foundation, HeartKids Australia.

2. Use NHMRC’s expert peer review system for assessment of applications and NHMRC systems for grant payments

You could provide research funding to NHMRC that is placed in our Medical Research Endowment Account (MREA).  You could specify the type of research you wish to fund and following expert review, the best research and researchers will be supported through your research funding alone. NHMRC would then administer the successful grants.

This would save you the work in running your own peer review and grant administration. The grants would be yours to publicise.

Who has done this already?

  • Australian Government Department of Health.

3. Co-fund research with NHMRC

You could provide research funding to NHMRC that is placed in our Medical Research Endowment Account (MREA).  You could specify the type of research you wish to fund and the amount you are willing to fund following expert review, the best research and researchers will be supported by your research funding, co-funded by NHMRC. NHMRC would then administer the successful grants.

This would save you the work in running your own peer review and grant administration. You could publicise these grants, alongside NHMRC.

Who has done this already?

  • Australian Government Department of Health, National Heart Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, Fred Hollows Foundation, Cancer Institute NSW, Cancer Australia, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Motor Neurone Disease Research Institute of Australia (MNDRIA), Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia, National Breast Cancer Foundation, Spinalcure Australia, The Menzies Foundation.

4. Provide additional (top up) funds to an NHMRC-funded research team or researcher

We use our expert review assessment and once we announce our grants, you separately provide funds to a research team or researcher in addition to the funds NHMRC provides. NHMRC would administer the core grant, but you would be responsible for any administration required of the “top up”.

Who has done this already?

  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Australian Academy of Science, Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists Education and Research Foundation.

5. Become involved in a specific research project by partnering with researchers who then apply for NHMRC funds

If you are an organisation involved with health care policy and service delivery, you could partner with researchers on a specific grant application. You would need to provide financial support to the project with cash or in-kind (non-monetary goods and services) contributions but could also have a role in the conduct of the research. You would work with the researcher(s) to develop an application focused on your research needs and apply for matched NHMRC funding through the Partnership projects Scheme. The Partnership projects scheme is open throughout the year.

Who does this already?

  • State and Territory Departments of Health and other organisations whose decisions and actions affect Australians’ health, health policy and health care delivery (eg. government, relevant private health sector organisations, major non-government organisations and charities, community and consumer organisations and provider and professional groups)

What to do next?

Please tell us what you want to achieve and we will advise as to whether we can assist you in achieving your aims.

Call the Research Help Desk on 1800 500 983 or +61 2 6217 9451 (help@nhmrc.gov.au) and ask to be put in contact with the right person about this overview.

Please discuss your possible strategies with us, as there may be opportunities, other than those outlined above.