October grant announcements

Here are some statistics about the grants announced on 17 October 2014 by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Health in Sydney.

Project grants

  • Total project grant funding: $419,982,953 ($423.5 million last year)
  • Number of grants funded – 553 (646 last year)
  • Total funded rate – 14.95% (553 out of 3,700)
  • Total number of CIs on funded grants – 1998
    • Of all CI applicants, 1378 were women, 2321 men
  • Category scores for funded grants
    • Category 7 - 1
    • Category 6 - 315
    • Category 5 - 235 (13.95% of the total applications scored into category 5)
  • Funded rate for New Investigator Grants – 16.1% (39 out of 242)
  • Age of new Investigators – 28 - 46, mean 36 (28-59, mean 37 last year)
  • Funded rate for Indigenous health-related grants – 28.1% (16 out of 57)
  • Number of five year applications funded (for 5 years) – 71 out of 483 (14.7%)
  • Average budget size – $759,463, up from $649,524 in 2013 (mainly due to increase in the number of 5 year grants funded)
  • Researchers who served on Project Grant GRPs – 457, on 37 GRPs
  • Top five recipients of Project Grants in this announcement
    • Monash University, 78 grants, $59.9 million
    • University of Sydney, 61 grants, $55.9 million
    • University of Queensland, 61 grants, $43.1 million
    • University of Melbourne, 65 grants, $42.7 million
    • University of New South Wales, 40 grants, $28.9 million

October 2014 Announcements - Funding by Broad Research Area

Broad Research Area # of Applications # Funded Funded Rate Funding
Basic Science 2465 413 16.8% $242,834,765
Clinical Medicine and Science 1517 223 14.7% $185,967,148
Health Services 257 35 13.6% $28,180,806
Public Health 607 102 16.8% $82,782,319
Total 4846 773 16.0% $539,765,038

October 2014 Announcements - Funding by State/Territory

State/Territory # of Applications # Funded Funded Rate Funding
VIC 1813 310 17.1% $204,684,885
NSW 1413 198 14.0% $141,167,847
QLD 732 134 18.3% $93,162,198
WA 311 48 15.4% $37,772,239
SA 383 48 12.5% $34,632,395
NT 34 12 35.3% $12,312,815
ACT 104 18 17.3% $11,399,227
TAS 56 5 8.9% $4,633,434
Total 4846 773 16.0% $539,765,038

More detail across the announcement:

Total commitment Numbers of grants / applications (%)
Project Grants $419,982,953 553 / 3700 (14.95%)
Partnership Projects $7,323,743 8 / 54 (14.8%)
Early Career Fellowships $39,370,614 125 / 558 (22.4%)
Career Development Fellowships $24,015,688 58 / 431 (13.5%)
Translating Research into Practice Fellowships $1,729,110 10 / 20 (50%)
Centres of Research Excellence $47,342,931 19 / 83 (23%)

Further analysis of funding across the entire 2014 year will be published after the final schemes outcomes are announced in December 2014.



Professor Warwick Anderson AM

Chief Executive Officer, NHMRC