CEO Diary - Funding announcement statistics – 9 November 2015

The Minister for Health has today announced $630 million in NHMRC funding to support 836 new research grants.

Below is a list of key statistics and figures regarding Project Grants and the broader funding announcement. A full list of outcomes is available on the NHMRC website.

  • Funded rate for all schemes announced on 9 November 2015: 15.6%
  • Total Project Grant funding: $419,719,973 ($419,982,953 last year)
  • Total number of Project Grant applications – 3758 (3700 last year)
  • Number of Project Grants funded: 516 (553 last year)
  • Total funded rate for Project Grants – 13.7% (14.9% last year)
  • Total number of researchers supported by funded Project Grants – 1750
  • Total number of researchers applying for Project Grants – 7725
  • Average Project Grant budget size – $813,411 (up from $759,463 last year)
  • Proprtion of Project Grants funded for 5 years – 51 out of 516 (9.9%) (down from 12.8% last year)
  • Proportion of Project Grants funded for 4 years – 144 out of 516 (27.9%) (up from 19.9% last year)
  • Proportion of Project Grants funded for 3 years – 271 out of 516 (52.5%) (down from 58.6% last year)
  • Funded rate for New Investigator Grants – 14.3% (33 out of 230)
  • Age of New Investigators – 27-55 years, mean 35.8 (28-46 years, mean 36 years last year)
  • Funded rate for Indigenous health-related Project Grants – 23.9% (17 out of 71)
  • Researchers who served on Project Grant GRPs – 536, on 37 GRPs
  • Number of Project Grants deemed Not For Further Consideration – 1597 (42.5% of all 2015 applications)
  • Of all researchers applying for Project Grants, 2942 were women and 4783 were men
  • Of all researchers listed on funded Project Grants, 581 were women, 1169 were men.
  • Of all Early Career Fellowship applications 337 were women, 182 were men. 61.3% of funded grants went to women.
  • Of all Career Development Fellowship applications 239 were women, 222 were men. 54.5% of funded grants went to women.
  • Of all Research Fellowship applications 104 were women, 186 were men. 39.1% of funded grants went to women.
  • Age of Early Career Fellowship funded researchers – 23-57 years, mean 34.9 years