Listing the recipients of funding, as well as characteristics of the successful institution or researcher, from 2013 onward.

Grant outcomes for the 2021 NHMRC Grant Application Round will be provided incrementally throughout the year. The outcome datasets may include a small number of schemes for which applications closed late in the previous year.

Results of NHMRC Grant Application Rounds

  • To date, the 2021 NHMRC Grant Application Round has resulted in the commitment of more than $23.8 million to fund 16 grants for health and medical research. 
Previous Application Rounds 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020[1]
Total commitments ($ million) $812.0 $780.6 $896.1 $828.8 $877.7 $783.3 $923.2 $760.2
Total number of new grants  1,226 1,090 1,132 1,056 1,103 1,045 857 740

[1] Commitments in 2020 were lower than expected due to the delay of the Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grant round and Synergy Grant rounds impacted by COVID-19.

Information on the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) can be found on The Department of Health website.

Investigator Grants Outcome: Factsheets

The Investigator Grants Outcome Factsheets provide a quick reference point to key statistics on the outcomes of the 2019 and 2020 Investigator Grant rounds.

Ideas Grants Outcomes: Factsheets

The Ideas Grants Outcomes Factsheets provide a quick reference point to key statistics on the outcomes of the 2019 and 2020 Ideas Grant rounds.

Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants 2019 Outcomes: Factsheet 

The Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants 2019 Outcomes Factsheet provides a quick reference point to key statistics on the outcomes of the 2019 Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants round. 

Synergy Grants 2019 Outcomes: Factsheet 

The Synergy Grants 2019 Outcomes Factsheet provides a quick reference point to key statistics on the outcomes of the 2019 Synergy Grant round. 

Grant outcomes – Under Embargo

NHMRC routinely releases grant outcomes to applicants and their institutions under embargo

This means that the information must not be made public until the embargo is lifted.

During the embargo period, applicants must not publicise the information or post comments about the grant outcomes in public domains such as social forums, websites, journals or newspapers.

The embargo applies to all applicants, including those who have been unsuccessful.

Why are grant outcomes released under embargo?

Embargoes ensure the public announcement of outcomes has the greatest possible impact in promoting health and medical research and researchers to the community.

NHMRC releases results under embargo as soon as possible after Ministerial approval so that applicants and institutions can plan accordingly.

What can applicants do during the embargo?

During the embargo period, applicants can share outcomes with the research team and partner organisations (where applicable), but must advise them of the embargo.

Successful applicants can prepare for the research to start on time. This includes seeking necessary approvals (for example, ethics approvals), recruiting staff and making arrangements with partner organisations. Successful applicants can add grants to their CV for review (for example, as part of a new grant application) provided they add the words ‘under embargo’. 

Research projects can commence if the embargo continues past the commencement date.

Notification that an embargo is lifted

NHMRC will notify Administering Institutions through an RAO Alert when an embargo is lifted. Once this occurs, applicants may share outcomes publicly.
 

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