Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF)

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) aims to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians by providing financial grants for medical research and innovation.

The fund aims to reach $20 billion by 2020-21, which will provide an income stream of $1 billion per year for medical research funding. The MRFF may disburse funds by open and contestable or targeted calls, often administered by or in partnership with the NHMRC and other funding bodies.

Please note: It is strongly recommended all applicants subscribe to the Research Office NHMRC mailing list for up to date information on these scheme.

Open schemes

MRFF - International Clinical Trial Collaborations (ICTC) Program  (PRC 3)Thursday 1 August 2019Friday 2 August 2019Thursday 7 November - Wednesday 20 November 2019Wednesday 20 November 20195:00pm Wednesday 27 November 2019Wednesday 4 December 2019

Upcoming Schemes

MRFF Funded Investigator GrantsWednesday 2 October 2019Thursday 3 October 2019Thursday 24 October 2019 – Wednesday 13 November 20195:00 pm Wednesday 30 October 20195:00 pm Wednesday 20 November 20195:00pm Wednesday 27 November 2019

Past schemes

International Clinical Trial Collaborations (ICTC) Program (PRC 2)

Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research Grant

International Clinical Trial Collaborations (ICTC) Program (PRC 1)

Million Minds Mission

Keeping Australians Out of Hospital

Rare Cancers, Rare Diseases and Unmet Need Grant

Preparing an NHMRC Grant

The NHMRC is required to publish Grant Guidelines and all associated scheme documents on GrantConnect, the Australian Government whole-of-government, web-based, grant information system. You will need to sign in or create a User Registration account in GrantConnect to access all relevant documentation for NHMRC applications.

Once you have signed in to GrantConnect, the essential documents can be found by searching for the relevant scheme under ‘grant opportunities’ (open schemes) or ‘forecast opportunities’ (upcoming schemes). As the NHMRC often updates documents after the scheme opens, it is highly recommended that you sign up for alerts by editing your profile.

If you encounter any problems accessing or downloading these documents please contact or 4921 7733.

UON Documents

Please see the NHMRC Submission Procedure on the NHMRC Grants webpage and the Online Booking System User Guide for instructions on how to make a booking.

Once complete, the CIA must certify and submit the application in RGMS via the Certification tab. This will result in the status changing to 'Submitted to RAO' - which equates to 'Research Administration Office' (NOT the NHMRC).

Please note that the NHMRC requires the University of Newcastle to obtain the agreement, in the form of the following

*All CIs and AIs listed on the application agree to be named on the application, to participate in the manner described in the application and to the use of their personal information as described in the NHMRC Privacy Policy.

*The CIA does not need to provide written evidence. By certifying the application in RGMS and signing the coversheet the CIA is also agreeing to the conditions stated on the Certification Form.

A written evidence template has been created to assist.

Note: Applications cannot be submitted to the NHMRC until ALL CI/AI Certifications are provided by you as CIA in one collated email to Research Services at

The Research Office uses an online booking process to manage optional Eligibility and Compliance Checks on applications for NHMRC Schemes. Scientific content is not reviewed.

A booking must be made within the allocated E&C Check period for each scheme. Applicants are strongly encouraged to commence their application in RGMS ASAP after the scheme opens so they can book their preferred day for an E&C Check.

Minimum data must be entered in RGMS by the scheme-specific deadline to allow the NHMRC to find suitable peer reviewers for the application. Applicants must complete the required fields with correct information. Using placeholder text such as “text”, “synopsis” or “xx” etc. is not acceptable as minimum data. Minimum data requirements for each scheme are specified in the scheme Grant Guidelines.

Failure to meet this deadline will result in the application not proceeding.

The NHMRC has developed an eligibility tool to assist researchers in determining their eligibility for funding in the first round of the new grant program.

For further information and to understand how the tool works please see:

If you have further questions about your eligibility, please contact

List of members

Appointed by the DVCRI and nominated by UON Faculty Pro-Vice Chancellors, the UON Academy of Reviewers is a select and esteemed group of highly experienced researchers who will act as a reference group for the Research and Innovation Division providing comment on strategic matters as they arise.

A key strategic role for members of the Academy will be the review of draft UON grant applications in the major grant rounds, to provide tactical feedback and advice to applicants.


The UON Academy of reviewers will be providing reviews for the following schemes:

SchemeOpens EOI  Deadline Deadline for Draft Applications Seeking Academy Review* Funding Body Closing Date
ARC Future Fellowships9 October 201916 October 201923 October 201927 November 2019
ARC Discovery Projects 13 November 20192 December 201915 January 2020 26 February 2020
ARC DECRA 16 October 20199 December 201930 January 2020 12 March 2020
ARC Discovery Indigenous27 November 20199 December 20195 February 202018 March 2020
NHMRC Ideas Grants 11 March 202018 March 2020 25 March 20206 May 2020
NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies4 March 202011 March 202018 March 202029 April 2020

Research Services wishes to advise that an internal Expression of Interest (EOI) process will be used to facilitate this valuable scientific content review.

If you would like your draft application reviewed, please complete the UON Academy of Reviewers EOI Form (DOC) and submit to Research Services via by 5:00pm on the appropriate deadline listed above.

*Please note that due to the time constraints of the Academy members whom will also be writing and mentoring their own grants submissions, it is required that applications for review will be sent to the Research Grants team 6 weeks before the Funding Body deadline with the expectation that the review will be returned to the application no later than 2 weeks before the Funding Body deadline.

List of Members

Professor Daniel Nyberg Business and Law
Professor Allyson Holbrook Education and Arts
Professor Lyndall Ryan Education and Arts
Professor Rosalind Smith Education and Arts
Professor Andrew Fleming Engineering and Built Environment
Professor Behdad Moghtaderi Engineering and Built Environment
Professor Geoffrey Evans Engineering and Built Environment
Professor Graeme Murch Engineering and Built Environment
Professor Mark Jones Engineering and Built Environment
Professor Minyue Fu Engineering and Built Environment
Professor Rick Middleton Engineering and Built Environment
Professor Rob Melchers Engineering and Built Environment
Professor Shin-Chan Han Engineering and Built Environment
Professor Sue Anne Ware Engineering and Built Environment
Emeritus Professor Terry Wall Engineering and Built Environment
Professor Alan Brichta Health and Medicine
Professor Amanda Baker Health and Medicine
Professor Billie Bonevski Health and Medicine
Professor Clare Collins Health and Medicine
Professor Derek Laver Health and Medicine
Professor Geoff Isbister Health and Medicine
Professor Jodie Simpson Health and Medicine
Professor Jennifer Martin Health and Medicine
Professor Joerg Mattes Health and Medicine
Laureate Professor John Aitken Health and Medicine
Professor John Attia Health and Medicine
Professor Jon Hirst Health and Medicine
Professor Julie Byles Health and Medicine
Professor Kypros Kypri Health and Medicine
Professor Lisa Wood Health and Medicine
Laureate Professor Paul Foster Health and Medicine
A/Professor Phillip Dickson Health and Medicine
Laureate Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher Health and Medicine
Laureate Professor Rodney Scott Health and Medicine
Laureate Professor Roger Smith Health and Medicine
Professor Vanessa McDonald Health and Medicine
Professor Adam McCluskey Science
Professor Jenny Bowman Science
Professor Frini Karayanidis Science
A/Professor Greg Hancock Science
Professor Peter Greer Science
Professor Scott Brown Science
Professor Yong-Ling Ruan Science
Laureate Professor George WillisScience

The NHMRC is developing a new grants management system, Sapphire. The NHMRC has advised the planned October 2018 roll out of Sapphire has been deferred and RGMS will be used until further notice.

Researchers must continue to populate the 'Profile' and 'CV' sections within RGMS and ensure it is kept up-to-date. RGMS automatically extracts relevant information into research funding applications and the CV can also be exported for other uses.

Access to RGMS is via the NHMRC website. Comprehensive information on RGMS is available from the NHMRC on the RGMS Training Program.

Impact Case Studies

The assessment criteria for the new NHMRC Grant Program now includes research impact. Applicants are required to demonstrate the impact of a program of research.

Applicants will be assessed based on:

  • The significance and reach of their claimed research impact
  • The contribution of their research program to the research impact

NHMRC defines the impact of research as the verifiable outcomes that research makes to knowledge, health, the economy and/or society. Impact is the effect of the research after it has been adopted, adapted for use, or used to inform further research. Research impact is the verifiable outcomes from research and not the prospective or anticipated effects of the research. Research impact also includes research that leads to a decision not to use a particular diagnostic, treatment or health policy.

Please see UON Impact Case Study exemplars and other resources.

UON Engagement and Impact Toolkit

Within the ROPE section of your application, you are required to provide information regarding Research Opportunity and Performance. Research Services has developed an Engagement and Impact Toolkit which helps to provide:

  • a comprehensive overview of how research engagement and impact is increasingly influencing researcher practice, institutional strategies and practices as well as research funding;
  • strategies to support research impact at the institutional, faculty and individual level;
  • resources to support data capture and effectively communicate research impact.

A series of tiles on the EI Toolkit homepage link visitors to information and resources across major themes including An introduction to the EI Toolkit, Resources, ARC Engagement and Impact assessment, Promoting your research impact and Collecting EI data.

NHMRC New Schemes Presentation

A presentation covering the new NHMRC Schemes was conducted in March 2019. A copy of the recording and slides can found here

One aspect of impact evidence is represented by the recognition of scholarly research outputs. Citation metrics are a significant part of this evidence. Please see the UON Library Guides for a more detailed breakdown of this aspect of research impact.

Research Services can provide researchers with access to view successful applications where the lead Chief Investigator has provided consent. Applications must be viewed in hard copy in the Research Services office or by arrangement at HMRI.

How to Arrange to View a Successful Application

Contact to request access to view successful applications for a specific scheme. Please include preferred date(s), time(s) and location.

Confirmation of the date, time and venue will be provided to you by Research Services staff.