New Grant Program

The NHMRC have announced details of their new grant program structure which was be rolled out from late 2018. The NHMRC Project Grants, Program Grants and full suite of Fellowships schemes will be replaced with three new schemes: Investigator Grants, Synergy Grants and Ideas Grants. In addition, there will be a Strategic and Leveraging Grants stream, designed to support research that addresses identified national needs, and a Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies stream. In addition to the new grant program, the NHMRC will continue to administer the funding from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

The NHMRC Grant Program website has detailed information on each scheme, FAQs and an implementation timeline for the new program. Grant Guidelines for the schemes are available on GrantConnect and can also be accessed via NHMRC’s website. For those with questions that are not answered on the NHMRC website, please email your queries to research-applications@newcastle.edu.au. We may not be able to answer all your questions immediately, but will contact the NHMRC on your behalf.

Please note:

  • All existing grants will be honoured. This includes grants with applications under review.
  • The peer review processes to be applied to the new grants are yet to be finalised.

Grant Program Funding Streams

The Investigator Grant scheme is to support the research program of outstanding investigators at all career stages. It will consolidate separate salary and research support into a single grant scheme by offering a salary component (if required) and a research support package for five years.

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The Ideas Grant scheme is to support innovative research projects addressing a specific question(s). Funding is available for up to five years for all investigators at all career stages, including early and mid-career investigators, in any area of health and medical research, from discovery to implementation. Funding is available for direct research costs.

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The Synergy Grant scheme is to support outstanding multidisciplinary teams of investigators to work together to answer major questions that cannot be answered by a single investigator. Funding is for a fixed five-year term and total budget of $5 million.

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The Strategic and Leveraging Grant stream includes a number of grant schemes that address identified strategic and national priorities and support leveraging funding. It includes Centres of Research Excellence, Development Grants, Targeted Calls for Research, International Collaborative schemes, and Partnerships for Better Health (Partnership Centres and Partnership Projects).

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Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants aim to support high-quality clinical trials and cohort studies that address important gaps in knowledge, leading to relevant and implementable findings for the benefit of human health. Funding is for up to five years for direct research costs and personnel support packages.

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The MRFF will improve the health and wellbeing of Australians by providing financial grants for medical research and innovation. 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.

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The NHMRC Equipment Grants are allocated annually to Administering Institutions that hold competitively awarded NHMRC health and medical research grants in a particular funding year. The total amount offered to Institutions is calculated by allocating funds pro rata based on the NHMRC health and medical research grants held by each Institution in the calendar year.

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The Postgraduate Scholarships scheme funds successful applicants to attain a research based postgraduate degree. It aims to support these outstanding health and medical graduates early in their career so they can be trained to conduct research that is internationally competitive and develop a capacity for original independent research within Australia.

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