Development Grants

For funding commencing in 2020

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This scheme is CLOSED.

Development Grants for funding commencing in 2021 is expected to open on Wednesday 21 April 2021 and close Wednesday 16 June 2021. An indicative timeline for the 2021 round is below.

The Development Grants scheme provides financial support to individual researchers and/or research teams to undertake health and medical research within Australia at the proof of principle or pre-seed stage that specifically drives towards a commercial outcome within a five-year timeframe.

Early stage research or knowledge creation research (this is fundable through the NHMRC Ideas Grants scheme) will not be funded through the Development Grants scheme.

The Development Grants scheme supports the commercial development of a product, process, procedure or service that if applied, would result in improved health care, disease prevention or provide health cost savings.

Research supported by this scheme must have experimental data that supports a demonstrated proof of principle or pre-seed concept and have a detailed feasible commercialisation strategy that takes into account the regulatory pathway, protectable IP, commercial barriers and potential routes to market.

Sapphire pilot for Development Grants

If you are applying for a Development Grant in this round, you will be participating in a pilot of Sapphire, the NHMRC's new grants management solution. You will need to register for Sapphire in order to apply. After registering you will be sent an email that will enable you to log-in and access your account.

Resources are available to assist in navigating Sapphire, such as how-to videos and access to the Sapphire Help Centre.

In recognition of the importance of this pilot, NHMRC has put in place appropriate additional contingency plans to minimise any potential effect on applicants, and ensure that there is no impact on the quality of peer review for Development Grants. This includes preparing a round in RGMS, as a back-up that can be activated at any stage during the Development Grant 2020 Round.

The NHMRC will update Sapphire’s web page with latest news and other relevant information. Applicants are encouraged to check back regularly to keep informed of any updates.

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

Key Dates for funding commencing in 2021

Please note this timeline is indicative only and dates are subject to change.

NHMRC applications open in Sapphire Wednesday 21 April 2021
UON Online Booking System opensThursday 22 April 2021
UON Eligibility and Compliance Check Period*Thursday 27 May - Wednesday 2 June 2021
Minimum data requirements in Sapphire 5:00pm Wednesday 26 May 2021
UON Deadline for Final Application**9:00am Wednesday 9 June 2021
NHMRC Applications Close 5:00pm Wednesday 16 June 2021
Proposed Peer ReviewTBC

Please note:

* Applicants are strongly encouraged to commence their application in Sapphire ASAP after the scheme opens so that they can book their preferred day for an Eligibility and Compliance Check. To enable the allocation of appropriate resourcing, bookings must be made prior to the defined scheme Eligibility and Compliance Check period. Access to book an Eligibility and Compliance Check will no longer be available once the Eligibility and Compliance Check period has commenced. This does not apply for schemes with continuous rounds (i.e. ARC Linkage Projects and NHMRC Partnership Projects).

** The UON deadline for final application requires the provision of a submission-ready proposal to the Research Grants Office submitted via Sapphire, as well as a fully signed cover sheet.