These data represent a snapshot of our research funding activity at the time that the data was extracted from our systems. These data were last updated 28 March 2017.

The datasets on this page are updated annually to include each year’s new awards and to refresh the data for continuing grants.

Changes to previously reported data

Our funding data have undergone cleaning to improve data quality. This included removing grants that were previously reported in these datasets that were co-funded by us, but administered through other organisations. The removed grants are reported by those other organisations.

In addition, reporting of our grant expenditure has changed from budget amounts to actual payments.  This better reflects actual disbursement of funds and aligns our grant reporting with financial reporting. As such, some historical expenditure has changed from previous data.

NHMRC Research Funding Data - 2000 to 2016

The All Grants – 2000 to 2016 dataset contains details of all research grants during the period from 2000 to 2016. The dataset contains all publicly available details including research achievements and expected future outcomes from Final Reports when available.

The Summary Tables 2000 – 2016 dataset contains tables that summarise the data from the All Grants – 2000 to 2016 dataset. These summaries include funding by the main funding groups, grant types and sub types, states and territories, research sectors, broad research areas and administering institutions.

Both datasets contain a worksheet that provides explanatory information on the terminology used.

NHMRC Research Funding – Disease/disorders or health condition based data collections

Allocation of our funding to disease, health and research areas is based on the review of each individual grant against a range of investigator provided data classifications including Burden of Disease allocations, fields of research, keywords, grant titles and media summaries. The process may result in the allocation of grants to more than one disease, disorder or health issue. No attempt has been made to apportion the funding where more than one disease or disorder is indicated.

If the below tables do not provide the information you seek please contact nhmrc.statistics@nhmrc.gov.au.

NHMRC and other Australian Government priorities

The following table summarises our expenditure into the priority area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s health and the Australian Government’s National Health Priority Areas.

 

National Health Priority Areas

2012

$ million

2013

$ million

2014

$ million

2015

$ million

2016

$ million

2017

$ million

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

46.6

41.5 49.1 55.8 51.7 49.6

Arthritis and Osteoporosis

26.3

23.2 21.7 22.9 17.6 17.1

Asthma

20.7

21.5 23.5 22.6 15.3 13.1

Cancer

192.4

178.6 187.3 190.6 169.4 174.8

Cardiovascular Disease

121.5

112.3 122.7 120.9 105.9 103.8

Dementia1

27.6

27.1 33.5 34.6 46.4 50.7

Diabetes

74.8 65.1 69.6 69.4 64.1 56.9

Injury

51.9 46.1 59. 62. 46.7 44.8

Mental Health

70.4

73.3 83.8 86.2 71.7 67.3

Obesity

40.5 41.7 40.5 38.3 27.2 26.8

1 Funding for Dementia excludes research activities that are outside the Medical Research Endowment Account (MREA) such as the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research and the Dementia Collaborative Research Centres.                           

Other disease, research and health areas

The following table provides summary expenditure by a range of different disease, research and health areas. This list is under development and will grow over time.

Burden of Disease

2012

$ million

2013

$ million

2014

$ million

2015

$ million

2016

$ million

2017

$ million

Adolescent Health

20.1

21.0

19.9

19.1

13.7

13.6

Child Health

76.8

81.4

87.5

98.7

84.3

81.50

Congenital Abnormalities

27.0

24.5

27.4

31.2

23.1

23.6

Developmental Disorders

13.0

10.8

12.2

14.9

12.9

11.9

Drug Addiction

23.4

24.2

22.2

21.0

20.3

24.7

Eye Disease

19.7

18.6

20.8

21.6

19.8

16.3

Human Development

40.0

36.8

35.7

37.1

26.4

23.6

Infectious Disease

131.8

126.3

134.8

141.6

123.7

120.3

Maternal Health

30.6

33.6

34.7

37.0

30.9

28.7

Men's Health

25.9

19.4

17.1

18.2

15.1

15.7

Nervous System Disorders and Neuroscience

154.5

148.2

171.8

187.6

180.5

177.0

Nutrition

32.8

31.2

29.6

31.4

26.8

26.3

Primary Health Care

19.5

19.4

24.7

31.5

25.0

24.5

Respiratory Disease

41.9

42.4

47.4

50.6

38.4

33.4

NHMRC Analysis of Australian Health and Medical Research Publications

We regularly publish reports on the scientific publication output and the citation impact of NHMRC-funded research and of Australian health and medical research more broadly.

National Register of Public Health Research

National Register of Public Health Research provides greater transparency in the conduct and reporting of results of government, non-government and commercially supported public health research. The pilot phase contains details of NHMRC-funded research projects only.

Governance Reporting

In accordance with our reporting obligations, further data on our grants is available at the below link.