The objective of the Ideas Grant scheme is to support innovative research projects addressing a specific question(s).

The expected outcomes are:

  • innovative and creative research
  • funding of researchers at all career stages, and
  • funding any area of health and medical research from discovery to implementation.

The scheme will provide particular opportunities for early and mid-career researchers. It is expected that the CIA will have the scientific leadership and skills to achieve the proposed project aims.

The Ideas Grant scheme is not intended to support research where a clinical trial or cohort study is the primary objective. Applicants seeking funding to conduct a clinical trial or a cohort study should apply, instead, to NHMRC’s Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grant scheme.

Funding Support

Ideas Grants may be funded by or in conjunction with other organisations. These grants offer opportunities to researchers whose work is particularly relevant to the priorities and research interests of the partner organisations.

Information on how organisations and individuals can support NHMRC to fund health and medical research is available on the NHMRC website.

Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF)

This grant opportunity may be used to determine recipients under the MRFF Million Minds Mission. The program will support research to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients with mental health issues. Further information on the program, including funding, is available on the Department of Health Website.

2019 Funding Round – Soft Opening

The following draft documentation is currently available from the Ideas Grants Forecast Opportunity on GrantConnect:

  • Ideas Grants 2019 Guidelines
  • Ideas Grants 2019 Guide to Applicants, including the Category Descriptors

This information will assist applicants to begin preparing their application in advance of the funding opportunity opening on 6 March 2019. 

The full suite of documentation required to apply will become available once the funding opportunity opens.

Contact Research Admin Office

If you need more information, contact your Research Administration Office in the first instance.

If you need help and are unable to satisfy your concern through your Administering Institution, contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983, or email

Grant at a glance

Duration of funding:  1-5 years                         

Level of funding: The amount of funding for an Ideas Grant will be based on assessment of the requested budget. Refer to the Grant Guidelines.


Before you submit an application, please make sure you have:


Step One

Read all relevant reference material

GrantConnect GO Documents


Step Two

Liaised with your Administering Institution to identify any specific requirements that the institution may have


Step Three

Ensure your application is complete and correct.