Investigator Grants consolidate separate fellowship and research support into one grant scheme that provides the highest-performing researchers at all career stages with funding for their salary (if required) and a significant research support package.
These grants provide the investigator with flexibility to pursue important new research directions as they arise and to form collaborations as needed, rather than being restricted to the scope of a specific research project.
Investigator Grants support:
- research across the four pillars of health and medical research: biomedical, clinical, public health and health services research
- different career stages – early career researchers, mid-career researchers and established researchers
- researchers with clinical responsibilities (such as clinicians, public health and allied health practitioners)
- full-time and part-time researchers.
The expected outcomes are:
- flexibility for investigators to pursue important new research directions as they arise and to form collaborations as needed
- innovative and creative research
- opportunities for researchers at all career stages to establish their own research programs
- reduced application and peer review burden on researchers.
Investigator 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 .
Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF)
From 2019, the MRFF Next Generation Clinical Researchers program will choose funding recipients from the Investigator Grants application process.
Further information about the Next Generation Clinical Researchers program is available on the .
2019 Funding Round – Soft Opening
The following documentation is currently available from the Investigator Grants Forecast Opportunity on :
- Investigator Grants 2019 Guidelines
- Investigator Grants 2019 Guide to Applicants, including the 2019 Category Descriptors
This information will assist applicants to begin preparing their application in advance of the funding opportunity opening on 5 December 2018.
The full suite of documentation required to apply will become available once the funding opportunity opens.