Project Grant applications must outline a research proposal that describes the investigation of a new research idea/s. The proposal must support a particular set of aims and the budget must be directed to those aims. All Project Grant applications must be between one and five years. Single investigators or teams of up to ten Chief Investigators (CIs) are supported as well as New Investigators (NI) or early career investigators. Research teams are encouraged to include early career researchers as part of the CI team.

Project Grant applications must outline a research proposal that describes the investigation of a new research idea/s. The proposal must support a particular set of aims and the budget must be directed to those aims. All Project Grant applications must be between one and five years. Single investigators or teams of up to ten Chief Investigators (CIs) are supported as well as New Investigators (NI) or early career investigators. Research teams are encouraged to include early career researchers as part of the CI team.

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New Investigator (NI) status request

The NI initiative aims to support early career researchers who are yet to receive significant research funding through a competitive grants process. NHMRC seeks to fund Project Grant applications with NI status at approximately the same rate as standard Project Grant applications.

For a Project Grant application to have NI status, each CI (CIA-CIJ) will need to be assessed and be confirmed as a NI by NHMRC. The process to request NI status is outlined in section 5.2.1 of the Project Grant scheme-specific funding rules.

Clinical trials and cohort studies

Applicants should refer to the Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Decision Chart (Attachment B of the Project Grant scheme-specific advice and instructions to applicants) to determine whether their application should be reviewed by a Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grant Review Panel or a discipline specific Grant Review Panel. NHMRC will refer to this decision chart when confirming the allocation of applications to panels. Refer to the scheme-specific guidance available through GrantConnect for more information.

Funding by other organisations

Organisations offering funding through the NHMRC Project Grant scheme for funding commencing in 2018 include:

Applying for funding from Cancer Australia and the Cancer Councils

Applicants should refer to section 4.2 of the Project Grant scheme-specific Advice and Instructions to Applicants 2018.

Following the peer review of applications NHMRC will provide Cancer Australia and the Cancer Councils with the outcomes of the assessment process for applications that are considered fundable, but will not be funded by NHMRC. If there are any additional/supplementary questions required by the organisation these are to be submitted directly to the funding partner.

Gap Funding

Gap Funding is aimed at supporting high quality, fundable research proposals that are not selected for funding by NHMRC.

Other organisations may have funding available to support research in specific areas and use the NHMRC Project Grant scheme to identify fundable research.

Organisations that have expressed an interest in providing third party or gap funding for suitable applications are:

Applying for funding from Gap Funding organisations

Applicants should refer to section 5.2 of the NHMRC Advice and Instructions to Applicants 2018.

Applicants must select ‘yes’ at ‘Gap Consent’ within the Privacy section of the RGMS application. This will give consent for NHMRC to provide the applications, snapshot reports and information about the results of NHMRC’s assessment to gap funding organisations.

Following the peer review of applications, NHMRC will supply the Gap Funding organisations with a list of relevant applications considered worthy of funding that fall outside NHMRC’s level of funding. The decision to support a fundable application that is not funded by NHMRC is made by the third party organisation which may request additional information from potentially suitable applicants. The duration, budget and award requirements for this funding will vary according to the organisation. If there are any additional/supplementary questions required by the organisations these are to be submitted directly to the funding partner.

Grant at a glance

Duration of funding
5 years

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

 
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Step One

Read all relevant reference material

GrantConnect GO Documents

 
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Step Two

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

 
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Step Three

Ensure your application is complete and correct.