A Targeted Call for Research (TCR) is a one-time solicitation for grant applications to address a specific health issue. A TCR specifies the scope and objectives of the research to be proposed, application requirements and procedures, and the review criteria to be applied in the evaluation of applications submitted in response to the TCR.

In alignment with the overarching goals of NHMRC's Strategic Plan, a TCR will stimulate or greatly advance research in a particular area of health and medical science that will benefit the health of Australians.

TCRs complement NHMRC's existing suite of funding schemes by funding priority research in defined areas of need and when urgent research needs emerge.

NHMRC also administers a number of Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) grant opportunities, including TCR’s, on behalf of the Department of Health. Information about MRFF grant opportunities can be found here.

Open Calls for Targeted Research

Nutrition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Further information is available via GrantConnect.

Frailty in Hospital Care: Complex Health Needs

Further information is available via GrantConnect.

Upcoming Calls for Targeted Research

Per- and Poly- Fluoroalkylated Substances (PFAS) 

    Closed Calls for Targeted Research 

    Targeted Call for Research into Healthy Ageing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 

    Further information is available via GrantConnect. 

    Targeted Call for Research into Debilitating Symptom Complexes Attributed to Ticks 

    Further information is available via GrantConnect

    Further information

    If you require more information, direct your inquiry to your Research Administration Office in the first instance. If you require assistance and are unable to satisfy your concern by seeking assistance through your administering institution:

    Contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983, or email help@nhmrc.gov.au

    Framework for Identification and Prioritisation of Targeted Calls for Research

    The TCR framework provides NHMRC with a mechanism to respond to emerging research needs, and priorities potential calls according to relative needs and impact. NHMRC has revised its framework for Targeted Calls for Research (TCRs) and developed a priority driven set of Principles for Consideration of a TCR. It was developed with consideration given to the NHMRC Corporate Plan, the National Science 

    • Framework for Identification and Prioritisation of Targeted Calls for Research - See Downloads 
    • Flowchart: Process for Developing and Implementing a TCR - See Downloads 

      Online Submission Pathway

      Under the framework, NHMRC has established an Online Submission Pathway to provide an opportunity for community and professional groups to identify possible TCR Proposals in areas of health research where there is a significant research knowledge gap or unmet need for which there is potential to greatly advance our understanding of the issue for the improvement of human health. More information can be found on the following webpage

      The Pathway will allow submission of proposals throughout the year, for a bi-annual review and prioritisation process.

      Each bi-annual review will confirm whether proposals meet the relevant criteria as outlined in the framework. All eligible proposals, including those reviewed in previous cycles, will be prioritised and recommendations will be provided to NHMRC’s Research Committee for consideration. Planned TCRs may be reprioritised to facilitate new TCR Proposals that may be of higher priority.

      Final submission date for review in Cycle 1, 2019  5 April 2019
      Final submission date for review in Cycle 2, 2019 4 October 2019


      Visit the Submission of Targeted Calls for Research Online Pathway – NHMRC’s Statement of Intent webpage for further information on how to register and submit a TCR Proposal.

      Targeted Research Working Committees

      The NHMRC Genomics Targeted Call for Research Grant Advisory Committee  The NHMRC Genomics Targeted Call for Research Grant Advisory Committee has been established to oversee the progress of the grant awarded in October 2015, for the duration of the grant.

      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.