Transitional arrangements

These arrangements have been developed to smooth transition to future steady-state eligibility to apply for and hold grants in the new grant program. 

  • All existing grants will be honoured.
  • Existing Project and Program Grants will affect eligibility for Ideas Grants and/or be offset by reductions applied to the Investigator Grant RSP
  • These effects will cease once the existing grants cease.
  • Eligibility caps and RSP reductions due to existing grants will allow more grants to be funded across all schemes in the new grant program.
  • Eligibility tool for 2019 funding round

Steady state

The following table shows the eligibility to apply for and hold grants under the new grant program once steady state is reached – that is, once all grants under the current grant program have expired. Each row details the combination and number of grants a researcher can apply for and hold. For example, a researcher may apply for and hold one Investigator Grant and one Synergy Grant OR two Ideas Grants.

    Grant Type
Steady State Investigator Grant Synergy Grants Ideas Grants 
Apply  1 1 0
1 0 0
0 1 0
0 1 1
0 0 2
1a 0 1
Hold 1 1 0
1 0 0
0 1 0
0 1 1
0 0 2
1 0 2b
0 1 2c

A maximum of two grants may be held concurrently by any individual, with the following exceptions and conditions:

a Individuals may apply for an Investigator Grant concurrently with an Ideas Grant; if both applications are successful, only the Investigator Grant will be awarded.

Individuals who hold two Ideas Grants may apply for and hold an Investigator Grant, but their RSP will be reduced by 50% for one Ideas Grant and by 100% for two  Ideas Grants until the Ideas Grant/s have ended.

Individuals who hold two Ideas Grants may hold concurrently a Synergy Grant.

Transition arrangements for the 2019 grant round 

The new grant program will open for applications in late 2018 – early 2019 for grants commencing in 2020. Therefore, eligibility to apply for and hold Investigator, Synergy and Ideas Grants will depend, in part, on a researcher’s NHMRC grant portfolio held on 1 January 2020.

To ensure equitable access across the sector, the transitional arrangements impose a limit on the research support that a researcher may apply for and hold under the new grant program based upon their existing grant portfolio. This limit is achieved for Investigator Grants by reducing the RSP and for Ideas Grants by reducing the number of grants that can be applied for and held. These arrangements are to the greatest extent possible symmetrical between the Investigator Grant and Ideas Grant schemes – that is, researchers pursuing funding through either scheme will be affected to similar extents by their existing grant portfolio.

As is currently the case, researchers may be able to apply for funding in the final year of their current grant/s to enable continuity of funding. This is extended to the penultimate year for current Fellowship holders applying for Investigator Grants.

Eligibility of current or previous NHMRC Fellows for Investigator Grants 

Eligibility to apply for an Investigator Grant at each level based on the highest level of NHMRC Fellowship previously or currently held is available here. 

Eligibility tool for 2019 funding round 

This tool details a researcher’s eligibility for funding in the first round of the new grant program. The first round of the new grant program will open for applications in late 2018-early 2019, for peer review during 2019 and funding in 2020. This is deemed the ‘2019 grant round’. To determine your eligibility select your NHMRC grant portfolio as it will be on 1 January 2020.

Press ‘get report’ to display the grants you will be eligible for under the new grant program, noting that this eligibility is indicative only and may vary based on NHMRC funding rules or other policies.

Please pay attention to both the conjunctions between the boxes that detail eligibility and the specific conditions of eligibility stated in the boxes and the footnotes. These rules do not affect eligibility for Strategic and Leveraging Grants.

Try eligibility tool for 2019 funding round

Glossary of terms

  • RSP = Research Support Package
  • CI = Chief Investigator

The pdf below outlines the impact of a researcher’s grant portfolio, as held on 1 January 2020, on their eligibility under the new grant program. It illustrates all of the possible scenarios contained within the eligibility tool.

Case studies

The following case studies provide illustrative examples of eligibility to apply for grants in the first round of the new grant program.

Case study 1

Dr A will hold no NHMRC grants on 1 January 2020. Her grant portfolio is represented by Column A. Reading down this column; she is eligible to apply for:

  • One Investigator Grant, OR
  • One Investigator Grant and one Ideas Grant (noting that, should both applications be successful, only the Investigator Grant will be awarded), OR
  • Up to two Ideas Grants.

In addition to the above, she is also eligible to apply for a Synergy Grant, noting that she can only apply for a total of two grants per round, e.g. an Ideas Grant and a Synergy Grant.

Case study 2

Dr B will hold three NHMRC Project Grants on 1 January 2020. His grant portfolio is represented by Column C. Reading down this column; he is eligible to apply for:

  • One Investigator Grant, noting the RSP reduction applied, OR
  • One Investigator Grant and one Ideas Grant (noting that, should both applications be successful, only the Investigator Grant will be awarded and that the above RSP reduction will apply), OR
  • One Ideas grant.

In addition to the above, he is also eligible to apply for a Synergy Grant, noting that he can only apply for a total of two grants per round, e.g. an Ideas Grant and a Synergy Grant.

Case study 3

Dr C will be in the final year of a NHMRC Fellowship on 1 January 2020 and will also hold one Project Grant. Her grant portfolio is represented by Column F. Reading down this column; she is eligible to apply for:

  • One Investigator Grant, noting the RSP reduction applied and that, if awarded, the salary component of the Investigator Grant will not be paid during the overlap (i.e. the period that both grants are held).  During this overlap, the Investigator Grant will run concurrently with the NHMRC fellowship and the salary component of the Investigator Grant will be reduced accordingly, OR
  • One Investigator Grant and one Ideas Grant, noting the RSP reduction applied and that, if awarded, the salary component of the Investigator Grant will not be paid during the overlap (i.e. the period that both grants are held).  During this overlap, the Investigator Grant will run concurrently with the NHMRC fellowship and the salary component of the Investigator Grant will be reduced accordingly. Should both applications be successful, only the Investigator Grant will be awarded, OR
  • Up to two Ideas Grants.

In addition to the above, she is also eligible to apply for a Synergy Grant, noting that she can only apply for a total of two grants per round, e.g. an Ideas Grant and a Synergy Grant.

Eligibility tool for 2019 funding round

Eligible to apply for 1 Investigator Grant in the 2019 grant round

OR

Eligible to apply for 1 Investigator Grant and 1 Ideas Granta in the 2019 grant round

OR

Eligible to apply for up to 2 Ideas Grants in the 2019 grant round

AND

Eligible to apply for 1 Synergy Grant in the 2019 grant round provided no more than 2 grants are applied for in a single roundb

Notes pertinent to this case

a – If you apply for an Investigator Grant and an Ideas Grant in the same round and both applications are successful, only the Investigator Grant will be awarded.

b – Researchers may apply for a maximum of two grants in a given round, depending on individual eligibility.

Eligible to apply for 1 Investigator Grant in the 2019 grant round (25% reduction applied to RSP if grant is awardedc)

OR

Eligible to apply for 1 Investigator Grant (25% reduction applied to RSP if grant is awardedc) and 1 Ideas Granta in the 2019 grant round.

OR

Eligible to apply for up to 2 Ideas Grants in the 2019 grant round

AND

Eligible to apply for 1 Synergy Grant in the 2019 grant round provided no more than 2 grants are applied for in a single roundb

Notes pertinent to this case

a – If you apply for an Investigator Grant and an Ideas Grant in the same round and both applications are successful, only the Investigator Grant will be awarded.

b – Researchers may apply for a maximum of two grants in a given round, depending on individual eligibility.

c – Any RSP reduction applied to an Investigator Grant will be removed when the grant/s determining the reduction expire.

Eligible to apply for 1 Investigator Grant in the 2019 grant round (50% reduction applied to RSP if grant is awardedc)

OR

Eligible to apply for 1 Investigator Grant (50% reduction applied to RSP if grant is awardedc) and 1 Ideas Granta in the 2019 grant round.

OR

Eligible to apply for 1 Ideas Grant in the 2019 grant round

AND

Eligible to apply for 1 Synergy Grant in the 2019 grant round provided no more than 2 grants are applied for in a single roundb

Notes pertinent to this case

a – If you apply for an Investigator Grant and an Ideas Grant in the same round and both applications are successful, only the Investigator Grant will be awarded.

b – Researchers may apply for a maximum of two grants in a given round, depending on individual eligibility.

c – Any RSP reduction applied to an Investigator Grant will be removed when the grant/s determining the reduction expire.

Eligible to apply for 1 Investigator Grant in the 2019 grant round (100% reduction applied to RSP if grant is awardedc)

Notes pertinent to this case

c – Any RSP reduction applied to an Investigator Grant will be removed when the grant/s determining the reduction expire.

Eligible to apply for 1 Investigator Grant in the 2019 grant round (100% reduction applied to RSP if grant is awardedc)

Notes pertinent to this case

c – Any RSP reduction applied to an Investigator Grant will be removed when the grant/s determining the reduction expire.

That combination of grants is not permitted.

Please choose another combination.
Eligible to apply for an Investigator Grant in the 2019 grant round only if you will be in the final year of your Fellowship on 1 January 2020d

OR

Eligible to apply for an Investigator Grant only if you will be in the final year of your Fellowship on 1 January 2020d and 1 Ideas Granta in the 2019 grant round

OR

Eligible to apply for up to 2 Ideas Grants in the 2019 grant round

AND

Eligible to apply for 1 Synergy Grant in the 2019 grant round provided no more than 2 grants are applied for in a single roundb

Notes pertinent to this case

a – If you apply for an Investigator Grant and an Ideas Grant in the same round and both applications are successful, only the Investigator Grant will be awarded.

b – Researchers may apply for a maximum of two grants in a given round, depending on individual eligibility.

d – If the first year of the Investigator Grant overlaps with the final year of a NHMRC fellowship, the salary component of the Investigator Grant will not be paid during the overlap (i.e. the period that both grants are held). During this overlap, the Investigator Grant will run concurrently with the NHMRC fellowship and the salary component of the Investigator Grant will be reduced accordingly. The RSP component of the Investigator Grant will not be affected.

Eligible to apply for an Investigator Grant in the 2019 grant round only if you will be in the final year of your Fellowship on 1 January 2020d (25% reduction applied to RSP if grant is awardedc)

OR

Eligible to apply for an Investigator Grant only if you will be in the final year of your Fellowship on 1 January 2020d (25% reduction applied to RSP if grant is awardedc) and 1 Ideas Granta in the 2019 grant round

OR

Eligible to apply for up to 2 Ideas Grants in the 2019 grant round

AND

Eligible to apply for 1 Synergy Grant in the 2019 grant round provided no more than 2 grants are applied for in a single roundb

Notes pertinent to this case

a – If you apply for an Investigator Grant and an Ideas Grant in the same round and both applications are successful, only the Investigator Grant will be awarded.

b – Researchers may apply for a maximum of two grants in a given round, depending on individual eligibility.

c – Any RSP reduction applied to an Investigator Grant will be removed when the grant/s determining the reduction expire.

d – If the first year of the Investigator Grant overlaps with the final year of a NHMRC fellowship, the salary component of the Investigator Grant will not be paid during the overlap (i.e. the period that both grants are held). During this overlap, the Investigator Grant will run concurrently with the NHMRC fellowship and the salary component of the Investigator Grant will be reduced accordingly. The RSP component of the Investigator Grant will not be affected.

Eligible to apply for an Investigator Grant in the 2019 grant round only if you will be in the final year of your Fellowship on 1 January 2020d (50% reduction applied to RSP if grant is awardedc)

OR

Eligible to apply for an Investigator Grant only if you will be in the final year of your Fellowship on 1 January 2020d (50% reduction applied to RSP if grant is awarded)c and 1 Ideas Granta in the 2019 grant round

OR

Eligible to apply for 1 Ideas Grant in the 2019 grant round

AND

Eligible to apply for 1 Synergy Grant in the 2019 grant round provided no more than 2 grants are applied for in a single roundb

Notes pertinent to this case

a – If you apply for an Investigator Grant and an Ideas Grant in the same round and both applications are successful, only the Investigator Grant will be awarded.

b – Researchers may apply for a maximum of two grants in a given round, depending on individual eligibility.

c – Any RSP reduction applied to an Investigator Grant will be removed when the grant/s determining the reduction expire.

d – If the first year of the Investigator Grant overlaps with the final year of a NHMRC fellowship, the salary component of the Investigator Grant will not be paid during the overlap (i.e. the period that both grants are held). During this overlap, the Investigator Grant will run concurrently with the NHMRC fellowship and the salary component of the Investigator Grant will be reduced accordingly. The RSP component of the Investigator Grant will not be affected.

Eligible to apply for an Investigator Grant in the 2019 grant round only if you will be in the final year of your Fellowship on 1 January 2020d (100% reduction applied to RSP if grant is awardedc)

Notes pertinent to this case

c – Any RSP reduction applied to an Investigator Grant will be removed when the grant/s determining the reduction expire.

d – If the first year of the Investigator Grant overlaps with the final year of a NHMRC fellowship, the salary component of the Investigator Grant will not be paid during the overlap (i.e. the period that both grants are held). During this overlap, the Investigator Grant will run concurrently with the NHMRC fellowship and the salary component of the Investigator Grant will be reduced accordingly. The RSP component of the Investigator Grant will not be affected.

Eligible to apply for an Investigator Grant in the 2019 grant round only if you will be in the final year of your Fellowship on 1 January 2020d (100% reduction applied to RSP if grant is awardedc)

Notes pertinent to this case

c – Any RSP reduction applied to an Investigator Grant will be removed when the grant/s determining the reduction expire.

d – If the first year of the Investigator Grant overlaps with the final year of a NHMRC fellowship, the salary component of the Investigator Grant will not be paid during the overlap (i.e. the period that both grants are held). During this overlap, the Investigator Grant will run concurrently with the NHMRC fellowship and the salary component of the Investigator Grant will be reduced accordingly. The RSP component of the Investigator Grant will not be affected.

That combination of grants is not permitted.

Please choose another combination.
Eligible to apply for up to 2 Ideas Grants in the 2019 grant round

AND

Eligible to apply for 1 Synergy Grant in the 2019 grant round provided no more than 2 grants are applied for in a single roundb

Notes pertinent to this case

b – Researchers may apply for a maximum of two grants in a given round, depending on individual eligibility.

Eligible to apply for up to 2 Ideas Grants in the 2019 grant round

AND

Eligible to apply for 1 Synergy Grant in the 2019 grant round provided no more than 2 grants are applied for in a single roundb

Notes pertinent to this case

b – Researchers may apply for a maximum of two grants in a given round, depending on individual eligibility.

Eligible to apply for 1 Ideas Grant in the 2019 grant round

AND

Eligible to apply for 1 Synergy Grant in the 2019 grant round provided no more than 2 grants are applied for in a single roundb

Notes pertinent to this case

b – Researchers may apply for a maximum of two grants in a given round, depending on individual eligibility.

Not eligible to apply for any Investigator, Synergy or Ideas grants.

Not eligible to apply for any Investigator, Synergy or Ideas grants.

Not eligible to apply for any Investigator, Synergy or Ideas grants.