Ideas Grants will support focussed innovative research projects addressing a specific question.

Ideas Grants will provide funding for up to five years for creative research by investigators at all career stages, including early and mid-career investigators, in any area of health and medical research, from discovery to implementation. The amount of funding provided will be based on the assessment of the requested budget. Funds may be spent on Direct Research Costs.

Each Ideas Grant may have up to 10 investigators and each investigator may hold up to two Ideas Grants each, depending on concurrent grants held.

Peer Review of Ideas Grants applications

NHMRC has worked with Research Committee, other Principal Committees and expert working groups on the peer review processes for the Ideas Grant scheme. This has been informed by a comprehensive consultation process.

Assessment criteria and weighting

Ideas Grants will be assessed on the Research Quality, Innovation and Creativity, Significance and Feasibility of the proposed research.

Research quality is defined as ‘the quality of the proposed research, incorporating theoretical concepts, hypothesis, research design and robustness’ and will count towards 35% of the final score.

Innovation and creativity is defined as ‘health and medical research that seeks to challenge and shift current paradigms and/or have a major impact on a health research area through one or more studies that:

  • develop or use novel and creative research concepts, approaches, methodologies, technologies or interventions
  • propose a reinterpretation, refinement, improvement or new application of existing theoretical concepts, approaches, methodologies, technologies or interventions
  • integrate and adapt concepts, methodologies, technologies and approaches from other research fields or disciplines for a new purpose or in a new way’.

Innovation and creativity will count towards 25% of the final score.

Significance is defined as ‘the extent to which the research findings will be of great importance in the research area by substantially advancing knowledge, clinical and/or public health applications, policy development or change in the field’ and will count towards 20% of the final score.

Feasibility is defined as ‘the ability to achieve the stated aims of the proposed research, incorporating resources, personnel, expertise, equipment and infrastructure’ and will count towards 20% of the final score.