Synergy Grants support outstanding multidisciplinary teams of investigators to work together to answer major research questions, that cannot be answered by a single investigator.

Synergy Grants will provide a fixed amount of $5 million over five years. 

Funding from a Synergy Grant will be provided in addition to any existing Investigator, Ideas or Strategic and Leveraging Grants the investigators may concurrently hold.

Funds may be spent on Direct Research Costs.  


The Synergy Grant scheme will be open to all researchers, other than those who currently hold a Program Grant. 

Diverse terms will consist of four to ten investigators and each investigator can only be named on one Synergy Grant. 

Peer Review of Synergy Grant applications

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

Assessment criteria and weighting 

Synergy Grants will be assessed on the Track Record of each investigator, the Knowledge Gain of the proposed research and the Synergy of the team.

Track Record is defined as ‘the value of an individual’s past research achievements, not prospective achievements, quantitatively scored using evidence-based components’. It will count towards 40% of the final score.

For the Synergy Grant scheme, assessment of Track Record will be based on consideration of Publications (20%), Research Impact (15%) and Leadership (5%).

Knowledge Gain is defined as ‘the quality of the proposed research and significance of the knowledge gained. It incorporates theoretical concepts, hypothesis, research design, robustness and the extent to which the research findings will contribute to the research area and health outcomes (by advancing knowledge, practice or policy)’. It will count towards 30% of the final score.

Synergy is defined as ‘the quality of a diverse team’s multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to solve a major health and medical research question, as well as the capacity-building/workforce development outcomes’. It will count towards 30% of the final score.