Applying for and managing an NHMRC grant

Researchers and research administrators preparing NHMRC grant applications should familiarise themselves with the information and resources provided below, including links to key documents, tip sheets, templates and other resources created by the Office of Research and Development (ORD).

While anticipated timeframes are provided below, potential applicants are encouraged to discuss their application with the Executive Officer of their Grant Success Panel well in advance of any formal notification of funding opportunities by the NHMRC or the Office of Research and Development.

Grant Success Panel Executive Officers Details are

Health – Tegan.McNab@curtin.edu.au

Humanities and Social Sciences – Tim.Pitman@curtin.edu.au

Science – Grant-review@curtin.edu.au

Engineering – t.lucey@curtin.edu.au

The NHMRC’s Research Grant Management System (RGMS) must be used to submit your application for funding and to access/update your CV and profile. Researchers are expected to update their RGMS profile on an ongoing basis and it is an NHMRC requirement that all Chief Investigators update their CV by 30 June each year.

Most funding schemes have Minimum Data requirements. Applications that do not meet these deadlines will be removed from RGMS. Please refer to the NHMRC website for the minimum data requirements for the relevant scheme.

The NHMRC is making significant changes to its grant funding program. Applications submitted in 2018 for funding in 2019 will be the last round of applications under the existing structure. These changes will impact grant limits and eligibility for some schemes. Information on the NHMRC restructure is available from the NHMRC website.

For further information or assistance during the application process please contact ORD-grants@curtin.edu.au.

Boosting Dementia Research Grants

The NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR) is part of the Boosting Dementia Research Initiative and will target, co-ordinate and translate the Australian research effort in dementia.

NHMRC has allocated funding to support a multidisciplinary, national team to establish and maintain a National Dementia Network under PR3.

See below for further details about this scheme.

Overview

The objective of the Network is to improve the lives of people with dementia, as well as accelerating translation of interventions to treat and prevent dementia beginning with establishing and maintaining a national dementia registry as a national resource.

Flowing from the registry, the Network is expected to deliver the following outcomes:

  1. report on the natural history, disease trajectory and outcomes of dementia and cognitive impairment in accordance with the Framework for Australian clinical quality registries (link is external) developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
  2. establish suitable cohorts of highly characterised individuals as part of the registry that could participate in targeted and relevant clinical trials, and
  3. develop a network of trial sites, which can be used for clinical dementia trials.

To achieve the intended outcomes, the Network will need to be an effective collaboration of dementia researchers as well as experts in clinical quality improvement, epidemiology, biostatistics, clinical data management, bioethics, privacy law and research governance. To ensure adequate recruitment to the registry the Network will need to engage appropriately with primary care and clinician practitioner groups, memory clinics, hospitals, service providers and consumer groups.

Key Dates

  1. Submit an Expression of Interest to the relevant Grant Support Panel October 2 2017

Health – Tegan.McNab@curtin.edu.au

Humanities and Social Sciences – Tim.Pitman@curtin.edu.au

Science – Grant-review@curtin.edu.au

Engineering – t.lucey@curtin.edu.au

  1. RGMS Minimum Data deadline 11 October 2017
  2. Internal Deadline for ORD review 20 October 2017
  3. Deadline for submission of completed applications to ORD via RGMS 3 November 2017

Help

For application assistance please contact ORD Grants@curtin.edu.au

If you are unsure which Panel to submit to contact Grant-Review@curtin.edu.au

 

Resources

Key NHMRC documents and Information

Curtin Forms

Coming Soon

Costing your project

For queries on how to cost your project please contact your Faculty related Research Support Team:

Faculty of Science and Engineering    ord-support-sae@curtin.edu.au

Faculty of Health Sciences                  ord-support-hth@curtin.edu.au

Faculty of Humanities                          ord-support-hum@curtin.edu.au

Curtin Business School                       ord-support-cbs@curtin.edu.au

Project Grants

The objectives of the Project Grants scheme are to support the creation of new knowledge by funding the best investigator-initiated research project plan of between one and five years, in any area relevant to human health.

See below for further details about this scheme.

Overview

As a result of the upcoming program restructure, there are changes to the project grant application limits in 2018. An interim capping arrangement will be introduced in the 2018 Project Grant funding round.

Applicants will be able to submit up to two Project Grant applications in the 2018 Project Grant funding round. Applicants must continue to comply with NHMRC policy on the numbers of concurrently held grants (maximum of six). For example, if an applicant will hold five active Project Grants in 2019, only one Project Grant application can be submitted.

Please contact ORD Grants@curtin.edu.au with any eligibility queries for either the current, or future grant programs.

Key Dates

  1. Submit an Expression of Interest to the relevant Grant Support Panel October 2 2017

Health – Tegan.McNab@curtin.edu.au

Humanities and Social Sciences – Tim.Pitman@curtin.edu.au

Science – Grant-review@curtin.edu.au

Engineering – t.lucey@curtin.edu.au

  1. New Investigator Eligibility TBC – Anticipated January 2018
  2. RGMS Minimum Data deadline 14 February 2018
  3. Internal Deadline for ORD review 14 February 2018
  4. Deadline for submission of completed applications to ORD via RGMS 7 March 2018

Help

For application assistance please contact ORD Grants@curtin.edu.au

If you are unsure which Panel to submit to contact Grant-Review@curtin.edu.au

Resources

Key NHMRC documents and Information

Curtin Forms

Coming Soon

Costing your project

For queries on how to cost your project please contact your Faculty related Research Support Team:

Faculty of Science and Engineering    ord-support-sae@curtin.edu.au

Faculty of Health Sciences                  ord-support-hth@curtin.edu.au

Faculty of Humanities                          ord-support-hum@curtin.edu.au

Curtin Business School                       ord-support-cbs@curtin.edu.au

Development Grants

The Development Grants scheme provides financial support to individual researchers and/or research teams to undertake health and medical research within Australia at the proof-of-concept stage that specifically drives towards a commercial outcome within a foreseeable timeframe.

See below for further details about this scheme.

Overview

Early stage research or knowledge creation research (this is fundable through the NHMRC Project Grants scheme) will not be funded through the Development Grants scheme.

The Development Grants scheme supports the commercial development of a product, process, procedure or service that, if applied, would result in improved health care, disease prevention or provide health cost savings.

Research supported by this scheme must, via a commercial business plan, have detailed feasible strategies for commercialisation that takes into account the regulatory pathway, protectable IP, commercial barriers and potential routes to market.

Key Dates

  1. Submit an Expression of Interest to the relevant Grant Support Panel October 2 2017

Health – Tegan.McNab@curtin.edu.au

Humanities and Social Sciences – Tim.Pitman@curtin.edu.au

Science – Grant-review@curtin.edu.au

Engineering – t.lucey@curtin.edu.au

  1. Internal Deadline for ORD review 17 January 2018
  2. RGMS Minimum Data deadline 24 January 2018
  3. Deadline for submission of completed applications to ORD via RGMS 2 February 2018

Help

For application assistance please contact ORD Grants@curtin.edu.au

If you are unsure which Panel to submit to contact Grant-Review@curtin.edu.au

 

Resources

Key NHMRC documents and Information

Curtin Forms

Coming Soon

Costing your project

For queries on how to cost your project please contact your Faculty related Research Support Team:

Faculty of Science and Engineering    ord-support-sae@curtin.edu.au

Faculty of Health Sciences                  ord-support-hth@curtin.edu.au

Faculty of Humanities                          ord-support-hum@curtin.edu.au

Curtin Business School                       ord-support-cbs@curtin.edu.au

Centres of Research Excellence

The Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) scheme will provide support for teams of researchers to pursue collaborative research and develop capacity in clinical, population health and health services research.

See below for further details about this scheme.

Overview

Funding will support three streams:

  • CRE in Clinical Research;
  • CRE in Health Services Research;
  • CRE in Population Health Research;

Application priority areas – TBC

Key Dates

  1. Submit an Expression of Interest to the relevant Grant Support Panel October 2 2017

Health – Tegan.McNab@curtin.edu.au

Humanities and Social Sciences – Tim.Pitman@curtin.edu.au

Science – Grant-review@curtin.edu.au

Engineering – t.lucey@curtin.edu.au

  1. RGMS Minimum Data deadline 8 November 2017
  2. Internal Deadline for ORD review 15 November 2017
  3. Deadline for submission of completed applications to ORD via RGMS 24 November 2017

Help

For application assistance please contact ORD Grants@curtin.edu.au

If you are unsure which Panel to submit to contact Grant-Review@curtin.edu.au

Resources

Key NHMRC documents and Information

Curtin Forms

Coming Soon

Costing your project

For queries on how to cost your project please contact your Faculty related Research Support Team:

Faculty of Science and Engineering    ord-support-sae@curtin.edu.au

Faculty of Health Sciences                  ord-support-hth@curtin.edu.au

Faculty of Humanities                          ord-support-hum@curtin.edu.au

Curtin Business School                       ord-support-cbs@curtin.edu.au

Partnership Projects

NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health – Partnership Projects (Partnership Projects) will help create partnerships among decision makers, policy makers, managers, clinicians and researchers

See below for further details about this scheme.

Overview

This funding scheme provides funding and support to create new opportunities for researchers and policy makers to work together to define research questions, undertake research, interpret the findings and implement the findings into policy and practice.

Partnership Projects will answer a specific research question to influence health and well-being through changes in the delivery, organisation, funding and access to health services.

This scheme allows applicants to apply at any time during the year rather than through just one annual round. Peer review of applications occurs in 2-3 distinct cycles per year.

Key Dates

Peer Review Cycle (PRC) #3 – 2017

  1. Submit an Expression of Interest to the relevant Grant Support Panel

Health – Tegan.McNab@curtin.edu.au

Humanities and Social Sciences – Tim.Pitman@curtin.edu.au

Science – Grant-review@curtin.edu.au

Engineering – t.lucey@curtin.edu.au

  1. Internal Deadline for ORD review 15 November 2017
  2. RGMS Minimum Data deadline 22 November 2017
  3. Deadline for submission of completed applications to ORD via RGMS 1 December 2017

Peer Review Cycle (PRC) #1 – 2018

  1. Submit an Expression of Interest to the relevant Grant Support Panel

Health – Tegan.McNab@curtin.edu.au

Humanities and Social Sciences – Tim.Pitman@curtin.edu.au

Science – Grant-review@curtin.edu.au

Engineering – Grant-review@curtin.edu.au

  1. RGMS Minimum Data deadline 28 March 2018
  2. Internal Deadline for ORD review 28 March 2018
  3. Deadline for submission of completed applications to ORD via RGMS 7 April 2018

Help

For application assistance please contact ORD Grants@curtin.edu.au

If you are unsure which Panel to submit to contact Grant-Review@curtin.edu.au

Resources

Key NHMRC documents and Information

Curtin Forms

Coming Soon

Costing your project

For queries on how to cost your project please contact your Faculty related Research Support Team:

Faculty of Science and Engineering    ord-support-sae@curtin.edu.au

Faculty of Health Sciences                  ord-support-hth@curtin.edu.au

Faculty of Humanities                          ord-support-hum@curtin.edu.au

Curtin Business School                       ord-support-cbs@curtin.edu.au

Research Fellowships

Research Fellowships are open to all researchers in Australia who have a sustained track record of significant and quality research output as judged relative to opportunity.

Research Fellowships are prestigious and highly competitive awards for high performing researchers. Recipients of Research Fellowships are generally in the top 10% of their field and are viewed as ‘pushing the boundaries’ of research.

See below for further details about this scheme.

Overview

The objectives of the Research Fellowships scheme are to foster an intellectual environment which supports and builds the capacity of Australian research for the future and to create knowledge through investment in research which improves health and thus contributes to Australia’s prosperity.

A Research Fellowship is a five year fellowship supporting leading health and medical researchers in full-time research.

Applications submitted in 2018 will be the last under the current structure. There will be significant changes to the Fellowships/Investigator grant funding from 2019. If you are considering applying for a fellowship, please review the information on the NHMRC website for the changes to the new Investigator grants. Further information, including eligibility and corresponding levels of funding is available within the NHMRC webinar and slides on the NHMRC website.

Please contact ORD Grants@curtin.edu.au with any eligibility queries for either the current, or future grant programs.

Key Dates

  1. Submit an Expression of Interest to the relevant Grant Support Panel October 2 2017

Health – Tegan.McNab@curtin.edu.au

Humanities and Social Sciences – Tim.Pitman@curtin.edu.au

Science – Grant-review@curtin.edu.au

Engineering – t.lucey@curtin.edu.au

  1. RGMS Minimum Data deadline N/A
  2. Internal Deadline for ORD review 10 January 2018
  3. Deadline for submission of completed applications to ORD via RGMS 29 January 2018

Help

For application assistance please contact ORD Grants@curtin.edu.au

If you are unsure which Panel to submit to contact Grant-Review@curtin.edu.au

Resources

Key NHMRC documents and Information

Curtin Forms

Coming Soon

Costing your project

For queries on how to cost your project please contact your Faculty related Research Support Team:

Faculty of Science and Engineering    ord-support-sae@curtin.edu.au

Faculty of Health Sciences                  ord-support-hth@curtin.edu.au

Faculty of Humanities                          ord-support-hum@curtin.edu.au

Curtin Business School                       ord-support-cbs@curtin.edu.au

Practitioner Fellowships

A Practitioner Fellowship is a five year, part-time fellowship for clinicians, public health or health service professionals to engage in research related to their professional activities.

See below for further details about this scheme.

Overview

The Practitioner Fellowships scheme is a key element in NHMRC’s commitment to accelerate the bridging of the gap between the acquisition of new knowledge from research and its implementation into practice and policy.

The scheme aims to support research which results in the translation of new evidence into improved clinical practice and health policy and which delivers improvements in health and healthcare to Australians.

Applications submitted in 2018 will be the last under the current structure. There will be significant changes to the Fellowships/Investigator grant funding from 2019. If you are considering applying for a fellowship, please review the information on the NHMRC website for the changes to the new Investigator grants. Further information, including eligibility and corresponding levels of funding is available within the NHMRC webinar and slides on the NHMRC website.

Please contact ORD Grants@curtin.edu.au with any eligibility queries for either the current, or future grant programs.

 

Key Dates

  1. Submit an Expression of Interest to the relevant Grant Support Panel October 2 2017

Health – Tegan.McNab@curtin.edu.au

Humanities and Social Sciences – Tim.Pitman@curtin.edu.au

Science – Grant-review@curtin.edu.au

Engineering – t.lucey@curtin.edu.au

  1. RGMS Minimum Data deadline N/A
  2. Internal Deadline for ORD review 10 January 2018
  3. Deadline for submission of completed applications to ORD via RGMS 29 January 2018

Help

For application assistance please contact ORD Grants@curtin.edu.au

If you are unsure which Panel to submit to contact Grant-Review@curtin.edu.au

Resources

Key NHMRC documents and Information

Curtin Forms

Coming Soon

Costing your project

For queries on how to cost your project please contact your Faculty related Research Support Team:

Faculty of Science and Engineering    ord-support-sae@curtin.edu.au

Faculty of Health Sciences                  ord-support-hth@curtin.edu.au

Faculty of Humanities                          ord-support-hum@curtin.edu.au

Curtin Business School                       ord-support-cbs@curtin.edu.au

 

Early Career Fellowships

The purpose of NHMRC Early Career Fellowships (ECFs) is to provide opportunities for Australian researchers to undertake research that is both of major importance in its field and of benefit to Australian health.

See below for further details about this scheme.

Overview

The ECF scheme provides four-year Fellowships to early career researchers to assist them in their health and medical research training within Australia or overseas (where applicable).

A major objective of the scheme is to foster career development at the postdoctoral level by encouraging the beneficial experience of a different research environment. Awards are offered to a limited number of persons of outstanding ability who wish to make research a significant component of their career.

At 30 June in the year of application, have held their PhD for no more than two years (from the date their PhD thesis was passed (not date of degree conferral)) unless career disruptions exist

Applications submitted in 2018 will be the last under the current structure. There will be significant changes to the Fellowships/Investigator grant funding from 2019. If you are considering applying for a fellowship, please review the information on the NHMRC website for the changes to the new Investigator grants. Further information, including eligibility and corresponding levels of funding is available within the NHMRC webinar and slides on the NHMRC website.

Please contact ORD Grants@curtin.edu.au with any eligibility queries for either the current, or future grant programs.

Key Dates

  1. Submit an Expression of Interest to the relevant Grant Support Panel October 2 2017

Health – Tegan.McNab@curtin.edu.au

Humanities and Social Sciences – Tim.Pitman@curtin.edu.au

Science – Grant-review@curtin.edu.au

Engineering – t.lucey@curtin.edu.au

  1. RGMS Minimum Data deadline N/A
  2. Internal Deadline for ORD review 7 February 2018
  3. Deadline for submission of completed applications to ORD via RGMS 23 February 2018

Help

For application assistance please contact ORD Grants@curtin.edu.au

If you are unsure which Panel to submit to contact Grant-Review@curtin.edu.au

Resources

Key NHMRC documents and Information

Curtin Forms

Coming Soon

Costing your project

For queries on how to cost your project please contact your Faculty related Research Support Team:

Faculty of Science and Engineering    ord-support-sae@curtin.edu.au

Faculty of Health Sciences                  ord-support-hth@curtin.edu.au

Faculty of Humanities                          ord-support-hum@curtin.edu.au

Curtin Business School                       ord-support-cbs@curtin.edu.au

 

Career Development Fellowships

Career Development Fellowships (CDFs) are highly competitive, four year fellowships that recognise and provide support for the most outstanding early to mid-career health and medical researchers in each Fellowship category.

See below for further details about this scheme.

Overview

The specific objectives of the CDF scheme are to enable investigators to establish themselves as independent, self-directed researchers; expand capacity for clinical, population health, biomedical and bioinformatics research, and for evidence-based policy development in Australian health systems; encourage the translation of research outcomes into practice; bridge the gap between research and industry; and provide a means for Australian researchers working overseas to return to Australia to continue their career development.

CDFs are open to researchers who have a sustained track record of significant, peer-reviewed, quality research outputs as judged relative to opportunity.

CDFs can be applied for at one of two levels depending on the applicant’s career stage – CDF Level 1 or CDF Level 2.

31 March in the year of application; and

Applicants at CDF Level 2 will normally be at least seven years and must be less than 12 years (as at 31 March in the year of application)

from the date that their Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) thesis was passed (not date of degree conferral), unless career disruptions exist

Applications submitted in 2018 will be the last under the current structure. There will be significant changes to the Fellowships/Investigator grant funding from 2019. If you are considering applying for a fellowship, please review the information on the NHMRC website for the changes to the new Investigator grants. Further information, including eligibility and corresponding levels of funding is available within the NHMRC webinar and slides on the NHMRC website.

Please contact ORD Grants@curtin.edu.au with any eligibility queries for either the current, or future grant programs.

Key Dates

  1. Submit an Expression of Interest to the relevant Grant Support Panel October 2 2017

Health – Tegan.McNab@curtin.edu.au

Humanities and Social Sciences – Tim.Pitman@curtin.edu.au

Science – Grant-review@curtin.edu.au

Engineering – t.lucey@curtin.edu.au

  1. RGMS Minimum Data deadline N/A
  2. Internal Deadline for ORD review 14 February 2018
  3. Deadline for submission of completed applications to ORD via RGMS 2 March 2018

Help

For application assistance please contact ORD Grants@curtin.edu.au

If you are unsure which Panel to submit to contact Grant-Review@curtin.edu.au

Resources

Key NHMRC documents and Information

Curtin Forms

Coming Soon

Costing your project

For queries on how to cost your project please contact your Faculty related Research Support Team:

Faculty of Science and Engineering    ord-support-sae@curtin.edu.au

Faculty of Health Sciences                  ord-support-hth@curtin.edu.au

Faculty of Humanities                          ord-support-hum@curtin.edu.au

Curtin Business School                       ord-support-cbs@curtin.edu.au

Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships

NHMRC TRIP Fellowships provide support for health care professionals (e.g medical specialists, general practitioners, public health practitioners, physiotherapists, nurses, midwives, radiologists, and other allied health providers), health care personnel (health service managers, hospital department leaders, clinical trial managers) health systems personnel, health researchers and health policy makers to translate evidence into health care and public health improvements.

See below for further details about this scheme.

Overview

Note: In the context of the TRIP Fellowship, a policy maker is defined as someone who contributes significantly to the development of a health policy or policy decisions. The person must also be actively implementing or contributing significantly to the implementation of policy into practice.

The TRIP Fellowships scheme is a two year part-time Fellowship providing protected time to support future leaders to implement established evidence into practice. The Fellowships provide for 0.5 of a full time equivalent position and ensure time for Fellows to develop the range of skills needed for leadership in research translation within their career.

The TRIP Fellowship scheme is aimed at developing applicants in the early to middle stage of their research career who wish to combine research translation with their career.  TRIP Fellowships are not designed to support applicants already established as health care leaders.

Applications submitted in 2018 will be the last under the current structure. There will be significant changes to the Fellowships/Investigator grant funding from 2019. If you are considering applying for a fellowship, please review the information on the NHMRC website for the changes to the new Investigator grants. Further information, including eligibility and corresponding levels of funding is available within the NHMRC webinar and slides on the NHMRC website.

Please contact ORD Grants@curtin.edu.au with any eligibility queries for either the current, or future grant programs.

Key Dates

  1. Submit an Expression of Interest to the relevant Grant Support Panel October 2 2017

Health – Tegan.McNab@curtin.edu.au

Humanities and Social Sciences – Tim.Pitman@curtin.edu.au

Science – Grant-review@curtin.edu.au

Engineering – t.lucey@curtin.edu.au

  1. RGMS Minimum Data deadline N/A
  2. Internal Deadline for ORD review TBC
  3. Deadline for submission of completed applications to ORD via RGMS TBC

Help

For application assistance please contact ORD Grants@curtin.edu.au

If you are unsure which Panel to submit to contact Grant-Review@curtin.edu.au

Resources

Key NHMRC documents and Information

Curtin Forms

Coming Soon

Costing your project

For queries on how to cost your project please contact your Faculty related Research Support Team:

Faculty of Science and Engineering    ord-support-sae@curtin.edu.au

Faculty of Health Sciences                  ord-support-hth@curtin.edu.au

Faculty of Humanities                          ord-support-hum@curtin.edu.au

Curtin Business School                       ord-support-cbs@curtin.edu.au

Targeted and Urgent Calls for Research

Targeted Call for Research (TCR) is a one-time solicitation for grant applications to address a specific health issue. TCRs complement NHMRC’s existing suite of funding schemes by funding priority research in defined areas of need and when urgent research needs emerge

See below for further details about this scheme.

Overview

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.

Key Dates

All Rounds Closed

Resources

Key NHMRC documents and Information

Curtin Forms

Coming Soon

Costing your project

For queries on how to cost your project please contact your Faculty related Research Support Team:

Faculty of Science and Engineering    ord-support-sae@curtin.edu.au

Faculty of Health Sciences                  ord-support-hth@curtin.edu.au

Faculty of Humanities                          ord-support-hum@curtin.edu.au

Curtin Business School                       ord-support-cbs@curtin.edu.au