NHMRC Project Grants

NHMRC Project Grants

Status Closed

The objective of the NHMRC Project Grants scheme is to support the creation of new knowledge by funding the best investigator-initiated research project plan of five years, or less, in any area relevant to human health.

A Project Grant application must outline a research proposal that describes the investigation of a new research idea/s. The proposal must support a particular set of aims and the budget must be directed to those aims. Single investigators or teams of up to ten chief investigators are supported as well as New Investigators (early career investigators).


There is no specific funding limit for each application, however the NHMRC advises applicants to justify the requested budget clearly, paying particular attention to any research cost(s) that may be atypical for the particular field of research. Guidance on personnel support levels and direct research costs can be found in the NHMRC Budget Mechanism.

Projects may run from one to five years, according to the demands of the research question(s).

Faculty Processes

The Faculties have their own approval and review processes for grants under this scheme. They may also have deadlines for submission of draft applications that are earlier than the Research Office deadlines. Please ensure that you contact your Faculty, as early as possible, for information on process and deadlines. Faculty contacts:

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Business and Economics
Ph 9850 8485 (x8485), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Agnieszka Baginska

Faculty of Human Sciences
Ph 9850 8073 (x8073), Faculty Research Manager, Mr Colm Halbert

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Ph 9850 2788 (x2788), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Kyle Ratinac

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Ph 9850 8912 (x8912), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Irina Zakoshanski

Macquarie Graduate School of Management
Ph 9850 7732 (x7732), Research Office Executive, Mrs Kerry Daniel

Key Dates

NHMRC Project Grants
NHMRC opening date in RGMS: Wednesday 11 January 2017
NHMRC deadline for New Investigator Eligibility Forms: Wednesday 25 January 2017
Faculty deadline: Wednesday 8 February 2017
NHMRC minimum data due in RGMS: Wednesday 15 February 2017
Research Office Compliance Check deadline: Wednesday 1 March 2017
NHMRC closing date: Wednesday 15 March 2017
Outcomes expected: October-December 2017

Cancer Australia & Funding Partners (CA) - Supplementary Questions
NHMRC deadline for New Investigator Eligibility Forms: Wednesday 25 January 2017
Faculty deadline: Wednesday 8 February 2017
Research Office Compliance Check deadline: Wednesday 1 March 2017
Cancer Australia & Funding Partners closing date: Wednesday 15 March 2017

Cancer Council - Supplementary Questions & Consumer Review Form
Faculty deadline: TBA
Research Office Compliance Check deadline: TBA
Cancer Council closing date: TBA

Resources NHMRC Information
Funding Rules
Instructions to Applicants
RGMS Information and Offline Forms
Grant Proposal Template
NHMRC Budget Mechanism
NHMRC Direct Research Costs Guidelines
Information on New Investigator Eligibility Process
Guide to NHMRC Peer Review
Cancer Australia & Funding Partners Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme Information
Cancer Council Research Project Grants Information

MQ Resources
Guide to Completing your NHMRC Project Grant
NHMRC Project Grant Budget Calculator
CI Track Record Guide
CI Requirements
Career Disruption Example
Quick Guide to Justifying Budget
Guide to writing the Team Quality and Capability Statement
Grant Proposal Template & Guide 2016
Research Office Compliance Checklist
NHMRC Project Grant RGMS Application Guide 2016
MQRTP Scholarship Schedule
Application & Project Lifecycle Information (APLI) Form (formerly MQ Coversheet)
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
Application Checklist


Project Grant Workshop Presentation Slides (FA, FBE, FHS) - October 2016
Project Grant Workshop Presentation Slides (FMHS, FSE) - October 2016
Project Grant Changes Workshop Presentation Slides - January 2017
Project Grant Budget Workshop Presentation Slides - February 2017

Advice on writing a rebuttal
Project Grant Workshop Rebuttal Presentation Slides - June 2017

Information and Compliance
Research Proposals Team
Research Office
Ph: +61 2 9850 4193

Strategic Advice
Ms Courtney Bendall
Research Development Consultant
Research Office
Ph: +61 2 9850 4745

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