NHMRC Research Fellowships

NHMRC Research Fellowships

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The NHMRC Research Fellowship scheme aims to support Australia’s very best health and medical research talent in full-time research, during the most productive years of their research life to further develop as leaders in their field and contribute to the Australian research community through active participation.

The specific objectives of the scheme are to:

  • Foster an intellectual environment which supports and builds the capacity of Australian research for the future.
  • Create knowledge through investment in research which improves health and contributes to Australia’s prosperity.

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.


Research Fellowships are funded for five years and are paid at one of the following levels, according to the applicant's seniority and experience:

  • Senior Research Fellow, Level A ($128,042) or Level B ($141,474),
  • Principal Research Fellow ($154,908) or
  • Senior Principal Research Fellow ($175,201).

As the packages provided by the NHMRC are below the actual salary costs (including on-costs), Faculties and Departments must meet the salary gap between the award and the Macquarie salary scale.

Additional benefits and initiatives are also available for some researchers. Please refer to Clause 8 of the Funding Rules.

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:lease 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 opening date in RGMS: Wednesday 7 December 2016
Faculty deadline: Wednesday 4 January 2017
NHMRC minimum data due in RGMS: n/a
Research Office Compliance Check deadline: Wednesday 18 January 2017
NHMRC closing date: Wednesday 1 February 2017
Outcomes expected: TBA

Funding Rules
Instructions to Applicants
RGMS Information & Offline Forms
Grant Proposal Template
NHMRC Budget Mechanism
NHMRC Direct Research Costs Guidelines
Guide to NHMRC Peer Review

MQRES Schedule
Application & Project Lifecycle Information (APLI) Form (formerly MQ Coversheet)
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
Application Checklist 

Information and Compliance
Mr Michael Stevenson / Ms Sarah Horn
Research Proposals Officer
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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