NHMRC Development Grants
The NHMRC 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 principle or pre-seed stage that specifically drives towards a commercial outcome within a five-year timeframe.
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 have experimental data that supports a demonstrated proof of principle or pre-seed concept and have a detailed feasible commercialisation strategy that takes into account the regulatory pathway, protectable IP, commercial barriers and potential routes to market.
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 three years, according to the demands of the research question(s).
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 Research Services 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
Faculty of Human Sciences
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Faculty of Science and Engineering
NHMRC opening date in RGMS: Wednesday 15 November 2017
Note: NHMRC locates all their Scheme documentation in GrantConnect. You will be required to set-up a username and password to access.
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