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 Ideas 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
Macquarie Business School
Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Changes to Eligibility for DVCR Co-Funding
Eligibility for the DVCR Co-Funding Scheme is now contingent upon on-time submission of grant applications by the Macquarie University submission date. Many applications for external funding require cash and in-kind contributions from the host institution in order to be considered for funding. In most cases, researchers request cash contributions, such as project support funds, funding for research associates, scholarships and major equipment, from the DVCR via the DVCR Co-Funding Scheme to support their external funding applications. To be eligible to request this DVCR Co-Funding, grant applications must be submitted internally, via Pure, by the Macquarie University submission date.
Dates for the 2021 Funding Round
NHMRC opening date in Sapphire: Wednesday 23 October 2019
Note: NHMRC locates all their Scheme documentation in GrantConnect. You will be required to set-up a username and password to access.
Notification Of Intent (NOI)
Information and Compliance
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