NHMRC Development Grants

NHMRC Development Grants

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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).

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 8194 (x8194), 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

Key Dates

NHMRC opening date in RGMS: Wednesday 15 November 2017
Faculty deadline: Wednesday 10 January 2018
NHMRC minimum data due in RGMS: Wednesday 24 January 2018
Research Office Compliance Check deadline: Wednesday 24 January 2018
NHMRC closing date: Wednesday 7 February 2018
Outcomes expected: TBA

Resources Funding Rules
Instructions to Applicants
RGMS Information & Offline Forms
Grant Proposal Template
NHMRC Budget Mechanism
Guide to NHMRC Peer Review
MQRTP Scholarship Schedule
Pure Research Management System
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 
Application Checklist

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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