NHMRC EU Collaborative Research Grants

NHMRC EU Collaborative Research Grants

StatusClosed (anticipated to open July-December 2020)
Aim The NHMRC–European Union (EU) Collaborative Research Grants scheme helps Australian health and medical researchers to participate in multinational research collaborative projects that have been funded under the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) Cooperation Calls. As stipulated in the FP7 Work Programme, the project collaboration, which includes at least one Australian participant, should involve at least two other participants from different EU Member States or Associated States.       

NHMRC funding support for EU collaborations is provided only for high-quality research that has successfully competed for funding in the EU peer-review process and meets the assessment criteria for the NHMRC–EU scheme. The criteria include (1) research activities; (2) demonstrated area of need; (3) anticipated benefits; and (4) collaboration, networking and resource sharing.

Responsibility for submitting proposals to the EC under the FP7 lies with the European partners. Applications for NHMRC–EU grants should only be submitted to the NHMRC if an application has been peer-reviewed by the European Commission and is favourably evaluated for funding. The Australian Chief Investigator A (CIA) must forward evidence that the application has been favourably evaluated, with their application, to the NHMRC by the advertised closing date and time.

All Australian CIs are to be listed as key or principal personnel or listed as participants and their roles explained on the EU application. This ensures that the CIs' contributions have been reviewed as part of the original EU application. Likewise, the Administering Institution for the NHMRC–EU application must be listed as a Full Partner in the List of Participants in the EU application.

NHMRC is supporting Australian researchers for the following Horizon 2020 calls:

  1. SC1-BHC-06-2020: Digital diagnostics - developing tools for supporting clinical decisions by integrating various diagnostic data
  2. SC1-BHC-08-2020: New interventions for Non-Communicable Diseases
  3. SC1-BHC-33-2020: Addressing low vaccine uptake
  4. SC1-BHC-24-2020: Healthcare interventions for the management of the elderly multimorbid patient
  5. SC1-BHC-29-2020: Innovative actions for improving urban health and wellbeing-addressing environment, climate and socioeconomic factors
  6. SC1-DTH-12-2020: Use of Real-World Data to advance research on the management of complex chronic conditions
  7. SC1-DTH-13-2020: Implementation research for scaling up and transfer of innovative solutions involving digital tools for people-centred care
  8. SC1-DTH-02-2020: Personalised early risk prediction, prevention and intervention based on Artificial Intelligence and Big Data technologies
  9. SC1-DTH-04-2020: International cooperation in smart living environments for ageing people
  10. SC1-HCC-08-2020: Scaling up innovation for active and healthy ageing.

Australian CIs may apply for up to $500,000 and a maximum of five years per application.

Applicants may apply for funding of between one and five years duration, but the period must be justified and must be concurrent with that proposed in the original EU application. The budget must be clearly justified, paying particular attention to any research cost(s) that may be atypical for the particular field of research.

Faculty Processes

Guide for NHMRC Applicants on Macquarie Approvals Process Through PURE

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
Ph 9850 4496 (x4496), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Jan Zwar

Macquarie Business School
Ph 9850 8485 (x8485), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Agnieszka Baginska

Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human 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

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.

  • Applications for major grant rounds (NHMRC) must be submitted to the Research Services Pre Award team 4 weeks prior to the external deadline.
  • Applications that do not have a Pure record and/or do not have all the appropriate approvals in Pure (Head of Department [HoD] and Associate Dean Research [ADR]) will not be submitted to the external funding body.
  • For further information see FAQs.

Round 1, 2020
Applications open in Sapphire: TBA
Applications close in Sapphire: TBA


Forecast Opportunity
H2020 Portal 
Funding Rules
Instructions to Applicants
Grant Proposal Template
Table of previous successful grants (2017)
Table of previous successful grants (2016)
Table of previous successful grants (2015)
Table of previous successful grants (2014)
Table of previous successful grants (2013)
EU's Seventh Framework Programme
EU's CORDIS website
Pure Research Management System
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 
Application Checklist


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

Strategic Advice
Ms Courtney Bendall
Research Development Manager
Research Services
Ph: +61 2 9850 4745

Content owner: Research Pre-award Last updated: 24 Jun 2020 12:05pm

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