NHMRC-NIHR (UK) Collaborative Research Grants

NHMRC-NIHR (UK) Collaborative Research Grants

Status Open

This is a joint initiative between the NHMRC and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in the UK to co-fund Collaborative Research Grants as part of the Health Technology Assessment Programme. An NHMRC research grant of up to five years duration will be offered to support project work to be conducted by Partner Investigators located in Australia.

The NIHR is funded primarily through the Department of Health (England) to improve, through research, the health and wealth of the nation. The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme is the largest of the NIHR programmes. It funds independent research about the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive care in the UK National Health Service.


Projects involving Australian researchers, based in Australia that are chosen by the NIHR for funding, may be eligible for NHMRC support.

The provisional funding allocation for the NHMRC-NIHR Collaborative Research Grant Scheme 2019 grant opportunity is $3 million over five years.

The amount of funding for each NHMRC-NIHR Collaborative Research Grant Scheme 2019 grant (for funding commencing in 2020) will be based on assessment of the requested budget. Applications must clearly justify the requested duration and budget and how they will support the proposed outcomes of the research. Internal NHMRC budget review will consider this information and NHMRC may alter the duration and/or budget to ensure the research aims and objectives can be achieved while ensuring value with money. An altered budget does not reduce the scope of the proposed research activity.

NHMRC is considering supporting Australian researchers for the following NIHR HTA 2020 Round 1 research topics:

  • 20/18 Minimally invasive operative intervention for bladder outlet obstruction due to benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • 20/19 Nasal decolonisation of MRSA
  • 20/20 Imaging in paediatric osteomyelitis
  • 20/21 Subcutaneous vs oral methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis
  • 20/23 Diagnostic tools to establish the presence and severity of peripheral arterial disease in people with diabetes
  • 20/24 Psychological intervention for complex post-traumatic stress disorder
  • 20/25 Guided self-help for depression in adults with autism spectrum disorder
  • 20/26 Antifungal Stewardship in Haemato-oncology
  • 20/27 Management of ankle fractures in children.

The NIHR has the responsibility for administering these research calls and for the assessment of applications. Applicants should submit an outline research proposal directly to the NIHR HTA Programme in the first instance.  Note that the Chief Investigator may be based in the UK or Australia and it is the responsibility of the Australian team to identify a UK-based collaborator. Instructions on how to apply, including commissioning briefs for each topic, are available on the HTA Programme website.

Australian-based researchers named on successfully shortlisted outline applications reviewed by the HTA Board will be invited to submit an application to NHMRC via Sapphire in parallel to their full applications to the NIHR HTA Programme. NHMRC will review the budget requested for the Australian-based component of the collaboration. The Australian-based researcher must be Chief Investigator A on the application submitted to NHMRC under this scheme.

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.

2019 HTA Topics and Process – Round 3 July submission
Stage 1: applications have closed in NIHR's application system 
NHMRC opening date in Sapphire: 25 June 2020
Macquarie University submission date: 9am 17 July 2020 - All complete applications and requests
Research Services submission to NHMRC: 24 July 2020
Anticipated NIHR peer review period: September 2020
Outcomes expected: December 2020

2019 HTA Topics and Process – Round 3 November submission
Stage 1: NIHR invites submissions against advertised research topics defined in Commissioning Briefs via the NIHR online application system. Note: the UK-based Chief Investigator is required to submit the Stage 1 application. Applications close in NIHR system on 29 July 2020.
NHMRC opening date in Sapphire: 14 October 2020
Macquarie University submission date: 9am 6 November 2020 - All complete applications and requests
Research Services submission to NHMRC: 20 November 2020
Anticipated NIHR peer review period: December 2020
Outcomes expected: March 2021

Resources Further information on NIHR HTA funding and further details of research topics available to Australian applicants can be found at http://www.nets.nihr.ac.uk.
GrantsConnect: GO4111
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: 26 Jun 2020 8:11am

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