NHMRC Program Grants

NHMRC Program Grants

Status Closed

The aim of the Program Grants scheme is to provide support for teams of the highest calibre researchers to pursue broad-based, multi-disciplinary, collaborative research activities and so address complex problems. Teams will be expected to contribute to new knowledge at a leading international level in important areas of health and medical research. The scheme is available for all research approaches relevant to better health—biomedical, clinical, public health or health services research—and is typically for five years.     

The underlying rationale for the scheme is to provide substantial, long-term, flexible funding to integrated groups of researchers with well-established track records of high-impact health and medical research.

Program Grant recipients are expected to:

  • contribute new knowledge at a leading international level in important areas of health and medical research,
  • develop novel ideas and approaches,
  • tackle problems for which longer term, stable funding is essential,
  • develop and implement training and career development opportunities within the team
  • facilitate collaborative use of specialised facilities or expertise, and pursue interdisciplinary, collaborative goals which would not be possible by working on the program’s individual components in isolation of each othe

Budget construction is based on combining funding quanta that are allocated on the quality of the team, rather than the research proposed, and the amount of time each investigator will allocate to the research. Quanta rates currently stand at four levels, ranging from approximately $307,530 to $549,895 for full-time investigators. Which quanta are used to generate the overall funding awarded depends on the scores awarded to the team members' track records ('research achievement').

Full-time Chief Investigators must commit 80 to 100% of their NHMRC research time to the Program Grant.

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 8485 (x8485), 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 22 March 2017
Faculty deadline: Wednesday 26 April 2017
NHMRC minimum data deadline: Wednesday 3 May 2017
Research Office Compliance Check deadline: Wednesday 10 May 2017
NHMRC closing date: Wednesday 17 May 2017
Outcomes expected: November-December 2017
Resources Funding Rules
Scheme Specific Funding Rules 
Instructions to Applicants 
RGMS Information & Offline Forms
Program Grants Peer-Review Guidelines 
Grant Proposal Template
Research Achievements Template
Pure Research Management System
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research         

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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