Targeted Call for Research

Targeted Call for Research


A Targeted Call for Research (TCR) is a one-time solicitation for grant applications to address a specific health issue. A TCR specifies the scope and objectives of the research to be proposed, application requirements and procedures, and the review criteria to be applied in the evaluation of applications submitted in response to the TCR. In alignment with the overarching goals of NHMRC's Strategic Plan, a TCR will stimulate or greatly advance research in a particular area of health and medical science that will benefit the health of Australians.

TCRs complement NHMRC's existing suite of funding schemes by funding priority research in defined areas of need and when urgent research needs emerge.

Calls for Targeted Research are:


Funding varies per Targeted Call for Research.

Targeted Call for Research into Frailty in Hospital Care: Complex Health Needs
A total of $5 million has been allocated to support a small number of collaborative research teams. Funding will be provided to the top ranked applications until the allocated funding is expended. The number of projects funded will therefore be dependent on the size of the grants.

NHMRC reserves the right not to expend the amount allocated to this TCR if, in the assessment of the independent review panel, applications of sufficient quality are not received.

Funding will be for five years over the period 2019 – 2023. Applications must clearly justify the budget being requested and how it will support the proposed outcomes of the research. NHMRC may adjust the budget to ensure the research can be achieved while ensuring value for money.

Applicants are also encouraged to identify additional sources of funding, if applicable, as part of their research proposal.

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 Human Sciences

Ph 9850 9607 (x9607), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Jo Tuck

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

Targeted Call for Research into Frailty in Hospital Care: Complex Health Needs

NHMRC opening date in RGMS: Wednesday 31 October 2018
Macquarie University submission date: Wednesday 9 January - All complete applications and requests
NHMRC minimum data due in RGMS: Wednesday 16 January 2019
Research Services submission to NHMRC:  Wednesday 30 January 2019
Outcomes expected: TBA


Notification Of Intent (NOI)
Complete a Notification of Intent to inform your Faculty and the University Research Services teams of your intention to submit an application. After completing this NOI, you will be provided with regular updates about your funding scheme and sent valuable resources that will assist you in developing a highly competitive research grant application.

Targeted Call for Research Funding Rules
Targeted Call for Research Advice and Instructions
TCR Frailty Funding Rules
RGMS Information & Offline Forms
Grant Proposal Template
Peer-Review Guidelines

Pure Research Management System
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

NHMRC CI and AI Certification Template


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

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