National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Schemes

Pre-submission review process

All researchers who intend to submit or re-submit an NHMRC application should participate in the Pre-Submission Review Process, see the Grant Development Support Strategy (opens in a new window) (login required).

Application submission

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (opens in a new window) is Australia's peak body for supporting health and medical research; for developing health advice for the Australian community, health professionals and governments; and for providing advice on ethical behaviour in health care and in the conduct of health and medical research. NHMRC funding supports research across the full spectrum of health and medical research, from basic science through to clinical, public health and health services research.

Applications for funding must be submitted online using the NHMRC's grants management solution, Sapphire (opens in a new window). It is recommended that you commence your application in Sapphire as early as possible. Researcher profiles and CVs can be updated in Sapphire at any time and it is recommended that this be done prior to the scheme opening.

For all enquiries regarding NHMRC funding opportunities and application advice, including budgets and grant writing support, contact your RDO (opens in a new window).

New grant program structure

The NHMRC has reviewed the structure of its research funding and has reformed its grant program to ensure it continues to support the best Australian health and medical researchers. Detailed information on the new program structure, eligibility and peer review processes is available on the NHMRC website (opens in a new window).

Transitional and steady state capping arrangements for the 2019 funding round

Transitional arrangements have been developed to smooth transition to future steady-state eligibility to apply for and hold grants in the new grant program. The NHMRC has also developed some excellent tools for eligibility (opens in a new window) during the transition to the new grant program.  Once a steady state under the new grant program is reached, a maximum of two grants may be held concurrently by any individual, with certain exceptions and conditions (opens in a new window).

For further information, please contact your RDO (opens in a new window)

Grant schemes

The NHMRC grant program comprises of four funding streams:

  • Investigator Grants: consolidates fellowships and research support into one grant scheme that will provide the highest-performing researchers at all career stages with funding for their salary (if required) and a significant research support package.
  • Synergy Grants: provides $5 million per grant for outstanding multi-disciplinary research teams to work together to answer complex questions.
  • Ideas Grants: supports innovative and creative research projects, available to researchers with bright ideas at all career stages, including early and mid-career researchers.
  • Strategic and Leveraging Grants: supports research that addresses identified national needs. Include an enhanced Targeted Calls for Research scheme and a dedicated funding stream for Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies. It also includes existing schemes such as Centres of Research Excellence, Development Grants, international collaborative schemes, and Partnerships for Better Health (Partnership Centres and Partnership Projects).

Click here (opens in a new window) for NHMRC internal deadlines.

Guidelines are available via Grant Connect  (opens in a new window) (please note, registration required).