The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is implementing a substantial restructure of its funding schemes.

This will be implemented in 2018 for funding calls in 2019 and funding commencing in 2020.  For current scheme please go here. Further information on the NHMRC restructure is available at the NHMRC website - NHMRC Restructure.

The changes are explained in detail at a webinar available at – The Changes and related power point presentation slides.

NHMRC grant program webinar slides (PDF 709KB)


Summary of the New Scheme

The new program will comprise four funding streams:

  1. Investigator Grants, which will provide the highest-performing researchers at all career stages with funding for their salary (if required) and a significant research support package
  2. Synergy Grants, which will provide $5 million per grant for outstanding multi disciplinary research teams to work together to answer complex questions
  3. Ideas Grants, which will support innovative and creative research projects, and be available to researchers with bright ideas at all career stages
  4. Strategic and Leveraging Grants, which will support priority driven research that addresses identified national needs.

Applications for funding under NHMRC’s new grant program will open in late 2018-early 2019 for peer review in 2019, and funding commencing in 2020.


Transition to the new NHMRC Scheme

 Interim Capping and no Program Grant Call in 2018

It is important to note that in preparation for transition to the new scheme limits will apply to project grant application in 2018 for funding in 2019:

  • Applicants will be able to submit up to two Project Grant applications in the 2018 Project Grant funding round. Applicants must continue to comply with NHMRC policy on the numbers of concurrently held grants (maximum of six). For example, if an applicant will hold five active Project Grants in 2019, only one Project Grant application can be submitted.
  • There will be no Program Grant round in 2018 (for funding in 2020) as this scheme will be replaced by the Synergy Grant scheme (first applications in 2019 for funding in 2020).


Grants held under current NHMRC Grant Schemes will impact on eligibility for the Future NHMRC Scheme. Please refer to NHMRC Restructure and information on the transitional arrangements and eligibility for the first year of the new grant program.