The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) provides funding support for research in any area relevant to health - biomedical, clinical, public health and health services research.

NHMRC communicates information through an email subscription newsletter Research Tracker. It is recommended that anyone considering an NHMRC application subscribe.


Future NHMRC Scheme

In 2018/19 the NHMRC will commence a new funding scheme for funding in 2020.

Summary information is available here and at NHMRC Restructure.

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.


Current NHMRC Grant Schemes

 The NHMRC has a number of grant schemes. These are listed below.

The current schedule, including Flinders University submission and review dates is available below.

RDS & NHMRC 2018 Funding Calendar dates (PDF 139KB)

Further information on NHMRC Schemes is available here.


Preparing your application

RGMS (NHMRC online grant application system)

All applications must be submitted to the NHMRC via RGMS in compliance with the specific fund scheme rules and instructions.

You will need to have an RGMS account and have entered your CV details.  For further information on RGMS please see:


Compliance Review

The Research Services Office offers compliance review of all NHMRC Grants – please refer to the current schedule for due dates.  Please contact Gareth Rees (ph 82012199 or should you have any queries.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  In the 2018 Project Grant funding round an applicant may only be a CI on two new applications. Applicants must continue to comply with NHMRC policy on the numbers of concurrently held grants (maximum of six)

When your application is ready for review e.g. “submission ready”, please email clearly labelling the email eg “Project Grant APP1234567 Smith – Ready for review”.


Presentation and Seminar Resources

Past Presentations are available on the RDS's Past Workshop Presentations page. A Flinders FAN is required to access this page and the presentations.

For more detailed information on the RDS’s resources, please see this page.


A general guide about applying for ARC and NHMRC grants is also available at How to Prepare.


Grants to Create New Knowledge Program

These grants focus on providing funding to support the research undertaken to promote the health of all Australians through the creation of knowledge.  Specific grant calls are:

Project Grants

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). This means the program grant scheme has been discontinued.


Grants to Accelerate Research Translation

NHMRC’s translational schemes fund high quality researchers to conduct the research needed to support the production of scholarly evidence to inform policy and/or practice and the intellectual work to better deal with complex translation pathways. Specific Grant calls include:

Boosting Dementia Research Grants

Centres of Research Excellence

Development Grants

Targeted and Urgent Calls for Research

Fellowships - Grants to Build Australia’s Future Capability

To build Australia’s future capability for research and translation, NHMRC funds the best and brightest researchers and research teams and provides infrastructure support grants to support the infrastructure required to complete health and medical research in Australia:

Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellowships

Postgraduate Scholarships

Early Career Fellowships

Career Development Fellowships

Research Fellowships

Practitioner Fellowships

Translating Research Into Practice Fellowships


Grants to Work with Partners

NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health aims to improve the availability and quality of research evidence to decision makers who design policy and to inform the policy process by supporting more effective connections between the decision makers and the researchers:

Partnership Projects

Partnership Centres