Development grants

 Development Grants

Funding body


Key dates

Applications open: 18 March 2015
Minimium data requirements: 6 May 2015
Internal closing date: 6 May 2015
Application due at NHMRC: 20 May 2015


A Development Grant provides funding support to individual researchers, research teams, or a HMR company in partnership with a researcher/s to undertake research at the early proof-of-principle or pre-seed stage.

The focus is on research that has the potential to commence commercialisation within five years.Applicants will have completed the most basic stages of research and will ideally have preliminary data to demonstrate feasibility.

The aim of a Development Grant is to progress research to a stage where it can attract investment from industry development schemes or the private sector. Applicants are encouraged to source a funding partner for the proposed research, however this is not essential.


NHMRC Development Grants are available to all researchers, based in Australia, working in any field relevant to health. Researchers who will be primarily based overseas for the duration of the grant cannot be named as Chief Investigator A (CIA).

 Changes to the scheme

  1.  Applicants must meet the minimum data requirements (see below) by 5pm 28 May 2014 in order to be eligible to apply
  2. Only the top scoring 50% of applications will be discussed by the panels at teleconference

 Minimum Data Requirements

The specified minimum data for your application must be completed on RGMS by 5pm Wednesday 28 May 2014. The minimum data required are:

  • Part A Home (specifically the Administering Institution, Application Title and Synopsis)
  • Part A-RT Research Team and Commitment (core team members if known)


No specific limit to funding. Grants awarded for 1-3 years.

Application Process


NHMRC Resources

·         NHMRC Funding Rules

·         NHMRC Development Grant Instructions to Applicants

·         Development Grant grant proposal template

·    CI and AI written consent instructions

·    Sample letter of support for funding partner


University of Sydney Resources

Copies of successful applications from previous years are available at the Research Portfolio Reception Desk, Level 6, Jane Foss Russell Building. Call 8627 8111