Program grants

 Program grants

Funding body


Key Dates

Applications open: 25 March 2015
Minimum Data: 6 May 2015
Internal closing date: 11 May 2015
Applications due at NHMRC: 20 May 2015


The aim of the Program Grants scheme is to provide support for teams of high calibre researchers to pursue broad based, multi-disciplinary and collaborative research activities. Teams will be expected to contribute to new knowledge at a leading international level in important areas of health and medical research. The scheme is available for all research approaches relevant to better health - biomedical, clinical, public health or health services research and is typically for 5 years.


The Applicant team must include three or more Chief Investigators (CIs).

Each CI on the application:

  • must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent residents or have appropriate work visas in place.
  • must be in Australia for at least 80 percent of the funding period.
  • cannot hold another Program Grant as CI
  • cannot apply for a new a new Program Grant in years one, two or three of an existing Program Grant.
  • May apply for a new Program Grant in years four and five of an existing Program Grant.


5 years and funding level dependent on Research Group Track Record

Application Process

  1. Read How to apply for a NHMRC scheme and Prepare a proposal before you start
  2. Contact the Research Grants and Contracts office
  3. Read the reference material: Program Grants Funding Policy, and Advice and instructions for applications.
  4. Gain access to RGMS
  5. Create application in RGMS and submit draft proposal to Research Grants and Contracts by internal closing date
  6. Complete Research Proposal Clearance Form
  7. Submit complete final application by final application due date


 NHMRC resources

 University of Sydney resources