Translating Research into Practice (TRIP)

 Translating Research into Practice (TRIP)

Funding body


Key Dates

Applications open: 30 March 2016
Internal closing date: 11 May 2016
Application due at the NHMRC: 25 May 2016


Applicants must:

  • hold a relevant Bachelor’s degree or other tertiary qualification.  Note that it is not a requirement for applicants to hold a PhD or Masters Degree (or equivalent) nor to undertake one during the Fellowship. Professional Fellowship qualifications (e.g. Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians) are not considered tertiary qualifications;
  • have completed a tertiary qualification within the last 15 years at the time of application;
  • for all of their non-fellowship time be employed by a health care or related agency, accredited private health care practice, health research institute or university and be engaged in clinical practice, health service management, health policy or health research;
  • have not previously held an NHMRC Research, Practitioner or TRIP Fellowship;
  • be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident of Australia, or a New Zealand citizen with Special Category Visa status.

Applicants who have applied for or are currently enrolled in aMasters or PhD program must suspend their studies during the tenure of their Fellowship if awarded.

Time commitment

TRIP fellowships are 0.5 FTE awards for the duration of the Fellowship.

The Fellow’s employer is expected to fund the balance of the applicants time (0.1-0.5 FTE). The employer must give an undertaking to make time available for the proposed project and professional development.

Changes to the scheme

  • TRIP fellows may no longer be enrolled in Masters or PhD studies while undertaking their fellowship
  • TRIP fellows may not have previously held an NHMRC Research or Practitioner Fellowship
  • Applicant interviews are no longer part of the TRIP Fellowship assessment process

Special considerations

Each Fellow must nominate a Project Mentor. This Project Mentor should be a senior person from the Administering Institution, the participating institution where the project is to be undertaken, or from the employing institution.
The Project Mentor must be able to provide regular guidance, supervision and support to the Fellow on day-to-day issues related to the project. It is expected that the Mentor will be committed to the success of the project and will assist the Fellow in overcoming obstacles that may arise.


The NHMRC will provide a TRIP Fellowship support package for two years. For awards beginning in 2017, the package is as follows:

  • $68,598.50 pa (based on $137,197 /annum FTE);and
  • $20,000 pa for professional development and training in research translation, leadership and communications.

Applicants who are successful in obtaining a Fellowship are expected to commence their Fellowship on 1 January of the first year of the award.

Application Process

    1. Read the NHMRC TRIP Fellowship Funding Rules and Advice and Instructions to Applicants
    2. Create application in RGMS and submit draft proposal to Research Grants and Contracts by the internal closing date. Draft consists of:
      - 'Assessor snapshot' generated from RGMS
      - Grant Proposal (uploaded to Part B: Grant Proposal)
    3. Complete Research Proposal Clearance Form
    4. Submit complete application by final application due date



Sydney Resources for Applicants

NHMRC Resources