Translating Research into Practice (TRIP)

 Translating Research into Practice (TRIP)

Funding body


Key Dates

Applications open: 18 February 2015
Internal closing date: 3 April 2015
Application due at the NHMRC: 15 April 2015


The NHMRC TRIP Fellowships scheme aims to build capacity in research translation by supporting future leaders to undertake projects focussed on translating evidence into practice that will either have localised health benefits to patients or broader and deeper impact on health care, the health system, public health, national policy, and/or service delivery. 

The scheme aims to create a critical mass of experts in the area of research translation to support and sustain change in the long term.

Changes to the scheme

Changes to the NHMRC TRIP scheme for 2014 include:

  • Leadership and Implementation Science Training will no longer be facilitated by NHMRC.  Fellows will identify their own training needs and undertake tailored programs to develop their skills in research translation, leadership and communications through study and professional development course(s) provided either by their administering institution or another institution that offers such opportunities;
  • One level of Fellowship, with the package including an allowance for professional development training;
  • Interviews to be conducted by teleconference;
  • Removal of external assessments;  and
  • Removal of referees.

For the full list of changes to TRIP Fellowships, please refer to Part 2, Section 4 of the NHMRC Funding Rules incorporating the TRIP Fellowships scheme for funding commencing in 2014.


To be eligible to apply for an NHMRC TRIP Fellowship the applicant must meet the following general criteria (as well as any additional criteria specific to the Fellowship type, as outlined in the NHMRC Funding Rules):

Fellowships are available to health care professionals (e.g. medical specialists, general practitioners, public health practitioners, physiotherapists, nurses, midwives, radiologists, other allied health providers), health care personnel (health service managers, hospital department leaders, clinical trial managers) and policy makers to undertake projects focused on making changes at their local health practices, or to implement changes at the policy and/or systems levels.

The Fellowships provide for 0.5 of a full time equivalent position and ensure time for Fellows to develop the range of skills needed for leadership in research translation within their career. TRIP Fellowships are not designed to support applicants already established as health care leaders.

Australian and non-Australian citizens, currently resident in Australia or in any other country are eligible to apply for the TRIP Fellowship. However the:

  • research must be conducted in Australia; and
  • award must be administered by an Australian Administering Institution.

If the applicant is not an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen who holds a Special Category Visa, they must obtain temporary resident status to take up the award. Evidence that the required status has been granted must be provided prior to commencement of the award. A TRIP Fellow must reside in Australia for the duration of the Fellowship. However, this does not preclude periods of collaborative activity being undertaken overseas. Applicants must seek permission from the NHMRC to spend more than three months per year overseas.

Applicants must:

  • hold, as a minimum, a relevant Bachelor’s degree or equivalent tertiary qualification;
  • for some or all of their non-Fellowship time be employed in a health care or related agency and be engaged in clinical practice, health service management, health policy or health research; and
  • have completed a tertiary degree within the last 5 to 15 years.

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.

Special considerations

Each Fellow must nominate a Project Mentor. This Project Mentor should be a senior person from the Administering Institution, the actual 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 2014, the package is as follows:

  • $65,344 pa (based on $130,689 /annum FTE);and
  • $20,000 pa for the professional development in leadership and implementation science training allowance.

Application Process

  1. Read How to apply for an NHMRC scheme and Prepare a proposal 
  2. Contact the Research Grants and Contracts office
  3. Read the reference material: Documentation to apply for a TRIP Fellowship
  4. Gain access to RGMS
  5. Complete application in RGMS and submit draft proposal to Research Grants and Contracts (contact details below) by internal closing date
  6. Complete Research Proposal Clearance Form
  7. Submit complete application by final application due date