National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation

Applying for Support

The Foundation awards grants that align with its mission and strategy, and considers community need and the likelihood of success when making funding decisions. The suitability of all funding requests is reviewed by our Research Advisory Committee (RAC).

Conditions of funding:

  • Funding is provided for specific research projects rather than salaries. Project costs may include a component for support staff, but the Foundation will not support salary costs for the Chief Investigator.
  • Funding requests under portfolios 2 and 3 should predominantly be to support expenses relating to the external collaborator.
  • The Foundation does not pay for overseas travel.
  • Only one application will be considered from each principal researcher.
  • The Foundation does not offer top-up grants to NHMRC or ARC projects.
  • Grants are provided to Australian research institutions.
  • The Foundation does not provide funding for companies or support projects once the IP is encumbered.

NFMRI recognises the valuable time researchers and reviewers spend preparing and assessing applications for support. To assist in managing this valuable resource, NFMRI asks all applicants to firstly complete and submit an expression of interest form. Shortlisted expressions of interest will be invited to submit a more detailed application relevant to the portfolio identified in their EOI.

Prior to completing the EOI all applicants should read and understand the information relating to the support provided by the Foundation. Particularly, applicants should review their application’s strategic fit with the mission of the Foundation, the three research portfolios and consider how their research advances innovation, noting any nominated areas of priority.

Applicants will find the Foundation’s introduction and strategy document helpful and strongly advise applicants to consider these when preparing an EOI.

2016 Grant Round

Expressions of interest for the 2016 annual grant round will open on Monday, 1 February 2016. To find out about future funding opportunities, please subscribe to our newsletter here.


Review Process and Timeline

Our review process and timeline is as follows:

  • EOIs are initially reviewed by members of our research advisory committee (RAC);
  • An initial shortlist is made. Full applications are requested from those shortlisted and all EOI applicants are notified in late May to early June;
  • Full applications for shortlisted individuals are due by 25 July 2016, with two referee reports due by 31 August 2016;
  • Full applications are reviewed by our RAC and recommendations are put forward to our Board;
  • Our Board makes funding decisions at the November meeting, with announcements to be made in late November to early December 2016.


Portfolio 3 Expressions of Interest

To assist the advancement of later stage research projects crossing the “valley of death”, NFMRI is also accepting Portfolio 3 expressions of interest from researchers at any time during and outside of our annual grant rounds.  These will be reviewed by the RAC in association with funding opportunities and will assist the Foundation in communicating opportunities with donors.  Given the stage of the research, it is anticipated that the EOI would be prepared with the assistance of the relevant industry engagement office.

Download the Portfolio 3 Expression of Interest Form

Please note, the EOI form will require use of the latest version of Adobe Reader.

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