National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation

Applying for Support

The Foundation has a Research Advisory Committee (“RAC”) whose primary role is to review the suitability of all requests for funding. The Foundation awards grants based on the recommendations of the RAC.  Each member has been actively involved in research for many years.

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.
  • 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.

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, our 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.


2015 Grant Round

Expressions of interest for funding commencing in 2016 are now open and will close at 6pm on Thursday, 30 April 2015.

Please complete the EOI form and return to

NFMRI is particularly interested in receiving expressions of interest that align with Portfolios 2 and 3 of our strategy.



Portfolio 3 Expressions of Interest

To assist the advancement of later stage research projects crossing the “valley of death”, NFMRI is 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 communicate opportunities with donors.  Given the stage of the research, it is anticipated that EOI would be prepared with the assistance of the relevant industry engagement office.

As we currently have a grant round open until 30 April 2015, the form below should only be used for Portfolio 3 expressions of interest submitted after 30 April 2015.

Download of Portfolio 3 EOI Form

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