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.

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

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 will open on Monday, 2nd February 2015 and will close at 6pm on Thursday, 30 April 2015. Forms for portfolios 1, 2 and 3 will be made available on this page from the 2nd of February 2015.


Portfolio 3 Expressions of Interest

To assist the advancement of later stage research projects crossing the “valley of death”, NFMRI will accept expressions of interest from researchers at any time.  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.

Download of Portfolio 3 EOI Form

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