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NHMRC Funding Schemes

Funding Scheme Description
Career Development Fellowships For the most outstanding early to mid-career health and medical researchers, 2-12 years since the award of a PhD. Career Development Fellowships are tenable for 4 years and offered at 2 funding levels:
CDF Level 1: 2 to less than 7 years postdoctoral experience, at $106,262 per annum*. Associate Professors and Professors are not eligible to apply at this level;
CDF Level 2: 7 to less than 12 years postdoctoral experience, at $117,536 per annum*. Professors are not eligible to apply at this level.
*For Career Development Fellowships commencing in 2017.
Centres of Research Excellence To support the conduct and development of innovative, high quality, collaborative research; ensure effective translation of research into health policy and/or practice; build capacity in the medical research workforce; and provide opportunities to expand and improve collaborations between research teams. Funding will support three streams:
- CRE in Clinical Research
- CRE in Population Health Research
- CRE in Health Services Research
CREs may comprise a single physical entity/institute or be geographically disparate, linking collaborative clinical research effort from several different organisations. CREs are of 5 years duration. Funding does not exceed $2.5 million for each Centre.
Development Grants To support development of health or medical research that has commercial potential and the promise to benefit the Australian community, funding research commercialisation at the early proof-of-concept stage. Applicants must secure at least one industry/commercial partner. Applicants may apply for funding of between one and three years duration. There is no specific limit of funding that may be requested.
Early Career Fellowships To provide opportunities for Australian researchers to undertake research, either in Australia or overseas, that is both of major importance in its field and of benefit to Australian health. For researchers in a health-related field with no more than 2 years postdoctoral research experience. Early Career Fellowships are tenable for 4 years and are awarded from $74,692 per annum for salary plus $5,000 per annum for maintenance while based in Australia*. Clinical loadings apply for medical and dental practitioners.
*For Early Career Fellowships commencing in 2017.
NHMRC-EU Collaborative Research Grants The NHMRC - European Union Collaborative Research Grants scheme aims to provide assistance to Australian researchers to participate in multinational research collaborative projects with international researchers that have been selected for funding under the European Commission's Horizon 2020 Program Calls for proposals.
Partnership Centres The primary aim of the NHMRC Partnership Centres initiative is to have a national resource for excellence in research and related knowledge exchange in areas central to improving Australia's health and health care. The strategic leadership of the centres will be from health or health care systems and governance will be shared with those from the research world.

Partnership Centres will be broader in focus than the Partnership Projects, be driven by system needs and multiple objectives. The theme of the second Centre is Systems Perspectives on Preventing Lifestyle-Related Chronic Health Problems and will receive up to $25 million over five years from NHMRC and its funding partners.
Partnership Projects NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health - Projects (Partnership Projects) provide funding and support to create new opportunities for researchers and policy makers to work together to define research questions and undertake research and also to interpret and implement the findings.  These research topics are investigator initiated.
Postgraduate Scholarships To support outstanding Australian health and medical graduates to undertaken PhD studies or Masters by research. Applicants are ineligible to apply if they are in the final year of their PhD or Masters studies after 1 January 2016.
Standard (non MBBS) stipend: $26,289 per annum*;
Priority (Nursing, midwifery, allied health professionals) stipend: $33,884 per annum*;
Clinical stipend (with MBBS): $39,142 per annum*.
*For Postgraduate Scholarships commencing in 2017.
Practitioner Fellowships To support active clinicians and public health or health services professionals to undertake research that is linked to their practice or policy. Recipients of Practitioner Fellowships are generally in the top 10% of their field. Practitioner Fellowships are tenable for 5 years and categorised in 2 levels in increasing order of experience and seniority:
Practitioner Fellowship Level 1: $135,575 per annum*;
Practitioner Fellowship Level 2: $162,634per annum*.
*For Practitioner Fellowships commencing in 2017.
Program Grants To support teams of high calibre researchers to pursue broadly based collaborative research activities. Program Grants are of 5 years duration. The budgets offered are determined by the NHMRC and are dependent on the assessment of the Chief Investigators' track records rather than the research proposed.
Project Grants To fund project-based research activities for individuals and small teams (1-6 Chief Investigators) that lead to improved health of all Australians. Applicants may apply for funding of up to five years duration. There is no specific limit of funding that may be requested.
Research Fellowships To support outstanding health and medical researchers, usually 9 or more years since the award of a PhD. Recipients of Research Fellowships are generally in the top 10% of their field. Research Fellowships are tenable full time or part time for 5 years and categorised in 3 levels in increasing order of experience and seniority:
Senior Research Fellow (SRF A and SRF B): from $126,274 per annum*;
Principal Research Fellow: $152,769 per annum*;
Senior Principal Research Fellow: $172,782 per annum*.
*For Research Fellowships commencing in 2017.
Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships To build capacity in research translation by supporting future leaders to undertake projects focused 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.
Open to early-to-mid career health care professionals, health care personnel and policy makers to translate evidence into health care and public health improvements.
TRIP Fellowships are funded for 2 years at 0.5FTE. For awards beginning in 2017, the package is as follows:
- $68,598 pa (based on $137,197/annum FTE) and
- $20,000 pa for professional development in leadership and implementation science training allowance.
Capacity Building Grants for Population Health and Health Services Research To provide flexible support to build groups of excellent population health and/or health services researchers to pursue broadly based collaborative research activity.
This scheme is longer accepting applications.
Australia Fellowships To support the most outstanding health and/or medical researchers. Successful applicants have leading international status in their fields and are conducting research programs of major impact and benefit to Australia.
This scheme is no longer accepting applications.

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