AAMRI Update: NHMRC Structural Review Summary

AAMRI Update: NHMRC Structural Review Summary

26th May, 2017

Following an extensive consultation process the NHMRC announced its new Grant Program structure on 25 May 2017. Further details on the new Grant Program and transition arrangements can be found on the NHMRC website.

This update provides a brief high-level overview of the changes. AAMRI will continue to analyse the impact of the changes once further details are made available in the coming weeks and months. If you have any questions on the changes that you would like answered please get in touch: enquiries@aamri.org.au

The new program


From 2020 there will be four types of grants funded:

  • Investigator Grants – consolidates separate fellowship and research support into one grant for high-performing researchers at all career stages
  • Synergy Grants – $5 million grants for outstanding multi-disciplinary research teams
  • Ideas Grants – support for innovative and creative research projects, for researchers at all career stages
  • Strategic and Leveraging Grants – includes targeted calls for research, clinical trials and cohort studies
Grant type Investigator Grants Synergy Grants Ideas Grants Strategic and Leveraging Grants
Purpose Support whole research program Support multidisciplinary teams Support innovative research projects Supportresearch that addresses a national need
Duration 5 years 5 years Up to 5 years Varies
No of CIs 1 4-10 1-10 Varies
Funding level Various packages $5M Up to $1.5M Varies
CI funding Apply for optional salary support (0-100%) Can fund CI up to PSP 5 Can fund CI up to PSP 5
Research team funding Can fund research staff Can fund research staff up to PSP 5 Can fund research staff up to PSP 5
Max no. apps per round 1 Investigator + 1 Ideas (but only one can be awarded)
1 Investigator + 1 Synergy
1 Ideas + 1 Synergy
2 Ideas
No caps relative to other Grant schemes
Max no. of grant type held 1 Investigator + 1 Synergy
2 Ideas + 1 Synergy
2 Ideas + 1 Investigator (only possible when the Investigator Grant is awarded to an existing Ideas Grant holder. The research package for the Investigator Grant will be reduced by 50% per Ideas Grant, until the Ideas Grant has ended)
No caps relative to other Grant schemes
Assessment Primarily on CI’s track record. How proposal meets the aim of the scheme. CI track record relative to opportunity, and the collective collaborative potential of the team. Primarily on the project’s science, innovation and significance.
Approximate MREA allocation 40% 5% 25% 30%