NHMRC Ideas Grants Funding Round for 2022

Published in the Research School of Physics Event Horizon
Vol47 Issue10 14–18 March 2022

If you did not previously submit an NoI but in the interim have decided to apply (including as part of an external application submitted by another university), please contact us as soon as possible at science.jaeger.rm@anu.edu.au. Those who’ve notified us will receive direct communication about resources and document updates as they become available.

Key Dates

  • Scheme opens in Sapphire - 09 March 2022
  • Complete draft application due to CRO / Minimum data deadline - 6 April 2022
  • CRO Final Application submission date** submitted on Sapphire - 27 April 2022
  • Funding body deadline – closes in Sapphire - 4 May 2022

** Submission-ready applications due, submitted to the Research Office in Sapphire.

Applications may subsequently be released back to applicants for important corrections, by discussion with Research Office. See College Executive Hard Deadline policy here for further information.

Important Information and Changes
For the 2023 scheme you should be aware of some important notes and changes:

  • Cross scheme interactions with Investigator Grants: If any Chief Investigator named on a 2022 Ideas Grant application also applied for a 2022 Investigator Grant and is successful, then the 2022 Ideas Grant application will be pulled from further consideration in its entirety and will not be eligible to receive funding.
  • New - NHMRC is making some changes to their key structural priorities:
    • Health services research is no longer part of the structural priorities list. Dementia research is no longer on the priority research list.
    • Applicants identifying as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent are asked to indicate this in their Sapphire profile. Evidence consistent with AIATSIS guidance will need to be provided to NHMRC if requested.
  • New - Applicant selection now required for gap funders: Applicants now have to explicitly select the funding partners they wish to be in consideration for, including gap funders who provide top up funding or below the line funding (see section below). 

Co-funding Opportunities in 2023:
Each year, NHMRC conducts the peer review of applications on behalf of other funders to identify applications suitable for their funding programs. Applicants seeking funding from these funders in addition to NHMRC must also comply with any additional criteria, including separate application forms from the relevant funding organisation. Co-funders in this round are listed below.

  • Funding Partners:
    • Cancer Councils
    • Cancer Australia Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme (PdCCRS)
      • PdCCRS Partner includ: Can Too Foundation, Cure Cancer, Leukaemia Foundation, Lung Foundation Australia, My Room, National Breast Cancer Foundation, Pancare, The Kids’ Cancer Project
  • Gap Funders:
    o   Cystic Fibrosis Australia (CFA)
    o   McCusker Charitable Foundation
    o   Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation

Please see the Grant Guidelines and the Funding Partners document (attached, or in the downloads section of the Ideas Grants page on the intranet) for further details. At least one funding body/partner must be selected (NHMRC, Cancer Australia or Cancer Council), while selecting a gap funder is optional.

Support Resources:
Application resources, including grant guidelines, templates, tip sheets and other support information, will be made available on the College of Science Intranet here, as they become available:

School Approval to Apply:
School/delegate approval must be sought for each application you submit as an ANU researcher via the CPA Tool (whether led by ANU or another university).

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