Key dates for NHMRC Project Grants 2019

  • Release of Funding Rules: 9 December 2017
  • Proposals open in Research Grants Management System (RGMS): 10 January 2018
  • New Investigator Eligibility Forms due to UQR&I: 22 January 2018
  • New Investigator Eligibility Forms close with NHMRC: 24 January 2018
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQR&I) information session: 2 February 2018
  • Minimum data requirements in RGMS: 14 February 2018
  • Applications due to UQR&I: 15 February 2018
  • Applications close with NHMRC: 14 March 2018
  • Rebuttal period
    • Period 1: 8 June 2018
    • Period 2: 29 June 2018
  • ​Anticipated announcement: October - December 2018


Project Grants are for single investigators or teams of up to ten chief investigators (CIs). The objective of the scheme is to support the creation of new knowledge by funding the best investigator-initiated research project plans of between one and five years, in any area relevant to human health.

How to apply

Step 1. RGMS updates and scheme reading

  • Update your full profile RGMS 'My Profile and CV'. If any team members are new to RGMS and need a login/password, start early.
  • Ensure minimum data requirements are complete and that no placeholder text has been included.
  • If applying as a New Investigator, please ensure all CIs complete and submit a New Investigator form by the key date.
  • Familiarise yourself with the key National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), External Funding Organisations and UQ documentation.

Step 2. Completing the application

Step 3. UQR&I internal review and feedback

  • Ahead of internal review, ensure all online components are complete/valid and generate your proposal snapshots in RGMS (refer RGMS User Guide - Applying for Grants)
  • To initiate internal review, email your completed Funding Coversheet to UQR&I at
  • Also provide completed UQ Certification Proforma.
  • Internal review by UQR&I/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/grantsmanship).

Step 4. Final submission

  • Final submission by UQR&I to NHMRC.

Readership and researcher support

Before applying, we recommend you:

Key documents


The following NHMRC documentation is available from GrantConnect, the Australian Government grants information system, and has been downloaded for your convenience. You need to be a GrantConnect registered user to download the NHMRC Project Grants documentation prior to starting your application in RGMS. To register, you will need to complete the New User Registration on the GrantConnect website. Additional information on the NHMRC Project Grants scheme can be found on the NHMRC’s website.

Funding Partners

Cancer Australia and Funding Partners
Cancer Council


Rejoinders and rebuttal

In the NHMRC assessment and applicant’s response (rebuttal) process, proposal comments from external assessors will be made available to applicants, who may be given the opportunity to submit a rebuttal.

To assist researchers to prepare rebuttals, UQR&I holds rebuttals information sessions involving senior academics who have served on the NHMRC’s Assigners Academy and Grant Review Panels and posts the session materials on the UQR&I presentations and slides page.

Contact UQR&I

Round coordinator
Lisa Bolton

If you are applying through UQ but you are not a current UQ staff member, please contact the round coordinator to be added to the UQR&I mailing list.