Key dates for NHMRC Development Grants 

  • Release of Funding Rules: 23 October 2019
  • Proposals open in Sapphire: 23 October 2019
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQ R&I) information session: 30 October 2019
  • Minimum data requirements in Sapphire: 20 November 2019
  • Applications due to UQ R&I: 20 November 2019
  • Applications close with NHMRC: 11 December 2019
  • Anticipated announcement: TBA


Development Grants support individual researchers and/or research teams to undertake health and medical research within Australia at the proof-of-concept stage that specifically drives towards a commercial outcome, within a foreseeable timeframe.

Research supported by this scheme must have detailed, feasible strategies for commercialisation, and commercial outcomes such as the development of a product, process, procedure or service that would result in improved health care, disease prevention, or health cost savings.

How to apply

Step 1. Sapphire updates and scheme reading

  • Register for Sapphire and update your full profile 'My Profile and CV'. NHMRC has announced that the 2020 Development Grants round will be run as a pilot in their new grants management, Sapphire, which replaces RGMS. If any team members are new to Sapphire and need a login/password, start early.
  • Familiarise yourself with the key National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and The University of Queensland (UQ) documentation.

Step 2. Completing the application

Step 3. UQ R&I internal review and feedback

Step 4. Final submission

  • Final submission by UQ R&I to NHMRC.

Readership and researcher support

Before applying, we recommend you:

Key documents


The NHMRC documentation will be available from GrantConnect, the Australian Government grants information system, once the round is fully open. You need to be a GrantConnect registered user to download the NHMRC Development Grants documentation prior to starting your application in Sapphire.

To register, you will need to complete the New User Registration on the GrantConnect website. Additional information on the NHMRC Development Grants scheme can be found on the NHMRC’s website.​​​


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