Key dates for NHMRC Development Grants 2018

  • Release of Funding Rules: 16 November 2016
  • Proposals open in Research Grants Management System (RGMS): 16 November 2016
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQR&I) information session: 30 November 2016
  • Minimum data requirements in RGMS: 18 January 2017
  • Applications due to UQR&I: 18 January 2017
  • Applications close with NHMRC: 1 February 2017
  • Rebuttal period: N/A
  • Anticipated announcement: TBA


Development Grants support individual researchers and/or research teams to undertake health and medical research at the proof-of-concept stage within Australia that specifically drives towards a commercial outcome, such as the development of a product, process, procedure or service that would result in improved health care, disease prevention, or health cost savings. Research supported by this scheme must have detailed, feasible strategies for commercialisation, and commercial outcomes within a foreseeable timeframe.

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.
  • 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. 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 RMGS 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



A suite of templates and proformas to assist you in compiling your application will be made available here when the next round is fully open.

Rejoinders and rebuttal

This scheme does not have a rejoinder/rebuttal process.