Key dates for NHMRC Development Grants 

  • Release of Funding Rules: 23 October 2019
  • Proposals open in RGMS: 23 October 2019
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQ R&I) information session: TBA
  • Minimum data requirements in RGMS: 20 November 2019
  • Applications due to UQ R&I: 20 November 2019
  • Applications close with NHMRC: 11 December 2019
  • Rebuttal period: N/A
  • 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 within Australia 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. RGMS updates and scheme reading

  • Update your full profile in 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. UQ R&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 UQ R&I at
  • Also provide completed UQ Certification Proforma.
  • Internal review by UQ R&I/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/grantsmanship).

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 NHMCR Development 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 Development Grants scheme can be found on the NHMRC’s website.​​​


Rejoinders and rebuttal

This scheme does not have a rejoinder/rebuttal process.