Key dates for NHMRC-EU 2020 Collaborative Research Grants for funding in 2020

  • EU Applications closed: June 2020
  • Anticipated Release of NHMRC Funding Rules: July to December 2020
  • NHMRC Proposals open: TBA


The NHMRC-EU Collaborative Research Grants scheme supports Australian researchers participating in eligible international collaborative research selected through Horizon 2020. This is a multi-stage application process: (1) Australian investigators first participate in an application to the EU Horizon 2020 scheme, submitted by an EU-lead investigator, then, (2) if successful, Australian investigators apply to the NHMRC for funding to support the Australian component of the international collaborative project. Projects involving Australian researchers based in Australia that are chosen by the European Commission (EC) for funding may be eligible for NHMRC support of up to AU$500,000 over a maximum of five years.

EU applications for the below topics are now closed.  The NHMRC-EU scheme is expected to continue through Horizon Europe, the successor program to Horizon 2020.

Eligible Topics

NHMRC is supporting Australian researchers for the following Horizon 2020 calls:

  1. SC1-BHC-06-2020: Digital diagnostics - developing tools for clinical decisions integrating in vitro and in vivodiagnostics
  2. SC1-BHC-08-2020: New interventions for Non-Communicable Diseases
  3. SC1-BHC-33-2020: Addressing low vaccine uptake
  4. SC1-BHC-24-2020: Healthcare interventions for the management of the elderly multimorbid patient
  5. SC1-BHC-29-2020: Environment, climate change and health - novel mitigating measures for improving population health
  6. SC1-DTH-12-2020: Use of Real-World Data to advance research on the management of complex chronic conditions
  7. SC1-DTH-13-2020: Implementation research for scaling up and transfer of innovative solutions involving digital tools for people-centred care
  8. SC1-DTH-02-2020: Personalised early risk prediction, prevention and intervention based on Artificial Intelligence and Big Data technologies
  9. SC1-DTH-04-2020: International cooperation in digital solutions and robotics for independent living
  10. SC1-HCC-08-2020: Scaling up innovation for active and healthy ageing

How to apply

Step 1. EU Horizon 2020 application

  • The EU Horizon 2020 application must be submitted by an EU-lead investigator.  Contact your European colleagues to discuss possible applications.
  • Advise UQ R&I of your intention to submit at UQ R&I can provide feedback on the budget for the Australian component of the project and can advise on eligibility.
  • UQ investigators must be listed as key or principal personnel or as participants and UQ must be listed as a Full Partner in EU Horizon 2020 application to be eligible for NHMRC support.
  • More information on Horizon 2020 is available from the European Commission Horizon 2020 website.

Step 2. NHMRC application

  • If the EU application is successful, you will submit an application to the NHMRC to support the Australian component of the project.
  • Familiarise yourself with the key National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and The University of Queensland (UQ) documentation, which will be released in late 2020.

Step 3. UQ R&I internal review and feedback

  • Ahead of internal review of NHMRC application, ensure all online components are complete/valid.
  • 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

Key documents will be available in late 2020.