Key dates for NHMRC Ideas Grants 2020

  • Release of Guidelines: 11 March 2020
  • Proposals open in Sapphire: 11 March 2020
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQ R&I) Notice of Intent (NOI) close: 13 May 2020
  • UQ R&I information session: 31 March 2020
  • Minimum data requirements in Sapphire: 15 May 2020
  • Applications due to UQ R&I: 13 May 2020
  • Applications close with NHMRC: 17 June 2020
  • ​Anticipated announcement: TBA


The objective of the Ideas Grant scheme is to support focused, innovative research projects. The scheme fosters  creative research for teams of 1-10 Chief Investigators at all career stages to address specific question/s in any area of health and medical research from discovery to implementation (except where an NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies is the primary objective). 

How to apply

Internal notice of intent process

All researchers intending to submit an NHMRC Ideas Grant for funding in 2021 are required to submit an internal Notice of Intent. NOIs will be collated centrally and distributed to Faculties and Institutes in order to provide maximum support to the UQ research community.

Step 1. Sapphire updates and scheme reading

  • Register for Sapphire and review/update your Profile. NHMRC has announced that the 2020 Ideas Grants round will be run using their new grants management system, Sapphire, which replaces RGMS. Please note that researchers listed on an Ideas Grants application must activate a Sapphire account and/or submit a registration form by 5pm 27 May 2020. Requests for Sapphire accounts/activations after this time cannot be guaranteed.
  • Familiarise yourself with the key NHMRC and UQ documentation.

Step 2. Completing the application

  • Log into Sapphire and complete the application.

Step 3. UQR&I internal review and feedback

  • Ahead of internal review, ensure all online components are complete and valid in Sapphire and CIA has initiated the Certification process in Sapphire. Application errors will be signalled and can be corrected during the Certification stage.
  • To initiate internal review, email your completed UQ Application Certification Form and completed UQ NHMRC Grant Applications Form to UQ R&I at
  • 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


Before applying, please review the full suite of documents available from GrantConnect, the Australian Government grants information system. (Login required)

Additional NHMRC documents

Funding Partners

Cancer Australia and Other Funding Partners