Key dates for NHMRC Ideas Grants 2019

  • Release of Guidelines: TBA
  • Proposals open in RGMS: 6 March 2019
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQR&I) information session: TBA
  • Minimum data requirements in RGMS: 10 April 2019
  • Applications due to UQR&I: 11 April 2019
  • Applications close with NHMRC: 8 May 2019
  • ​Anticipated announcement: November 2019


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 a NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies is the primary objective). 

How to apply

Step 1. Sapphire updates and scheme reading

  • Update your full profile and CV in RGMS. Investigators new to NHMRC need to submit a user request via the NHMRC system login page.
  • Familiarise yourself with the key NHMRC, External Funding Organisations, 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/valid and generate your proposal snapshots in RGMS.
  • To initiate internal review, email your completed Application Coversheet to UQR&I at
  • Also provide completed UQ Certification Form.
  • 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


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

Additional NHRMC documents


A range of UQ documents to assist researchers in applying for this funding will be made available closer to the scheme deadline.

Rejoinders and rebuttal

This scheme does not have a rejoinder/rebuttal process.