Key dates for NHMRC Ideas Grants 2020

  • Release of Guidelines: TBA
  • Proposals open in RGMS: 11 March 2020
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQ R&I) Notice of Intent (NOI) close: TBA
  • UQ R&I information session: TBA
  • Minimum data requirements in RGMS: 8 April 2020
  • Applications due to UQ R&I: 8 April 2020
  • Applications close with NHMRC: 6 May 2020
  • ​Anticipated announcement: November 2020


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

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. RGMS updates and scheme reading

  • Update your full profile and CV in Sapphire. 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 Sapphire.
  • To initiate internal review, email your completed Application Coversheet to UQ R&I at
  • Also provide completed UQ Certification Form.
  • 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