Key dates for NHMRC Investigator Grants 

  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQ R&I) Notice of Intent open: 22 November 2021
  • NHMRC 'soft' round opening*: 19 January 2022
  • UQ R&I Notice of Intent close: 31 January 2022
  • UQ R&I Information Session: 12:30pm - 2:00pm 2 February 2022
  • UQ R&I Workshop (choosing your research program for impact): 10:00am - 11:00am 3 February 2022
  • Minimum data requirements in Sapphire**: 16 February 2022
  • Applications due to UQ R&I: 17 February 2022
  • Applications close with NHMRC: 23 March 2022 (extended from 16 March)

*Sapphire will be unavailable for approximately one week in mid-January (anticipated 14 - 20 January) to allow for data migration from RGMS. The soft opening will be the release of grant guidelines on GrantConnect. Application forms will become available when Sapphire is restored, applicants will need to initially work offline. 

**Your application will be unable to proceed if minimum data is not complete by this date.


The objective of the Investigator Grant scheme is to support the research program of outstanding investigators at all career stages. It builds the capacity of Australian research for the future and creates knowledge through investment in research which improves health and thus contributes to Australia’s prosperity. An Investigator Grant offers a consolidated five-year funding package that includes salary (if required) and research support package (RSP). The scheme comprises two categories - Emerging Leadership (EL) and Leadership (L).

How to apply

Internal notice of intent process

All researchers intending to submit an NHMRC Investigator Grant for funding in 2023 are required to submit an internal Notice of Intent (NOI). NOIs awill 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

  • Update your full profile and CV in the NHMRC granting system, Sapphire. Investigators new to Sapphire need to submit a registration request or activate their account (for those with an existing RGMS account) via the Sapphire login page.
  • Familiarise yourself with the key National Health and Medical Research Council (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 Funding Application Certification Form, Pending and Newly Funded Grants Form, word document of your Grant Proposal, and evidence of PhD pass date 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

Please note, the resources below are from the previous round unless otherwise indicated. Updated resources will be provided closer to the round opening. 


    Grant Guidelines and the full suite of NHMRC documents are available from GrantConnect, the Australian Government grants information system (login required). 


    A range of resources and workshops from the UQ library are also available to assist researchers applying for this scheme

    Attend our metrics and research impact evidence training and drop-in sessions:

    Contact UQ R&I

    Round coordinator
    Rylie Moran

    If you are applying through UQ but you are not a current UQ staff member, please contact the round coordinator so that you can be added to a mailing list for updates.