Key dates for NHMRC Investigator Grants 

  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQ R&I) NOI open: 2 September 2019
  • UQ R&I NOI Close: 20 September 2019
  • Proposals open in RGMS: 2 October 2019
  • UQ information session: 8 October 2019
  • UQ impact statement workshops: 10 October 2019 (St Lucia)
  • UQ impact statement workshops: 15 October 2019 (Herston)
  • Applications due to UQ R&I: 1 November 2019
  • Minimum data requirements in RGMS: 31 October 2019
  • Applications close with NHMRC: 27 November 2019
  • ​Anticipated announcement: TBA


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).

MRFF Investigator Grants
Timed to coincide with, and be administered by, the next round of NHMRC Investigator Grants, applications will open for MRFF Investigator Grants on 2 October and close on 27 November. The funding is for grants to commence in 2020 and 2021.

MRFF Investigator Grants are for early- to mid- career researchers (EL1 and EL2) who can demonstrate experience turning research into positive outcomes for patients and will support research programs in MRFF priority research areas. Applicants who apply for an MRFF funded Investigator Grant will also be considered for an NHMRC Investigator Grant.

Applicants will be required to address additional criteria to demonstrate how the research aligns with MRFF research translation objectives

The Guidelines for the Grant Program are available on Grant Connect and eligibility limits apply.

How to apply

Internal notice of intent process

All researchers intending to submit an NHMRC Investigator Grant for funding in 2020 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 the NHMRC granting system, RGMS. Investigators new to NHMRC need to submit a user request via the RGMS 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 RGMS 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 Funding Coversheet and UQ Certification Proforma 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:

UQ Successful Applications are now available in the UQ R&I Grants Library. If your request has not been filled please complete and submit a new UQ R&I Grants Library access form.

Key documents


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

View the NHMRC Investigator Grant Guidelines.

View the MRFF Investigator Grant Guidelines

Additional NHMRC documents


Additional resources

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

Contact UQR&I

Round coordinator
Dr Jodi Clyde-Smith and Veronica Brancatini

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.