Key dates for NHMRC Investigator Grants 2019

  • Release of Funding Rules: 27 July 2018
  • Proposals open in Sapphire: 5 December 2018
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQR&I) information session: TBA
  • Minimum data requirements in Sapphire: 16 January 2019
  • Applications due to UQR&I: 9 January 2019
  • Applications close with NHMRC: 6 February 2019
  • ​Anticipated announcement: August 2019


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

Step 1. Sapphire updates and scheme reading

  • Update your full profile and CV in the NHMRC granting system, Sapphire. Investigators new to NHMRC need to submit a user request 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 Coversheet to UQR&I at
  • Also provide completed UQ Certification Proforma.
  • 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 nor are there interviews.

Contact UQR&I

Round coordinator
Nicole Thompson and Jodi Clyde-Smith

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.