Key dates for NHMRC Project Grants 2018

  • Release of Funding Rules: 9 December 2016
  • Proposals open in Research Grants Management System (RGMS): 11 January 2017
  • New Investigator Rulings due to NHMRC: 25 January 2017
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQR&I) information session: 1 February 2017
  • Minimum data requirements in RGMS: 15 February 2017
  • Applications due to UQR&I: 16 February 2017
  • Applications close with NHMRC: 15 March 2017
  • Rebuttal period
    • Period 1: 5 - 26 June 2017
    • Period 2: 26 June - 14 July 2017
  • ​Anticipated announcement: October - December 2017


Project Grants are for single investigators or teams of up to ten chief investigators (CIs). The objective of the scheme is to support the creation of new knowledge by funding the best investigator-initiated research project plans of between one and five years, in any area relevant to human health.

How to apply

Step 1. RGMS updates and scheme reading

  • Update your full profile RGMS 'My Profile and CV'. If any team members are new to RGMS and need a login/password, start early.
  • Ensure minimum data requirements are complete and that no placeholder text has been included.
  • If applying as a New Investigator, please ensure all CIs complete and submit a New Investigator form by the key date.
  • Familiarise yourself with the key National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), External Funding Organisations and UQ documentation.

Step 2. Completing 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 (refer RMGS User Guide - Applying for Grants)
  • 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


Funding Partners


A suite of templates and proformas to assist you in compiling your application will be made available here when the next round is fully open.

Rejoinders and rebuttal

In the NHMRC assessment and applicant’s response (rebuttal) process, proposal comments from external assessors will be made available to applicants, who may be given the opportunity to submit a rebuttal.

To assist researchers to prepare rebuttals, UQR&I holds rebuttals information sessions involving senior academics who have served on the NHMRC’s Assigners Academy and Grant Review Panels and posts the session materials on the UQR&I presentations and slides page.