Key dates for NHMRC Synergy Grants 2019

  • Release of Funding Rules: 27 July 2018
  • Proposals open in Sapphire: 6 March 2019
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQR&I) information session: TBA
  • Minimum data requirements in Sapphire: 17 April 2019
  • Applications due to UQR&I: 3 April 2019
  • Applications close with NHMRC: 1 May 2019
  • Anticipated interview/peer review week Stage 1: July 2019
  • Anticipated interview/peer review week Stage 2: September 2019
  • ​Anticipated announcement: November 2019


The objective of the Synergy Grant scheme is to support outstanding multidisciplinary teams of investigators to work together to answer major questions that cannot be answered by a single investigator. A Synergy Grant offers teams of between 4 – 10 chief investigators a fixed, five-year $5 million funding package to addresses major problems in all areas of human health and medical research, from discovery to translation. The scheme fosters highly collaborative teams of diverse researchers, including by gender, career stage, and cultural background.

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 the NHMRC need to submit a user request via the NHMRC system 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


The NHMRC documentation for this scheme is 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.