NHMRC Investigator Grants

What is NHMRC Investigator Grants?

The NHMRC Investigator Grant scheme supports the research program of outstanding investigators at all career stages. It consolidates salary and research support into a single grant scheme by offering a salary component (if required) and a research support package.



The intended outcomes of the Investigator Grant scheme are:

  • flexibility for investigators to pursue important new research directions as they arise and to form collaborations as needed
  • innovative and creative research
  • opportunities for researchers at all career stages to establish their own research programs
  • reduced application and peer review burden on researchers.

The NHMRC’s Investigator Grant scheme may also be used to fund Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Investigator Grants through the Investigator Grants: MRFF Priority Round. MRFF applicants must also complete the Translational Outcomes MRFF template provided in this Grant Opportunity.



The provisional funding allocation for NHMRC Investigator Grants available under the 2020 Grant Opportunity is estimated to be between $340 million and $380 million. NHMRC’s Research Committee annually reviews and recommends indicative budget amounts to be awarded across individual funding schemes.


Eligible Projects

Funding provided by NHMRC for a Research Activity must be spent on costs directly incurred in that Research Activity that satisfy the principles and requirements outlined in the Direct Research Costs Guidelines on the NHMRC website.

Salary support

The salary component of an Investigator Grant is provided to assist employing the Investigator grantee. The actual amount of remuneration is agreed through negotiation between the Investigator and the Administering Institution.

The Research Support Package component of an Investigator Grant can only be spent on direct costs of research. It must not be used to supplement the salary of the Investigator Grant recipient, but may be used for Personnel Support Packages (PSPs) outlined on the NHMRC website to employ research staff.

Applicants can receive up to 100% salary across NHMRC grants. Multiple partial salaries can be drawn up to 100%, if allowed in the grant guidelines for the respective grant opportunity.

Funding to support overseas grant activities and researchers

Investigator Grant funds are for research cost expenditure in Australia. Funding may be used to support specific grant activities to be undertaken overseas, including salary support for overseasbased research support staff, if the overseas grant activity is critical to the successful completion of the project, and the equipment/resources required for the grant activity are not available in Australia.


Eligible Applicants

Applications will only be accepted from NHMRC-approved Administering Institutions. A list of NHMRC-approved Administering Institutions and NHMRC’s Administering Institution policy are available on NHMRC’s website.

Applications must satisfy all the requirements set out in the Investigator Grant 2020 Guidelines.



Applications close 27 November 2019.


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