Synergy Grants

NHRMC Synergy Grants 2022

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What is the Synergy Grants?

The Synergy Grants is a program which aims to support outstanding multidisciplinary teams of investigators to work together to answer major questions that cannot be answered by a single investigator.



Funding for this program will be provided from the NHMRC Medical Research Endowment Account (MREA), which is underpinned by section 51 of the NHMRC Act.

The intended outcomes of the program are:

  • multidisciplinary research that addresses major problems in all areas of human health and medical research, from discovery to translation
  • highly collaborative teams of diverse researchers including by gender, career stage and cultural background, working together to address major problems in human health.




The provisional funding allocation for the Synergy Grants 2022 scheme is $50 million. NHMRC’s Research Committee annually reviews and recommends indicative budget amounts to be awarded across individual funding schemes.

The program provides a total budget of $5 million, paid evenly over the grant period.

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Eligible Projects

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

Synergy Grants are not normally intended to provide salary support for CIs. However, if salaries are sought for CIs, the costs must be directly associated with achieving the outcomes of the research. Applicants can receive up to 100% salary across NHMRC grants/awards. Multiple partial salaries can be drawn up to 100%, if allowed in the grant guidelines for the respective grant opportunity.

Synergy Grants 2021 funds are for research cost expenditure in Australia. Funding may be used to support specific grant activities to be undertaken overseas 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 is available at:

Applications must satisfy all the requirements set out in the Synergy Grants 2022 Guidelines.



Applications close 13 April 2022. 


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Latest News

The Australian Government is investing $50 million through this year’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Synergy Grants in 10 research projects in which experts from different disciplines will collaborate to solve health problems.

Each research team will receive a $5 million grant to fund their research into a major question in human health. Among those selected this year are a project that seeks to eliminate malaria and another that aims to advance brain cancer treatment for children.

For other projects funded through this announcement: 

  • Professor Ricky O’Brien from RMIT University will lead a team of Australian experts in cardiology, radiation oncology, engineering, data science, physics and medical device development to prototype and build novel medical devices to safely treat patients using high doses of radiation
  • Professor Sharon Naismith from the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney will lead a team developing digital health technologies for assessing, tracking and treating sleep disturbances in the community
  • Associate Professor Coral Gartner from The University of Queensland and team will examine promising new approaches to reducing smoking in Australia using methods from epidemiology and applied statistics, health policy, law, the social sciences and economics.

The Synergy Grant scheme is designed to support highly collaborative teams of diverse researchers to solve problems in any area of human health, from discovery through to translation.

In addition to the Synergy Grants announced today, the Australian Government will invest in research infrastructure of research institutes across Australia by providing:

  • $23.1 million to contribute to research infrastructure costs for 23 medical research institutes through the Independent Research Institutes Infrastructure Support Scheme (IRIISS)
  • $5.7 million for 44 grants for the procurement of equipment to support the highest quality health and medical research. 


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