Synergy Grants

Synergy Grants

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 2021 scheme is up to $85 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.


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 2021 Guidelines.



Applications close 21 April 2021.


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