Applying for Support

The Foundation awards grants that align with its mission and strategy. It considers community need and the likelihood of success when making funding decisions. The suitability of all funding requests is reviewed by our Research Advisory Committee (RAC).

About our funding 

NFMRI’s funding seeks to support the translation of biomedical research projects that have strong potential in addressing unmet community needs. Funding provided by NFMRI is very different from other foundations and traditional funding sources, which is why we ask that applicants read more about the Foundation prior to submitting a proposal.

Around the beginning of each calendar year, NFMRI opens its general grant round, which is open nationally and seeks to support innovative biomedical research projects covering all diseases and conditions. From time to time, via our partnerships we are able to offer targeted funding rounds based around our partner’s mission and objectives. The best way to keep informed of these special purpose funding rounds is to subscribe up to our newsletter.

NFMRI recognises the valuable time researchers and reviewers spend preparing and assessing applications for support. To assist in managing this valuable resource, NFMRI asks that all applicants firstly complete and submit an expression of interest form (EOI). Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to submit a more detailed application relevant to the portfolio selected in their EOI. Prior to completing the EOI, all applicants should read and understand the information relating to the support provided by the Foundation. Particularly, applicants should review their application’s strategic fit with the mission of the Foundation, the three research portfolios and consider how their research advances innovation, noting any nominated areas of priority.

Applicants will find the Foundation’s introduction and strategy document helpful and we strongly advise applicants to consider these when preparing an EOI.  

Applicants wishing more information or wanting to know how to increase their chances of success are invited to join us at our information sessions in their area. If organisations would like to request our participation in a seminar, please see our speaker request form.

Conditions of funding

  • Funding is provided for specific research projects rather than salaries. Project costs may include a component for support staff, but the Foundation will not support salary costs for the Chief Investigator or scholarships. The Foundation does not pay for overseas travel.
  • The Foundation supports biomedical, lab-based research projects that will lead to innovations such as drugs, devices, tools, therapeutics, vaccines, diagnostics etc.
  • Funding requests under portfolios 2 and 3 should predominantly be to support expenses relating to the external collaborator.
  • Institutions must provide strong, demonstrable support for commercialisation and translation.
  • Only one application will be considered from each principal researcher per year.
  • The Foundation does not offer top-up grants to NHMRC or ARC projects.
  • Grants are provided to Australian research institutions.
  • The Foundation does not provide funding for companies or support projects once the IP is encumbered.
  • The researcher who will be managing the project and spending the largest proportion of her or his time on the project should be listed as the Chief Investigator. The Foundation considers many other relevant factors apart from established track record when making funding decisions.

Review process and timeline

Our review process and timeline can be found below for our general grant round. Please note that special purpose grant rounds may have a different process and timeline.

  • EOIs are initially reviewed by members of our RAC;
  • An initial shortlist is made. Full applications are requested from those shortlisted and all EOI applicants are notified in late May to early June;
  • Full applications for shortlisted individuals are due by 26 July 2018, with two referee reports due by 16 August 2018;
  • Full applications are reviewed by our RAC and recommendations are put forward to our Board;
  • Our Board makes funding decisions at the November meeting, with announcements to be made in late November.
  • Funding will commence once the standard grant agreements have been executed.

Submitting an EOI or application

The relevant forms for our open grant rounds are available for download below (blue icon and download links). All documents must be submitted via our online submission page.  Uploaded documents should include the surname of the chief investigator in the file name.

You must first complete all fields, upload your form and don’t forget to press submit.  Please note that closer to our closing date, the volume of researchers submitting their EOIs can lead to slower submission processing. Once submitted, applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of their submission.

Applications and EOIs submitted without using our online submission process may not be considered for support.

Please note, the EOI form will require use of the latest version of Adobe Reader

Those with additional questions should first review the Frequently Asked Questions section prior to contacting the Foundation.

2018 Grant Rounds 

Please note that our 2018 General Grant Round and Infectious Disease Grant Round have now closed. We will be in touch with all applicants around the end of May to early June 2018.

Alzheimer’s Disease Grant Round – CLOSED

As part of our partnership with The Mason Foundation (managed by Equity Trustees), NFMRI will be seeking EOIs for projects investigating potential treatments and/or cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. This special purpose grant round is now closed. 

All announcements will be made via our newsletter. To find out about future funding opportunities, please subscribe to our newsletter here.  





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