Targeted Calls for Research & Special Initiatives

A Targeted Call for Research (TCR) or Special Initiative is often a one-time solicitation for grant applications to address a specific health issues that will stimulate or greatly advance research in a particular area of health and medical science that will benefit the health of Australians.

OPEN Targeted Calls


  • NHMRC - Frailty and Hospital Care: Complex Health Needs

    This Targeted Call for Research (TCR) aims to encourage research that addresses how frail persons can be supported to avoid hospitalisations, receive optimal care when admitted, and achieve the best health recovery outcomes, through integrated and coordinated in - and post-hospital interventions.

    Applications open in RGMS: 31 October 2018 (Please note the scheme has been reopened)

    Minimum data due in RGMS: 5pm AEST 7 March 2019

    Applications for review due to RIC: 10am 14 March 2019

    Final application due to RIC: 5pm 18 March 2019

    Applications close in RGMS: 5pm AEST 21 March 2019

    Grant documents including the scheme specific funding rules and grant proposal template are available via Grant Connect (GO1835). To access these documents, click on the "GO Documents" button at the provided link.

    Applicants must submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) through the university’s NOI submission portal before entering their application in RGMS. Submitting an NOI ensures that applicants will receive updates about this scheme if and when updates become available.

    Applicants must submit a completed Authority to Submit (ATS) form to nhmrc-project@unimelb.edu.au before 5pm AEST 18 March (new applicants only) (when final applications are due to Research, Innovation and Commercialisation [RIC]). The ATS form is available upon email request to nhmrc-project@unimelb.edu.au. The ATS form must include signatures of all chief investigators, associate investigators and the head of the hosting department. We recommend that applicants begin completing the ATS at least one week before it is due to ensure that they meet the ATS submission deadline.

    Contact: Patrick Heng, nhmrc-project@unimelb.edu.au, 8344 7870

  • Targeted Call for Research into Nutrition in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

    This Targeted Call for Research (TCR) is to support rigorous, culturally-safe and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led research into improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by addressing poor nutrition and its social determinants. Quality evidence generated from this research will allow for better planning, funding and implementation of policies and services to improve nutrition in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

    Critical Dates

    Applications open in RGMS: 14 November

    Applications for review due to RIC: 10am AEDT 18 February 2019

    Minimum data due in RGMS: 5pm AEDT 20 February 2019

    Final applications due to RIC: 10am AEDT 4 March 2019

    Applications close in RGMS: 5pm AEDT 6 March 2019

    Grant Documents

    Grant documents including the scheme specific funding rules and grant proposal template are available via Grant Connect (GO1919). To access these documents, click on the "GO Documents" button at the provided link.

    Budget

    A total of $5 million has been allocated to support research project under this call. Funding will be provided to the top ranked applications until the funding is expended. The NHMRC reserves the right not to expend the amount allocated to this TCR if applications of sufficient quality are not received.

    Note

    • This TCR does not support research projects that have any laboratory-based research.
    • Research focusing solely on alcohol-related health problems is not supported under this call.
    • The NHMRC is encouraging applications that involve collaborations between groups in Australia, New Zealand and Canada (as all three countries have signed a Tripartite Agreement on International Indigenous Health Research) if such collaborations are relevant and will value-add to the research.

    University of Melbourne application requirements

    • Applicants must submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) through the university’s NOI submission portal before entering their application in RGMS. Submitting an NOI ensures that applicants will receive updates about this scheme if and when updates become available.
    • Applicants must submit a completed Authority to Submit (ATS) form to nhmrc-project@unimelb.edu.au before the final application is due to Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (RIC) (4 March 2019). The ATS form is available upon email request to nhmrc-project@unimelb.edu.au. The ATS form must include signatures of all chief investigators, associate investigators and the head of the hosting department. We recommend that applicants begin completing the ATS at least one week before it is due to ensure that they meet the ATS submission deadline.

    Contact: Patrick Heng, nhmrc-project@unimelb.edu.au, 8344 7870

  • Targeted Call for Research into Per- and Poly- Fluoroalkylated Substances (PFAS)

    This Targeted Call for Research (TCR) aims to increase understanding of the acute and long-term potential human health effects from exposure to PFAS chemicals and to inform appropriate responses to managing or reducing human exposure to PFAS.

    Critical Dates:

    Applications open in RGMS: 19 December 2018

    RIC review due date: 10 am 1 April 2019

    Minimum data due in RGMS: 5 pm AEST 17 April 2019

    Final application due to RIC: 10 am 24 April 2019

    Applications close in RGMS: 5 pm AEST 1 May 2019

    Grant Documents:

    Grant documents including the scheme specific funding rules and grant proposal template are available via Grant Connect (GO2069). To access these documents, click on the "GO Documents" button at the provided link.

    Budget:

    A total of $11.7 million has been allocated to support several research projects identified via this call for any period of up to five years over the 2019-2023. Funding will be provided to the top ranked applications until the allocated funding is expended.

    Note:

    • It is a specific requirement of this TCR that community and consumer involvement and engagement is included in the design, conduct and dissemination of outcomes of the research proposed. This includes communities currently affected (Williamtown, NSW; Oakey, QLD; and Katherine, NT) and those communities likely to be involved as further evidence of PFAS contamination becomes evident.
    • This TCR does not support:
      • Research based entirely overseas (out of Australia)
      • Studies that only involve animal or in vitro work, without relevance to human health and/or human health risk assessments.

    University of Melbourne application requirements:

    • Applicants must submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) through the university’s NOI submission portal before entering their application in RGMS. Submitting an NOI ensures that applicants will receive updates about this scheme if and when updates become available.
    • Applicants must submit a completed Authority to Submit (ATS) form to nhmrc-project@unimelb.edu.au before the final application is due to Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (RIC) (24 April 2019). The ATS form is available upon email request to nhmrc-project@unimelb.edu.au. The ATS form must include signatures of all chief investigators, associate investigators and the head of the hosting department. We recommend that applicants begin completing the ATS at least one week before it is due to ensure that they meet the ATS submission deadline.

    Contact: Shannen Lau, nhmrc-project@unimelb.edu.au, 8344 3206

  • NHMRC e-ASIA Joint Research Program Grants

    Within the context of NHMRC’s mission and purposes to fund high quality health and medical research and build research capability, support the translation of health and medical research into better health outcomes and promote the highest standards of ethics and integrity in health and medical research, the objectives of the NHMRC e-ASIA Joint Research Program Grants are:

    • to promote the science and technology community in the East-Asia region, make use of abundant human resources in the region and generate “novel knowledge”, “competitive technology” and “reforms of systems” which are the source of dynamism in the economy and society. Namely, the Program seeks innovation in the region.
    • to pursue synergistic, supplemental and leveraged effects by multilateral cooperation, which is possible not by a single nation but by a combination of best potentials in the region.
    • to seek genuine partnerships for mutual contribution and mutual allotments of outcomes.

    Critical Dates

    Applications open in RGMS: 18 January

    Applications for review due to RIC: 10am AEDT 4 April 2019

    Minimum data due in RGMS: 5pm AEDT 3 April 2019

    Final applications due to RIC: 10am AEDT 9 May 2019

    Applications close in RGMS: 5pm AEDT 14 May 2019

    Grant Documents

    Grant documents including the scheme specific funding rules and grant proposal template are available via Grant Connect (GO2185). To access these documents, click on the "GO Documents" button at the provided link.

    Budget

    A total of $3 million over three years has been allocated to support research project under this call. One or more applications may be funded.

    Note

    • Please read the guidelines carefully and in full before commencing an application this is quite a complicated grant process.
    • The Lead Principal Investigator for the overall e-ASIA application (may not be the NHMRC CIA) must submit a general proposal by email to e-ASIA JRP Secretariat. Please refer the e-ASIA JRP webpage for guidelines and proposal template.
    • In addition to the NHMRC and general e-ASIA JRP application, there must be partner proposals submitted by applicants from at least two other e-ASIA countries to other participating member organisations will be subject to a peer review and ranking process to be conducted by those participating member organisations.
    • Other member organisations may have different submission deadline, for example, Philippines (DOST-PSHRD) deadline is 15 April 2019, and Russia (RFBR) is 20 May 2019. Please ensure to contact your collaborators and their respective member organisations directly for application requirements and deadline details.

    University of Melbourne application requirements

    • Applicants must submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) through the university’s NOI submission portal before entering their application in RGMS. Submitting an NOI ensures that applicants will receive updates about this scheme if and when updates become available.
    • Applicants must submit a completed Authority to Submit (ATS) form to nhmrc-project@unimelb.edu.au before the final application is due to Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (RIC) (9 May 2019).

    Contact: Frank Anastasopoulos (8344 8208) & Shannen Lau (8344 3206), nhmrc-project@unimelb.edu.au.

Closed Targeted Calls

  • Closed Targeted Calls

    Boosting Dementia Research Grants - National Dementia Network (Round 6)

    The NHMRC invites applications for its boosting dementia research grants. These grants aim to support research that will provide a platform for strategically expanding dementia research in Australia. Under Round 6, the NHMRC has allocated funding to support partnerships of multidisciplinary, national teams to strengthen Australia’s national dementia data assets and capabilities to deliver high quality information and analytic methods for dementia research. The supported research will:
    1) provide new capacity for reliable estimates of dementia incidence and prevalence, by different types of dementia
    2) support research toward the development of new prevention, treatment and care measures by Australian researchers, including with international collaborators, and 3) contribute to planning services, monitoring trends, and identifying new markets and areas of need by governments, industry and providers.

    The total budget for round 6 is AUD 3m. Grants are available for two years.

    Grant Guidelines and information on how to apply is available via Grant Connect (GO ID: GO1811).

    Applications open in RGMS: 26 October 2018

    Minimum Data Due: 21 November 2018

    RIC Review Due Date: 3 December 2018

    Final Application Due Date : 10am 17 December 2018

    Contact: Frank Anastasopoulos, nhmrc-project@unimelb.edu.au, 8344 8208


    CLOSED: Boosting Dementia Research Grants - National Dementia Network (Round 5)

    The NHMRC invites applications for its boosting dementia research grants. These grants aim to support research that will provide a platform for strategically expanding dementia research in Australia. The NHMRC has allocated funds under Round 5 to support a number of large scale national collaborative projects. The specific objectives of Round 5 are to:
    1) facilitate the implementation of evidence-based dementia risk reduction and prevention strategies by providing a knowledge translation pathway; 2) leverage risk reduction and prevention programs being undertaken in other chronic disease areas where there is sufficient evidence that these programs are also relevant for dementia risk reduction and prevention; and 3) develop novel means to engage health system players (e.g. health departments and other key stakeholders in the delivery of public health and dementia support services) in research.

    The total budget for Round 5 is AUD 15 million. Grants are worth up AUD 2m for up to five years.

    Grant Guidelines and information on how to apply is available via Grant Connect (GO ID: GO1810).

    Applications open in RGMS: 26 October 2018

    Minimum Data Due: 21 November 2018

    RIC Review Due Date: 3 December 2018

    Final Application Due Date : 10am 17 December 2018

    Contact: Frank Anastasopoulos, nhmrc-project@unimelb.edu.au, 8344 8208


    CLOSED: 2018 NHMRC – HEALTHY AGEING OF ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE

    This Targeted Call for Research (TCR) focuses on the health and experiences of healthy ageing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aspire to be ‘able to live out their lives as active, healthy, culturally secure and comfortably as possible’ by developing and maintaining their, physical, mental, social and cultural wellbeing.  
    While the United Nations defines an ‘older’ person as someone who is older than 60, it has been suggested that 50 may be more appropriate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as they currently have poorer health outcomes than non-Indigenous Australians. They are more likely to live with chronic and complex conditions that lead to a poorer quality of life and are more likely to die at a younger age.

    This TCR aims to support research that addresses the following research question: Identify novel and culturally-informed approaches to improve the health and ageing experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
    Specifically, the scope of this TCR is research into:
    * Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander definitions and concepts of healthy ageing;
    * Evidence-based, culturally appropriate and best practice health services and pathways to optimise ageing, including lifestyle factors, community development and life-course events such as maternity, upbringing and education;
    * Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s indicators for health and well-being in older age. Factors that impact on their ageing could include geography, language, culture, mental health and social and emotions wellbeing, health literacy, chronic disease, childhood adversity and trauma, removal and social exclusion, social economic status and attitudinal change in lifespan (such as racism, ageism and sexism).

    Grant Guidelines and information via Grant Connect (GO ID GO1358).

    Contact: Anne Coco, nhmrc-project@unimelb.edu.au, 8344 8265

    CLOSED: 2019 MRFF - Rare Cancers, Rare Diseases & Unmet Needs

    Please see the Closed Funding Opportunities on the RIC MRFF website.

    CLOSED: Low Survival Cancers and Diseases (LSCD) Grant Opportunity

    Please see the Closed Funding Opportunities on the RIC MRFF website.

    CLOSED: 2018 NHMRC-GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR CHRONIC DISEASES (GACD) GRANTS

    CLOSED:  Applications closed 15 August 2018. Expected outcomes anticipated April 2019.

    Together with other GACD member agencies, NHMRC is inviting investigators to submit applications for research associated with the scale-up of interventions for the prevention, or detection and management of hypertension and/or diabetes in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) and/or in vulnerable communities in high income countries (HIC).

    NHMRC will support projects directly aligned with the scope of the GACD call: Scaling-up of evidence-based interventions at the population level for the prevention or management of hypertension and/or diabetes. The research must be conducted in LMIC and/or with Indigenous populations in HIC. Applications that involve collaborations between Indigenous groups in Australia and Canada are encouraged along with New Zealand, they have recently renewed the Agreement on improving the health and wellness of Indigenous people in these countries.

    Proposals must focus on scalable interventions at the population level for hypertension and/or diabetes prevention or detection and management in LMIC, and/or in vulnerable populations in HIC. Proposals addressing the concurrence of hypertension and diabetes are encouraged as well as those addressing the underlying risk factors of both conditions.

    Grant Guidelines and information via Grant Connect (GO ID GO839) and NHMRC website. Applicants should also refer to the GACD website.

    Contact: Anne Coco, nhmrc-project@unimelb.edu.au, 8344 8265

    CLOSED: 2018 NHMRC Targeted Call for Research into Debilitating Symptom Complexes Attributed to Ticks

    CLOSED: Applications closed on 25 July 2018. Expected outcomes anticipated Late 2018.

    This TCR aims to support research that addresses the following question:

    * What is the epidemiology of DSCATT and how can it be effectively diagnosed, managed and treated?

    NHMRC is keen to see collaborative and multidisciplinary research to avoid duplication of effort and to develop synergies between researchers and clinicians looking at different aspects of causes, diagnosis, symptom management and treatment.

    Areas of research may include:

    * epidemiological studies of patients presenting with DSCATT, including
    – developing and validating clinical case definitions
    – determining the incidence, prevalence and geographical distribution of DSCATT, including correlation to potential vectors, where relevant
    – determining physical, psychological and social impacts of DSCATT on patients.

    * clinical studies to:
    – establish clear and consistent clinical case definitions of DSCATT; this may require clinical studies of cases to describe the natural history of the illness and define the spectrum of symptoms
    – determine the causes and describe the pathophysiology of DSCATT
    – identify and assess the effectiveness of diagnostics
    – identify and assess the effectiveness of existing or new treatments and approaches to symptom management.
    This call for research does not support:
    * Sociological research into attitudes of health service providers or perceived discrimination.
    * Research focussed exclusively on the detection of potential pathogens in ticks or non-human hosts.
    * Research focussed exclusively on Borrelia burgdorferi.
    * Research based entirely overseas (out of Australia).

    Grant Guidelines and information via Grant Connect GO1293.

    Contact: Anne Coco, nhmrc-project@unimelb.edu.au, 8344 8265

    CLOSED: NHMRC-NAFOSTED Joint Call for Collaborative Research Projects

    CLOSED: Applications closed 14 March 2018. Outcomes are expected in September/October 2018.

    NHMRC and the National Foundation for Science and Technology Development of Vietnam (NAFOSTED) have together developed this call to support joint collaborative research projects in the field of infectious diseases, maternal or child health and public health.

    The specific objectives of this joint grant opportunity are to:

    • generate new knowledge in infectious diseases, maternal/child health and/or public health that can be translated into health policy and practice to benefit human health
    • foster co-investment with international partners in research programs of joint interest that will involve researchers based in Vietnam and Australia
    • foster the exchange of scientific skills and technological capabilities between Vietnam and Australia, and
    • build further collaborations between Vietnamese and Australian researchers.

    Proposals must involve at least one research team from both Vietnam and Australia and the Vietnamese CI must complete all application requirements in NAFOSTED’s online management system (OMS).The total available budget is AUD$6 million to distribute eight grants. NHMRC grants are worth up to AUD $500,000 each for up to three years and NAFOSTED will also set budget limits.

    Grant Guidelines and information on how to apply is available via Grant Connect (GO ID GO839) and NHMRC website. Applicants should also refer to the NAFOSTED website.

    Contact: nhmrc-project@unimelb.edu.au


    CLOSED: Research into Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health for ATSI People from Early Life to Young Adults

    CLOSED: Applications closed 7 February 2018.

    This TCR aims to provide funding for rigorous, culturally-informed research into maintaining and improving the SEWB and mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander(ATSI) infants, children, adolescents and young adults, and fostering wellness.

    As previous NHMRC TCRs have focused on Indigenous youth suicide prevention, and dementia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, research projects exclusively focused on these topics will not be supported under this call. Research projects that include aspects of these topics but do not focus on them exclusively are acceptable.

    Grant Guidelines and information on how to apply is available via Grant Connect (GO ID GO750).

    Contact: ric-majorinitiatives@unimelb.edu.au


    CLOSED: Boosting Dementia Research Grants - National Dementia Network (Round 3)

    CLOSED: Applications closed 8 November 2017. Outcomes are expected May 2018.

    NHMRC has allocated funding to support a multidisciplinary, national team to establish and maintain a National Dementia Network under PR3. The objective of the Network is to improve the lives of people with dementia, as well as accelerating translation of interventions to treat and prevent dementia beginning with establishing and maintaining a national dementia registry as a national resource. Up to $18 million will be provided by NHMRC to support a National Dementia Network via PR3. Funding is available over five years. Grant Guidelines and information on how to apply is available via Grant Connect (GO ID: GO498).

    Contact: Anna Giannios, nhmrc-project@unimelb.edu.au


    CLOSED: Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Antimicrobial Resistance Targeted Call for Research (AMR-TCR)

    Important Dates:

    CLOSED: Applications closed 4 October 2017. Outcomes are expected in December 2017.

    This competitive grant opportunity aims to stimulate research on novel and innovative methodologies, such as genomics, to determine antimicrobial resistance profiles and transmission within, to and from residential aged care facilities. This knowledge will assist in the promotion and development of optimal and appropriate antimicrobial use in residential aged care facilities. Grant Guidelines and information on how to apply is available via Grant Connect (GO ID: GO417).

    Contact: Sophie Cleaves, nhmrc-project@unimelb.edu.au, 9035 4878


    CLOSED: Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Lifting Clinical Trials and Registries Capacity (LCTRC) Grant Opportunity

    CLOSED: Applications closed 4 October 2017. Outcomes are expected in December 2017.

    This competitive grant opportunity will stimulate clinical trial and registry activity with priority to be given to under-researched health priorities, such as rare cancers and rare diseases. Novel and innovative trial designs and recruitment strategies and the application of precision medicine will also be encouraged under this grant opportunity. Grant Guidelines and information on how to apply is available via Grant Connect (GO ID: GO440)

    Contact: Sophie Cleaves, nhmrc-project@unimelb.edu.au, 9035 4878


    CLOSED: Targeted Call for Research into Dementia in Indigenous Australians

    CLOSED: Applications closed 12 July 2017 and no further application rounds have been announced

    This TCR aims to support culturally appropriate research aligned to at least one of the NNIDR’s five priority themes (prevention, assessment & diagnosis, intervention & treatment, living with dementia, care), which will directly improve the health of, and health care for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians at risk of developing or currently living with dementia, and their families and carers. As such, research proposals will be expected to have a strong translational focus.

    A total of $10m has been allocated to support a small number of collaborative research team. Funding will be available for any period of up to five years over the period of 2018-2022.


    CLOSED: Targeted Call for Research into depression, anxiety and suicide among elderly Australians

    CLOSED: Applications closed 31 May 2017 and no further application rounds have been announced

    This TCR aims to support research that addresses the question: How can the rates and impacts of depression, anxiety and suicide among elderly Australians living in the community and/or in residential aged care services be reduced?

    Researchers may address this question with regard to prevention or detection and management, and may focus on depression, and/or anxiety and/or suicide. The research must include human participants aged 65 years and older. Particular emphasis should be given to those aged 75 years and older, including men aged 85+, who have disproportionately high rates of suicide.

    A total of $5m has been allocated to support a small number of collaborative research team. Funding will be available for any period of up to five years over the period of 2018-2022.


    CLOSED: Dementia Research Development Fellowships (NHMRC/ARC)

    CLOSED: Applications closed 15 March 2015 and no further application rounds have been announced

    Strategic, Urgent and Targeted Calls for Research. NHMRC and the Australian Research Council (ARC) have worked together to establish a new initiative to increase research capacity in dementia as part of the ‘Building the workforce’ element of the Boosting Dementia Research Initiative. Fellowships will be provided over four years and include a project component of up to $250,000, funded by the ARC, to support research costs.


    CLOSED: Dementia Research Team Grants

    CLOSED: Applications closed 8 October 2014 and no further application rounds have been announced

    Strategic, Urgent and Targeted Calls for Research. Occasionally, the NHMRC may announce schemes to address particular health issues. The Dementia Research Team Grants Scheme is part of the Boosting Dementia Research Initiative. Dementia Research Team Grants will provide support for teams of researchers over five years to pursue collaborative research, promote effective translation of research, and develop capacity under a dementia research priority framework.