The datasets on this page are updated annually to include each year’s new awards and to refresh the data for continuing grants.

These data represent a snapshot of the NHMRC‘s research funding activity at the time that the data was extracted from our systems. These data were last updated 5 May 2019.

Changes to previously reported data

Our funding data have undergone cleaning to improve data quality. This included removing grants that were previously reported in these datasets that were co-funded by us, but administered through other organisations. The removed grants are reported by those other organisations.

In addition, reporting of our grant expenditure has changed from budget amounts to actual payments.  This better reflects actual disbursement of funds and aligns our grant reporting with financial reporting. As such, some historical expenditure has changed from previous data.

NHMRC Research Funding Data

The All Grants 2009 to 2018 dataset contains details of all active research grants between 2009 to 2018. The dataset contains all publicly available details including research achievements and expected future outcomes from Final Reports available.

The Summary Tables 2000 to 2018 dataset contains tables that summarise the data from the All Grants – 2000 to 2018 dataset. These summaries include funding by the main funding groups, grant types and sub types, states and territories, research sectors, broad research areas and administering institutions.

Both datasets contain a worksheet that provides explanatory information on the terminology used.

NHMRC Funding for major diseases, conditions or health areas

Allocation of our funding to disease, health and research areas is based on the review of each individual grant against a range of investigator provided data classifications including burden of disease allocations, fields of research, keywords, grant titles and media summaries. The process may result in the allocation of grants to more than one disease, disorder or health issue. No attempt has been made to apportion the funding where more than one disease or disorder is indicated.

If the below tables do not provide the information you seek please contact nhmrc.statistics@nhmrc.gov.au.

NHMRC and other Australian Government priorities

The following table summarises our expenditure into the priority area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s health and the Australian Government’s National Health Priority Areas.

NHMRC expenditure by priority areas 2013 to 2018

National Health Priority Areas

2013

$ million

2014

$ million

2015

$ million

2016

$ million

2017

$ million

2018

$ million

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

41.5 49.1 55.8 51.7 49.6 50.0

Arthritis and Osteoporosis

23.2 21.7 22.9 17.6 17.1 16.4

Asthma

21.5 23.5 22.6 15.3 13.1 15.7

Cancer

178.6 187.3 190.6 169.4 174.8 177.3

Cardiovascular Disease

112.3 122.7 120.9 105.9 103.8 96.6

Dementia1

27.1 33.5 34.6 46.4 50.7 61.2

Diabetes

65.1 69.6 69.4 64.1 56.9 49.3

Injury

46.1 59.0 62.0 46.7 44.8 50.8

Mental Health

73.3 83.8 86.2 71.7 67.3 71.4

Obesity

41.7 40.5 38.3 27.2 26.8 22.7

1 Funding for Dementia excludes research activities that are outside the Medical Research Endowment Account (MREA) such as the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research and the Dementia Collaborative Research Centres.                           

Other disease, research and health areas

The following table provides summary expenditure by a range of different disease, health and research areas.

Burden of Disease

2013

$ million

2014

$ million

2015

$ million

2016

$ million

2017

$ million

2018

$ million

Adolescent Health

21.0

19.9

19.1

13.7

13.6 15.0

Child Health

81.4

87.5

98.7

84.3

81.5 85.9

Congenital Abnormalities

24.5

27.4

31.2

23.1

23.6 26.2

Developmental Disorders

10.8

12.2

14.9

12.9

11.9 14.5

Drug Addiction

24.2

22.2

21.0

20.3

24.7 27.4

Eye Disease

18.6

20.8

21.6

19.8

16.3 15.4

Human Development

36.8

35.7

37.1

26.4

23.6 22.4

Infectious Disease

126.3

134.8

141.6

123.7

120.3 131.8

Maternal Health

33.6

34.7

37.0

30.9

28.7 32.2

Men's Health

19.4

17.1

18.2

15.1

15.7 16.8

Nervous System Disorders and Neuroscience

148.2

171.8

187.6

180.5

177.0 186.2

Nutrition

31.2

29.6

31.4

26.8

26.3 28.1

Primary Health Care

19.4

24.7

31.5

25.0

24.5 25.2

Respiratory Disease

42.4

47.4

50.6

38.4

33.4 35.7

Women's Health

73.4 72.2 73.2 64.6 62.9 50.5

NHMRC Analysis of Australian Health and Medical Research Publications

We regularly publish reports on the scientific publication output and the citation impact of NHMRC-funded research and of Australian health and medical research more broadly.

Governance Reporting

In accordance with our reporting obligations, further data on our grants is available at the below link.

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