The objective of the Ideas Grant scheme is to support innovative research projects addressing a specific question(s).

The expected outcomes are:

  • innovative and creative research
  • funding of researchers at all career stages, and
  • funding any area of health and medical research from discovery to implementation.

The scheme provides particular opportunities for early and mid-career researchers. It is expected that the CIA will have the capability to lead the team in achieving the project aims. 

The Ideas Grant scheme is not intended to support research where a clinical trial or cohort study is the primary objective. Applicants conducting projects which incorporate elements of clinical trial and/or cohort study must consider whether the project goals are more applicable to the Ideas Grant or Clinical Trials and Cohort Grant schemes. 

Funding Support

Ideas Grants may be funded by or in conjunction with other organisations. These grants offer opportunities to researchers whose work is particularly relevant to the priorities and research interests of the partner organisations. 

Information on how organisations and individuals can support NHMRC to fund health and medical research is available on the NHMRC website.

Peer Review of Ideas Grants

For details regarding the Ideas Grant 2020 peer review process, please refer to the Ideas Grant 2020 Peer Review Guidelines available from the download section below.

This briefing video provides an overview of the peer review process and additional advice to peer reviewers on the assessment of applications to the 2020 round of Ideas Grants.

Level of funding

The amount of funding for an Ideas Grant is based on assessment of the requested budget. 

Grant at a glance

Duration of funding
1-5 years

Outcomes of funding rounds

Before you submit an application, please make sure you have:


Grant submission advice

Read all relevant reference material

GrantConnect GO Documents


Liaise with your Administering Institution

to identify any specific requirements that the institution may have


Ensure your application is complete and correct.


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