The ICTC Grant Opportunity will provide support for Australian research teams to conduct clinical trial research in collaboration with international counterparts.

Applications to this grant opportunity must propose a single clinical trial that will achieve the following outcomes:

  • promote Australian involvement in international collaborative investigator-initiated clinical trials research through the establishment and co‑ordination of clinical trial site/s in Australia; and
  • provide high-quality evidence of the effectiveness of novel health treatments, drugs or devices in ‘usual care’ settings, which will support a decision on whether to deliver the intervention in an Australian setting.

Novel health treatments include new and innovative applications of existing interventions.

Continuous application process

This scheme allows applicants to apply at any time during the year rather than through just one annual round. This is to allow researchers and partner organisations to develop timely collaborations. The grant commencement date is not fixed for 1 January – it will be aligned with the timing of each peer review cycle. This allows funding to be administered more quickly after grants are awarded provided all necessary documentation is in place.

Peer Review Cycles 

Applications will proceed to peer review depending on when they are submitted to NHMRC. For example, for an application to be peer reviewed in the next cycle (ICTC 19.3); applicants must ensure minimum data requirements are met by 20 November 2019, and the application must be submitted by 4 December 2019. Applications that have met minimum data requirements but are not submitted by the application due date will remain active. The applicant may continue to work on the application and submit to the next available peer review cycle.

Key dates

The key dates for the MRFF International Clinical Trial Collaborations grant opportunity in 2019 are: 

Process ICTC 19.1 ICTC 19.2 ICTC 19.3
Applications Open 9 January 2019 28 March 2019 1 August 2019
Minimum data due 5pm ACT local time 27 March 2019 5pm ACT local time 31 July 2019 5pm ACT local time 20 November 2019
Application due date 5pm ACT local time 10 April 2019 5pm ACT local time 15 August 2019 5pm ACT local time 4 December 2019
Peer Review Assessment July 2019 November 2019 March 2020

How to apply

All applicants are required to commence their application and provide the relevant minimum data by the due date to allow the NHMRC to start sourcing reviewers with appropriate expertise.  

A complete application to the grant opportunity must consist of the following:

  • The relevant information in your RGMS profile and CV
  • Completion of Parts A and B of the RGMS application form
  • Grant Proposal PDF (uploaded); and
  • Letter/s of support from international research organisations (uploaded)

NHMRC’s RGMS must be used to access/update your profile and CV and to submit applications. Applicants who are not registered in RGMS should contact the Research Help Centre by emailing for more information.

If you require more information, direct your inquiry to your Administering Institution Research Administration Office in the first instance. If you require further assistance contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983, or email

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