Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants



Funding body

National Health and Medical Research Council

Internal deadlines

Faculties/IFM/IISRI to work with applicants to review, workshop and develop proposals
M Aug 2018 - Jan 2019
Faculties/IFM/IISRI to collate and forward list of approved applicants
03 Dec 2018
Email Deakin Research Grants
Applications open in RGMS
06 Mar 2019
Final application in RGMS and Certification form M 10 Apr 2019
Email snapshot reports and all uploaded documents to Deakin NHMRC Submissions

O - Optional / M - Mandatory


Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants aim to support high-quality clinical trials and cohort studies that address important gaps in knowledge, leading to relevant and implementable findings for the benefit of human health.


Each Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grant may have up to 10 investigators.

A person may apply for, and hold more than one Clinical Trial and Cohort Studies Grant at any one time.


Funding can be requested for up to five years. The amount of funding provided will be based on the assessment of the requested budget. Funds may be spent on Direct Research Costs (DRCs) and Personnel Support Packages (PSPs).

Peer Review

Applications will be assessed on:

- Significance (40% score) - extent to which the research findings will substantially advance knowledge to improve the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions, or to improve health and wellbeing

- Research quality (40% score) - the quality and feasibility of the proposed research, incorporating theoretical concepts, hypothesis, research design and robustness

- Team quality and capability (20% score) -  assess whether the CI team has the appropriate mix of research skills and experience to undertake the clinical trial and/or cohort study and achieve the stated objectives of the proposed research

For further information, visit NHMRC Clinical Trial and Cohort Studies Grants website.

How to apply

  1. Contact your Faculty/IFM/IISRI research office to register your intent to submit. Applicants must work with their Faculty/Institute/SRC and/or School to develop a high calibre application
  2. If your Faculty/IFM/IISRI supports your application, DR-Grants will contact you regarding the submission process
  3. Plan and draft your grant proposal early; CIs should gather their individual CV information/updates
  4. Read the Guidelines, Instructions to Applicants and Peer Review document
  5. Commence your application on the NHMRC Sapphire system
  6. Contact the DR-Grants NHMRC team if you have any queries
  7. Organise relevant DU Certification form and AI consents


NHMRC documents

NHMRC application templates 


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