Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants


OPENS in RGMS 4 MAR 2020

Funding body

National Health and Medical Research Council

Internal deadlines

Faculties/IFM/IISRI/A2I2 to work with applicants to review, workshop and develop proposals
M Aug 2019 - Mar 2020
Faculties/IFM/IISRI/A2I2 to collate and forward list of approved applicants
18 Nov 2019
Email Deakin Research Grants
Applications open in RGMS
04 Mar 2020
Final application in RGMS and Certification form M
01 Apr 2020*

Complete application on RGMS

Email snapshot reports and all uploaded documents to Deakin NHMRC Submissions

Email DU Certification Form and AI Consents to Deakin NHMRC Submissions

Minimum data requirements must be met on RGMS by the relevant NHMRC min data deadline. Applications that miss this min data deadline will not be able to proceed with NHMRC submission.

*indicative date - to be confirmed

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

How to apply

  1. Contact your Faculty/IFM/IISRI/A2I2 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. The Faculty/IFM/IISRI/A2I2 will forward a list of approved applicants to proceed to NOIS to DR-Grants
  3. Plan and draft your grant proposal early; CIs should gather their individual CV information/updates
  4. Read the Grant Guidelines and Peer Review Guidelines
  5. Once the scheme is open, commence your application on the NHMRC RGMS 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 

Download Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants 2019 Guidelines

NB. 2020 round guidelines and NHMRC templates have not been released by NHMRC. Applicants should use previous round documents to start preparing their application

Deakin University Templates and Forms

Deakin Certification Form (To be updated)

Deakin University Salaries - for casual staff salaries