- Emerging Leadership Investigator Grants are restricted to researchers who are ≤10 years post-PhD or equivalent on 1 March of the application year
- Leadership Investigator Grants are unrestricted in the number of years post-PhD
NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS AND GRANTS HELD
- A researcher can only apply for and hold one Investigator Grant at a time.
- However, there are limits on the number of Investigator, Synergy and Ideas grants that can be applied for/held concurrently. Please refer to the table below and NHMRC eligibility website.
Please note that an individual who holds an Investigator Grant cannot apply for an Ideas Grant, unless in the final year of their Investigator Grant.
ELIGIBILITY FOR CURRENT OR PREVIOUS NHMRC FUNDING RECIPIENTS
- For researchers holding NHMRC Fellowships, Project Grants and Program Grants as at 1 January 2021, these existing grants/fellowships will further impact on their eligibility for an Investigator Grant. Researchers can assess their eligibility by using NHMRC’s Eligibility Tool and referring to the Grant Guidelines.
- For previous or current NHMRC Fellowship recipients, their previous or current NHMRC Fellowship will determine the minimum levels of Investigator Grants they can apply for. Refer to Grant Guidelines.
NUMBER OF TERMS
- Successful Investigator Grant holders will be limited by the number of terms for which each level can be held.
- Researchers who re-apply to the Investigator Scheme may not apply for a lower level than their most recently held Investigator Grant.
Investigator Grants are awarded for a period of 5 years, and provides both salary support for the Investigator plus a significant RSP. The RSP may be spent on Direct Research Costs (DRCs) and Personnel Support Packages (PSPs).
There are 5 levels of salary support (EL1-L3) and 6 tiers of RSP offered across the scheme.
NHMRC will provide guidance for applicants on the level to which they should apply. Applicants select the most appropriate level (EL1–L3) and the percentage of salary required (0 - 100% FTE) to support their research activities.
Part-time Investigator Grants are available to researchers who work part-time (for example, due to caring or clinical responsibilities). Researchers who receive their salary through a non-NHMRC fellowship, hold appointments with a high administrative load or who already hold a salary from their institution can also apply for a non-salary Investigator Grant. Part-time Investigator Grant and non-salary Investigator Grant recipients will receive part-salary or no salary, respectively, from NHMRC but will be offered a full RSP.
RESEARCH SUPPORT PACKAGES
Successful applicants at Emerging Leadership Levels 1 and Level 2 will be awarded a fixed RSP of $50,000 and $200,000 per annum, respectively.
There are four tiers of RSP for the Leadership Investigator Grants. These have been set at $300,000, $400,000, $500,000 and $600,000 per annum and will be allocated independently of the Leadership level, based on the overall peer review score of the application.