Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants


OPENS in Sapphire 4 MAR 2020 (2020 ROUND);    30 JUN 2021 (2021 ROUND)

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 Mar - Jul 2021                 
All applicants to contact their Faculty/ IFM/IISRI/A2I2 Research Office to check their submission process

For Faculty of Health applicants, visit Faculty of Health Research Grant Portal
Faculties/IFM/IISRI/A2I2 to collate and forward list of approved applicants
(Deakin and Not Deakin-led)
05 May 2021
Email Deakin Research Grants
Applications open in Sapphire
30 June 2021
Minimum data in Sapphire M

28 July 2021

Minimum data requirements must be met on Sapphire by this date. Applications that miss this deadline will not be able to proceed with NHMRC submission.

Final application in Sapphire and Certification form M

28 July 2021

Complete and certify application on Sapphire

Email application reports to Deakin NHMRC Submissions

Email DU Certification form to Deakin NHMRC Submissions


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/SRIC 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. Read the Grant Guidelines and Peer Review Guidelines.
  4. Plan and draft your grant proposal early. CIs should gather/update their individual Profile information on Sapphire.
  5. New Sapphire users should register for a Sapphire account early. All CIs and AIs will require a Sapphire account.
  6. Once the scheme is open, commence your application on the NHMRC Sapphire system.
  7. Contact the DR-Grants NHMRC team if you have any queries.
  8. Organise relevant DU Certification form


NHMRC documents

NHMRC application templates 

Deakin University Templates and Forms