Development Grant



Funding body

National Health and Medical Research Council

Internal deadlines

Faculties/IFM/IISRI/A2I2 to work with applicants to review, workshop and develop proposals
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
Submit a Notice of Intent to Submit (NOIS) for Deakin and Not Deakin-led applications M 30 March 2022
Email Deakin Research Grants
Applications open in Sapphire
20 April 2022
Minimum data in SapphireM

18 May 2022

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

25 May 2022

Complete and certify application on Sapphire

Email DU Certification form to Deakin NHMRC Submissions

O - Optional / M - Mandatory


The Development Grants scheme provides financial support to individual researchers and/or research teams to undertake health and medical research within Australia at the proof-of-concept stage that specifically drives towards a commercial outcome within a foreseeable timeframe.

Early stage research or knowledge creation research (fundable through the NHMRC Ideas Grant scheme) will not be funded through the Development Grants scheme.

The Development Grants scheme supports the commercial development of a product, process, procedure or service that, if applied, would result in improved health care, disease prevention or provide health cost savings.

Research supported by this scheme must, via a commercial business plan, have detailed feasible strategies for commercialisation that takes into account the regulatory pathway, protectable IP, commercial barriers and potential routes to market.

How to apply

  1. Contact your Faculty/IFM/IISRI/A2I2 research office to register your intent to submit and determine their application development and review process. Applicants must work with their Faculty/Institute/SRIC and School to develop a high calibre application
  2. Submit a Notice of Intent to Submit (NOIS) form by email to
  3. Read the NHMRC Guidelines and Peer Review Documents
  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. Organise the relevant Deakin certification form.
  8. Contact the DR-Grants NHMRC team if you have any queries.


NHMRC documents

Please visit the NHMRC Development Grants webpage for more information

Applicants should register and log into GrantConnect to download the applicable scheme documentation once released by NHMRC

Download Development Grants 2022 Guidelines, Peer Review Guidelines and Grant Proposal template

NHMRC application templates

Applicants should download the new round documents from GrantConnect when available. Previous round documents to assist you in preparing for your application:

Download Development Grants 2022 Guidelines and Grant Proposal template

Deakin University Templates