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.
Applicants should refer to Grant Guidelines for guidance 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 (LT1-LT4) 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.
Years post-PhD / academic level
>20 years / Level E
15-20 years / Level D or E
10-15 years / Level C or D
5-10 years / Level B
Adapted from 2022 NHMRC Investigator Grant guidelines