NHMRC – National Institute for Health Research Collaborative Research Grants

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has joined with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in the UK to co-fund Collaborative Research Grants as part of the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme. An NHMRC research grant of up to five years duration may be offered to support research undertaken by Partner Investigators located in Australia.

The NIHR is funded primarily through the Department of Health (England) to improve, through research, the health and wealth of the nation. The HTA Programme is the largest of the NIHR programmes. It funds independent research about the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan provide or receive care in the UK National Health Service.

Programme Description

The HTA Programme offers funding for a several funding schemes. In 2016 NHMRC has committed up to $3 million to support the Australian components of projects (up to five years duration) that address the following two commissioned research topics:

  • 16008095 (primary research) Prophylactic antibiotics to prevent recurrent lower respiratory tract infections in children with neurological impairment.
  • 16005545 (mixed methods) Smoking cessation interventions in children of school age.

Further information on these commissioned research topics is available on the HTA Programme website (link is external).


Only Australian-based researchers listed on full applications deemed fundable by the NIHR HTA Commissioning board, are eligible to submit applications for the Australian based research. Applicants will be invited to apply to NHMRC for support for the Australian-based components of the research by submitting an application in Research Grants Management System (RGMS) a copy of their full NIHR application and budgetary information to NHMRC.

The Australian- based researcher must be Chief Investigator A on the application(s) submitted to NHMRC under this scheme.

NHMRC will review applicant eligibility and the budget requested for the Australian-based component of the collaboration.

Key Dates

Further information on the dates for the NHMRC component will be provided at a future date.

For information on dates for the NIHR component please refer to the HTA Programme website (link is external).

Recent Outcomes

Further Information

If you require more information, in the first instance please direct your inquiry to your Research Administration Office.

If you require further assistance after discussing your inquiry with your administering institution, please contact the: Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983, or email help@nhmrc.gov.au