What we’re funding

The Australian Government is investing $78 million in clinical researcher fellowships to ensure the next generation of talented Australians have the capacity to make and progress great medical discoveries. This funding is being administered by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Desired outcomes

The purpose of this research funding is to:

  • increase the number of research-focused clinicians working to solve health problems
  • increase the translation of research into clinical practice and products of commercial potential
  • increase the number of professionals transitioning from early to mid and late stage health and medical research careers.

Key elements

The funding will support:

  • Career Development Fellowships (CDF) Scheme for early to mid-career researchers
  • Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships Scheme
  • Practitioner Fellowships (PF) Scheme.

NHMRC fellowship funding will transition to one integrated grant scheme in 201920.

Why it's important

  • Results from a 2016 national survey show that 83% of researchers considered leaving for another career, with the majority being mid-career researchers. This loss would significantly impact on Australia’s research knowledge and skills base.
  • Clinical professionals usually have to choose between life as a researcher or a clinician. This creates a divide between the kind of research happening in a lab and the research needed to improve clinical practice.
  • Fellowships enable researchers to focus on developing skills they need to succeed with their ideas and progress their careers.

How to apply

Applications for this program are closed.

Last updated: 
11 July 2018