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My winning proposal: Getting in early with an NHMRC Ideas Grant

One in five NHMRC Ideas Grants were awarded to early or mid-career researchers in 2019

Top tips

  • Focus your proposal on tangible outcomes that address an existing need
  • If you’re an early-career researcher, don’t be afraid of highlighting that as a risk but explain your mitigation strategy and emphasise seniority and experience in your team
  • You should enjoy reading your own proposal, so make sure you put effort into clearly explaining the project so reviewers will enjoy reading it as well
  • Seek out collaborators with a strong online profile relevant to the project

The first winners of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s new Ideas Grants scheme were announced in December 2019. Following an overhaul of the NHMRC’s funding mechanisms in 2018, the scheme is designed to open more opportunities for early to mid-career researchers by providing up to five years funding for research projects.

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