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The tables below provide direct links to grants and other sources of funding for health research.

Government funding

Visit the GrantConnect portal to find current and forecast Australian Government grant opportunities. Below are links to major government funding schemes.

Educational institutions

Most major Australian universities offer funding opportunities, including:

Tip: Are you affiliated with a university or research institution? You may have institutional access to Pivot-RP, an online grants portal.

Professional associations  

Many professional associations -- such as the below -- offer research grants.

Medical / Surgical

Nursing & midwifery


Allied health


Foundations, trusts & NGOs  

Check for organisations relevant to your specialty or research area, such as:

Aged care

Allergy & immunology

Biomedical research 


Diabetes & endocrinology



Mental health



Nursing & midwifery





Translational research



Funding requirements

Each funder of medical research will have applicable codes and standards to ensure the research they fund is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks. Examples from the NHMRC are listed below. Research projects must adhere to responsible research practices and researchers should check the guidelines stipulated by their funding body.

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC):

Open Access requirements

Many funders will also require that research outputs from supported research are made openly accessible. It is essential that you check these policies before submitting work for publication.

Submitting your work to the Monash Health Research Repository (MHRR) will satisfy NHMRC and ARC funding requirements regarding peer-reviewed papers being made openly accessible after publication. 

If you need help identifying open access publications contact

Monash Health Research Repository

Read more about the MHRR

Monash Health requirements

Monash Health policies and procedures relating to research can be found in Monash Health's PROMPT system. A desktop shortcut is provided on all PCs. Policy and procedure queries should be directed to

Research Support Services at Monash Health

The Research Support Services (RSS) team maintains an online forms library which includes key procedures, legal documents, and information about application fees for new projects submitted to the Human Ethics Research Committee (HREC).

Forms Library

Early-career researcher grants

Many funding agencies offer specific grants to support early-career researchers. Generally, "early-career researchers" are those in the first ~8 years of their research career and/or clinical practice -- however, this definition varies between funding agencies, so always check each grant's eligibility criteria. 

Here are just two examples of early-career researcher grants: 

When investigating funding opportunities, remember to look for any available early-career grants and to check relevant:

  • Professional associations
  • Government grants
  • Foundations, trusts and NGOs
  • Educational institutions, if you are completing or intend to begin a higher degree by research (HDR)

If you are an emerging Monash Health researcher planning a translational research project, and have not yet commenced a PhD, you are encouraged to apply for a Monash Health Emerging Researcher Fellowship. 

Monash Health Emerging Researcher Fellowships

Grant portals

Portals such as Early Career Researchers Central may help you find funding opportunities -- filter by country and 'Medicine and Health Sciences'.

Early Career Researchers Central

Budgets for clinical research

Draft a budget based on the information in your protocol. Keep in mind costs from both categories:

  • Direct costs -- such as personnel, consumables, pathology
  • Indirect costs -- 'overheads', e.g. electricity, facilities, infrastructure

Use the templates and tools below to help you identify all applicable costs and build a budget.

Tip: Be mindful of the potential for unexpected or "hidden" costs, e.g. unscheduled clinic visits or a delayed start.

Note regarding grants

Grant guidelines typically specify which costs the funds can be used against. For instance, in some cases grant funds may be used to purchase equipment required for the study but not to cover journal publishing fees.

Templates & tools

The Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) offers guidance on budgeting and an Excel budget template with a list of tips.

MCRI Budgeting and Contracts

The NSW Department of Health also offers a comprehensive Excel-based budgeting tool. While aimed at clinical trials

NSW Health Clinical Trial Budget Costing Tool

Further reading

Clinical trials

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