UNSW tops Australian universities in NHMRC Partnership and Investigator grants

24 Sep 2021

High-performing UNSW researchers have been awarded 33 medical and health research fellowships.

Research fellowships to improve treatment for ovarian cancer, understand causes of congenital heart disease and address health inequity for people with intellectual disability are some of the grants received by UNSW Sydney academics in the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Investigator Grants.

UNSW Medicine & Health was awarded a total of 32 grants worth $58,575,664, while a UNSW Science project received $2,927,015. Awards were made in equal proportions across faculty schools and centres as well as UNSW’s affiliated medical research institutes.

This places UNSW first for overall funding and third for number of awards among Australia’s leading Group of Eight (Go8) universities in this round of funding, a dramatic uplift from last year.

In this latest round, federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced $399.7 million for 254 Investigator Grants, NHMRC’s largest scheme for the highest performing researchers at all career stages.

In congratulating all 33 recipients, UNSW Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research & Enterprise, Professor Nicholas Fisk said this new funding highlights the exceptional breadth and dedication of UNSW’s researchers and their teams in tackling society’s major health challenges.

“The prestigious Investigator Grant scheme awards both fellowship and project costs over a five-year period, and as such is always highly competitive. Our result in this round affirms UNSW’s rising position at the forefront of health and medical research.

UNSW Sydney researchers have secured more than $6 million for five projects that will improve public health services.

Projects to improve healthcare for people with intellectual disability, enhance Hepatitis C testing, and improve treatment times for stroke patients are some of the major UNSW Sydney winners in the latest National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership Project funding announced by federal Minister for Health & Aged Care Greg Hunt.

UNSW Medicine & Health was awarded $6.7 million for five Partnership Projects, part of $20.4 million funding awarded for research to create partnerships among decision-makers, policymakers, managers, clinicians and researchers. UNSW topped the country, being awarded six of the 16 Partnership Project grants.

UNSW Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research & Enterprise, Professor Nicholas Fisk said he was proud of UNSW researchers for their continued high success rate in engaging with policymakers to improve community health.

“UNSW securing 38 per cent of these grants nationally is an outstanding achievement. Whether it’s working towards elimination of viral scourges, controlling neglected tropical diseases in neighbouring countries, or improving service models for people with stroke and intellectual disability, we’re excited to work with a range of partners to ensure that our research turns into practice,” Prof. Fisk said.

Read more about the NHMRC funding outcomes.