Commissioning research

APHCRI has been established to develop a novel and unique place within Australia’s research community based on its mission and goals, and not to compete with or duplicate existing research activities. APHCRI's research program is priority-driven and not investigator-led. The research commissioning processes are designed to be fair and open to everyone and on equal terms.

Below is the usual process in which funding is provided.

Calls for applications

  • APHCRI determines research priorities and questions and then calls for applications from potential researchers to address these priorities and questions.
  • ‘Invitations to respond’ are placed in the national press, on APHCRI’s website, and circulated electronically.
  • Information sessions for potential network researchers are held to elaborate the specific focus of the research priorities and questions.

Assessment of funding proposals

  • The Research Advisory Board (RAB) does the initial assessment and then nominates members to the Expert Review Committee (ERC).
  • ERC assesses the funding proposals against the stated selection criteria contained in the 'invitation to respond'. ERC may also seek additional external assessment.
  • ERC provides recommendations to the RAB on the distribution of funds.

The RAB makes decisions regarding the allocation of funds to APHCRI’s research programs, and reserves the right to:

  • reject all or any applications, expressions of interest, full proposals for research funding
  • readvertise for applications, expressions of interest, full proposals for research funding
  • withdraw the call for participation in a research program at any time
  • enter into further negotiations concerning any applications, expressions of interest, full proposals for research funding with any applicant or organisation as it sees fit.


Appeals will only be considered against process issues and not against RAB or ERC decisions, ratings and comments.
Appeals process
Appeal form

For successful applicants

  • Contractual arrangements identifying milestones and key deliverables with APHCRI will be established with each successful network researcher.
  • A chief investigator and administering institution for each proposal will be identified.
  • Projects may establish their own ‘Management Committees’ to ensure appropriate stakeholders are engaged.

Administering institutions

A single administering institution must be identified for each network research project. The administering institution is required to be NHMRC-registered institution. In the case of organisations not registered with the NHMRC, the administering institution must self-assess according to the NHMRC criteria and submit their assessment to the RAB for consideration.

Australian Competitive Grants Register

APHCRI's research program is listed on the Australian Competitive Grants Register.

Updated:  24 September 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, APHCRI/Page Contact:  Web Admin, APHCRI