NHMRC Synergy Grants

The objective of NHMRC’s Synergy Grant scheme is to support outstanding multidisciplinary teams of investigators to work together to answer major questions that cannot be answered by a single investigator.

They are for a minimum of four CI's and maximum of ten.


The NHMRC Synergy Grants require multiple components and a variety of information including an outline of the Synergy and the Knowledge Gain.
Track records for each CI include publications, impact of a previous program of work in which they have been involved, and leadership. We have found that many people have difficulty in working out how to approach the impact section of the application. The assessment criteria for the impact elements outlines clearly the need to develop and articulate you outputs, outcomes and the impact of a previous program of work.

Writing about your previous impact requires a different approach than typical scientific writing and must be in a language that can be understood by a range of reviewers, this type of writing can be difficult to master.

We work with you to map out your impacts so that you can master each of the three impact elements of your track record. In the past three years RIA has worked with more than 400 researcher to write the impact sections and had a success rate of more than 29%.

We offer a range of options to support your success.


Our review process helps you understand your impact and the best way to structure your track record sections.

Clear benefits

We are experts in articulating research outputs, outcomes and impacts to ensure they shine through.


We edit not just for clarity, but to position your research in the best possible light.

What's involved:

We use the following process for our grant consult sessions and have found this to be the most valuable and time effective for researchers.  

  1. Book and pay for your consult below.
  2. We will request your draft document in word document format 48 hours before review
  3. RIA will review and track changes on the document (1 hour estimate)
  4. RIA will set up an online consult, via Zoom, to discuss the review findings with the participant and suggest changes (1 hour)
  5. Session recording and any track changes documents will be sent to the applicant
What you'll get:
  • Expert advice and guidance from one of our expert consultants.
  • Online calendar booking to lock in online consultation time.
  • Consultation reminders.
  • Zoom recording and a session report following the consult.
  • Word document with track changes
  • Optional reduced rate final review
Basic review
Excludes GST
Expert review of three impact sections:

Reach & significance of the research impact
Research program's contribution to research impact
Applicant's contribution to the research program
Track Changes on your word document
One 1-hour online consult discussion

Basic plus Leadership
Excludes GST
Expert review of:
Reach & significance of the research impact
Research program's contribution to research impact
Applicant's contribution to the research program
Leadership track record components
Track Changes on your word document
One 1-hour online consult discussion
Full grant review
This option reviews the whole grant for clarity, and strength of messaging

Contact us
Review main document for clarity and messaging
Initial offline review

Track changes of word documents
Two 1-hour online consults

Additional final review
Expert reviewers

Feedback from our participants

I am excited and relieved to be successful for an NHMRC investigator award.  Your session on preparing for this grant enabled me to get my head around what might be required in terms of research impact, and helped me articulate my research impact for the application.  Thanks to your workshop, I learnt this important skill.

Sarah Dunstan, Melbourne University

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It was an extremely insightful experience to attend the inaugural workshop on Research Impact for NHMRC Investigator Grants at the University of Melbourne in late 2018. Tamika and Cathie introduced key strategies including targeting a single research program of highest impact and providing compelling evidence of impact, and put them in the context of the increasing importance of research impact to funding bodies. The atmosphere of the session was overwhelmingly positive and there was significant time for both interactive group learning and individual proposal development. The follow-up with Tamika and Cathie via email and video conference after the session was critical to refine the proposal and produce a finished product. I would encourage other medical researchers to better understand the impact of their research through participation in this course

Dr Michael Hildebrand, Melbourne University
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