New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support Awards


New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support (NIRIS) Awards recognise outstanding new independent health and medical researchers in Western Australia (WA) and provide funding to help them meet the infrastructure costs associated with their research programs. This supports them in their research activities in WA and assists them to develop their independent research careers.

This initiative was developed in response to an identified need to support outstanding WA researchers who do not meet the eligibility criteria for the Medical and Health Research Infrastructure Fund (MHRIF) grants program because they are newer to their field.

Recipients have used the funding for research infrastructure costs such as laboratory equipment, computers, animal facilities, support staff and common services.

From 2001 to 2017, a total of $1,415,000 has been allocated to 126 WA-based health and medical researchers.

Funding round status - open

The Department of Health is inviting applications for New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support (NIRIS) Awards.

NIRIS Awards of up to $15,000 each are available and will be awarded on competitive merit.

These awards are for infrastructure costs associated with research programs for a period of 12 months commencing in the 2018 calendar year.

Applicants must meet eligibility criteria that are set out in the Guidelines and Conditions document.

The application period closes at 1.00pm on Monday 19 March 2018.

Applications must be in accordance with the NIRIS Award 2018 Guidelines and Conditions (PDF 180KB). 

Applicants must use the NIRIS Award 2018 Application Form (Word 300KB).

For further information please email:


View NIRIS Awards past recipients.

Produced by

Research Development Unit