NMHRC Partnership Grants information for University of Newcastle Researchers

Research Advantage

Partnership Grants

For funding commencing in 2016

Research office contact:

NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health – Partnership Projects (Partnership Projects) will help create partnerships among decision makers, policy makers, managers, clinicians and researchers. This funding scheme provides funding and support to create new opportunities for researchers and policy makers to work together to define research questions, undertake research, interpret the findings and implement the findings into policy and practice.

Partnership Projects will answer a specific research question to influence health and well-being through changes in the delivery, organisation, funding and access to health services.For further information please refer to the Partnership Projects section of the NHMRC website.

Continuous Application Process

This scheme allows applicants to apply at any time during the year rather than through just one annual round. This is to allow researchers and partner organisations to develop timely collaborations. The grant commencement date is not fixed for 1 January – it will be aligned with the timing of each peer review cycle. This allows funding to be administered more quickly after grants are awarded provided all necessary documentation is in place.

Key Dates

Round 2016 Peer Review Cycle (PRC) #12016 Peer Review Cycle (PRC) #2
Applications open in RGMSWednesday 20 January 2016TBC
UON Online Booking System OpenFriday 27 May 2016TBC
Eligibility and Compliance Check PeriodWednesday 8 - Wednesday 15 June 2016TBC
Administering Institution Waiver 5:00pm AET Wednesday 1 June 2016Wednesday 9 November 2016
Minimum Data Requirement 5:00pm AET Wednesday 15 June 2016Wednesday 23 November 2016
UON Deadline for Final Application 5:00pm AET Wednesday 22 June 2016Wednesday 30 November 2016
NHMRC Submission 5:00pm AET Wednesday 29 June 2016Wednesday 7 December 2016

*Please note:

  • UON Deadline for Final Application requires provision of final, submission-ready proposals and all associated documentation. As Research Office staff will be conducting Critical Final Checks on all proposals received by the Deadline for Final Application, we will be unable to provide applicants who do not meet this deadline with further advice or assistance with their application. Applicants seeking assistance in completing their application after the UON Deadline for Final Application will be referred directly to the Funding Rules and Instructions to Applicants.
  • Schools and Faculties may have their own internal dates for the purpose of peer review/Head of School and Assistant Dean (Research) approval etc. Please contact your School Executive Officer and Faculty Research & Research Training Officer or Faculty Research Development Manager for further information on School/Faculty internal processes.

Please review our ARC/NHMRC Grant Rounds Submission Procedures (PDF) for essential information regarding application submission under this scheme.

Changes to Partnership Projects for 2015

Applicants should note the following changes to the Partnership Projects scheme-specific Funding Rules for 2015:

  • Chief Investigator Citizenship Waivers are no longer required.
  • Applications which fail to complete minimum data by the required date will not be accepted in the corresponding peer review cycle. These applications will subsequently be removed from the Research Grants Management System (RGMS).
  • Applications that meet minimum data requirements but are not submitted for review will automatically be moved to the next available peer review cycle as an incomplete application. After 9 December 2015, any applications not submitted will be removed from RGMS.
  • Eligibility of NHMRC approved Administering Institutions primarily involved in delivering health policy/health services may apply for an eligibility waiver.
  • The Partner Contribution Guidelines have been updated.
  • There are no special initiatives offered through the Partnership Projects scheme in 2015.

Submission Process

The CIA must certify the application in RGMS via the Certification tab. This will result in the status changing to 'Submitted to RAO' - which equates to 'Research Administration Office' NOT the NHMRC. This process locks the application to allow an eligibility and compliance review.

CI and AI certifications are due by the round specific Internal Closing Date along with final, submission-ready proposals and all associated documentation. The application will not be submitted to the NHMRC until our Office has received email certifications from all named CI and AIs.

Minimum Data Requirement

To be eligible to apply, the following sections of the application form must be completed in RGMS by the dates identified above:

  • A-PA Part A Home (specifically the Administering Institution, Application Title and Synopsis)
  • A-RC Research Classification
  • A-RT Research Team and Commitment (core team members if known)

Failure to complete minimum data by the required date will deem the application ineligible.


Prior to submission of an application, applicants are to ensure that they have read all relevant reference material.




Comprehensive information on RGMS is available at the NHMRC RGMS webpage. Further resources are being developed via User Guides.

The RGMS Training Program contains the RGMS User Guide, My Profile and CV Requirements, video tutorials and RGMS Off-line forms (including CV).

*Please note: RGMS automatically allocates an application number on commencement of the application in RGMS. You are no longer required to obtain an application ID from the Research Office.

Access to Successful Applications

Research Services can provide researchers with access to view successful applications where the lead Chief Investigator has provided consent.

Applications must be viewed in hard copy in the Research Services office or by arrangement at HMRI on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

How to Arrange to View a Successful Application

Contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au to request access to view successful applications for a specific scheme. Please include preferred date(s), time(s) and location.

Confirmation of the date, time and venue will be provided to you by Research Services staff.