NMHRC Partnership Grants information for University of Newcastle Researchers

Research Advantage

Partnership Grants

2016 Peer Review Cycles

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 2016Thursday 16 June 2016
UON Online Booking System OpenFriday 27 May 2016Friday 17 June 2016
Eligibility and Compliance Check Period8 - 15 June 201617 - 23 November 2016
Administering Institution Waiver 5:00pm Wed 1 June 20165:00pm Wed 9 November 2016
Minimum Data Requirement 5:00pm Wed 15 June 20165:00pm Wed 23 November 2016
UON Deadline for Final Application 5:00pm Wed 22 June 20165:00pm Wed 30 Nov 2016
NHMRC Submission 5:00pm Wed 29 June 20165:00pm Wed 7 Dec 2016

*Please note:

  • UON Deadline for Final Application requires provision of final, submission-ready proposals and all associated documentation.
  • 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.

Changes to Partnership Projects for 2016

Applicants should note the following changes to the Partnership Projects scheme-specific Funding Rules for 2016:

  • Additional funding is available to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research through a Partnership Projects Special Initiative.
  • Assessment criteria – Track Record now includes Partner Organisations and Partner Investigators.
  • Characteristics of strong applications have been updated to provide more guidance to applicants.
  • Category Descriptors have been updated.

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 UON Deadline for Final Application along with final, submission-ready proposals and all associated documentation. Please note, the application cannot be submitted to the NHMRC until our Office has received email certifications from all named CI and AIs, as well as the fully signed Coversheet.

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 General: Specifically the Administering Institution, Application Title, Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Research and Synopsis;
  • A-RC Research Classification; and
  • A-RT Research Team and Commitment

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 provided on the Partnership Projects section of the NHMRC website including:


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 (Block C-NIER) or by special arrangement at HMRI.

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.