NHMRC Grants

NHMRC Grants information is distributed by the Research Office. To receive up to date NHMRC grants information, please subscribe to our NHMRC mailing list.


New NHMRC Grant Program

The NHMRC have announced details of their new grant program structure that will be rolled out from late 2018. The presentation slides from recent information sessions are provided below to provide a summary of the new grant program, however for further reading it is recommend you visit the NHMRC Grant Program website which has detailed information on each scheme, FAQs and an implementation timeline for the new program.

Grant Guidelines for new schemes now available

Grant Guidelines for the new Investigator, Synergy, Ideas and Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grant schemes are available on GrantConnect under forecast opportunities and can also be accessed via NHMRC’s website.

Investigator Grants will open for applications in December 2018 with Synergy, Ideas and CTCS Grants to follow in March 2019.

Peer review guidelines for the above schemes and their associated category descriptors will be available in due course.

To provide the sector with more information about the new grant program, fact sheets are available on NHMRC’s website.


NHMRC Schemes Calendar

Open Schemes

SchemeNHMRC OpensUON Online Booking System OpensEligibility & Compliance Check PeriodMinimum DataUON Deadline for Final ApplicationNHMRC Submission
Partnership Projects – Peer Review Cycle (PRC) #3 2018 Thursday 2 August 2018 Friday 3 August 2018 Thursday 15 November 2018 - Wednesday 21 November 2018 Wednesday 21 November 2018 5:00pm Wednesday 28 November 2018 Wednesday 5 December 2018

The Research Office uses an online booking process for eligibility and compliance checks on applications to external funding bodies. Visit the Apply page for more details and to book a check.


Upcoming Schemes

Scheme NHMRC Opens UON Online Booking System Opens Eligibility & Compliance Check Period Minimum Data UON Deadline for Final Application NHMRC Submission
Centres of Research ExcellenceWednesday 24 October 2018Thursday 25 October 2018Thursday 15 – Wednesday 21 November 2018Wednesday 21 November 2018Wednesday 28 November 2018

Wednesday 5 December 2018

Development Grants

Wednesday 14 November 2018

Thursday 15 November 2018Thursday 17– Wednesday 23 January 2019Wednesday 23 January 2019Wednesday 30 January 2019Wednesday 6 February 2019
Investigator Grants* Wednesday 5 December 2018 Thursday 6 December 2018 Thursday 10 January 2019 - Wednesday 23 January 2019  Wednesday 16 January 2019 5:00pm Wednesday 30 January 2019 Wednesday 6 February 2019
Synergy Grants* Wednesday 6 March 2019 Thursday 7 March 2019 Thursday 4 April 2019 - Monday 15 April 2019 Wednesday 17 April 2019 5:00pm Friday 26 April 2019# Wednesday 1 May 2019
Idea Grants* Wednesday 6 March 2019 Thursday 7 March 2019 Thursday 4 April 2019 - Wednesday 17 April 2019 Wednesday 10 April 2019 5:00pm Wednesday 1 May 2019 Wednesday 8 May 2019
Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants* Wednesday 6 March 2019 Thursday 7 March 2019 Thursday 4 April 2019 - Wednesday 17 April 2019 Wednesday 10 April 2019 5:00pm Wednesday 1 May 2019 Wednesday 8 May 2019
NHMRC-European Union (EU) Collaborative Research Grants Scheme** Wednesday 25 September 2019 Thursday 26 September 2019 Thursday 10 October 2019 -  Wednesday 16 October 2019 N/A 5:00pm Wednesday 23rd October 2019 Wednesday 30 October 2019

*These schemes are part of the new NHMRC Grants Program.
# Please be aware of the Easter/Anzac Day Public holidays around this time. The University will be closed Friday 19 April 2019 - Tuesday 23 April 2019 (inclusive) and Thursday 25 April 2019.
**More details about this opportunity are also available on our Horizon 2020 page.

The Research Office uses an online booking process for eligibility and compliance checks on applications to external funding bodies. Visit the Apply page for more details and to book a check.


Closed Schemes

Scheme NHMRC Opened Minimum Data UON Deadline for Final Application NHMRC Submission
Targeted Call for Research into Healthy Ageing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples20 June 201815 August 20185 September 201812 September 2018
Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Rare Cancers, Rare Diseases and Unmet Need Grant Opportunity25 June 20181 August 2018 9 August 201816 August 2018
Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD)9 May 201820 June 20188 August 201815 August 2018
Partnership Projects – Peer Review Cycle (PRC) #2 2018 29 March 2018 1 August 2018 8 August 2018 15 August 2018
Postgraduate Scholarships 18 April 2018 N/A 6 June 2018 13 June 2018
TRIP Fellowships 4 April 2018 N/A 16 May 2018 23 May 2018
Low Survival Cancers and Diseases (LSCD) 7 March 2018 4 April 2018 11 April 2018 18 April 2018
Partnership Projects – Peer Review Cycle (PRC) #1 2018 17 January 2018 28 March 2018 4 April 2018 11 April 2018
Project Grants 10 January 2018 14 February 2018 7 March 2018 14 March 2018
Career Development Fellowships 17 January 2018 N/A 28 February 2018 7 March 2018
Early Career Fellowships 10 January 2018 N/A 21 February 2018 28 February 2018
Development Grants 15 November 2017 24 January 2018 31 January 2018 7 February 2018
Targeted Call for Research into Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from Early Life to Young Adults 15 November 2017 24 January 2018 31 January 2018 7 February 2018
Practitioner Fellowships 6 December 2017 N/A 24 January 2018 31 January 2018
Research Fellowships 6 December 2017 N/A 24 January 2018 31 January 2018
Centres of Research Excellence 25 October 2017 22 November 2017 29 November 2017 6 December 2017
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Stronger Systems for Health Security call for research under the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security 9 October 2017 8 November 2017 29 November 2017 6 December 2017
Boosting Dementia Research Grants - Priority Round 3 (PR3) 13 September 2017 11 October 2017 1 November 2017 8 November 2017

Publication and Citation Metrics

The NHMRC has identified that publication and citation metrics such as Journal and Impact Factors, the previous ERA Ranked Journal List or person-centric citation metrics such as the H-index are ineligible, as stated in the Funding Rules: 10.3 Content and Format Requirements and The Guide to NHMRC Peer Review: Section 4.8 Use of Impact Factors and other Metrics. In adherence to this, do not include publication and citation metrics of any type in your submissions to ensure eligibility.

The NHMRC is one of more than 400 organisations signed up to follow the recommendations from the 'San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment' which states, "the impact factor must not be used as a surrogate measure of the quality of individual research articles, to assess an individual scientist's contributions, or in hiring, promotion, or funding decisions" (Science 340,787 (2013)).

View the NHMRC position statement (PDF)


GrantConnect

Information on current and future ARC or NHMRC grant funding opportunities can now be found on the Australian Government’s whole-of-government grants information system GrantConnect. For more information, watch the GrantConnect video.

GrantConnect is the authoritative source for potential grant applicants to find and access Commonwealth grant opportunities and grant opportunity guidelines.

The GrantConnect helpdesk (run by Department of Finance) can be reached on 1300 484 145, between 9am and 5pm (AEDT) Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays or via email.


NHMRC CI and AI Certification

The NHMRC requires that the Research Office hold all CI and AI Certifications prior to submitting an application to the NHMRC.

Certification of agreement by all parties to allow the proposed project to proceed is mandatory for all CIs and AIs. The Research Office require the provision of an email by each participant agreeing to the conditions outlined in the CI/AI Certification template located on each of each of the scheme webpages that require Certifications.

Once the lead CI receives all Certification emails please forward them in a single email to research-applications@newcastle.edu.au as a matter of priority.


Animal Costs for Grant Applications

Many grant applications involve the purchase of animals for research purposes. Please refer to the Preparing Research Budgets page for more information.


RGMS

The Research Grants Management System (RGMS) is the NHMRC's online system for lodging grant applications, managing the assessment of applications and managing grants once they are awarded. RGMS replaced Informed-Filler and NHMRC's former grants management system, Research Management Information System (RMIS).

Researchers who hold NHMRC grants will be able to manage their grants online using RGMS. All researchers involved in NHMRC's peer-review processes will also do this through RGMS.

Researchers need to populate the 'Profile' and 'CV' sections within RGMS and ensure it is kept up-to-date. RGMS automatically extracts relevant information into research funding applications and the CV can also be exported for other uses.

Access to RGMS is via the NHMRC website.


NHMRC Submission Procedure

  • The Research Office is unable to provide advice on any grant or fellowship scheme after the Eligibility and Compliance Check period unless you have obtained a booking.

IF YOU DO REQUIRE AN ELIGIBILITY AND COMPLIANCE CHECK

IF YOU DO NOT REQUIRE AN ELIGIBILITY AND COMPLIANCE CHECK

1. Booking must be made within the allocated Eligibility and Compliance Check Period for each scheme

To make a booking for an eligibility and compliance check for an NHMRC or NHMRC affiliated scheme. You will need a valid RGMS Application ID for an application that has UON listed as the Administering Institution.

Please note: An Application ID will only secure one booking and cannot be used to make multiple bookings for the same application.

Online Booking System

1. Please be aware that the Research Office is unable to provide advice on any grant or fellowship scheme after the Eligibility and Compliance Check period unless an Eligibility and Compliance Check was completed.

Please note: Your application will not receive any form of check prior to submission to the NHMRC and you as the lead CI are responsible for the Eligibility of your application.

2. By 9:00am on the date of the booking, you are required to ‘CI Certify’ your NHMRC application in RGMS to the Research Office.

To do this, select the 'Certification' tab in RGMS, select 'CI Certification', select ‘Yes’ for “Do you want to Certify?” and select ‘Save’.

Please note: For NHMRC Affiliated Applications (e.g. Cancer Australia and Cancer Council NSW, you are required to submit via email to research-applications@newcastle.edu.au. You will need to provide ALL separate applications to the Research Office by 9:00am on the day of your booking to secure an Eligibility and Compliance Check given the eligibility overlap of these applications.

 

3. Feedback will be provided by email to the CI by the Research Office within 3 working days.

4. By 5:00pm on the UON Deadline for Final Application date for the relevant scheme, you are required to ‘CI Certify’ your final, submission-ready application in RGMS to the Research Office and all associated documentation (e.g Coversheet and CI/AI Certifications) should be forwarded to research-applications@newcastle.edu.au

For NHMRC Affiliated Applications (e.g. Cancer Australia and Cancer Council NSW), you are required to submit via email to research-applications@newcastle.edu.au.

Please note: The Research Office is unable to submit your application to the NHMRC until all CI and AI Certifications and a completed, fully signed coversheet is received.

5. The Research Office will submit your final application to the NHMRC once institutional approval has been obtained.

2. By 5:00pm on the UON Deadline for Final Application date the relevant scheme, you are required to ‘CI Certify your final, submission-ready application in RGMS to the Research Office and all associated documentation should be forwarded to research-applications@newcastle.edu.au

For NHMRC Affiliated Applications (e.g. Cancer Australia and Cancer Council NSW), you are required to submit via email to research-applications@newcastle.edu.au.

Please note: The Research Office is unable to submit your application to the NHMRC until all CI and AI Certifications and a completed, fully signed coversheet is received.

3. Research Office will submit your final application once institutional approval has been obtained.

  • Eligibility and Compliance Checks ARE NOT compulsory but are highly recommended as they will look at your application to make sure it meets the grant guidelines to ensure that you won't be ruled out due to an ineligible proposal. Checks are completed electronically.
  • If you opt to not book an Eligibility and Compliance Check, your application will not receive any form of check prior to submission to the NHMRC and you as the lead CI are responsible for the eligibility of your application.
  • Be advised that the Research Office is unable to provide advice on any grant or fellowship scheme after the Eligibility and Compliance Check Period unless you have obtained a booking.
  • Furthermore, no application is approved for submission without the provision of a completed, fully signed coversheet and if applicable, all CI and AI Certifications.
  • External Grant Application Coversheet (doc)

If you have any further questions, please contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au


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.