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.

Please note: 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)


New NHMRC Grant Program

The NHMRC have announced details of their new grant program structure. 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 as well as FAQs.


Grant Schemes

  • Equipment Grants
  • Project Grants
  • Fellowships/Scholarships
  • Partnership Grants
  • Development Grants
  • Centres of Research Excellence (CRE)
  • Program Grants
  • Funding for Industry Collaboration

  • NHMRC Schemes Calendar

    Open Schemes

    SchemeNHMRC OpensUON Online Booking System Opens**Eligibility & Compliance Check Period**Minimum DataUON Deadline for Final ApplicationNHMRC Submission
    Boosting Dementia Research Grants - Priority Round 3 (PR3)Wednesday 13 September 2017Thursday 14 September 2017Wednesday 20 October - Wed 25 October 20175:00pm Wednesday 11 October 20175:00 pm Wednesday       1 November 2017

    5:00pm Wednesday 8 November 2017

    Partnership Projects – Peer Review Cycle (PRC) #3 2017 Thursday 3 August  2017 Friday 4 August 2017 Thursday 16 November - Wednesday 22 November 2017 Wednesday 22 November 2017 5:00pm Wednesday 29 November 2017 Wednesday 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 SecurityMonday 9 October 2017Tuesday 10 October 2017Thursday 16 November - Wed 22 November 2017Wednesday 8 November 20175:00pm Wednesday 29 November 2017Wednesday 6 December 2017

    **Research Services uses an online booking process for eligibility and compliance checks on applications to external funding bodies. Individual checks will be done on a rolling basis.


    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 25 October 2017Thursday 26 October 2017Thursday 16 November - Wednesday 22 November 2017Wed 22 November 20175:00pm Wednesday 29 November 2017Wednesday 6 December 2017
    Development GrantsWednesday 15 November 2017Thursday 16 November 2017Thursday 18 January - Wednesday 24 January 2018Wednesday 24 January 20185:00pm Wednesday 31 January 2018Wednesday 7 February 2018
    Practitioner FellowshipsWednesday 6 December 2017Thursday 7 December 2017Thursday 11 January - Wednesday 17 January 2018N/A5:00pm Wednesday 24 January 2018Wednesday 31 January 2018
    Research FellowshipsWednesday 6 December 2017Thursday 7 December 2017Thursday 11 January - Wednesday 17 January 2018N/A5:00pm Wednesday 24 January 2018Wednesday 31 January 2018
    Early Career FellowshipsWednesday 10 January 2018Thursday 11 January 2018Thursday 8 February - Wednesday 14 February 2018N/A5:00pm Wednesday 21 February 2018Wednesday 28 February 2018
    Project GrantsWednesday 10 January 2018Thursday 11 January 2018Thursday 15 February - Wednesday 28 February 2018Wednesday 14 February 20185:00pm Wednesday 7 March 2018Wednesday 14 March 2018
    Career Development FellowshipsWednesday 17 January 2018Thursday 18 January 2018Thursday 15 February - Wednesday 21 February 2018N/A5:00pm Wednesday 28 February 2018Wednesday 7 March 2018
    Partnership Projects – Peer Review Cycle (PRC) #1 2018Wednesday 17 January 2018Thursday 18 January 2018Thursday 22 March - Wednesday 28 MarchWednesday 28 March 20185:00pm Wednesday 4 April 2018Wednesday 11 April 2018
    Partnership Projects – Peer Review Cycle (PRC) #2 2018Thursday 29 March 2018Friday 30 March 2018Thursday 26 July - Wednesday 1 August 2018Wednesday 1 August 20185:00pm Wednesday 8 August 2018Wednesday 15 August 2018
    TRIP FellowshipsWednesday 4 April 2018Thursday 5 April 2018Thursday 10 May - Wednesday 16 May 2018N/A5:00pm Wednesday 16 May 2018Wednesday 23 May 2018
    Postgraduate ScholarshipsWednesday 18 April 2018Thursday 19 April 2018Thursday 17 May 2018 - Wednesday 23 May 2018N/A5:00pm Wednesday 6 June 2018Wednesday 13 June 2018
    Partnership Projects – Peer Review Cycle (PRC) #3 2018Thursday 2 August 2018Friday 3 August 2018Thursday 15 November 2018 - Wednesday 21 November 2018Wednesday 21 November 20185:00pm Wednesday 28 November 2018Wednesday 5 December 2018

    **Research Services uses an online booking process for eligibility and compliance checks on applications to external funding bodies. Individual checks will be done on a rolling basis.


    Closed Schemes

    Scheme NHMRC Opened Minimum Data UON Deadline for Final Application NHMRC Submission
    Medical Research Future Fund: Antimicrobial Resistance Targeted Call for Research Grant (AMR-TCR)24 August 201720 September 20173 October 20174 October 2017
    Medical Research Future Fund: Lifting Clinical Trials and Registries Capacity (LCTRC) Grant Opportunity24 August 201720 September 20173 October 20174 October 2017
    Partnership Projects – Peer Review Cycle (PRC) #2 201730 March 20172 August 20179 August 201716 August 2017
    NHMRC Targeted Call for Research into Dementia in Indigenous Australians 19 April 2017 17 May 2017 24 May 2017 12 July 2017
    Postgraduate  Scholarships 12 April 2017 N/A 31 May 2017 7 June 2017
    TRIP Fellowships 5 April 2017 N/A 24 May 2017 31 May 2017
    NHMRC-beyondblue Targeted Cal for Research into Depression, Anxiety and Suicide among Elderly Australians 19 April 2017 17 May 2017 24 May 2017 31 May 2017
    Program Grants 22 March 2017 3 May 2017 10 May 2017 17 May 2017
    Partnership Projects - Peer Review Cycle (PRC) #1 2017 18 January 2017 29 March 2017 5 April 2017 12 April 2017
    Project Grants 11 January 2017 15 February 2017 8 March 2017 15 March 2017
    Career Development Fellowships (CDF) 18 January 2017 N/A 1 March 2017 8 March 2017
    Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) 18 January 2017 15 February 2017 22 February 2017 1 March 2017
    Early Career Fellowships (ECF) 11 January 2017 N/A 22 February 2017 1 March 2017
    Research Fellowships 7 December 2016 N/A 27 January 2017 1 February 2017
    Practitioner Fellowships 7 December 2016 N/A 27 January 2017 1 February 2017
    The Boosting Dementia Leadership Fellowships 23 November 2016 18 January 2017 1 February 2017 8 February 2017
    The Boosting Dementia Research Grants Scheme Priority Round 1 (PR1) 23 November 2016 18 January 2017 1 February 2017 8 February 2017
    Development Grants 16 November 2016 18 January 2017 25 January 2017 1 February 2017
    Centres of Research Excellence 19 October 2016 16 November 2016 23 November 2016 30 November 2016

    NHMRC Submission Procedure

    • 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.

    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 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. 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 9am on the date of the booking, you are required to ‘CI Certify’ your NHMRC application in RGMS to the Research Office. 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. Please note you will need to provide ALL separate applications to Research Services 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 5pm 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 Cover Sheet and CI/AI Certifications) forwarded through 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 cover sheet is received.

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

    2. By 5pm on the UON Deadline for Final Application date for each scheme, you are required to ‘CI Certify your final, submission-ready application in RGMS to the Research Office and all associated documentation forwarded through 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 cover sheet is received.

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

    • Eligibility and Compliance Checks ARE NOT compulsory but highly recommended. If you opt to not book in for 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 cover sheet and if applicable, all CI and AI Certifications.

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


    Animal Costs for Grant Applications

    Many grant applications involve the purchase of animals for research purposes. We provide the following price lists for your reference. For NHMRC grant applications we recommend using the Monash Animal Research Platform (MARP) as the benchmark for your budget.

    1. Animal Holding Costs

    NHMRC grant review panels use the Monash Animal Research Platform's animal agistment rates as a benchmark to assess proposed grant budgets. The MARP costs are:

    Species MARP Agistment Cost
    (to be quoted in grant applications)
    Comparison
    (ASU Charges 2016)
    Mouse $14.00 per cage per week $2.55 per cage per week
    (3 animals per cage)
    Rat $20.00 per cage per week $4.00 per cage per week
    (2 animals per week)
    Rabbit $47.24 per animal per week $20.00 per animal per week
    Guinea Pig $45.22 per box per week $21.80 per box per week
    (2 animals per box)

    2. Animal Purchases: Standard Mouse and Rat Strains

    For wild-type and standard mice from ABR refer to the ABR Partners price list.

    For mice and rats from the ARC refer to the ARC interstate price list. Freight costs will vary greatly by species and the number of animals/shippers; please contact the ARC to request a quote.

    3. GM Mouse Production Costs

    There is no set "price per animal" for GM mice. GM breeding and maintenance costs depend to some extent on strain characteristics (e.g. litter size, number of litters per female), but mainly on the number of breeders required to meet research demand. Depending on usage patterns and genotype distribution, costs may be as high as $80-$100 per mouse used in research (see Mouse Colony Costs).


    RGMS

    The Research Grants Management System (RGMS) is NHMRC's online system for lodging grant applications, managing the assessment of applications and managing grants once they are awarded.

    RGMS has 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.


    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.