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 also review our ARC/NHMRC Grant Rounds Submission Procedures (PDF) for essential information regarding NHMRC application submission.


FAQs: the effect of the COVID-19 health emergency on NHMRC grant processes

NHMRC recognises that the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting many in Australia’s health and medical research community including NHMRC grant applicants and recipients and members of NHMRC Peer Review Panels.

The NHMRC has compiled a list of FAQs that are intended to address frequently asked questions from NHMRC stakeholders about the effect of the COVID-19 outbreak on applications for NHMRC funding, peer review, grant management and other NHMRC processes.

The FAQs are available on the NHMRC website

NHMRC information relating to Coronavirus - Grant Variations Policy

The NHMRC recognises that the Coronavirus Alert may be affecting many members of the Australian research community, including current grant holders. If grant holder’s circumstances have changed - for example, there has been a delay in Research Activity because of involvement in the clinical or public health response, the Research Office can submit a variation request on your behalf. More details are available on the NHMRC's website

The NHMRC’s Grantee Variation Policy is available on NHMRC's website.

NHMRC information for applicants, peer reviewers and grant holders affected by bushfires

The NHMRC recognises that the recent bushfire crisis severely affected many members of the Australian community, including current grant holders and applicants to research funding schemes.

Please refer to the NHMRC website for further information on NHMRC policies and processes that may be relevant in this instance.


NHMRC Grant Program

In 2018 the NHMRC implemented a new grant program structure. The NHMRC Grant Program page has detailed information on each scheme, FAQs and information regarding eligibility during the transition period.

The NHMRC Project Grants, Program Grants and full suite of Fellowships schemes have been replaced with three new schemes: Investigator Grants, Synergy Grants and Ideas Grants.

In addition, the Strategic and Leveraging Grants stream has been designed to support research that addresses identified national needs as well as a dedicated funding stream for Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies.

In addition, the NHMRC continues to administer funding from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

Grant Guidelines for all NHMRC schemes are available on GrantConnect and can also be accessed via NHMRC’s website. For those with questions that are not answered on the NHMRC website, please email queries to research-applications@newcastle.edu.au.

View UON information session on new NHMRC grant program (PDF)

View the new NHMRC program page.


Sapphire

As of February 2020, all new NHMRC schemes will open in Sapphire, the NHMRC's new grant management system.

For more information on how to activate your Sapphire account, please visit the NHMRC website or contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au


Schemes Calendar

Open Schemes

SchemeNHMRC OpensUON Online Booking System OpensEligibility & Compliance Check PeriodMinimum DataUON Deadline for Final ApplicationNHMRC Submission
Postgraduate Scholarships^Wednesday 15 April 2020Thursday 16 April 2020Thursday 11 June - Wednesday 24 June 2020Wednesday 10 June 20209:00am
Wednesday 1 July 2020
Wednesday 8 July 2020
MRFF 2020 COVID-19 Mental Health Research GrantsMonday 1 June 2020Tuesday 2 June 2020Tuesday 23 June - Monday 29 June 2020Wednesday 1 July 20209:00am Monday 6 July 2020Monday 13 July 2020
Special Initiative in Mental Health 2020Tuesday 31 March 2020Please contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.auWednesday 24 June 20209:00am 8 July 2020Wednesday 15 July 2020
MRFF 2020 COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Research GrantOpportunity - EOI Round OneWeek commencing 22 June 2020 (TBC)N/AN/AN/A9:00am Wednesday 8 July 2020Wednesday 15 July 2020
MRFF 2020 COVID-19 Immunological StudiesFriday 12 June 2020Monday 15 June 2020Thursday 25 June - Thursday 9 July 2020Thursday 9 July 20209:00am Thursday 16 July 2020Thursday 23 July 2020
Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases: Cancer Prevention Funding Call 2019Wednesday 4 December 2019Thursday 5 December 2019Thursday 9 – Thursday 16 July 2020N/A9:00am Thursday 23 July 2020Thursday 30 July 2020
2020 Partnership Projects PRC1Wednesday 1 April 2020Wednesday 1 April 2020Wednesday 1 April – Wednesday 29 July 2020Wednesday 29 July 20209:00am Thursday 6 August 2020Thursday 13 August 2020
Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants Wednesday 4 March 2020 Thursday 5 March 2020 Wednesday 21 October - Wednesday 11 November 2020 Wednesday 4 November 20209:00am 
Wednesday 18 November 2020
Wednesday 25 November 2020

*All applicants intending to apply for funding from Cancer Australia (CA) or Cancer Council NSW (CCNSW) must also apply through NHMRC via either the Ideas Grant scheme (CCNSW and CA) or Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies scheme (CA Category A only). In addition a separate application must be made to either CA or CCNSW which must be submitted by the Research Office on your behalf.

** The UON deadline for final CA application requires the provision of a submission-ready proposal (PdCCRS Questions in PDF format) to research-applications@newcastle.edu.au

*** The UON deadline for final CCNSW application requires the provision of a submission-ready proposal (Supplementary Questions in PDF format and Consumer Review Form in word) to research-applications@newcastle.edu.au

^ Applicants to the Postgraduate Scholarship scheme who do not yet have a Sapphire account must lodge their user request form with NHMRC's Research Help Centre no later than 5pm AEST Monday 2 June 2020. Failure to do so may result in their application not proceeding.

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.

A listing of MRFF opportunities that are not managed by the NHMRC can be found on our MRFF page.


Upcoming Schemes

Scheme NHMRC Opens UON Online Booking System Opens Eligibility & Compliance Check Period Minimum Data UON Deadline for Final Application NHMRC Submission
2020 Partnership Projects PRC2 Thursday 30 July 2020 Friday 31 July 2020 Thursday 6 August – Wednesday 18 November Wednesday 18 November 2020 9:00am Wednesday 25 November 2020 Wednesday 2 December 2020
Targeted Call for Research into End of Life Care TBC TBC TBC TBCTBCTBC

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

Please see our NHMRC MRFF page for a list of past MRFF opportunities.

Scheme NHMRC OpenedUON Deadline for Final Application NHMRC Submission
Ideas Grants11 March 202011 June 202017 June 2020
e-ASIA Joint Research Program11 March 202014 May 202021 May 2020
MRFF 2020 Antiviral Development for COVID-1925 March 20201 April 202014 April 2020
MRFF 2020 Respiratory Medicine Clinical Trials Research on COVID-1924 February 202030 March 202014 April 2020
Synergy Grants26 February 20202020 SCHEME ROUND CANCELLED 
National Network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers 4 December 2019 5 February 2020 12 February 2020
Targeted Call for Research - Myalgic encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue 23 October 2019 22 January 2020 29 January 2020
Development Grants  23 October 2019 4 December 2019 11 December 2019
Partnerships Projects - Peer Review Cycle (PRC) #3 2019 1 August 2019 27 November 2019 4 December 2019
Centres of Research Excellence 23 October 2019 27 November 2019 4 December 2019
Investigator Grants 2 October 2019 20 November 2019 27 November 2019
NHMRC-European Union (EU) Collaborative Research Grants Scheme 18 September 2019 23 October 2019 30 October 2019
UKRI-NHMRC Built Environment and Prevention Research Scheme 5 August 2019 9 October 2019 16 October 2019
Partnership Projects – Peer Review Cycle (PRC) #2  2019 28 March 2019 7 August 2019 14 August 2019
Postgraduate Scholarships 17 April 2019 5 June 2019 12 June 2019
e-ASIA Joint Research Program 18 January 2019 7 May 2019 14 May 2019
TCR into Per- and Poly-fluoroalkylated substances (PFAS) 19 December 2018 24 April 2019 1 May 2019
TCR into Frailty and Hospital Care: Complex Health Needs Thursday 21 February 2019 Thursday 14 March 2019 Thursday 21 March 2019

NHMRC Submission Procedure

  • Eligibility and Compliance Checks ARE NOT compulsory but are highly recommended to avoid application eligibility and compliance issues.
  • 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.

Please note: a booking for a major NHMRC or ARC scheme can only be made under the corresponding scheme booking page – it cannot be made in ‘External Grants’. Multiple bookings should not be made for the same grant proposal as this impacts other researchers who are also needing to book a review. If multiple bookings occur, all but the earliest date for the review in the system.

To make a booking for an Eligibility and Compliance check for an NHMRC or NHMRC affiliated scheme. You will need a valid Sapphire 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: Only institutional issues will be checked prior to submission to the NHMRC and you as the lead CI are responsible for the eligibility and compliance of your application.

2. By 9:00am on the date of the booking, you are required to ‘Certify and submit to RAO’ your NHMRC application in Sapphire.

To do this, select the 'Certification' page in Sapphire, select 'Certify and submit to RAO'.

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. The Research Office aims to provide Eligibility and Compliance Check feedback to the CIA of the application by email within 3 working days.

During peak periods, provision of Check feedback can take longer than three days.

4. By 9:00am on the UON Deadline for Final Application date for the relevant scheme, you are required to ‘Certify and submit to RAO' your final, submission-ready application in Sapphire AND provide a fully signed coversheet and all required associated documentation 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 seek institutional approval to submit your application and submit to the NHMRC until a completed, fully signed coversheet is received and all institutional requirements are met.

5. The Research Office will check institutional requirements, seek institutional approval to submit and if obtained, submit your final application to the NHMRC

2. By 9:00am on the UON Deadline for Final Application date for the relevant scheme, you are required to ‘Certify and submit to RAO' your final, submission-ready application in Sapphire AND provide a fully signed coversheet and all required associated documentation 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 seek institutional approval to submit your application to the NHMRC until a completed, fully signed coversheet is received.

3. The Research Office will check institutional requirements, seek institutional approval to submit and, if obtained, submit your final application to the NHMRC

  • Eligibility and Compliance Checks are completed electronically.
  • If you opt to not book an Eligibility and Compliance Check, only institutional issues will be checked prior to submission to the NHMRC and you as the lead CI are responsible for the eligibility and compliance of your application.
  • No application is approved for submission without the provision of a completed, fully signed coversheet. and if applicable, all CI and AI Certifications. Please ensure that all UON cash and in-kind contributions including those that are approved Research and Innovation Division (central) contributions are listed on your coversheet.  If a cash or significant in-kind contribution is made from other than Faculty/School/Central, please ensure you provide an email from the authorised UON representative confirming the provision of this cash and/or in-kind contribution to the application.

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