For Funding Commencing in 2021
Research Office Contact:
|This scheme is CLOSED. Funding for the Ideas Grant scheme 2021 will open on Wednesday 11 March 2020 and the UON deadline for final applications will be Monday 27 April 2020.|
The Ideas Grant scheme is to support innovative research projects addressing a specific question(s). The expected outcomes are:
- innovative and creative research
- funding of researchers at all career stages, and
- funding any area of health and medical research from discovery to implementation.
Funding is available for up to five years for all investigators at all career stages, including early and mid-career investigators, in any area of health and medical research, from discovery to implementation. Funding is available for direct research costs. The maximum number of Chief Investigators (CIs) allowed on an Ideas Grant application is ten.
The Ideas Grant scheme is not intended to support research where a clinical trial or cohort study is the primary objective. Applicants seeking funding to conduct a clinical trial or a cohort study should apply, instead, to NHMRC’s Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grant scheme.
For further information please see the NHMRC website.
Please note: It is strongly recommended all applicants subscribe to the Research Office NHMRC mailing list for up to date information on this scheme.
Please note that these are indicative timeframes and are subject to change.
|Scheme Opens in RGMS||Wednesday 11 March 2020|
|UON Online Booking System Opens||Thursday 12 March 2020|
|UON Eligibility and Compliance Check Period*||Monday 30 March 2020 - Tuesday 21 April 2020|
|Minimum Data Requirements due in RGMS||5:00 pm Wednesday 8 April 2020|
|UON Deadline for Final Application**||5:00 pm Monday 27 April 2020|
|NHMRC Scheme Closes||5:00pm Wednesday 6 May 2020|
* Applicants are strongly encouraged to commence their application in RGMS ASAP after the scheme opens so that they can book their preferred day for an Eligibility and Compliance Check.
** The UON deadline for final application requires the provision of a submission-ready proposal to the Research Grants Office submitted via RGMS, as well as a fully signed coversheet.
NHMRC Ideas Grants Funding Partners
Ideas Grants may be funded by or in conjunction with other organisations. These grants offer opportunities to researchers whose work is particularly relevant to the priorities and research interests of the partner organisations. Some funding partners may require a separate application to be provided to them, or may have specific criteria and requirements, in addition to NHMRC. Applicants may contact the funding partner to identify any additional requirements.
Current NHMRC Ideas Grant Funding Partners are:
- Cancer Australia
- Cancer Council NSW
- Cystic Fibrosis Australia
- McCusker Charitable Foundation
- National Suicide Prevention Research Fund
Please refer to the partner websites for information.
Preparing an NHMRC grant
The NHMRC is required to publish Grant Guidelines and all associated scheme documents on GrantConnect, the Australian Government whole-of-government, web-based, grant information system. You will need to sign in or create a User Registration account in GrantConnect to access all relevant documentation for NHMRC applications.
Once you have signed in to GrantConnect, the essential documents can be found by searching for the relevant scheme under ‘grant opportunities’ (open schemes) or ‘forecast opportunities’ (upcoming schemes). As the NHMRC often updates documents after the scheme opens, it is highly recommended that you sign up for alerts by editing your profile.
If you encounter any problems accessing or downloading these documents please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 4921 7733.
Once complete, the CIA must certify and submit 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).
Please note that the NHMRC requires the University of Newcastle to obtain the agreement, in the form of the following
*The CIA does not need to provide written evidence. By certifying the application in RGMS and signing the coversheet the CIA is also agreeing to the conditions stated on the Certification Form.
A written evidence template has been created to assist.
Note: Applications cannot be submitted to the NHMRC until ALL CI/AI Certifications are provided by you as CIA in one collated email to Research Services at email@example.com
The Research Office uses an online booking process to manage optional Eligibility and Compliance Checks on applications for NHMRC Schemes. Scientific content is not reviewed.
A booking must be made within the allocated E&C Check period for each scheme. Applicants are strongly encouraged to commence their application in RGMS ASAP after the scheme opens so they can book their preferred day for an E&C Check.
Minimum data must be entered in RGMS by the scheme-specific deadline to allow the NHMRC to find suitable peer reviewers for the application. Applicants must complete the required fields with correct information. Using placeholder text such as “text”, “synopsis” or “xx” etc. is not acceptable as minimum data. Minimum data requirements for each scheme are specified in the scheme Grant Guidelines.
Failure to meet this deadline will result in the application not proceeding.
The NHMRC has developed an eligibility tool to assist researchers in determining their eligibility for funding in the first round of the new grant program.
For further information and to understand how the tool works please see:
If you have further questions about your eligibility, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appointed by the DVCRI and nominated by UON Faculty Pro-Vice Chancellors, the UON Academy of Reviewers is a select and esteemed group of highly experienced researchers who will act as a reference group for the Research and Innovation Division providing comment on strategic matters as they arise.
A key strategic role for members of the Academy will be the review of draft UON grant applications in the major grant rounds, to provide tactical feedback and advice to applicants.
2019/20 ROUND OF ACADEMY REVIEWS
The UON Academy of reviewers will be providing reviews for the following schemes:
|Scheme||Opens||EOI Deadline||Deadline for Draft Applications Seeking Academy Review*||Funding Body Closing Date|
|ARC Future Fellowships||9 October 2019||16 October 2019||23 October 2019||27 November 2019|
|ARC Discovery Projects||13 November 2019||2 December 2019||15 January 2020||26 February 2020|
|ARC DECRA||16 October 2019||9 December 2019||30 January 2020||12 March 2020|
|ARC Discovery Indigenous||27 November 2019||9 December 2019||5 February 2020||18 March 2020|
|NHMRC Ideas Grants||11 March 2020||18 March 2020||25 March 2020||6 May 2020|
|NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies||4 March 2020||11 March 2020||18 March 2020||29 April 2020|
Research Services wishes to advise that an internal Expression of Interest (EOI) process will be used to facilitate this valuable scientific content review.
If you would like your draft application reviewed, please complete the UON Academy of Reviewers EOI Form (DOC) and submit to Research Services via email@example.com by 5:00pm on the appropriate deadline listed above.
*Please note that due to the time constraints of the Academy members whom will also be writing and mentoring their own grants submissions, it is required that applications for review will be sent to the Research Grants team 6 weeks before the Funding Body deadline with the expectation that the review will be returned to the application no later than 2 weeks before the Funding Body deadline.
List of Members
The NHMRC is developing a new grants management system, Sapphire. The NHMRC has advised the planned October 2018 roll out of Sapphire has been deferred and RGMS will be used until further notice.
Researchers must continue 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.
Impact Case Studies
The assessment criteria for the new NHMRC Grant Program now includes research impact. Applicants are required to demonstrate the impact of a program of research.
Applicants will be assessed based on:
- The significance and reach of their claimed research impact
- The contribution of their research program to the research impact
NHMRC defines the impact of research as the verifiable outcomes that research makes to knowledge, health, the economy and/or society. Impact is the effect of the research after it has been adopted, adapted for use, or used to inform further research. Research impact is the verifiable outcomes from research and not the prospective or anticipated effects of the research. Research impact also includes research that leads to a decision not to use a particular diagnostic, treatment or health policy.
UON Engagement and Impact Toolkit
Within the ROPE section of your application, you are required to provide information regarding Research Opportunity and Performance. Research Services has developed an Engagement and Impact Toolkit which helps to provide:
- a comprehensive overview of how research engagement and impact is increasingly influencing researcher practice, institutional strategies and practices as well as research funding;
- strategies to support research impact at the institutional, faculty and individual level;
- resources to support data capture and effectively communicate research impact.
A series of tiles on the EI Toolkit homepage link visitors to information and resources across major themes including An introduction to the EI Toolkit, Resources, ARC Engagement and Impact assessment, Promoting your research impact and Collecting EI data.
NHMRC New Schemes Presentation
A presentation covering the new NHMRC Schemes was conducted in March 2019. A copy of the recording and slides can found here
One aspect of impact evidence is represented by the recognition of scholarly research outputs. Citation metrics are a significant part of this evidence. Please see the UON Library Guides for a more detailed breakdown of this aspect of research impact.
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.
How to Arrange to View a Successful Application
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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.