Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF)
The MRFF aims to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians by providing financial grants for medical research and innovation. The fund aims to reach $20 billion by 2020-21, which will provide an income stream of $1 billion per year for medical research funding. The MRFF may disburse funds by open and contestable or targeted calls, often administered by or in partnership with the NHMRC and other funding bodies.
Please note: It is strongly recommended all applicants subscribe to the Research Office NHMRC mailing list for up to date information on these scheme.
Preparing an NHMRC Grant
The NHMRC is now required to publish Grant Guidelines and associated documents on GrantConnect, the Australian Government whole-of-government, centralised, 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 us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 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:
- Eligibility to apply for funding in the first round of the new grant program based on the grant portfolio held on 1 January 2020
- NHMRC Eligibility under the New Grant Program
If you have further questions about your eligibility, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appointed by the Senior 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.
2018/19 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||15 October 2018||22 October 2018||7 November 2018||21 December 2018|
|NHMRC Investigator Grants||5 December 2018||10 December 2018||9 January 2019||6 February 2019|
|ARC Discovery||13 November 2018||14 December 2018||16 January 2019||27 February 2019|
|ARC DECRA||15 October 2018||10 December 2018||23 January 2019||13 March 2019|
|ARC Discovery Indigenous||21 November 2018||14 December 2018||13 February 2019||27 March 2019|
|NHMRC Ideas Grants||6 March 2019||20 March 2019||27 March 2019||8 May 2019|
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 and submit to Research Services via email@example.com by 5pm on the appropriate deadline.
*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.
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.