For Funding Commencing in 2021
Research Office Contact:
|This scheme is CLOSED. Postgraduate Scholarships for funding commencing in 2021 will open on Wednesday 15 April 2020 and the UON deadline for final applications will be Wednesday 3 June 2020|
The Postgraduate Scholarships scheme funds successful applicants to attain a research based postgraduate degree (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Masters Degree).
It aims to support these outstanding health and medical graduates early in their career so they can be trained to conduct research that is internationally competitive and develop a capacity for original independent research within Australia.
Funding is available for up to three years.
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.
|Scheme Opens in RGMS||Wednesday 15 April 2020|
|UON Online Booking System Opens||Thursday 16 April 2020|
|UON Eligibility and Compliance Check Period*||Monday 11 - Wednesday 27 May 2020|
|Minimum Data Requirements due in RGMS||N/A|
|UON Deadline for Final Application**||9:00 am Wednesday 3 June 2020|
|NHMRC Scheme Closes||5:00 pm Wednesday 10 June 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.
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||4 December 2019||15 January 2020||26 February 2020|
|ARC DECRA||16 October 2019||4 December 2019||30 January 2020||12 March 2020|
|ARC Discovery Indigenous||27 November 2019||4 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
Resources are available to assist in navigating Sapphire, such as how-to videos and access to the Sapphire Help Centre. The NHMRC will update Sapphire’s web page with latest news and other relevant information. Applicants are encouraged to check back regularly to keep informed of any updates.
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 some NHMRC schemes now include research impact wherein applicants are required to demonstrate the impact of a project or 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.
Engagement and Impact Toolkit
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.
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.