Strategic and Leveraging Grants
The Strategic and Leveraging Grant stream includes grant schemes that address identified strategic and national priorities and support leveraging funding. It includes Centres of Research Excellence, Development Grants, Targeted Calls for Research, International Collaborative schemes, Partnerships for Better Health (Partnership Centres and Partnership Projects) and other strategic initiatives.
Please note: It is strongly recommended all applicants subscribe to the Research Office NHMRC mailing list for up to date information on these schemes.
2019 Peer Review Cycles
Research office contact:
The objectives of the Partnership Projects scheme are to:
- Create partnerships among decision makers, policy makers, managers, clinicians and researchers
- Create new opportunities for researchers and policy makers to work together to define research questions and undertake research
- Implement findings into policy and practice
- Answer a specific research question to influence health and well-being through changes in the delivery, organisation, funding and access to health services
Partnership Projects will answer a specific research question to influence health and well-being through changes in the delivery, organisation, funding and access to health services. For further information please refer to the Partnership Projects section of the NHMRC website.
Continuous Application Process
This scheme allows applicants to apply at any time during the year to allow researchers and partner organisations to develop timely collaborations. The grant commencement date will be aligned with the timing of each peer review cycle.
Peer review of applications will occur in three distinct cycles:
- Peer Review Cycle #1 - July 2019
- Peer Review Cycle #2 - November 2019
- Peer Review Cycle #3 - March 2020
Applications will proceed to peer review depending on when they are submitted to NHMRC. For example, for an application to be peer reviewed in the first cycle (PRC #1); applicants must ensure minimum data requirements are met by 27 March 2019, and the application must be submitted by 10 April 2019. Applications that have met minimum data requirements but are submitted by the application due date will remain active. The applicant may continue to work on the application and submit to the next available peer review cycle.
|2019 Peer Review Cycle (PRC) #3|
|Applications open in RGMS||Thursday 1 August 2019|
|UON Online Booking System Open||Friday 2 August 2019|
|Eligibility and Compliance Check Period||Thursday 31 October - Wednesday 13 November 2019|
|Minimum Data Requirement||Wednesday 20 November 2019|
|UON Deadline for Final Application||5:00pm Thursday 28 November 2019|
|NHMRC Submission||5:00pm Thursday 5 December 2019|
- UON Deadline for Final Application requires provision of final, submission-ready proposals and all associated documentation.
- Schools and Faculties may have their own internal dates for the purpose of peer review/Head of School and Assistant Dean (Research) approval etc. Please contact your School Executive Officer and Faculty Research & Research Training Officer or Faculty Research Development Manager for further information on School/Faculty internal processes.
For Funding Commencing in 2019
Research Office Contact:
|This Scheme is CLOSED. Funding for CREs commencing in 2020 will open Wednesday 23 October 2019 and the UON deadline for final application will be Wednesday 27 November 2019|
The Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) Scheme provides support for teams of researchers to pursue collaborative research and develop capacity in clinical, population health and health services research. Funding will support three streams:
- Clinical Research (up to six CRE grants available);
- Health Services Research (up to four CRE grants available);
- Population Health Research (up to four CRE grants available).
The duration of a CRE is five years and maximum funding that can be requested is $2.5M. There can be up to 10 Chief Investigators on a CRE.
The Department of Health may use the CRE grant opportunity to determine funding recipients under the MRFF Million Minds Mission. The Mission supports research to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients with mental health issues. Further information is available on the Department of Health webpage.
For further information please see the NHMRC web page.
Please note: It is strongly recommended all CRE applicants subscribe to the Research Office NHMRC mailing list for up to date information on this scheme.
Applications Open in RGMS
Wednesday 23 October 2019
|UON Online Booking System Opens||Thursday 24 October 2019|
|UON Eligibility and Compliance Check Booking Period*||TBC|
Minimum data requirements due in RGMS
Wednesday 20 November 2019
UON Deadline for Final Application**
5:00pm Wednesday 27 November 2019
NHMRC deadline for submission
5:00pm Wednesday 4 December 2019
|Anticipated interview week||TBC|
*Applicants are strongly encouraged to commence their application in RGMS ASAP after the scheme opens so that they can book their preferred day for 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 Application Coversheet.
For funding commencing in 2020
Research Office Contact:
This scheme is CLOSED. Development Grants for funding commencing in 2020 will open on Wednesday 23 October 2019 and the UON deadline for final applications will be Wednesday 4 December 2019.
The Development Grants scheme provides financial support to individual researchers and/or research teams to undertake health and medical research within Australia at the proof of principle or pre-seed stage that specifically drives towards a commercial outcome within a five-year timeframe.
Early stage research or knowledge creation research (this is fundable through the NHMRC Ideas Grants scheme) will not be funded through the Development Grants scheme.
The Development Grants scheme supports the commercial development of a product, process, procedure or service that if applied, would result in improved health care, disease prevention or provide health cost savings.
Research supported by this scheme must have experimental data that supports a demonstrated proof of principle or pre-seed concept and have a detailed feasible commercialisation strategy that takes into account the regulatory pathway, protectable IP, commercial barriers and potential routes to market.
Please note: It is strongly recommended all applicants subscribe to the Research Office NHMRC mailing list for up to date information on this scheme.
|NHMRC applications open in RGMS||Wednesday 23 October 2019|
|UON Online Booking System opens||Thursday 24 October 2019|
|UON Eligibility and Compliance Check Period*||TBA|
|Minimum data requirements in RGMS||5:00pm Wednesday 20 November 2019|
|UON Deadline for Final Application**||5:00pm Wednesday 4 December 2019|
|NHMRC Applications Close||5:00pm Wednesday 11 December 2019|
* 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 cover sheet.
Past Targeted Calls
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.