This page outlines University of Newcastle processes for applying for research funding. As well as the information here, the Research Office can help you navigate the process of preparing and submitting your application for funding
- For pre-award/application enquiries, please contact email@example.com.
- For post award enquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Finding Research Funding
As a UON researcher, you have access to a number of resources to help you locate funding opportunities. These include:
- ARC Grants
- NHMRC Grants
- Internal Grants
- Industry Collaboration Grants
- International Grants
- Funding Opportunities Webpage - Lists national and international funding opportunities along with Internal and Funding Body Deadlines. This page is maintained by the Research Office.
- Funding Opportunities Bulletin - An internal newsletter distributed via our Research What's New mailing list with new funding opportunities from the previous week.
- Research Professional Database - Allows you to search for funding opportunities and save personalised funding searches.
- SPIN - A funding database powered by InfoEd
- GrantConnect - The Australian Government's grants information system
Eligibility and Compliance Checks
The Research Office can provide an Eligibility and Compliance check of your research grant application. This check will look at your application to make sure it meets the grant guidelines and ensure that you won’t be ruled out due to an ineligible proposal. We do not review the science of an application.
While an Eligibility and Compliance check is not compulsory, it is highly recommended.
The Compliance Check Period
The Research Office sets an Eligibility and Compliance Check period for each scheme. For External/Miscellaneous grant applications, a booking must be made on or before five (5) working days prior to the internal deadline.
For ARC/NHMRC schemes, the eligibility and compliance check period for each scheme varies and will be advertised by the Research Office when the scheme opens. The booking system for a scheme is opened for booking soon after the scheme opens.
How to book an Eligibility and Compliance Check
The Research Office uses an online booking system for eligibility and compliance checks on applications to external funding bodies.
Checks are completed electronically. You do not need to attend your appointment in person.
Using an online booking system means that applications are released back to researchers on the same day as the eligibility and compliance check giving you more time to work on your application.
Please note: To enable the allocation of appropriate resourcing, bookings must be made prior to the defined scheme Eligibility and Compliance Check period. Access to book an Eligibility and Compliance Check will no longer be available once the Eligibility and Compliance Check period has commenced. This does not apply for schemes with continuous rounds (i.e. ARC Linkage Projects and NHMRC Partnership Projects).
Making a booking
A Chief Investigator (CI) can make a booking for an ARC or NHMRC application during the scheme specific Eligibility and Compliance Check period by using a valid RMS/Sapphire Application ID for an application where the University of Newcastle (UON) has been selected as the Administering Institution.
For all other external schemes, additional information is required in the online booking system to secure a booking for an Eligibility and Compliance Check
Please note: An Application ID can only be used to secure one booking and cannot be used to make multiple bookings for the same application. If multiple bookings are made for one application, we will cancel all but the earliest date for the E&C Check in the system.
Submitting your application to the Research Office
Applications must be submitted to the Research Office before 9:00am (AET) on the day of your booking. Instructions on how to submit are detailed below.
In order to obtain the most value from your Eligibility and Compliance Check, we recommend you submit an as-close-to-complete as possible version of your application on your booking date.
Please note: No secondary eligibility and compliance checks will be undertaken by the Research Office. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure their application meets all the requirements of the relevant scheme.
Select the ‘Submit to Research Office’ button in the application screen in RMS.
Select the ‘Certification’ page in Sapphire, select ‘Certify and submit to RAO. You will then be able to download a copy of your final application by clicking on the ‘All application forms and attachments’ link in. Once you have downloaded, select ‘I have downloaded all of the available files that I require’ and click ‘Next’.
Tutorials are available on the NHMRC Sapphire page
NHMRC affiliated (e.g. Cancer Australia, Cancer Council NSW) applications
Submit as per NHMRC applications and send additional application material to email@example.com.
You will need to provide ALL separate applications to the Research Office before 9:00am on the day of your booking given the eligibility overlap of these applications.
Other External Funding Body schemes
Email a PDF of the application as well as any relevant supporting documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org before 9:00am on the day of your booking.
Please read our External/Miscellaneous Grant Submission Procedure page for further information on the External/Miscellaneous application procedure regarding Eligibility and Compliance Checks and submission.
All external research grant applications, including ARC and NHMRC, require a completed and signed External Grant Application Coversheet (DOC). This is to be provided to the Research Office by the advertised UON Deadline for Final Application for the scheme (by 9:00am at least 5 working days prior to the funding body deadline unless otherwise specified).
A joint Faculty-Research Services initiative, the coversheet must be signed by the:
- First named Chief Investigator (CIA),
- Head of School (or delegate nominee) and
- Faculty Assistant Dean (Research).
It is the applicant's responsibility to complete this form, arrange for it to be signed by the Head of School and Faculty Assistant Dean (Research), and to submit the completed document, along with the application, to the Research Office by the specified UON Deadline for Final Application.
As School and Faculty processes may vary, we encourage you to make contact with your School/Faculty support staff early on to determine any additional internal requirements or deadlines.
UON Deadline for Final Application (Internal Deadline)
For an application to be submitted to the Funding Body, a complete, submission ready application and all associated documentation must be provided to the Research Office on or before the UON Deadline for Final Application.
Associated documentation includes a fully signed External Grant Application Coversheet (DOC) and all ARC/NHMRC Certifications.
The UON Deadline for Final Application (the internal deadline) is 9:00am five (5) working days before the Funding Body scheme closing date (unless otherwise stated – see note below regarding ARC/NHMRC application timelines).
After this deadline, the Research Office will ensure all required documentation is received for each application ready for submission. This time is necessary given the volume of applications, overlap of schemes, and past history of online submission system failure during the crucial final hours.
ARC/NHMRC Timeline for Applications
|Shortly after scheme opens||
Bookings open in Online Booking System|
Eligibility and Compliance check dates advertised via relevant mailing list
|Two week before Funding Body closing date||Bookings close in Online Booking System|
|One week before Funding Body closing date||Final, completed application and associated documentation due to the Research Office|
|Funding Body closing date||Research Office submits applications to Funding Body|
Institutional Approval for Applications
All external research applications require institutional approval prior to being submitted to the funding body. This process is managed by the Research Office.
In order to seek institutional approval, the Research Office requires researchers to submit their completed application as well as a signed application coversheet by 9:00am on the the internal deadline.
If this deadline is missed, the Research Office can not guarantee that institutional approval can be obtained in time.
Applications involving HNELHD Patients/Sites
For applications involving Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) patients, sites and/or HNELHD Chief or Associate Investigator(s) it is important to ensure that the appropriate HNELHD manager(s)/Executive Director approval has been obtained prior to the UON internal deadline.
- If a HNELHD letter of support is required and UON requires evidence of governance arrangements for existing projects
The HNELHD process for approval requires the completion of the HNELHD Brief Approval Template signed by the appropriate HNELHD manager(s)/Executive Director. HNELHD recommend that applicants commence this process as soon as possible to ensure approvals are obtained prior to the UON internal deadline.
Please contact the HNELHD Research office if you have any questions relating to their processes or research involving HNELHD patients or sites.
- If NO HNELHD letter of support is required and UON does not require evidence of of HNE approval
Please contact the HNELHD Research office if you have any questions relating to research involving HNELHD patients or sites.
Please note: Applicants who are proposing to access HNELHD patients or sites but who do not have a formal affiliation with HNELHD, will need to ensure the application team includes a HNELHD investigator in accordance with HNELHD requirements.
Other Important Information for your application
- Indirect Costs should be included in all external grant budgets. Please see the Preparing Research Budgets page for more information.
- The required Head of Institute signature is arranged by the Research Office. The applicant is responsible for obtaining all other signatures.
- External Grant Application Coversheet (includes ARC/NHMRC) (DOC)
- Quick Guide - External Application Coversheet Process (PDF)
- ARC/NHMRC Application Submission Procedure (PDF)
- Asset Management Implications Form (DOC)