NHMRC Grants

Scheme Calendar ||  Sapphire Information ||  COVID-19 Information ||  NHMRC Submission Procedure

NHMRC Grants information is distributed by the Research Office. To receive up to date NHMRC grants information, please subscribe to our NHMRC mailing list.

Please also review our ARC/NHMRC Grant Rounds Submission Procedures (PDF) for essential information regarding NHMRC application submission.

NHMRC Grant Program

In 2018 the NHMRC implemented a new grant program structure. The NHMRC Project Grants, Program Grants and full suite of Fellowships schemes have been replaced with three new schemes: Investigator Grants, Synergy Grants and Ideas Grants.

In addition, the Strategic and Leveraging Grants stream has been designed to support research that addresses identified national needs as well as a dedicated funding stream for Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies.

In addition, the NHMRC continues to administer funding from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

Grant Guidelines for all NHMRC schemes are available on GrantConnect and scheme information can also be accessed via NHMRC’s website.

View the new NHMRC program page.


Schemes Calendar

Open Schemes

SchemeNHMRC OpensUON Online Booking System OpensEligibility & Compliance Check PeriodMinimum DataUON Deadline for Final ApplicationNHMRC Submission
MRFF 2020 Childhood Cancer Research Grant Opportunity Wed 7 October 2020 Thur 8 October 2020 Thur 14 to Wed 20 January 2021 Wed 20 January 2021 9:00am Wed 27 January 2021 Wed 3 February 2021
MRFF 2020 Efficient Use of Existing Medicines Grant Opportunity Mon 12 October 2020 Tue 13 October 2020 Thur 14 to Wed 20 January 2021 Wed 20 January 2021 9:00am Wed 27 January 2021 Wed 3 February 2021
MRFF 2020 Maternal Health and First 2000 Days, Early Childhood, and Exercise and Nutrition Grant Opportunity Mon 12 October 2020 Tue 13 October 2020 Thur 14 to Wed 20 January 2021 Wed 20 January 2021 9:00am Wed 27 January 2021 Wed 3 February 2021
MRFF Clinical Trials Activity Initiative - 2020 International Clinical Trial
Collaborations Round 2
Wed 2 September 2020 Thur 3 September 2020 Thur 11 to Wed 17 February 2021 Wed 17 February 2021 9:00am Wed 24 February 2021 Wed 3 March 2021
MRFF Stem Cell Therapies Mission – 2020 Stem Cell Therapies Grant Opportunity Wed 16 December 2020 Thur 17 December 2020

Thurs 11 to Wed 17 February 2021

Wed 17 February 2021

9:00am Wed 24 February 2021 Wed 3 March 2021
MRFF 2020 Traumatic Brain Injury Mission Grant Opportunity Wed 16 December 2020 Thur 17 December 2020

Thurs 11 to Wed 17 February 2021

Wed 17 February 2021

9:00am Wed 24 February 2021 Wed 3 March 2021
MRFF Genomics Health Futures Mission - 2020 Genomics Health Futures Mission Grant Opportunity Wed 16 December 2020 Thur 17 December 2020

Thurs 11 to Wed 17 February 2021

Wed 17 February 2021

9:00am Wed 24 February 2021 Wed 3 March 2021
MRFF Cardiovascular Health Mission – 2020 Cardiovascular Health Grant Opportunity Wed 16 December 2020 Thur 17 December 2020

Thurs 11 to Wed 17 February 2021

Wed 17 February 2021

9:00am Wed 24 February 2021 Wed 3 March 2021
MRFF Emerging Priorities and Consumer Driven Research Initiative – 2020 Paediatric Cancer Grant Opportunity Wed 16 December 2020 Thur 17 December 2020

Thur 18 - Wed 24 Feb 2021

Wed 24 February 2021 9:00am Wed 3 March 2021 Wed 10 March 2021
MRFF Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission – 2020 Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Grant Opportunity Wed 16 December 2020 Thur 17 December 2020

Thur 18 - Wed 24 Feb 2021

Wed 24 February 2021 9:00am Wed 3 March 2021 Wed 10 March 2021
MRFF Emerging Priorities and Consumer Driven Research Initiative - 2020 Improving Diagnosis in Cancers with Low Survival Rates Mon 14 December 2020 Tue 15 December 2020 Thur 18 - Wed 24 Feb 2021 Wed 24 February 2021 9:00am Wed 3 March 2021 Wed 10 March 2021
MRFF Indigenous Health Research Fund - Indigenous Health Research Grant Opportunity Wed 16 December 2020 Thu 17 December 2020 Thur 18 - Wed 24 Feb 2021 Wed 24 February 2021 9:00am Wed 3 March 2021 Wed 10 March 2021
Special Initiative in Human Health and Environmental Change Wed 18 November 2020 Thur 19 November 2020 Thur 11 - Wed 17 March 2021 Wed 10 March 2021 9:00am Wed 24 March 2021 Wed 31 March 2021
Partnership Projects 2021 PRC1 Wed 13 January 2021 Thu 14 Jan 2021  Mon 8 - Fri 19 March 2021 Wed 24 March 2021 9:00am Fri 26 March 2021 Wed 7 Apr 2021

All MRFF opportunities (including those not managed by the NHMRC) can be found on our MRFF page.

  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to commence their application in Sapphire ASAP after the scheme opens so that they can:
    • book their preferred day for an Eligibility and Compliance Check.
    • receive a copy of the scheme Essential Instructions developed by the Research Office to assist you in the completion of your application.
  • 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).
  • The UON deadline for final application (the internal deadline) requires the provision of a submission-ready proposal to the Research Grants Office submitted via Sapphire, as well as a fully signed application coversheet.

Upcoming Schemes

Scheme NHMRC Opens UON Online Booking System Opens Eligibility & Compliance Check Period Minimum Data UON Deadline for Final Application NHMRC Submission
2021 Investigator Grants Wed 3 February 2021 Thur 4 February 2021 Thur 25 February - Wed 17 March 2021 Wed 3 March 2021 9:00am Wed 24 March 2021 Wed 31 March 2021
2021 Synergy Grants Wed 24 February 2021 Thur 25 February 2021 Thur 25 March - Wed 7 April 2021 Wed 24 March 2021 9:00am Wed 14 April 2021 Wed 21 April 2021
2021 Ideas Grants Wed 10 March 2021 Thur 11 March 2021 Thur 25 March - Wed 21 April 2021 Wed 7 April 2021 9:00am Wed 28 April 2021 Wed 5 May 2021
2021 Postgraduate Scholarships Wed 14 April 2021 Thur 15 April 2021 Mon 10 - Wed 26 May 2021 Wed 12 May 2021 9:00am Wed 2 June 2021 Wed 9 June 2021
2021 Development Grants Wed 21 April 2021 Thur 22 April 2021 Thur 27 May - Wed 2 June 2021 Wed 26 May 2021 9:00am Wed 9 June 2021 Wed 16 June 2021
Partnership Projects 2021 PRC2 Thu 25 March 2021 Fri 26 March 2021 Mon 19 - Thu 29 July 2021 Wed 28 Jul 2021 9:00am Thu 5 August 2021 Thu 12 August 2021
2021 Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants Wed 30 June 2021 Thur 1 July 2021 Thu 22 July - Wed 11 August 2021 Wed 28 Jul 2021 9:00am Wed 18 August 2021 Wed 25 August 2021
Partnership Projects 2021 PRC3 Thu 29 July 2021 Fri 30 July 2021 Mon 8 - Wed 17 November 2021 Wed 17 November 2021 9:00am Wed 24 November 2021 Wed 1 December 2021

Closed Schemes

Please see our NHMRC MRFF page for a full list of past MRFF opportunities.

Scheme NHMRC OpenedUON Deadline for Final Application NHMRC Submission
MRFF Million Minds Mission - 2020 Mental Health Research Grant Opportunity2 September 20202 December 20209 December 2020
2021 Centres of Research Excellence21 October 202025 November 20202 December 2020
2020 Partnership Projects PRC230 July 202025 November 20202 December 2020
Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants4 March 202018 November 202025 November 2020
MRFF Primary Health Care Initiative (PHCR) - 2020 Primary Health Care Research Grant Opportunity2 September 20204 November 202011 November 2020
MRFF Emerging Priorities and Consumer Driven Research - 2020 Silicosis Research Grant Opportunity2 September 20204 November 202011 November 2020
MRFF Emerging Priorities and Consumer Driven Research - 2020 Medicinal Cannabis Clinical Trials Grant Opportunity2 September 20204 November 202011 November 2020
MRFF Clinical Trials Activity Initiative – 2020 RCRDUN General Grant Opportunity2 September 20204 November 202011 November 2020
MRFF Clinical Trials Activity Initiative - 2020 International Clinical Trial
Collaborations Round 1
2 September 20204 November 202011 November 2020
MRFF 2020 COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Research Grant Opportunity - EOI Round Two15 June 20204 November 202011 November 2020
Targeted Call for Research into End of Life Care2 September 202021 October 202028 October 2020
MRFF 2020 Rare Cancers Rare Diseases Unmet Need COVID-19 Grant Opportunity24 August 202016 September 202023 September 2020
2020 Partnership Projects PRC11 April 20206 August 202013 August 2020
Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases: Cancer Prevention Funding Call 2019 4 December 2019 23 July 2020 30 July 2020
MRFF 2020 COVID-19 Immunological Studies 12 June 2020 16 July 2020 23 July 2020
Special Initiative in Mental Health 2020 31 March 2020 8 July 2020 15 July 2020
MRFF 2020 COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Research GrantOpportunity - EOI Round One 22 June 2020 8 July 2020 15 July 2020
MRFF 2020 COVID-19 Mental Health Research Grants 1 June 2020 6 July 2020 13 July 2020
Postgraduate Scholarships 15 April 2020 1 July 2020 8 July 2020
Ideas Grants 11 March 2020 11 June 2020 17 June 2020
e-ASIA Joint Research Program 11 March 2020 14 May 2020 21 May 2020
Synergy Grants 26 February 2020 2020 SCHEME ROUND CANCELLED

Sapphire

As of February 2020, all new NHMRC schemes will open in Sapphire, the NHMRC's new grant management system.

For more information on how to activate your Sapphire account, please visit the NHMRC website or contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au

CI Eligibility Limits and Sapphire

Unlike RGMS, Sapphire does not contain the functionality to perform validations checks to alert the applicant or the Research Office to potential eligibility issues. Instead it relies on each CI to ensure they are not exceeding the eligibility requirements for the scheme.

The Research Office strongly recommends that CIAs ensure that their entire CI team carefully check to ensure they meet the eligibility requirement for the specific scheme – noting that for some schemes eligibility is limited to one application as CI.

The NHMRC will rule all applications ineligible in instances where any CI (CIA-CIJ) is in excess of the maximum number of grants they are eligible to apply for or hold.


FAQs: the effect of the COVID-19 health emergency on NHMRC grant processes

NHMRC recognises that the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting many in Australia’s health and medical research community including NHMRC grant applicants and recipients and members of NHMRC Peer Review Panels.

The NHMRC has compiled a list of FAQs that are intended to address frequently asked questions from NHMRC stakeholders about the effect of the COVID-19 outbreak on applications for NHMRC funding, peer review, grant management and other NHMRC processes.

The FAQs are available on the NHMRC website

NHMRC information relating to Coronavirus - Grant Variations Policy

The NHMRC recognises that the Coronavirus Alert may be affecting many members of the Australian research community, including current grant holders. If grant holder’s circumstances have changed - for example, there has been a delay in Research Activity because of involvement in the clinical or public health response, the Research Office can submit a variation request on your behalf. More details are available on the NHMRC's website

The NHMRC’s Grantee Variation Policy is available on NHMRC's website.


NHMRC Submission Procedure

  • Eligibility and Compliance Checks ARE NOT compulsory but are highly recommended to avoid application eligibility and compliance issues.
  • The Research Office is unable to provide advice on any grant or fellowship scheme after the Eligibility and Compliance Check period unless you have obtained a booking.

IF YOU DO REQUIRE AN ELIGIBILITY AND COMPLIANCE (E&C) CHECK

IF YOU DO NOT REQUIRE AN ELIGIBILITY AND COMPLIANCE (E&C) CHECK

1. Booking must be made within the allocated Eligibility and Compliance Check Period for each scheme.

Please note: a booking for a major NHMRC or ARC scheme can only be made under the corresponding scheme booking page – it cannot be made in ‘External Grants’. Multiple bookings should not be made for the same grant proposal as this impacts other researchers who are also needing to book a review. If multiple bookings occur, all but the earliest date for the review in the system.

To make a booking for an Eligibility and Compliance check for an NHMRC or NHMRC affiliated scheme. You will need a valid Sapphire Application ID for an application that has UON listed as the Administering Institution.

Please note: An Application ID will only secure one booking and cannot be used to make multiple bookings for the same application.

Online Booking System

1. Please be aware that the Research Office is unable to provide advice on any grant or fellowship scheme after the Eligibility and Compliance Check period unless an Eligibility and Compliance Check was completed.

Please note: Only institutional issues will be checked prior to submission to the NHMRC and you as the lead CI are responsible for the eligibility and compliance of your application.

2. By 9:00am on the date of the booking, you are required to ‘Certify and submit to RAO’ your NHMRC application in Sapphire.

To do this, select the 'Certification' page in Sapphire, select 'Certify and submit to RAO'.

Please note: For NHMRC Affiliated Applications (e.g. Cancer Australia and Cancer Council NSW, you are required to submit via email to research-applications@newcastle.edu.au. You will need to provide ALL separate applications to the Research Office by 9:00am on the day of your booking to secure an Eligibility and Compliance Check given the eligibility overlap of these applications.

 

3. The Research Office aims to provide Eligibility and Compliance Check feedback to the CIA of the application by email within 3 working days.

During peak periods, provision of Check feedback can take longer than three days.

4. By 9:00am on the UON Deadline for Final Application date for the relevant scheme, you are required to ‘Certify and submit to RAO' your final, submission-ready application in Sapphire AND provide a fully signed coversheet and all required associated documentation to research-applications@newcastle.edu.au

For NHMRC Affiliated Applications (e.g. Cancer Australia and Cancer Council NSW), you are required to submit via email to research-applications@newcastle.edu.au.

Please note: The Research Office is unable to seek institutional approval to submit your application and submit to the NHMRC until a completed, fully signed coversheet is received and all institutional requirements are met.

5. The Research Office will check institutional requirements, seek institutional approval to submit and if obtained, submit your final application to the NHMRC

2. By 9:00am on the UON Deadline for Final Application date for the relevant scheme, you are required to ‘Certify and submit to RAO' your final, submission-ready application in Sapphire AND provide a fully signed coversheet and all required associated documentation to research-applications@newcastle.edu.au

For NHMRC Affiliated Applications (e.g. Cancer Australia and Cancer Council NSW), you are required to submit via email to research-applications@newcastle.edu.au.

Please note: The Research Office is unable to seek institutional approval to submit your application to the NHMRC until a completed, fully signed coversheet is received.

3. The Research Office will check institutional requirements, seek institutional approval to submit and, if obtained, submit your final application to the NHMRC

  • Eligibility and Compliance (E&C) Checks are completed electronically.
  • If you opt not to book an E&C Check, only institutional issues will be checked prior to submission to the NHMRC and you as the lead CI are responsible for the eligibility and compliance of your application.
  • 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).
  • No application is approved for submission without the provision of a completed, fully signed coversheet. and if applicable, all CI and AI Certifications. Please ensure that all UON cash and in-kind contributions including those that are approved Research and Innovation Division (central) contributions are listed on your coversheet.  If a cash or significant in-kind contribution is made from other than Faculty/School/Central, please ensure you provide an email from the authorised UON representative confirming the provision of this cash and/or in-kind contribution to the application.

If you have any further questions, please contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au or call +61 2 4921 7733