The University of Newcastle, Australia

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.


Open Schemes

Scheme NHMRC Opened UON Online Booking System Opens Eligibility & Compliance Check Period Minimum Data UON Deadline for Final Application NHMRC Submission
2021 Centres of Research ExcellenceWednesday 21 October 2020Thursday 22 October 2020Thursday 12 to Wednesday 18 November 2020Wednesday 18 November 20209:00am Wednesday 25 November 2020Wednesday 2 December 2020
Partnership Projects PRC #2Thursday 30 July 2020Friday 31 July 2020Thursday 6 August – Wednesday 18 NovemberWednesday 18 November 20209:00am Wednesday 25 November 20205:00pm Wednesday 2 December 2020

2020 Peer Review Cycles

Research office contact:
research-applications@newcastle.edu.au

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 meetings for applications will occur in two distinct cycles:

  • Peer Review Cycle #1 - November 2020
  • Peer Review Cycle #2 - March 2021

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 29 July 2020, and the application must be submitted by 13 August 2020. Applications that have met minimum data requirements but are not 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.


Key Dates

 Peer Review Cycle #2
Applications open in SapphireThursday 30 July 2020
UON Online Booking System OpenFriday 31st July 2020
Eligibility and Compliance Check PeriodThursday 6 August – Wednesday 18 November 2020
Minimum Data RequirementWednesday 18 November 2020
UON Deadline for Final Application9:00am Wednesday 25 November 2020
NHMRC Submission5:00pm Wednesday 2 December 2020
Peer Review Meetings23-24 March 2021

* Please note:

  • 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 2021

Research Office Contact:
research-applications@newcastle.edu.au

This scheme is OPEN.

Funding for CREs commencing in 2021 opened on Wednesday 21 October 2020 and close on Wednesday 2 December 2020

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 four streams:

  • Clinical Research (up to six CRE grants available);
  • Health Services Research (up to four CRE grants available);
  • Public Health Research (up to four CRE grants available)
  • Dementia Research (up to three CRE grants available).

The duration of a CRE is five years and maximum funding that can be requested is $3M. There can be up to 10 Chief Investigators on a CRE.

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.


Key Dates

Applications Open in Sapphire Wednesday 21 October 2020
UON Online Booking System Opens Thursday 22 October 2020
UON Eligibility and Compliance Check Booking Period*Thursday 12 November - Wednesday 18 November 2020         
Minimum data requirements due in Sapphire Wednesday 18 November 2020
UON Deadline for Final Application**9:00am Wednesday 25 November 2020
NHMRC deadline for submission 5:00pm Wednesday 2 December 2020
Proposed peer review TBC

Please note:

*Applicants are strongly encouraged to commence their application in Sapphire ASAP after the scheme opens so that they can book their preferred day for Eligibility and Compliance check. 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 requires the provision of a submission-ready proposal to the Research Grants Office submitted via Sapphire, as well as a fully signed Application Coversheet.


Key Changes in 2021

Applicants should note the following changes for the CRE 2021 Guidelines:

  • Additional funding is available for CREs in Dementia Research.
  • Limits have been clarified for the CRE opportunity: Duplicate applications should not be submitted across multiple CRE streams. Applicants must choose which CRE stream best fits their research proposal based on the definitions provided in section 2. Duplicate applications may be ineligible and excluded from consideration.
  • Assessment criteria (Section 6) – Explanatory text for assessment criterion five has been clarified.
  • Category Descriptors (Appendix B) – The seven-point assessment scale definitions have been aligned to those used in Ideas, Investigator and Synergy Grants, with subsequent minor adjustment of the category descriptor points.
  • NHMRC Relative to Opportunity policy (Appendix C) – Guidance on the typical circumstances considered under Relative to Opportunity has been clarified.
  • Guide to Applicants (Appendix D Section 2.1) – Guidance provided on the use of gender-neutral language in applications.
  • Guide to Applicants (Appendix D Sections 5.1 and 5.2) – The applicants’ record of NHMRC and Other Research Funding will not be provided to peer reviewers.
  • Guide to Applicants (Appendix D Section 5.4) – Clarification that Relative to Opportunity considerations include interruptions due to calamities such as COVID-19.
  • Guide to Applicants (Appendix D Section 6.7) – Additional guidance provided on responding to the assessment criteria.
  • Applicants address the Indigenous Research Excellence Criteria (IREC), if applicable, in the application form instead of the grant proposal.

Documents

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 research-applications@newcastle.edu.au or 4921 7733.

UON Documents

For funding commencing in 2020

Research Office Contact:
research-applications@newcastle.edu.au

This scheme is CLOSED.

Development Grants for funding commencing in 2021 is expected to open on Wednesday 21 April 2021 and close Wednesday 16 June 2021.

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.

Sapphire pilot for Development Grants

If you are applying for a Development Grant in this round, you will be participating in a pilot of Sapphire, the NHMRC's new grants management solution. You will need to register for Sapphire in order to apply. After registering you will be sent an email that will enable you to log-in and access your account.

Resources are available to assist in navigating Sapphire, such as how-to videos and access to the Sapphire Help Centre.

In recognition of the importance of this pilot, NHMRC has put in place appropriate additional contingency plans to minimise any potential effect on applicants, and ensure that there is no impact on the quality of peer review for Development Grants. This includes preparing a round in RGMS, as a back-up that can be activated at any stage during the Development Grant 2020 Round.

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.

Please note: It is strongly recommended all applicants subscribe to the Research Office NHMRC mailing list for up to date information on this scheme.


Key Dates for funding commencing in 2021

Please note this timeline is indicative only and dates are subject to change.

NHMRC applications open in Sapphire Wednesday 21 April 2021
UON Online Booking System opensThursday 22 April 2021
UON Eligibility and Compliance Check Period*Thursday 27 May - Wednesday 2 June 2021
Minimum data requirements in Sapphire 5:00pm Wednesday 26 May 2021
UON Deadline for Final Application**5:00pm Wednesday 9 June 2021
NHMRC Applications Close 5:00pm Wednesday 16 June 2021
Proposed Peer ReviewTBC

Please note:

* 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. 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 requires the provision of a submission-ready proposal to the Research Grants Office submitted via Sapphire, as well as a fully signed cover sheet.

Upcoming Targeted Calls

Scheme NHMRC Opens UON Online Booking System Opens Eligibility & Compliance Check Period Minimum Data UON Deadline for Final Application NHMRC Submission
Special Initiative in Human Health and Environmental ChangeWednesday 18 November 2020Thursday 19 November 2020Thursday 4 to Wednesday 10 March 2021Wednesday 10 March 20219:00am Wednesday 24 March 2021Wednesday 31 March 2021

Past Targeted Calls

Targeted Call for Research into End of Life Care

Targeted Call for Research - National Network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers

Targeted Call for Research into Myalgic encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue

e-Asia Joint Research Program Grants 2019

Targeted Call for Research into Per- and Poly-fluoroalkylated substances

Targeted Call for Research into Nutrition in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Boosting Dementia Research Grants Scheme: Priority Round 5

Boosting Dementia Research Grants Scheme: Priority Round 6

Targeted Call for Research into Healthy Ageing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Targeted Call for Research into Debilitating Symptom Complexes Attributed to Ticks

Targeted Call for Research into Frailty in Hospital Care: Complex Health Care


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 research-applications@newcastle.edu.au or 4921 7733.

UON Documents

Please see the NHMRC Submission Procedure on the NHMRC Grants webpage and the Online Booking System User Guide for instructions on how to make a booking for an Eligibility and Compliance Check.

Once complete, the CIA must certify and submit the application in Sapphire via the Certification page. To do this, select the ‘Certification’ page in Sapphire, select ‘Certify and submit to RAO'. This will result in the status changing to 'Submitted to RAO' - which equates to 'Research Administration Office' (NOT the NHMRC).

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. It is recommended that you see Peer Review of your application also either via your faculty or through the UON Academy of Reviewers where available.

A booking must be made within the allocated E&C Check period for each scheme. Applicants are strongly encouraged to commence their application in Sapphire ASAP after the scheme opens so they can book their preferred day for an E&C Check. Bookings without a Sapphire application ID will be cancelled.

Minimum data must be entered in Sapphire 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 the Minimum Data 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 research-applications@newcastle.edu.au.

List of members

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.

2020/21 ROUND OF ACADEMY REVIEWS

The UON Academy of reviewers will be providing reviews for the following schemes:

SchemeScheme Opens EOI  Deadline Deadline for Draft Applications Seeking Academy Review* Funding Body Closing Date
ARC DECRAWed 16 September 2020Mon 28 September 2020Wed 21 October 2020Wed 25 November 2020
ARC Future FellowshipsWed 14 October 2020Thurs 15 October 2020Wed 4 November 2020Wed 9 December 2020
ARC Discovery ProjectsWed 11 November 2020Thurs 26 November 2020Wed 13 January 2021Wed 24 February 2021
ARC Discovery IndigenousWed 25 November 2020Thurs 3 December 2020Wed 3 February 2021Wed 17 March 2021
NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort StudiesWed 4 March 2020Mon 28 September 2020Wed 21 October 2020Wed 25 November 2020
NHMRC Partnership ProjectsThurs 30 July 2020Mon 28 September 2020Wed 21 October 2020Wed 2 December 2020
NHMRC Investigator GrantsTBCTBCTBCTBC
NHMRC Ideas GrantsTBCTBCTBCTBC

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 research-applications@newcastle.edu.au 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

NameFaculty
Professor Daniel Nyberg Business and Law
Professor Allyson Holbrook Education and Arts
Professor Lyndall Ryan Education and Arts
Professor Victoria HaskinsEducation and Arts
Professor Andrew Fleming Engineering and Built Environment
Professor Behdad Moghtaderi Engineering and Built Environment
Professor Geoffrey Evans Engineering and Built Environment
Professor Graeme Murch Engineering and Built Environment
Professor Mark Jones Engineering and Built Environment
Professor Minyue Fu Engineering and Built Environment
Professor Rick Middleton Engineering and Built Environment
Professor Rob Melchers Engineering and Built Environment
Professor Shin-Chan Han Engineering and Built Environment
Professor Sue Anne Ware Engineering and Built Environment
Emeritus Professor Terry Wall Engineering and Built Environment
Professor Alan Brichta Health and Medicine
Professor Amanda Baker Health and Medicine
Professor Billie Bonevski Health and Medicine
A/Professor Christopher WilliamsHealth and Medicine
Professor Clare Collins Health and Medicine
Professor Derek Laver Health and Medicine
Professor Geoff Isbister Health and Medicine
Professor Jodie Simpson Health and Medicine
Professor Jennifer Martin Health and Medicine
Professor Joerg Mattes Health and Medicine
Laureate Professor John Attia Health and Medicine
Professor Jon Hirst Health and Medicine
Professor Julie Byles Health and Medicine
Professor Kypros Kypri Health and Medicine
Professor Lisa Wood Health and Medicine
Laureate Professor Paul Foster Health and Medicine
A/Professor Phillip Dickson Health and Medicine
Laureate Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher Health and Medicine
Laureate Professor Rodney Scott Health and Medicine
Laureate Professor Roger Smith Health and Medicine
A/Professor Susan HuaHealth and Medicine
Professor Vanessa McDonald Health and Medicine
Professor Adam McCluskey Science
Laureate Professor John AitkenScience
Professor Jenny Bowman Science
Professor Frini Karayanidis Science
A/Professor Greg Hancock Science
Professor Peter Greer Science
Professor Scott Brown Science
Professor Yong-Ling Ruan Science
Laureate Professor George WillisScience

From February 2020, the NHMRC is using its new grants management system, Sapphire for all grant rounds. The first grant round to open in Sapphire was the Synergy Grants 2020 round on 26 February 2020.

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.

NHMRC copied RGMS users’ CV/Profile data from RGMS for migration into Sapphire on 12 February 2020. Any changes made to an RGMS profile after this date have not been replicated in Sapphire. Researchers should confirm all Profile data is complete and up-to-date prior to submitting an application.

A summary of the key changes for Sapphire Profile and NHMRC’s recommendations for checking your profile data is available on the NHMRC Sapphire - Profile Update webpage. If you have any questions or concerns about your migrated profile data, please contact the Sapphire Help Desk.

The NHMRC has released a Toolkit for Consumer and Community Involvement in Health and Medical Research to ‘provide practical advice on engaging with consumers and the community to undertake high quality and relevant research’.

The Toolkit comprises of five individual resources available for download from the Consumer and community engagement page.

The Toolkit has been designed by the NHMRC and its Community and Consumer Advisory Group to complement the 2016 Statement on Consumer and Community Involvement in Health and Medical Research

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.

Citation metrics

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 research-applications@newcastle.edu.au 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.

Presentations

Please note a staff/student login is required to access presentation resources

For NHMRC 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.

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.

Please note that 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.