Partnership Projects

2021 Peer Review Cycles

Research office contact:

This scheme is OPEN

Dates for 2021 Peer Review Cycles are below. Please subscribe to our NHMRC mailing list to receive updates relating to this scheme.

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 three distinct cycles:

  • Peer Review Cycle #1 - July 2021
  • Peer Review Cycle #2 - November 2021
  • Peer Review Cycle #3 - March 2022

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 24 March 2021, and the application must be submitted by 7 April 2021.

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.

Beyond Blue Partnership Grant Scheme

Beyond Blue has recently announced an opportunity for researchers across Australia to involve Beyond Blue as a partner on an NHMRC Partnership Project . Beyond Blue are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from researchers addressing depression, anxiety and/or suicide prevention who would like to involve Beyond Blue as a partner organisation on their grant application.

If your research proposal aligns with Beyond Blue’s mission and priorities, and your application to the NHMRC is successful, Beyond Blue will contribute up to $50,000 per annum (excl. GST) for three years (total $150,000 excl. GST) and in-kind support. Beyond Blue will partner on up to five research projects in their application to the NHMRC or ARC.

To submit an EOI visit the Beyond Blue Research Projects page for more information on Beyond Blue’s research priorities. EOIs must be made using Beyond Blue’s standard templates

If you wish to submit an EOI to Beyond Blue to partner in 2021 on an NHMRC Partnership Project (PRC3), please return your completed Expression of Interest form to no later than 9:00am Monday 16 August 2021. The Research Office will submit your EOI to Beyond Blue on your behalf.

Key Dates

 Peer Review Cycle #1Peer Review Cycle #2Peer Review Cycle #3
Applications open in SapphireWed 13 Jan 2021Thu 25 March 2021Thu 29 July 2021
Eligibility and Compliance Check PeriodMon 8 - Fri 19 March 2021Mon 19 - Thu 29 July 2021Mon 8 - Wed 17 November 2021
Minimum Data RequirementWed 24 March 2021Wed 28 July 2021Wed 17 November 2021
University Deadline for Final Application9am Fri 26 March 20219am Thu 5 August 20219am Wed 24 November 2021
NHMRC SubmissionWed 7 Apr 2021Thu 12 August 2021Wed 1 December 2021
Peer Review Meetings20-21 July 202116-17 November 202122-23 March 2022
  • 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.
  • The University 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.
  • Schools and Colleges 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 College Research & Research Training Officer or College Research Development Manager for further information on School/College internal processes.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.