NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health – Partnership Projects (Partnership Projects) will help create partnerships among decision makers, policy makers, managers, clinicians and researchers. This funding scheme provides funding and support to create new opportunities for researchers and policy makers to work together to define research questions, undertake research, interpret the findings and implement the findings into policy and practice.
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.
Continuous Application Process
This scheme allows applicants to apply at any time during the year rather than through just one annual round. This is to allow researchers and partner organisations to develop timely collaborations. The grant commencement date is not fixed for 1 January – it will be aligned with the timing of each peer review cycle. This allows funding to be administered more quickly after grants are awarded provided all necessary documentation is in place.
Apply for funding
The NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) must be used to access/update your CV and profile and to submit your Partnership Project application.
Applicants, who are not yet registered on RGMS, should contact the Research Help Centre on email@example.com for more information.
A complete Partnership Projects application must consist of the following:
- Completion of Parts A and B (including the Grant Proposal PDF) of the application form; and
- The relevant information in your RGMS profile and CV.
Prior to submission of an application for Partnership Project funding, applicants are to ensure they:
- read all relevant reference material; and
- liaise with their Administering Institution to identify any specific requirements that the Institution may have.
Applicants should note that as a result of streamlining the application and assessment (peer review) process for NHMRC schemes, less information will be required in the application compared to previous years. View more information on the Streamlining and Application Assessment Project.
The Partnership Projects 2015 round will open on 28 January 2015. Applications can be submitted at any time during the year, up until 9 December 2015.
Peer review of applications received in 2015 will occur in three distinct cycles. The deadline for each of the Peer Review Cycles (PRC) are listed below:
|Process||PRC #1||PRC #2||PRC #3|
|NHMRC Approved Administering Institutions wavier due date||18 March 2015||27 May 2015||11 November 2015|
|Minimum data due||1 April 2015||10 June 2015||25 November 2015|
|Application due date||15 April 2015||24 June 2015||9 December 2015|
|Peer Review Meetings||29 June to
3 July 2015
|September 2015||29 February to
4 March 2016
Changes to Partnership Projects for 2015
Applicants should note the following changes to the Partnership Projects scheme-specific Funding Rules for 2015:
- Chief Investigator Citizenship Waivers are no longer required.
- Applications which fail to complete minimum data by the required date will not be accepted in the corresponding peer review cycle. These applications will subsequently be removed from the Research Grants Management System (RGMS).
- Applications that meet minimum data requirements but are not submitted for review will automatically be moved to the next available peer review cycle as an incomplete application. After 9 December 2015, any applications not submitted will be removed from RGMS.
- Eligibility of NHMRC approved Administering Institutions primarily involved in delivering health policy / health services may apply for an eligibility waiver.
- The Partner Contribution Guidelines have been updated.
- There are no special initiatives offered through the Partnership Projects scheme in 2015.
Peer Review Cycles
As outlined above, 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 1 April 2015, and the application must be submitted by15 April 2015. 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.
Any application which was started but was not submitted by the third peer review cycle deadline of 9 December 2015 will need to reapply in 2016.
NHMRC Administering Institutions Partner Waiver
NHMRC Approved Administering Institutions (Administering Institutions) cannot be named as a partner on a Partnership Project application unless they obtain a waiver from NHMRC.
This is consistent with the description and objectives of the scheme, which includes the aim to create partnerships among decision makers, policy makers, managers, clinicians and researchers to improve the translation of research evidence into health policy and health practice.
This policy includes organisations that falls under the “umbrella” of an Administering Institution (such as having the same ABN/CAN, falls under the same governance, or is not a legal entity of its own and falls under the auspices of an Administering Institution).
Applications that name Administering Institutions as partners (without obtaining a waiver) may be deemed ineligible.
Applicants can apply for a waiver if the partnering Administering Institution is primarily involved in delivering health policy and/or health services. Requests for waivers need to be made through the Research Administration Office of the Administering Institution and must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by the relevant date (see Partnership Projects Funding Rules). The waiver request must clearly outline why the Administering Institution should be considered as a partner organisation.
NHMRC’s decision concerning the waiver request will be influenced by the following factors:
- The Administering Institution’s Mission Statement;
- An overview of the Administering Institution’s role within the community;
- Evidence as to how the Administering Institution is primarily involved in delivering health policy and/or health services as opposed to primarily conducting research;
- An explanation as to how the Administering Institution is best placed to integrate evidence into health policy; and
- Evidence that the Administering Institution does not have the research capabilities to undertake the research themselves.
Waiver requests that fail to address each of the points above will be denied.
Following assessment, NHMRC will provide written advice concerning the decision. Approved waivers will be valid for any Partnership Project applications submitted for the remainder of the calendar year, commencing from the date of the written advice.
Administering Institutions that do not obtain a waiver may be listed as a participating institute, if appropriate, however any contributions will not be considered ‘partner funding’ and therefore matched funding will not be provided.
Due dates for the submission of waivers can be found in the Partnership Projects Funding Rules.
Documentation to Apply for a Partnership Projects 2015 round
- NHMRC Funding Rules incorporating the NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health: Partnership Projects scheme for applications submitted in 2015
- NHMRC Advice and Instructions to Applicants incorporating the NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health: Partnership Projects scheme for applications submitted in 2015
- A Guide to NHMRC Peer Review incorporating the NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health: Partnership Projects Peer Review Guidelines for applications submitted in 2015
- NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health - Partnership Projects Guide to Partner Letter of Support (DOCX, 18KB)
- Grant Proposal Template (DOCX, 34KB)
- RGMS Offline Application form Part A
- RGMS Offline Application form Part B
- RGMS User Guides
- Budget mechanism for funding commencing in 2015 and 2016
Criteria for Health and Medical Research of Indigenous Australians (applicable for applicants applying for NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health – Partnership Projects in the area of Indigenous Health)
- Indigenous Research Excellence Criteria - see Section 6.2 of the NHMRC Funding Rules
Research Classifications Guides including Broad Research Area, Fields of Research & NHMRC Keyword ⁄ Phrases
Minimum Data requirements
To be eligible to apply, the following sections of the application form must be completed in RGMS by the dates identified above:
- A-PA Part A Home (specifically the Administering Institution, Application Title and Synopsis)
- A-RC Research Classification
- A-RT Research Team and Commitment (core team members if known)
Once the minimum data date passes, applicants will not be able to create a new application in that peer review cycle. New applications will need to be created in the next peer review cycle.
Applications must meet the corresponding minimum data and submission deadlines to be reviewed in a particular cycle. Applications that do not meet minimum data deadlines will be removed from RGMS. Applications that meet minimum data requirements but are not submitted for review will be retained in RGMS as an incomplete application and may be submitted for assessment in the next cycle provided corresponding deadlines are met. After 9 December 2015, any applications not submitted will be removed from RGMS.
Applicants are also reminded to complete the recommended fields with correct information. Using placeholder text such as “text”, “synopsis” or “xx” etc. are not acceptable as minimum data.
Note that RAOs should not certify applications for the purpose of minimum data; applications should only be certified once complete and ready for submission.
If you require more information, direct your inquiry to your Research Administration Office in the first instance.
If you require assistance and are unable to satisfy your concern by seeking assistance through your administering institution:
Contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983, or email email@example.com.
Documentation to Apply for Partnership Projects – 2014 Second Call (NOW CLOSED)
- NHMRC Funding Rules Incorporating the NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health - Partnership Projects 2014 Second Call for funding commencing in 2015
- Applicants should review Section A: NHMRC Funding Rules; and Section N: NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health – Partnership Projects 2014 Second Call
- Advice and Instructions to applicants
- NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health – Partnership Projects 2014 Second Call Advice and Instructions to Applicants (PDF, 874KB)
- NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health – Partnership Projects 2014 Second Call Grant Proposal Template (DOC, 28KB)
- NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health – Partnership Projects Guide to Partner Letter of Support (DOCX, 18KB)
- RGMS Offline Application forms
- RGMS User Guides
- NHMRC Administering Institutions List.
- NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health – Partnership Projects 2014 Second Call Peer Review Guidelines for funding commencing in 2015 (PDF, 367KB)
- Criteria for Health and Medical Research of Indigenous Australians (applicable for applicants applying for NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health – Partnership Projects in the area of Indigenous Health)
- Research Classifications Guides including Broach Research Area, Fields of Research & NHMRC Keyword ⁄ Phrases
- Budget mechanism for funding commencing in 2015
Page last updated on 20 March 2015