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Partnership Projects

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 help@nhmrc.gov.au for more information.

A complete Partnership Projects application must consist of the following:

  1. Completion of Parts A and B (including the Grant Proposal PDF) of the application form; and
  2. 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.

Key Dates

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 that are primarily involved in delivering health policy and/or health services are permitted to be named as a partner organisation on applications, provided they obtain a waiver from NHMRC.

Requests for waivers need to be made through the Research Administration Office of the Administering Institution wishing to apply and must be emailed to help@nhmrc.gov.au by the relevant date. The waiver request must clearly outline why the Administering Institution should be considered as a partner organisation. NHMRC will determine whether a waiver has been granted and will provide written advice concerning the decision.

Documentation to Apply for a Partnership Projects 2015 round

These must be read in conjunction with the NHMRC Funding Rules 2015, NHMRC Advice and Instructions to Applicants 2015 and Guide to NHMRC Peer Review 2015, which have also been revised.

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 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.

Recent Outcomes

Further information

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 help@nhmrc.gov.au.

 


Documentation to Apply for Partnership Projects – 2014 Second Call (NOW CLOSED)

  1. 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
  2. Advice and Instructions to applicants
  3. NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health – Partnership Projects 2014 Second Call Peer Review Guidelines for funding commencing in 2015 (PDF, 367KB)
  4. 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)
  5. Research Classifications Guides including Broach Research Area, Fields of Research & NHMRC Keyword ⁄ Phrases
  6. Budget mechanism for funding commencing in 2015

Page last updated on 28 January 2015