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NHMRC RAO Alert - Friday 17 October 2014

Unsuccessful application budgets displaying in RGMS

Following the release of funding announcements this morning, NHMRC has been made aware that applicants’ requested budgets for some unsuccessful applications are visible to RAOs via the “Institution: Results" page, which has led to confusion.

NHMRC advises that the information contained in the “Outcome” column is correct.  RAOs should disregard information concerning unsuccessful application budgets.

Prior to the next announcement of application outcomes, we will adjust this RGMS page to avoid future confusion.

Please contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983 or email help@nhmrc.gov.au for further information or assistance.

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NHMRC RAO Alert - Friday 17 October 2014

Funding Outcomes – EMBARGO LIFTED

The Prime Minister, the Hon. Tony Abbott MP and the Minister for Health, the Hon. Peter Dutton MP announced the outcomes of NHMRC funding applications for the following schemes earlier today:

  • Project Grants
  • Early Career Fellowships
  • Career Development Fellowships
  • Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships
  • Centres of Research Excellence
  • Partnership Projects 2014 First Call
  • Funding for Equipment Grants and Independent Research Institutes Infrastructure Support Scheme (IRIISS) grants was also announced.

The embargo on results for the above schemes has accordingly been lifted.  RAOs are requested to pass this information to the relevant Chief Investigators within their institutions.

Please contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983 or email help@nhmrc.gov.au for further information or assistance.

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NHMRC RAO Alert - Wednesday 15 October 2014

RGMS Upgrade 22 October – 14 November

Dear RAO,

NHMRC is doing much to streamline processes around applying for, assessing and administering grants.

As well as this, NHMRC is upgrading RGMS due to software provider requirements.  The upgrade should improve the usability of the program, provide a cleaner, more intuitive user interface and ensure we continue to receive strong support from the provider.

To perform the upgrade RGMS must be taken offline and will be inaccessible from 22 October to 14 November 2014. NHMRC understands the upgrade may inconvenience some researchers and administration officers and we are doing all that we can to minimise this.

Throughout the upgrade, NHMRC will provide fortnightly updates via Research Tracker, as well as updating RGMS upgrade information on our website so administration processes can continue with minimal disruption during this time.

Key things for RAOs to note are:

  • Results of the Project Grants, Partnership Projects 2014 First Call Grants, Centres of Research Excellence and Early Career, TRIP and Career Development Fellowship rounds will be made available BEFORE the shutdown period. They are scheduled to be announced on 17 October.
  • RGMS will remain open until midnight 21 October to allow sufficient time for RAOs and applicants to access results. RGMS will then be upgraded and offline from 22 October – 14 November 2014 inclusive.
  • Grantee variations can no longer be submitted until RGMS re-opens.  NHMRC staff are unable to review or process variations during the shutdown period.
  • The November payment will be made mid-October, before the upgrade begins.
  • NHMRC will accept signed Schedules (new and transfer schedules) for co-signing. The Schedules will be co-signed after the upgrade is complete and the information in RGMS updated as soon as possible after this.
  • Please wait until after the upgrade is complete to upload the following milestones: annual financials, final acquittals, transfer acquittals, progress report.
  • Final reports can be emailed to NHMRC as usual. This milestone will not be updated until after the upgrade is complete.
  • All conditions, including Ethics and Regulatory Approvals can be emailed to NHMRC as usual. Note that RGMS will not be updated until after the upgrade is complete.
  • NHMRC staff will not be able to access RGMS, so we cannot action any requests you have during the shutdown period. For enquiries or urgent issues, contact  postaward.management@nhmrc.gov.au.
  • If you have any questions or concerns regarding the upgrade in general please contact NHMRC’s Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983 or at help@nhmrc.gov.au.

Processes will be essentially unchanged and all previously saved data will be available following the upgrade. Training guides outlining key changes are available here.

If you are interested in how RGMS will look after the upgrade, a test environment of the upgraded version is currently available to preview until 24 October. Further details, including a link to the test site and login details can be found on the RGMS upgrade page.

We appreciate your help in communicating this upgrade to researchers at your institution to minimise inconvenience.

Regards

Professor Warwick Anderson
Chief Executive Officer

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NHMRC RAO Alert - Wednesday 15 October 2014

Grant Annoucement Friday 17 October

In response to enquiries, NHMRC confirms that the outcomes of the following grant schemes will be released on Friday 17 October 2014:

  • Project Grants
  • Career Development Fellowships
  • Early Career Fellowships
  • Translating Research into Practice Fellowships
  • Partnerships for Better Health Project Grants
  • Centres for Research Excellence

As a result of the streamlining of applications this year, further information will need to be entered into RGMS by successful applicants only before the end of the year.

This is a reminder that RGMS will be offline for upgrade work between 22 October and 14 November 2014 and further information on this will follow later today.

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NHMRC RAO Alert - Friday 5 September 2014

Partnership Projects 2014 First Call: Early Release of NFFC Outcomes

NFFC outcomes were provided via RGMS to applicants today at 11.15am AEST.

Information on the peer review process for Partnership Project applications, including those relating to applications categorised as NFFC, is provided in the NHMRC Partnership Projects Peer Review Guidelines - 2014 First Call for funding commencing in 2014 available here.

RAOs will be able to download a list of NFFC applications for their Institution, via the download all function in RGMS, on Monday, 8 September 2014 at 9am AEST.  Instructions are available in chapter 2.2 of the RGMS User Guide - Awarding Grants.

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NHMRC RAO Alert - Monday 18 August 2014

Partnership Projects Update: Current and future rounds

Applications for Partnership Projects 2014 Second Call close on 20 August 2014.

NHMRC will be taking the opportunity to review the scheme's policy and processes while RGMS is offline as part of the RGMS upgrade.

Partnership Projects will reopen in January 2015 as a continuous call, following the RGMS upgrade. Applications can be submitted at any time during this period.

Applications submitted between the following dates will be reviewed together:

  • January to April 2015
  • April to June 2015, and
  • June to December 2015.

Further details including scheme documentation for the 2015 continuous call will be available on the NHMRC Partnership Projects webpage closer to the 2015 continuous call opening in January.

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NHMRC RAO Alert - Friday 27 June 2014

Change to RGMS outage date, now 5 July 2014

RGMS will now be offline for 17 hours on Saturday 5 July from 7 am until midnight AEST to perform this essential infrastructure maintenance. RGMS was originally scheduled to be offline for 12 hours on Saturday 28 June.  However, due to NHMRC’s service provider not being able to provide the necessary resourcing to complete the work in time, the outage has now been rescheduled.

Users will not be able to access RGMS for the duration of the outage.

NHMRC regrets that this falls during the second applicant response (rebuttal) period for Project Grants. As a result;

  • no applicant responses will be due on 5 July; and
  • assessor comments will not be released after 12pm on Friday 4 July.

We regret the inconvenience to researchers and administrators.

Any questions regarding this outage should be directed to help@nhmrc.gov.au.

 

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NHMRC RAO Alert - Friday 20 June 2014

RGMS Outage – 28 June

RGMS will be offline for 12 hours from 7am to 7pm AEST on Saturday 28 June to perform essential infrastructure maintenance.

Users will not be able to access RGMS for the duration of the outage.

NHMRC is conscious that this falls during the second applicant response (rebuttal) period for Project Grants, and has taken the following steps to minimise any impact:

  • no applicant responses will be due on 28 June; and
  • assessor comments will not be released after 12pm on Friday 27 June.

Any questions regarding this outage should be directed to help@nhmrc.gov.au.

We regret that this may inconvenience researchers and administrators.

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NHMRC RAO Alert - Friday 13 June 2014

Project Grant Applicant Responses (Rebuttal)

The release of assessor comments for the first applicant response period has ended. Applicants and their RAOs have been notified if comments could not be released in this period.

The second release period commences on Monday 23 June 2014.

Applicants have up to 10 days to complete their rebuttal response.

In the event that a response falls due on a weekend and an applicant is unable to submit their rebuttal due to an RGMS error, the applicant should email Projects@nhmrc.gov.au and cc in their RAO prior to the deadline, attaching their rebuttal in the required format as specified within the applicant response letter.

NHMRC will not accept, under any circumstances, rebuttals submitted after the due date or subsequent changes.
Applicants requiring assistance should contact their Research Administrative Office in the first instance , before contacting NHMRC’s Research Help Centre at help@nhmrc.gov.au or on 1800 500 983. Please note that Research Help Centre assistance is unavailable on weekends.

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NHMRC RAO Alert - Friday 30 May 2014

Program Grants Advice and Instructions to Applicants – clarification

RAOs are asked to note the following clarifications of the Program Grant Advice and Instructions to Applicants for the 2014 round (for funding commencing in 2016):

  • Advice is provided on page 17 that consent is not required from Additional Personnel (entered as Associate Investigators for RGMS purposes), however page 25 states that RAO’s should ensure consent is obtained. This requirement will not affect the eligibility of an application if it is not met, although it is preferred that applicants do seek consent from Additional Personnel before naming them on a grant application.
  • Advice is provided on page 5 regarding the naming convention of files (APPID_Applicant’s Surname_Document Type/Name.pdf). Additional advice is provided on page 18 and 23, referring to the Grant Proposal and Research Achievements files respectively, to name files as APPID_Applicant’s Surname.pdf. Applications with either naming convention will be accepted however APPID_Applicant’s Surname_Document Type/Name.pdf is preferred.
  • The formatting in the Assessor Snapshot report for section B-PPRC: Publications, Papers, Reports and Contribution has been updated.

Applications for the 2014 round of Program Grants for funding commencing in 2016 close at 5pm (AEST) 4 June 2014.

Please contact help@nhmrc.gov.au for any further queries.

Development Grants Advice and Instructions to Applicants – referencing update

Please note the amendment to Section K-References of the 2014 Development Grants Advice and Instructions to Applicants (p 18) regarding the number of pages allowed for references (2 pages maximum, previous advice was 3 pages).

The NHMRC Development Grants Advice and Instructions to Applicants document has been updated and is available on the NHMRC website.

RAOs are requested to bring this updated information to the attention of CIAs at their institution.

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Page reviewed: 23 October, 2014