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NHMRC RAO Alert - Friday 20 March 2015

Project Grant statistics 2015

NHMRC would like to thank RAOs for their assistance during the Project Grant application period.

A total of 3857 applications were submitted, up only slightly from 3810 in 2014.

There was also a noticeable increase in the number of four and five year grants, as per the tables below:

2014 (# apps and % of total apps)
5 Years 475 12.47%
4 Years 769 20.18%
3 Years 2360 61.94%
2 Years 179 4.70%
1 Year 27 0.71%
2015 (# apps and % of total apps)
5 Years 520 13.48%
4 Years 1011 26.21%
3 Years 2155 55.87%
2 Years 148 3.84%
1 Year 23 0.60%

 

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NHMRC RAO Alert - Wednesday 18 March 2015

2015 Development Grants Scheme Open in RGMS

Applications for 2015 Development Grants for funding commencing in 2016 are open and will close at 5pm AEST on 20 May 2015.

Scheme documentation can be found on the NHMRC website.

All applications must be submitted on-line through RGMS.

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NHMRC RAO Alert - Friday 13 March 2015

Further Clarification on CI Time Commitment for Project Grants 

Further to the advice provided by NHMRC on 27 February 2015, RAOs are encouraged to work with their institutions’ Project Grant applicants to ensure Section C: CI Time Commitment of the Grant Proposal is left blank.

NHMRC will advise all assessors involved in the Project Grants review process to disregard any information within this section when performing their assessments.

If you have any questions please contact the NHMRCs Research Help Centre (RHC) on 1800 500 983 or at help@nhmrc.gov.au

 

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NHMRC RAO Alert - Tuesday 10 March 2015

Note Australian participation in the EU-Joint Programme-Neurodegenerative Disease (JPND) JPco-fuND call for proposals 

NHMRC has confirmed its intention to support Australian researcher participation in the EU-JPND’s JPco-fuND call for proposals.

Note the specific conditions (JPND call for proposals (PDF, 109KB) as outlined in the JPND documentation.

The JPco-fuND call is currently open for pre-proposals until 10 March 2015.

Reminder NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Fellowships closing 

NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowships scheme: closes 1700 hrs AEDT, Wednesday 11 March 2015.

Applicants and RAOs are reminded to carefully review all eligibility requirements before submitting an application.


 

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NHMRC RAO Alert Friday 6 March 2015

Note Australian participation in the EU-Joint Programme-Neurodegenerative Disease (JPND) JPco-fuND call for proposals 

NHMRC has confirmed its intention to support Australian researcher participation in the EU-JPND’s JPco-fuND call for proposals.

Note the specific conditions (PDF, 109KB) as outlined in the JPND documentation.

The JPco-fuND call is currently open for pre-proposals until 10 March 2015.

Reminder NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Fellowships closing 

NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowships scheme: closes 1700 hrs AEDT, Wednesday 11 March 2015.

Applicants and RAOs are reminded to carefully review all eligibility requirements before submitting an application.

 

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NHMRC RAO Alert Friday 27 February 2015

2015 Project Grants CI Time Commitment - Further Clarification

To further clarify recent advice, we can confirm that Project Grant applicants do not need to fill in the CI Time Commitment section of the Grant Proposal. This SECTION should be left blank. This change is effective immediately.

Please ensure researchers at your institution are aware of this change and could you work with CIA’s who may have already submitted their application for RAO certification.
 

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NHMRC RAO Alert Wednesday 18 February 2015

CLOSING SOON – Last chance to submit your feedback on the Project Grants scheme: timing of NFFC and duration of grants

NHMRC’s consultation on elements of the Project Grants scheme (the Not For Further Consideration (NFFC) process and the duration of funding support) will close at 3pm AEDT on 24 February 2015.

Please advise your researchers to submit feedback via NHMRC’s Public Consultation website.

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NHMRC RAO Alert Tuesday 17 February 2015

Project Grants - Minimum Data Requirements

NHMRC will refresh those data contained within the RAO Dashboard concerning Minimum data for Project Grant applications at:

  • 10am today, Tuesday 17 February; and
  • 10am Wednesday 18 February 2015.

Applicants should refer to the APP CHECKLIST tab within the application form, to identify any missing information that constitutes minimum data.

Minimum data fields required for Project Grants are:

  • A-PA Home: specifically, ‘Administering Institution’, ‘Application Title’, ‘Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Research’ and ‘Synopsis’;
  • A-RC: Research Classification; and
  • B-AIProj: Application Information: specifically ‘New Investigator’.

Project Grant applications will be assessed at 5pm AEDT Wednesday 18 February to confirm that minimum data requirements have been met.  Applications that fail to satisfy minimum data requirements will not be accepted.

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NHMRC RAO Alert Friday 13 February 2015

Early Career Fellowships scheme – Health Professional Research Fellowships 

The eligibility criteria for the Health Professional Research Fellowship (part-time) award have been clarified and the revised Early Career Fellowships scheme-specific Funding Rules for Funding Commencing in 2016 are available on the NHMRC website.

Project Grants – Team Quality & Capability (relative to opportunity) Assessment of Early Career Researchers (ECRs) 

We would like to highlight that the NHMRC is committed to supporting ECRs through the Project Grants scheme. The 2015 NHMRC Project Grants Category Descriptors have been amended to strengthen its assessment criteria to ensure that junior members on a team application will not necessarily lower the track record score.

Minimum data deadlines: Project Grant and Centres of Research Excellence 

Minimum data requirements for these applications must be met and entered in RGMS by 5:00pm AEDT on the following dates:

  • Project Grants – 18 February
  • Centres of Research Excellence – 4 March

Applications cannot be created after these dates and will not be accepted if they are missing the required data or use placeholder text as at these deadlines.

Further information can be found on the NHMRC website.

New RGMS tools to help RAOs and applicants meet minimum data requirements 

RAOs can identify applications missing minimum data via a new tab on the RAO Dashboard (see section 2.5.2 of the RGMS User Guide – Applying for Grants). CIAs will also receive a reminder email three days prior to the deadline if required fields are empty.
RAOs and applicants should check separately that placeholder text (e.g. ‘text’, ‘synopsis’ or ‘xx’) has not been used, as this will not be identified by these tools and will not be accepted as minimum data, consistent with the funding rules.

New RGMS search function to help RAOs check multi-grant eligibility 

RAOs can check the number of NHMRC grants held by each Chief Investigator on an application via a new search function on the RAO Dashboard (see section 2.3.1 of the RGMS User Guide - Applying for Grants).  Search results can be listed by CIA or by application ID.
 





 




 

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NHMRC RAO Alert Monday 2 February 2015

Project Grants Online New Investigator Eligibility Outcomes

NHMRC is currently reviewing the New Investigator eligibility submissions and determining applicants’ eligibility.  New Investigator eligibility outcomes will be advised once all assessments have been completed.

Eligibility outcomes will be advised to the RAO of the nominated Administering Institution.

Applicants are advised to continue preparing their Project Grant application/s while New Investigator eligibility is being determined.

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