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NHMRC RAO Alert - Wednesday 17 December 2014

2015 NHMRC Project Grants and CRE schemes 

Funding Rules for the 2015 Project Grants and Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) schemes are now available on the NHMRC’s website in HTML format.

The following supporting documentation is also available:

  • Project Grants Advice and Instructions to Applicants and Peer Review Guidelines in PDF format.
  • CRE Advice and Instructions to Applicants and Peer Review Guidelines in HTML format.
  • Offline application forms and Grant Proposal templates for Project Grants and CRE.
  • The 2015 NHMRC Funding Rules, NHMRC Advice and Instructions to Applicants and Guide to NHMRC Peer Review in HTML format.

HTML versions of all Project Grant scheme documentation will be available shortly.

Application Requirements

RAOs and applicants are reminded that NHMRC has a policy of strict conformance when assessing eligibility and other application requirements. These include:

  • minimum data;
  • length and formatting of the Grant Proposal; and
  • eligibility criteria.

Applications that fail to meet NHMRC requirements will be excluded from consideration in accordance with Section 10.7 of the NHMRC Funding Rules. This is to ensure a level playing field for all applicants.

Checklists are available in RGMS to assist with completing the application form and checking eligibility. However, ultimate responsibility for meeting these requirements rests with the applicant. Refer to the RGMS User Guide – Applying for Grants for further instructions.

Project Grants New Investigator and Cancer Australia and Funding Partners Young Investigator eligibility process change (for funding commencing in 2016) 

All CIs on applications applying as a New Investigator or as a Young Investigator under the Cancer Australia and Funding Partners initiative are now required to complete the online New Investigator eligibility form which is available on the Project Grants webpage for viewing purposes only. The early application and notification process is intended to allow applicant(s) time to adjust the CI team if they do not meet the eligibility criteria.

Applicants who do not complete the online form but select the New Investigator option within their application will not be reviewed as New Investigator. The application will be assessed as a standard Project Grant.

The deadline for submitting the online form is 17:00hr AEDT 21 January 2015.  NHMRC will not accept late submissions or alterations to the form after this date.

Applicants who are applying as a Young Investigator under the Cancer Australia and Funding Partners initiative only should not select the New Investigator box within their application unless they are applying as both a New Investigator and Young Investigator.

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

Submit your feedback: Project Grants scheme – timing of NFFC and duration of grants 

NHMRC is seeking views on elements of the Project Grants scheme, including the Not For Further Consideration (NFFC) process and the duration of funding support. RAOs are requested to bring this consultation to the attention of researchers at your institution. Submissions close 15:00hr AEDT 24 February.

Further information
 

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NHMRC RAO Alert - Monday 1 December 2014

RGMS Connectivity Issues 

NHMRC has become aware that since the new version of RGMS went live, some institutions are no longer able to access RGMS via the www.rgms.nhmrc.gov.au address.

If this issue affects your institution, please contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983 or at help@nhmrc.gov.au.

Reminder: Different timings for the 2015 Project Grants round 

For Project Grants 2015 round, funding rules will be available as usual in mid-December 2014, but RGMS itself will not open for applications until 14 January 2015 to allow time for thorough testing following the recent RGMS upgrade.

Applications will close a little later than usual on 18 March 2015. NHMRC regrets any inconvenience these changes may cause.

Further Information available on the NHMRC Funding Calender webpage.

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NHMRC RAO Alert - Thursday 27 November 2014

2014 Development Grants - NFFC Outcomes 

Section 6.2(H) of the NHMRC Development Grants Peer Review Guidelines for funding commencing in 2015, on the Development Grants webpage, states that the NFFC outcomes would be announced in early November.

Due to the RGMS shutdown, NFFC outcomes will now be released with other outcomes mid-December 2014.

RAOs will be able to download a list of outcomes for their Institution, via the download all function in RGMS following the announcement. Instructions are available in chapter 2.2 of the RGMS user Guide – Awarding Grants, on the RGMS Training Program webpage.
 

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NHMRC RAO Alert - Thursday 13 November 2014

RGMS Update

The NHMRC's Research Grants Management System (RGMS) has been successfully upgraded and will be available to RAOs and researchers from Saturday 15 November.

Key changes include:

Navigation

  • In addition to the standard tabs (Applicant, RAO, Assessor, etc) available on the home page, RGMS now features a new menu bar to assist with navigation. This includes Home, Back, Recent and Favourites links. Hovering over the Home link also gives access to all pages.
  • Links once found in side menus can now be found under drop-down menus. For example, all application menu options (General, Part A and Part B) now appear under a drop-down menu on the Applications Properties tab. Drop-down menus on other Properties tabs (e.g. Profile and CV, etc) operate in a similar way.
  • The Submit button has been replaced by a Save and Return button, which saves the actions on the current page before returning to the previous page.

 Lookups and Editing

  • Users can now type directly into lookup fields (e.g. Administering Institution, Research keywords, Research team members , etc) to get auto-suggested results, avoiding the need to use the binocular icon to search for and select results.
  • In-line editing is now possible for some assessment fields (e.g. Panel/Spokesperson Assessment Selection Criteria fields), avoiding the need for assessors to put RGMS into “Edit Mode”.

Additional Quick Reference Guides, User Guides and eLearning modules can be found at the RGMS Training page on the NHMRC website. The NHMRC strongly encourages RAOs and researchers to familiarise themselves with these revised materials.

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties please contact the NHMRC’s Research Help Centre (RHC) on 1800 500 983 or at help@nhmrc.gov.au. Support will be available from 10am to 2pm AEDT on Saturday 15 November and Sunday 16 November, in addition to the RHC’s normal operating hours.

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NHMRC RAO Alert - Thursday 23 October 2014

RGMS closure

NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) is now offline and will be unavailable until 15 November 2014 while NHMRC upgrades the system.

Interim arrangements are detailed here.

For further assistance during the offline period contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983 (+61 2 6217 9451 for international callers) or at help@nhmrc.gov.au

 

Preview upgraded version of RGMS

The upgraded version of RGMS and revised user guides/eLearning courses are available to preview until 24 October 2014.

For further information see the NHMRC website.

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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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