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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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NHMRC RAO Alert - Wednesday 28 May 2014

Development Grants: Minimum Application Data - RAO certification not required

RAOs are asked to note that RAO certification is not required for minimum data.

In this year’s Development Grant round, all applicants are required to commence their application and provide the specified minimum data in the NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) by 5pm AEST Wednesday 28 May 2014 to allow the NHMRC to start sourcing reviewers with appropriate expertise.

The minimum data required by 28 May 2014 are:

  • A-PA Part A Home (specifically the Administering Institution, Application Title and Synopsis)
  • A-RT Research Team and Commitment (core team members if known)

Any applications initiated after this date will not be accepted.

For more information on RGMS, please visit www.nhmrc.gov.au/rgms.

Please direct all other queries to help@nhmrc.gov.au.

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NHMRC RAO Alert - Tuesday 17 April 2014

Partnership Projects 2014 First Call Funding Rules – Clarification

NHMRC has received enquiries regarding who can be named a partner and the meaning of “affiliated organisations”.  Clarification is now available on the Partnership Projects webpage.

RAOs are often well-informed about the relationships that an Administering Institution has with other organisations.

Where possible, your assistance in helping applicants to determine whether or not their proposed partner is suitable for this scheme is appreciated.

For queries please contact: help@nhmrc.gov.au.



 

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NHMRC ICT Outages: 23 March and 11-14 April

NHMRC’s network and infrastructure, including internet services, will be offline on the following dates:

  • 8am to 4pm AEDT Sunday 23 March to conduct mandatory disaster recovery testing; and
  • 5pm AEST Friday 11 April to 6am AEST Monday 14 April to move data centres under Whole-of-Australian Government arrangements.

Users will not be able to access NHMRC websites, including RGMS, during either outage. For queries please contact: help@nhmrc.gov.au. NHMRC regrets any inconvenience this may cause.

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NHMRC RAO Alert - Friday 28 February 2014

RGMS Maintenance

RGMS will be offline from 11.50pm Saturday 1 March to 6am Sunday 2 March 2014 AEDT to perform critical system maintenance.

Users will not be able to access RGMS during this time.

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

We regret that this may inconvenience researchers and administrators.

Research Help Centre: Extended Opening Hours

The Research Help Centre will be open extended hours this Saturday and Sunday to support RAOs:

  • Saturday 1 March - 10am to 2pm AEDT
  • Sunday 2 March - 1pm to 5pm AEDT

The RHC can be contacted at help@nhmrc.gov.au or by calling 1800 500 983 (or +61 2 6217 9451 for international callers).

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Page reviewed: 2 October, 2014