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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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NHMRC RAO Alert - Tuesday 25 February 2014

Reminder: Project Grant applications close 5pm AEDT 5 March 2014

Applications for Project Grants commencing in 2015 close at 5pm AEDT Wednesday 5 March 2014.

A large number of applications have already been initiated in RGMS but these are still in draft stage, and very few have been ‘submitted’ to NHMRC. It is important that applicants allow enough time for certification and RAO endorsement. All applications must be certified, endorsed and submitted to NHMRC through RGMS before the closing time.

To avoid last minute issues, NHMRC strongly recommends that:

  • RAOs remind applicants of these requirements and the above deadline;
  • applicants and RAOs carefully check eligibility requirements before finalising applications; and
  • once applications are endorsed, RAOs submit applications in RGMS as soon as possible.
  • RAOs in South Australia, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland are reminded to note the time difference when submitting applications.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Early Career Fellowships: further extension to closing date

The closing date for Early Career Fellowships applications has been extended to accommodate the RGMS shutdown from 5pm Friday 11 April to 6am Monday 14 April.  Users will not be able to access NHMRC websites, including RGMS, for the duration of the outage due to essential network and infrastructure changes.

The closing date for Early Career Fellowship applications is now 5pm AEST Tuesday 29 April 2014.

This extension is in addition to the 21 February 2014 announcement of an extended closing date and takes into account public holidays and institution shutdowns during this period.

 

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NHMRC RAO Alert - Tuesday 18 February 2014

Announcing 2013 Funding Round Outcomes – EMBARGO LIFTED

Today, the Minister for Health, the Hon Peter Dutton MP, announced the outcomes of the National Health and Medical Research Council 2013 funding of applications for the following schemes:

  • 108 Postgraduate Scholarships totalling $9.5 million
  • 3 grants from the Targeted Call for Research into Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples totalling $ 2.8 million
  • 24 Development Grants totalling $14.7 million
  • 7 Partnership Projects – 2013 Second Call totalling $4.4 million
  • 11 Program Grants totalling $101.6 million

RAOs are requested to please pass this information to the relevant Chief Investigators within their Institutions.

Details of funding in each of the schemes are available under Outcomes of Funding Rounds.

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Page reviewed: 29 July, 2014