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5 June 2020

Extension to Ideas Grant close – now due Wednesday 17 June 2020

NHMRC has received feedback that the relatively late full return to face-to-face teaching in Victorian schools on 9 June – just before the advertised closing date for Ideas Grants on 10 June – creates inequities for researchers in different states, as well as for researchers with caring responsibilities, primarily women. Despite measures put in place by some Administering Institutions to support parents to prepare their Ideas Grant applications, we remain concerned that not all researchers will have a reasonable opportunity to produce their best possible grant applications.

In response to this feedback, NHMRC is extending the date for the close of the Ideas Grant scheme by one (1) week to 5:00pm AEST Wednesday 17 June 2020. This is in addition to the five-week extension to the original closing date for the scheme, announced on 27 March, in recognition of the stress, additional caring responsibilities and other disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In order not to delay peer review any longer, no further extensions will be considered for applicants.

NHMRC recognises that not everyone will be happy with this extension. Researchers who have been working towards the deadline may be disappointed that the date has been moved. Researchers who have not been able to focus on their applications with their children at home may be relieved. Everyone’s circumstances are different and everyone’s lives will have been disrupted by the pandemic. NHMRC will continue to try to find the most reasonable, equitable way to navigate current circumstances, to keep grant schemes operating to fund excellent research.

Further details are available on the GrantConnect and NHMRC websites.