3. Critical dates

Applications for Partnership Projects open on 18 January 2017 and can be submitted at any time during the year, up until 6 December 2017. This is to allow researchers and partner organisations to develop timely collaborations.

Peer review of applications will occur in three distinct cycles:

  • Peer Review Cycle #1 - July 2017
  • Peer Review Cycle #2 - November 2017
  • Peer Review Cycle #3 - April 2018.
18 January 2017 Applications open in RGMS
15 March 2017 Administering Institution partner waivers* for Peer Review Cycle #1
29 March 2017 Minimum data due in RGMS for Peer Review Cycle #1
12 April 2017 Applications close for Peer Review Cycle #1 
20 July 2017 Administering Institution partner waivers for Peer Review Cycle #2
2 August 2017 Minimum data due date in RGMS for Peer Review Cycle #2
16 August Applications close for Peer Review Cycle #2
8 November 2017 Administering Institution partner waivers for Peer Review Cycle #3
22 November 2017 Minimum data due date in RGMS for Peer Review Cycle #3
6 December 2017 Applications close for Peer Review Cycle #3

* Refer to section 5.2 of this document.

Application outcomes are announced as peer review processes are finalised and ministerial approvals are obtained. Refer to sections 11.4 and 11.6 of the NHMRC Funding Rules 2017 for further details.

Minimum data must be entered in Research Grants Management System (RGMS) by 5:00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on the specified due date to allow the NHMRC to commence sourcing suitable assessors. Applications that fail to satisfy this requirement will not be accepted. Applicants are also reminded to complete the recommended fields below with correct information. Using placeholder text such as “text”, “synopsis” or “xx” etc. is not acceptable as minimum data.

Minimum data for Partnership Projects consist of the following:

  • A-PA Part A General (specifically the Administering Institution, Application Title, Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Research and Synopsis)
  • A-RC Research Classification
  • A-RT Research Team (add core team members if known, noting that team members may be added or deleted after the minimum data deadline until the close of applications).

Please note: Failure to meet this deadline will result in the application not proceeding (see section 10.7 of the NHMRC Funding Rules 2017 for further information).

Research Administration Officer (RAOs) are not required to certify applications for the purpose of minimum data. Applications should only be certified once complete and ready for submission (see section 10.4 of the NHMRC Funding Rules and section 6 of the NHMRC Advice and Instructions to Applicants).

Completed applications must be submitted to the NHMRC in RGMS by 5.00pm AEST on the specified closing date. Late applications will not be accepted.