NHMRC-NAFOSTED Joint Call for Collaborative Research Projects

In December 2015, NHMRC signed an agreement with National Foundation for Science and Technology Development of Vietnam (NAFOSTED) which aims to promote ongoing Vietnamese-Australian scientific co-operation between researchers in the two countries.

Under this agreement, a joint networking symposium was held in Hanoi, Vietnam. Researchers from Vietnam and Australia came together at the symposium to share research relevant to the three symposium themes of infectious diseases, maternal/child health and public health. The symposium sought to:

  • deepen collaboration between health and medical researchers in both countries
  • identify respective capacities and complementarities within each country, and
  • build linkages and pinpoint potential future collaborations.

Following on from this symposium, the NHMRC/NAFOSTED Joint Call for Collaborative Research Projects has been developed jointly by NAFOSTED and NHMRC.

This joint call is for research into one or more of the following research themes:

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Maternal/Child Health
  • Public Health

The specific objectives of the joint call are to:

  • generate new knowledge in infectious diseases, maternal/child health and/or public health that can be translated into health policy and practice to benefit human health
  • foster co-investment with international partners in research programs of joint interest that will involve researchers based in Vietnam and Australia
  • foster the exchange of scientific skills and technological capabilities between Vietnam and Australia, and
  • build further collaborations between Vietnamese and Australian researchers.

Apply for funding

The Australian lead/principal investigator (Chief Investigator A) is to complete all application requirements in NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS). The Vietnamese lead/principal investigator (Chief Investigator B) is to complete all application requirements in NAFOSTED’s Online Management System (OMS).

All CIs listed on the application must have an RGMS account with all call specific Profile and CV requirements completed.

Australian lead/principal investigator:

RGMS must be used to access/update your profile and CV and to submit your application. If they have not already done so, applicants are advised to obtain an RGMS log on and commence their profile and CV.

Applicants who are not yet registered in RGMS should contact the Research Help Centre by emailing help@nhmrc.gov.au for more information.

A complete application in RGMS must consist of the following:

  1. Completion of Parts A and B of the application form (including the Grant Proposal pdf), and
  2. The relevant information in your RGMS profile and CV.

Further information on Research Grants Management System (RGMS).

Vietnamese lead/principal investigator:

OMS must to be used to submit the application form, Scientific Curriculum Vitae and budget breakdown. A complete application in OMS must consist of the following:

  1. Application form
  2. Scientific curriculum vitae
  3. Budget breakdown

In addition, identical hard copy versions of the application from and Scientific Curriculum Vitae are also to be submitted to the NAFOSTED secretariat. The grant proposal is to be completed in both English and Vietnamese and submitted to the NAFOSTED secretariat in hard copy. Hard copy documentation are to be submitted signed and stamped as per NAFOSTED requirements.

Please refer to the OMS Instruction for further information.

Prior to submission of an application for funding, applicants need to ensure they have:

  • read all relevant reference material, and
  • liaised with their Administering Institution to identify any specific requirements that the Institution might have.

Key dates

Round Open in RGMS and OMS Wednesday 6 December 2017
Minimum Data due for applications in RGMS

Wednesday 17 January 2018

(1pm Indochina Time/5pm AEDT)
Applications close in RGMS and OMS

Wednesday 14 March 2018

(for RGMS: 1pm Indochina Time/5pm AEDT)

(for OMS: 5pm Indochina Time/9pm AEDT)
Anticipated completion of peer review July 2018*
Anticipated notification of outcomes September/October 2018*

* Dates subject to change

Documentation to apply for NHMRC/NAFOSTED Joint Call for Collaborative Research Projects

Applicants are advised to read the Grant Guidelines and associated information available via Grant Connect (GO ID: GO839). Please also refer to the NAFOSTED website where applicable.

User guides for application development:

Research Classification Guides including Broad Research Area, Fields of Research and NHMRC Keyword ⁄ Phrases:

Criteria for Health and Medical Research of Indigenous Australians (applicable for applications in the area of Indigenous Health research):

  • Indigenous Research Excellence Criteria - see section 6.3 of the NHMRC Funding Rules 2018

Administering Institutions to be used by Applicants when making their selection on the application form:

Guidance for External Assessors 

External assessors should refer to the Guidance for External Assessors for guidance and specific instructions to complete an external assessment in RGMS.