NHMRC-National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Joint Call for Research to Enhance Prediction and Improve the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in China and Australia

In January 2013, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and National Health and Medical Research Council, (NHMRC) signed a Letter of Agreement of general cooperation to promote and encourage research and development activities amongst researchers from China and Australia. The two funding organisations will work together on health and medical research issues of mutual interest.

NSFC is a public institution in charge of managing the National Natural Science Fund of China under the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. NSFC plays a leading role in supporting researchers and research projects in the natural sciences, as well as promoting advances in science and technology and coordinated economic and social development, in accordance with the Chinese Government's guiding principles, policies and plans for the national development of science and technology.

Outcomes of the NHMRC-NSFC Joint Call for Research

Archived information

Clarification of description of research and extension to the minimum data due date

NHMRC would like to further clarify the description of the research outlined in the NHMRC/NSFC Joint Call for Research to enhance prediction and improve the treatment of type 2 diabetes in China and Australia Funding Rules.

Applications that are basic research/population or community-based cohort studies only will not be accepted. Applications with an element of this type of research must also include a (mainly) clinical research focus that addresses the prediction, treatment or prevention of onset of Type 2 diabetes using an intervention trial. For applications that contain animal studies, applicants would need to demonstrate a clear link to a clinical trials study/intervention and must not be a stand-alone basic research proposal.

To allow for refinement of applications according to this advice, the minimum data due date has been extended.

Minimum data must be entered into NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) by 5.00 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on Wednesday 15 April (previously 8 April).

Applications without the correct information by this date will not be accepted.

Applicants are reminded that to enable Chinese applicants to be listed in RGMS, the Australian Co-Principal Applicant (CIA) must submit the applicants’ details to the NHMRC Project Officer and request the opening of temporary accounts by 15 April 2015 (minimum data deadline) so that they can be listed in A-RT. Further information is available on the NHMRC website.

Apply for funding

The NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) must be used to access/update your CV and profile and to submit your application for funding under the NHMRC-NSFC Joint Call for Research to Enhance Prediction and Improve the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in China and Australia. If they have not already done so, applicants are advised to gain an RGMS log on and commence their CV and profile.

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

A complete application under the NHMRC-NSFC Joint Call for Research to Enhance Prediction and Improve the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in China and Australia must consist of the following:

  1. Completion of Parts A and B of the RGMS application form;
  2. The Joint Research Proposal, which comprises of the following documents to be uploaded to RGMS:
    • Application Form PDF
    • Biographical Sketches PDF
    • Letter of Collaboration; and
  3. The relevant information in your RGMS profile and CV

Applications for funding under this call must be submitted to both agencies. For full details, please refer to Section 5 of the scheme-specific Funding Rules.

Prior to submission of an application for funding under the NHMRC-NSFC Joint Call for Research to Enhance Prediction and Improve the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in China and Australia, 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

The key dates for the NHMRC-NSFC Joint Call for Research to Enhance Prediction and Improve the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in China and Australia application round are as follows:

4 March 2015 Applications Open
15 April 2015 Deadline for Minimum Data Requirement entry
8 April 2015

Deadline for submission of Chinese Investigator RGMS account requests

(see “Instructions for Adding Chinese Applicants as Chief Investigators and Entering Profile and CV Information” for further information)

29 April 2015 at 17:00 hours AEST Applications Close

Documentation to Apply for a Grant under the NHMRC-NSFC Joint Call for Research to Enhance Prediction and Improve the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in China and Australia

These must be read in conjunction with the NHMRC Funding Rules 2015, NHMRC Advice and Instructions to Applicants 2015 and Guide to NHMRC Peer Review 2015, which have also been revised.

User Guides and Templates for Application Development

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

NHMRC-NSFC Joint Call for Research to Enhance Prediction and Improve the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in China and Australia Applications in Indigenous Health and Well-being

Instructions for Adding Chinese Applicants as Chief Investigators and Entering Profile and CV Information

To enable Chinese applicants to be listed in RGMS, the Australian Co-Principal Applicant (CIA) will need to submit a request for the opening of temporary accounts to the NHMRC Project Officer by COB 8 April 2015. The following information is required:

  • Title
  • First Name
  • Surname
  • Primary Institution

The CIA will be required to manage all temporary accounts for their Chinese team members, including the entry of mandatory information. As such, the preferred email address and phone number for the CIA is also required for set-up of the accounts. Once the accounts have been activated, the CIA will receive an email for each account containing the login details. The remaining details must then be entered for each applicant.

A “Profile Checker” Snapshot Report has been developed to assist in the correct population of each CI’s Profile and CV. The CIA is encouraged to send this Snapshot Report to their Chinese team members to ensure their data has been entered correctly prior to submitting an application. To access this Snapshot Report:

  • Run the report as per the instructions provided in the RGMS User Guide – Applying for Grants
  • Open the “Snapshot Reports” tab in the application
  • Download the Snapshot Report titled “AppID_Assessor.pdf”

Further information

If you require more information, direct your inquiry to your Research Administration Office in the first instance.

If you require assistance and are unable to satisfy your concern by seeking assistance through your administering institution, contact the NHMRC Project Officer.

For information on NSFC policies and procedures, refer to their websites (Chinese and English)