Have your say – RGMS performance and early triage

RGMS usability

RGMS statistics showed that last year, applicants spent 40% less time on average in RGMS compared to 2013.

This follows NHMRCs streamlining efforts which led to the removal of a lot of fields from Project Grant application forms.

We hope that the reduction in administrative side of applications has helped but of course, this is just one part of applying to NHMRC and most time is spent developing and honing the Research Proposal.

RGMS software has also been upgraded for this year. If you have used RGMS this year, we would like to get your feedback on how it’s working for you: ceo@nhmrc.gov.au

Your views on “early triage” needed by March 27– we need enough researchers to respond so we have a representative view

Last year we also increased the percentage of applications that were removed from final peer review (“not for further consideration”), with a target of 50%. This reduced the burden on our GRPs and let unsuccessful applicants know their outcome much earlier than previously.

We are now seeking your views on the best time to “early triage” applications – it could be even earlier.

Please have your say so we have a representative sample of Australian health and medical researchers by filling in the survey here. The consultation has been extended to close on 27 March 2015, which is after the Project Grants application deadline.

Summary statistics for 2014 Project Grants

The 2014 funded (“success”) rate was 14.9%, down from 16.9% in 2013.

553 Project grants were funded, down from 646 in 2013. This fall is due to static NHMRC funding in the face of increased costs of research and the move towards funding projects over longer periods of time. The number of 5-year grant applications increased from 5% of applications in 2013 to 13% in 2014.

There were 117 fewer applicants in 2014 compared to 2013 (3710 versus 3827).

The number of Chief Investigators per application was 6.0 for health services research, 5.5 for public health research, 4.2 for clinical research and 2.8 for basic science research.

Professor Anderson AM
Chief Executive Officer, NHMRC