The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is working to reduce the grant application and assessment related burden on the health and medical research community.

Sapphire Supporting Research Excellence

NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) is approaching the end of its useful life and is being replaced by a new grants management solution, Sapphire.

Sapphire comprises a suite of technologies to provide one seamless grant application, assessment and administration solution. The over-arching objectives of Sapphire are to replace RGMS with a more intuitive and user-friendly system and provide new functionality that will reduce the burden on applicants, assessors and administrators. NHMRC’s priority during the development and deployment of Sapphire, and staged transition away from RGMS, is to minimise disruption to the health and medical research community.

Since NHMRC launched Sapphire in February 2020, Researchers and RAOs have access to view and update their profile information and many MREA and MRFF grant opportunities have received applications in Sapphire. 

Sapphire is a significant and complex project and NHMRC has taken a cautious and staged approach to its implementation. The project is continuing to develop, enhance and launch additional modules in Sapphire. To keep informed we encourage you to follow our Sapphire twitter account. Updates and hints and tips will be published on a regular basis. 

The Sapphire project is continuing to focus on completing modules for peer review and post-award grant management. Sapphire pilots are paving the way for NHMRC to complete its transition from RGMS to Sapphire in the coming months. As Sapphire development continues, the project is engaging numerous subject matter experts from across NHRMC and members of the Grant Management Solution Working Group (the external reference group for Sapphire development) in detailing business requirements and testing of the system before it is released.

Continuous Improvement and Feedback

NHMRC would like to thank all stakeholders, including Applicants, RAOs and Peer Reviewers for their ongoing contributions and feedback. In response, a number of key improvements have already been deployed to enhance Sapphire usability. Upcoming releases will continue to build on the current capability.

We encourage users to provide feedback on their experience with the system, online tutorials and Help by completing the online feedback form or by contacting the Research Help Centre. This feedback will help NHMRC resolve any urgent issues and inform improvements to Sapphire.

How do I activate my Sapphire account? 

If you have an existing RGMS account you can activate your own account. Open the Sapphire landing page and click “Activate my account”. Your Sapphire ‘user name’ is your primary email address. 

If you need to use Sapphire but do not have an RGMS account

If you do not have an RGMS Profile you will need to register for an account through the form on the Sapphire landing page by clicking on “I need to register”. 

If you are a current Sapphire user

No further action is required. You may log in to Sapphire to access your account. 

If you are an RAO

If you are an RAO with a current Sapphire account, no further action is required. If you are an RAO and have not established an RAO Account in Sapphire you are required to contact the Research Help Centre.

Self-Nominations for NHMRC 2021

Self-Nominations for NHMRC 2021 Peer Review are now open!

Researchers are now able to nominate themselves to be considered for appointment to NHMRC expert review panels. Self-nominations must be received by Friday 30 October 2020.

If you are aware of any researchers interested in participating as panel members please direct them to the NHMRC website.

Researchers are advised to login to Sapphire, click 'Profile' and review all data to confirm your information is correct. A summary of the key changes for Sapphire Profile and NHMRC's recommendations for checking your profile data is available here.

A tutorial for the 2021 Peer Review Self-Nomination Form can be found here. For information relating to the peer review process, including what is involved, the benefits and guidance to help you self-assess which schemes you might be suited to can be found here.