Sapphire will be regularly updated as part of NHMRC’s effort to continuously improve the user experience of our grant management system. See below for the detailed explanation of the improvements made to Sapphire.

March 2021

1. New and enhanced Sapphire RAO dashboards

Sapphire now provides RAOs with new dashboards and enhancements to existing dashboards to assist in the management of applications:

  • A new CI – Application Count dashboard. This displays Chief Investigators listed on more than one application within a Grant Opportunity; and
  • Enhancements to the Application Status and Application Progress dashboards.

Details on how to use the dashboards can be found on the Sapphire Tutorials page under Institution – Our Applications.

February 2021

Sapphire now allows you to connect your Sapphire profile to the Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID). ORCID is an internationally recognised, open, non-profit resource that links unique researcher identifiers to research activities, data and outputs.

Connecting your Sapphire profile with ORCID will provide you with greater flexibility in managing your publication history. You can continue to manage publications manually or manage them in a single repository (ORCID) and import them as required into Sapphire, reducing the need to double handle your publication information. 

An ORCID account is required to link publications to Sapphire. To register for an ORCID account visit

Detailed instructions on how to connect your ORCID to your Sapphire Profile is available on the Sapphire Tutorials page under Researcher - My Profile - Adding ORCID to your profile tutorial. Users that elect to utilise this functionality should be aware that publication author information will not automatically migrate to Sapphire and will require manual entry.

For additional assistance, please contact the NHMRC Research Help Centre via email -

January 2021

The Send Invite button has been removed. Invites will be automatically generated by a workflow which will run every 3 minutes.


  • When a new CI is added to the application team, the Send Invite button needed to be pressed.

Previous CI screen with send invite button

Following new release:

  • The Sent Invite button has been removed.
  • The email and Acceptance notification are automatically created by a workflow that runs every 3 minutes.
  • Once a researcher accepts an invitation to become a member of a Research Team, this will be indicated in the application.

New CI invite image

New invite sent image

New notification image

New accepted invite image

Re-acceptance is no longer required when a CI swaps their CI role.


  • When swapping from one CI role to another CI role, a fresh invite, email and Acceptance notification were created.

Following new release:

  • Moving from one CI role to another CI role will no longer create fresh invite, email or Acceptance notification.

On all application forms the GO is to be added on the Application Details page. This will be particularly useful for applicants and RAOs who look at applications across many opportunities.

Following new release:

  • At the top of the Application details page a new field has been added, GO Name.

Application form with GO name