This funding scheme provides funding and support to create new opportunities for researchers and policy makers to work together to define research questions, undertake research, interpret the findings and implement the findings into policy and practice.

Partnership Projects create partnerships among decision makers, policy makers, managers, clinicians and researchers. This funding scheme provides funding and support to create new opportunities for researchers and policy makers to work together to define research questions, undertake research, interpret the findings and implement the findings into policy and practice.

Partnership Projects answer a specific research question to influence health and well-being through changes in the delivery, organisation, funding and access to health services.

Continuous application process 

This scheme allows applicants to apply at any time during the year rather than through just one annual round. This is to allow researchers and partner organisations to develop timely collaborations. The grant commencement date is not fixed for 1 January—it will be aligned with the timing of each peer review cycle. This allows funding to be administered more quickly after grants are awarded provided all necessary documentation is in place.

Peer Review Cycles 

Applications will proceed to peer review depending on when they are submitted to NHMRC. For example, for an application to be peer reviewed in the first cycle (PRC No.1); applicants must ensure minimum data requirements are met by 28 March 2018, and the application must be submitted by 11 April 2018. Applications that have met minimum data requirements but are not submitted by the application due date will remain active. The applicant may continue to work on the application and submit to the next available peer review cycle.

Any application which was started but was not submitted by the third peer review cycle deadline of 5 December 2018 will need to reapply in 2019.

NHMRC Administering Institutions Partner Waiver NHMRC Approved Administering Institutions (Administering Institutions) cannot be named as a partner on a Partnership Project application, unless they:

  • are an organisation which primarily delivers health policy and/or health services, and
  • obtain a waiver from NHMRC.

This is consistent with the description and objectives of the scheme, which includes the aim to create partnerships among decision makers, policy makers, managers, clinicians and researchers to improve the translation of research evidence into health policy and health practice.

This policy includes organisations that falls under the ‘umbrella’ of an Administering Institution (such as having the same ABN/CAN, falls under the same governance, or is not a legal entity of its own and falls under the auspices of an Administering Institution).

An Administering Institution that is primarily involved in delivering health policy and/or health services can apply for a waiver. Requests for waivers need to be made through the Research Administration Office of the Administering Institution that is applying for the waiver.

Completed request for wavier forms (available below) must be emailed to help@nhmrc.gov.au by the relevant date (see Partnership Projects Funding Rules). The waiver request must clearly outline why the Administering Institution should be considered as a partner organisation.

Waiver requests that fail to address each of the points within the form will be denied.

Following assessment, NHMRC will provide written advice concerning the decision. Approved waivers will be valid for any Partnership Project applications submitted for the remainder of the calendar year, commencing from the date of the written advice.

Administering Institutions that do not obtain a waiver may be listed as a participating institute, if appropriate, however any contributions will not be considered ‘partner funding’ and therefore matched funding will not be provided.

Applications that name Administering Institutions as partners (without obtaining a waiver) may be deemed ineligible.

Due dates for the submission of waivers can be found in the Partnership Projects Funding Rules.

Dates

This scheme allows applicants to apply at any time during the year rather than through just one annual round. This is to allow researchers and partner organisations to develop timely collaborations. The grant commencement date is not fixed for 1 January—it will be aligned with the timing of each peer review cycle. This allows funding to be administered more quickly after grants are awarded provided all necessary documentation is in place.

Process

PRC#1

PRC#2

PRC#3

Applications Open

17 January 2018

NHMRC Approved Administering Institutions waiver due

14 March 2018

20 July 2018

7 November 2018

Minimum data due

28 March 2018

1 August 2018

21 November 2018

Applications close

11 April 2018

15 August 2018

5 December 2018

Peer Review Meetings

24-25 July 2018

19-23 November 2018

26 March 2019

Grant at a glance

Duration of funding
5 years
Level of funding
$1,500,000

Key changes

Additional funding is available to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research through a Partnership Projects Special Initiative (see section 9 of the Partnership Projects scheme-specific Funding Rules). This Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Obesity Prevention Research Special Initiative will be available to researchers applying to peer review cycles from 2018 until 2019, unless the allocated funding is exhausted in earlier cycles.

Outcomes of funding rounds

Before you submit an application, please make sure you have:

 
01

Step One

Read all relevant reference material

GrantConnect GO Documents

 
02

Step Two

Liaised with your Administering Institution to identify any specific requirements that the institution may have

 
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Step Three

Ensure your application is complete and correct.

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