Information for grant holders submitting Progress and Final reporting on grant outcomes.

Scientific Progress Reports 

For the majority of NHMRC funding schemes annual Progress Reports are not required to be submitted unless requested by NHMRC. Instead the progress of grants can be monitored by researchers’ RGMS CVs and grantee variation applications. Chief Investigators and Fellows are expected to update their RGMS CV on an annual basis by the end of June each year, including linking outputs and outcomes to the relevant NHMRC grant ID. RGMS CV information may also be used during peer review to assess a grant applicants’ track record, and by NHMRC when reviewing or evaluating funding schemes. Failure to complete and submit reports may impact on current and future funding until the report is provided. 

Administering Institutions are obliged to ensure that the Research Activity is carried out as approved and request approval for any variations to the grant. NHMRC may exercise its rights under the Funding Agreement if complete and accurate variation requests are not submitted in a timely manner. See the Grantee Variation Policy  and supporting information for when and how to seek approval to vary a grant.  

End of grant Final Reports 

The purpose of the end of grant final scientific reports is to collect information about grant outcomes. Research outcomes may be used by NHMRC for promoting research achievements, performance reporting and reporting to government. 

A Final Report must be completed within six months of completion of the Funding Period or termination of the award. The report includes: 

  • the completion of Final Report - Achievements and Expected Future Outcomes Summary within RGMS; and 
  • updating the RGMS CV by linking the relevant research outputs and outcomes to grant(s)

Chief Investigators and Fellows are encouraged to keep their RGMS CV up-to-date even after the Final Report is submitted. This enables NHMRC to evaluate long-term scientific, health and economic impacts of funded research. Grant applicants can also use this information to demonstrate research outcomes from their previously held NHMRC grants.

Exceptions 

Final Reports are required for all grants except Equipment, Independent Research Infrastructure Support Scheme (IRIISS) and Postgraduate Scholarship grants. 

Additional reporting 

Research Fellowship grants which include either a Support Enhancement Option, a Trans-Tasman Joint Initiative Award or a Translation Advancement Incentive have an additional requirement to provide a one page report at the conclusion of the Fellowship by email to postaward.management@nhmrc.gov.au

Scheme-specific Funding Rules and grant schedules may specify additional reporting requirements. 

NHMRC retains the authority under the Funding Agreement to request additional reports about the Research Activity in the form and within the time frame specified by NHMRC. 

RGMS User Guide – Grant Administration 

The RGMS User Guide – Grant Administration is available to assist with meeting scientific reporting requirement through RGMS.