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.

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To progress this commitment and address the ageing technology of the current Research Grants Management System (RGMS), NHMRC is in the process of developing a new grants management solution, Sapphire, for supporting research excellence.

The implementation of Sapphire aims to:

  • Improve the applicant user experience
  • Improve the assessor user experience
  • Improve the RAO user experience
  • Reduce the time for applicants to receive their grant decision

Principles

The project to develop Sapphire operates on a set of guiding principles for solution design:

  • Usability: The solution will be intuitive and easy to use for all users
  • Single entry: Users only need to enter data once into the solution
  • Accessibility: Outside of planned maintenance times, the solution will be continuously available to users
  • Security: User data is secure

Implementation

NHMRC is committed to delivering a grants management solution that meets the needs and expectations of the research community.

Recent testing identified some additional complexities that require resolution. As a result, NHMRC has decided to defer the planned October pilot to avoid any potential disruption to applicants.

While we continue to develop Sapphire for a smooth transition, all new and existing grant programs will also be managed through RGMS until further notice. This includes, but is not limited to, Centres for Research Excellence, Development Grants, Targeted Calls for Research and Investigator Grants.

Your researcher CV and profile will continue to be managed through RGMS until further notice.

We will keep you informed on the timing and approach of Sapphire’s release. The advanced capabilities of Sapphire provide us flexibility in the release of grant activities (such as application forms, assignment of panels, application assessment, etc). This means we can bring forward new and enhanced functionality in a step-by-step way that best supports the research community, with the end goal being all grant activities and existing funding arrangements transitioning into Sapphire.

Data Migration

As we transition to Sapphire, NHMRC will transfer your data and information from RGMS. We will provide you early notification of any planned data migration activities along with instructions on any actions you may need to take.

Learning Materials

Resources will be made available to assist in navigating Sapphire, including user guides and how-to videos. These will be made available as Sapphire is released.