Partnership Projects

Critical Dates

2017 1st  Call

Date to be advised

NHMRC Approved Admin Institution waiver requests 

Monday 27 March 2017

Draft applications to RIC

Wednesday 29 March 2017

Minimum Data due in RGMS

Thursday 6 April 2017

Final Certified Application to RIC


NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health – Projects (Partnership Projects) will help 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 and undertake research and also to interpret and implement the findings. Partnership Projects will answer a specific research question to influence health and well-being through changes in the delivery, organisation, funding and access to health services.

Partnership Projects 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. Peer review of applications received in 2017 will occur in 3 cycles. Applications not submitted by the 3rd Call deadline of 6 December 2017 will need to reapply in 2018.

Important information and changes to the Partnership Projects scheme can be found on the NHMRC website.

How to apply

Steps to be completed by Chief Investigator A (CIA):

  1. Submit a Notice of Intent (NOI)

    The NOI should be completed early to provide RIC with CIA contact details.

  2. Complete/update RGMS Profile and CV

    The CIA will need to obtain access to RGMS to complete this step.

  3. Review the funding documents

    The CI should read the NHMRC All Schemes and Scheme Specific: Funding Rules, Advice and Instructions to Applicants and Guide to Peer Review documents. These documents can be found in the Supporting documents below.

    If applicable, submit a request for a NHMRC Administering Institutions Partner Waiver to RIC by the internal waiver date. Administering Institutions cannot be named as a partner on a Partnership Project application unless they obtain a waiver from NHMRC. Applicants can apply for a waiver if the partnering Administering Institution is primarily involved in delivering health policy and/or health services. Refer to the NHMRC website for more details.

  4. Complete draft application in RGMS

    Complete the draft application in RGMS. A mandatory pre-formatted Microsoft Word template for the Grant Proposal should be downloaded from the NHMRC website. We suggest the formatting in this template is not amended as this could render applicants ineligible

  5. Email a draft application to RIC

    Email a draft application to RIC for review. A hardcopy is not required.

    • Use the ‘Request Latest Snapshot Report’ function in RGMS.
    • Email two snapshot reports, the draft Grant Proposal and Partner Organisation Letters of Support. A UOM Authority to Submit form is not required at this stage.
    • RIC will send an email receipt
  6. Complete the application after feedback

    Complete the application after taking feedback into account. Applicants should seek advice from colleagues, and Faculty Mentors before finalising the application.

  7. Certify the application in RGMS

    Use the ‘CI Certification’ function in RGMS. The application, once certified, will be locked and then submitted to RAO.

  8. Submit the UOM Authority to Submit form

    CIA  to submit a fully completed UOM Authority to Submit form to RIC by email (*NEW PROCESS*) before 5pm on the final internal closing date. The form should be one PDF document and should include

    • Completed compliance and eligibility section
    • Signature of the CI and Head of Department/Institute Director.
    • Written evidence (e.g. email) from all CIs and AIs. This evidence must clearly state the application ID number and include the relevant "I certify..." text provided in the Authority to Submit form. Suggested wording is provided in the accompanying support document. All written evidence must be attached to the finished Authority to Submit form in order of CI/AI listing with the other signatures.

    A hardcopy of the RGMS application is not required.

    Note that obtaining signatures/consents is an NHMRC requirement and the application cannot be submitted to NHMRC until RIC receives this form. 

  9. RIC will submit the application

    Once the application has been submitted to NHMRC, the CIA will receive RGMS notification.

Supporting documents


NOTE: Funding Rules for this scheme are due to be released on 18 January 2017 and details below will be updated after this date

**To access documentation on NHMRC webpage use menu on left side webpage and scroll down to relevant item**

  • NHMRC Funding Rules: All Schemes / Scheme Specific [applicants must refer to both]
  • NHMRC Advice & Instructions: All Schemes / Scheme Specific [applicants must refer to both]
  • Grant Proposal template (mandatory use)
  • Guide to Partner Letter of Support (applicants should provide this to partners as a guide)
  • Partner Contribution Guidelines (Funding Rules Attachment A)
  • Partnership Project Category Descriptors (Funding Rules Attachment B)
  • Peer Review Guidelines: All schemes and Scheme Specific [applicants must refer to both]
  • Indigenous Research Excellence Criteria - see Section 6.3 of Funding Rules
  • NHMRC Approved Admin Institutions Partner - Request for Waiver form
  • Budget mechanism for funding commencing 2018
  • Research Classification Guides
  • RGMS Character Count online tool *NEW*
  • RGMS Offline Forms (RIC review will be via RGMS entry only)
  • RGMS User Guides



Questions and primary email

Key contacts

Sybil Woolfson (primary contact)+61 3 8344 2062
Anne Coco  +61 3 8344 8265

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