Partnership Projects

Critical Dates

2019 3rd Call (funding commencing 2020)

Wednesday 6 November 2019
5.00pm AEDT

NHMRC Approved Administering Institution waiver requests to NHMRC

Monday 18 November 2019
5:00pm AEDT

Draft applications due to RIC

Wednesday 20 November 2019
5:00pm AEDT

Minimum Data due in RGMS

Monday 2 December 2019
10:00am AEST

Final Certified Application due to RIC


NHMRC Partnerships 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.

The 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 2019 will occur in 3 cycles.

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

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Special Initiative

From 2018 a Special Initiative in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is being offered through support from the Department of Health. The Special Initiative provides the opportunity for community organisations that are contributing to health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People to develop a relationship with a researcher, to strengthen the evidence in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and obesity research.

To apply for this Special Initiative, an additional set of questions (Supplementary Questions) are required. For more information please refer to section 6.1 of the Partnership Project 2019 Guidelines

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. Administering Institutions cannot be named as a partner on a Partnership Project application unless they are primarily an organisation which delivers health policy and/or health services, and obtain a waiver from NHMRC. A Request for Waiver form must be submitted to RIC by email by the internal waiver date.

  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 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 on the Authority to Submit form. 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




Anne Coco (primary contact)

P: +61 3 8344 8265

Patrick Heng

P: +61 3 8344 7870


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