Key dates for NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence 2019

  • Internal (UQR&I) deadline for EOI forms: 28 September 2018
  • Release of Guidelines: 24 October 2018
  • Proposals open in Sapphire*: 24 October 2018
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQR&I) information session: N/A
  • Minimum data requirements in Sapphire: 21 November 2018
  • Applications due to UQR&I: 9 November 2018
  • Applications close with NHMRC: 5 December 2018

Please see the NHMRC scheme page for details

* Sapphire is replacing the ageing technology of RGMS as the NHMRC's new grants management solution. Centres of Research Excellence applications will be opened in Sapphire as part of the new solution.

Overview

Centres of Research Excellence support research which aims to improve health outcomes and promote or improve translation of research outcomes into policy and/or practice. The scheme supports teams of researchers to pursue collaborative research and develop capacity in three streams: clinical research, health services research, and population health research.  Under the NHMRC's new grant program structure, the existing NHMRC CRE scheme will continue as part of the Strategic and Leveraging Grants scheme.

How to apply

UQ will use a mandatory internal Expression of Interest (EOI) stage to endorse and provide feedback on developing NHMRC CRE proposals. The EOI form is downloadable from UQ Documentation, below, and must be lodged to UQR&I via nhmrc@research.uq.edu.au by the closing date.

Step 1. Sapphire updates and scheme reading

  • Update your full profile and CV in the NHMRC granting system, Sapphire. Investigators new to the NHMRC need to submit a user request via the Sapphire login page.
  • Familiarise yourself with the key National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and The University of Queensland (UQ) documentation.

Step 2. Completing the application

  • Log into Sapphire and complete the application.

Step 3. UQR&I internal review and feedback

  • Ahead of internal review, ensure all online components are complete/valid and generate your proposal snapshots in Sapphire
  • To initiate internal review, email your completed Funding Coversheet to UQR&I at nhmrc@research.uq.edu.au.
  • Also provide completed UQ Certification Proforma.
  • Internal review by UQR&I/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/grantsmanship).

Step 4. Final submission

  • Final submission by UQR&I to NHMRC.

Readership and researcher support

Before applying, we recommend you:

Key documents

NHMRC

Before applying, please review the full suite of documents available from GrantConnect, the Australian Government grants information system. (Login required)

NHMRC documentation, including Guidelines and Sapphire information, will be available when the scheme opens.

Additional NHRMC documents

NHMRC Research Classification Guides

UQ

UQ supporting documentation:

Rejoinders and rebuttal

In the NHMRC assessment and rebuttal process, proposal comments from external assessors may be made available to applicants, who may be given opportunity to submit a rebuttal.

To assist you to prepare rebuttals, UQR&I holds rebuttal information sessions involving senior academics who have served on the NHRMC's Assigners Academy and Grant Review Panels and posts the session materials on the UQR&I presentations and slides page.