How to apply for an NHMRC scheme

All NHMRC submissions must be lodged by the University on behalf of the applicant. Please see details of the individual grants for key dates, funding rules information and specific application guidelines.

1. Apply for a RGMS ID

The Research Management System (RGMS) is a web-based system used to prepare and submit research proposals, assessments and rejoinders.

All applicants named on a submission will need a RGMS ID in order to edit profile/CV information and certify the application.

2. Read the NHMRC funding policy and Sydney Instructions to Applicants

Refer to individual grant information for each scheme's rules, criteria and the University of Sydney Instructions to Applicants, taking care to note if an Expression of Interest is required prior to lodging a submission.

3. Complete required documentation

4. Utilise these resources to maximise your chances of success

5. Submit draft application by internal closing date

Included with your grant should be:

The internal closing date is usually four weeks before the external closing date. This allows Research Grants and Contracts enough time to assist with any feedback or amendments.

6. Respond to Feedback

Research Grants and Contracts staff will check through your application and all documentation to ensure all necessary information and criteria has been met.

You will need to make any requested amendments and then certify the application in RGMS and submit to RAO.

7. Final submisson

Research Grants and Contracts will then certify and submit your finalised application to the NHMRC.

8. Assessment reports

Many NHMRC schemes include a process whereby applicants can respond to assessor comments. Responding to assessor reports may help you to clarify any misunderstandings or difference of opinion about perceived weaknesses in the proposal.

This also provides an important feedback mechanism that may help researchers in future proposals.

9. Next steps?

If your application is successful, there are a number of steps that you will need to follow in order to formally accept the grant and enable ongoing grant management.