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
- Check individual grants for specific documentation requirements
- All applications require a Research Proposal Clearance form.
4. Utilise these resources to maximise your chances of success
5. Submit draft in hard copy
Submit hard copies
Please submit by the internal closing date for your grant
- One copy of the application
- One completed Research Proposal Clearance form
Internal closing dates are usually 4 weeks before the external closing date. This allows the Research Grants Administration and Funding office to assist with any feedback or amendments.
6. Respond to Feedback
Research Grants Administration and Funding office 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
The Research Grants Administration and Funding office 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.