ARC and NHMRC annual rounds

ARC and NHMRC Intent to Submit Process for funding rounds commencing in 2022/2023

To maximise the success of applications to the Australian Research Council (ARC) or National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), we have set up the annual Intent to Submit support and planning process.

The purpose of the Intent to Submit process is to gather details of intending applicants.

The Intent to Submit process will be coordinated by the Office of Research Services and Graduate Studies, in conjunction with the Associate Deans Research, Research Centre Directors and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).

To better support and manage the submission of high quality applications and to improve potential success rates for Charles Sturt, you will need to engage with this process regardless of which institution will lead the proposed project.

Why we work with you early

  • To provide you with quality mentoring and grant development assistance
  • To provide you with timely administrative support and eligibility review
  • To ensure your application aligns with the research priorities of University Faculties and Research Centres
  • To enhance the University's profile and reputation by submitting high quality competitive applications

Consider the advantages

By participating in the Intent to Submit process, you will have access to the available support processes and your application may be considered for strategic leverage funding.

You will also receive feedback on various aspects of your proposal. Note this may include identifying proposals that are not likely to meet eligibility requirements.

Eligibility

Due to the competitive nature of applications submitted to the ARC and NHMRC, there is a strong focus on the importance of track record and eligibility.

As lead investigator, it is your responsibility to conduct an initial check to ensure the proposed project, track record and stage of career meets eligibility requirements for the appropriate ARC or NHMRC scheme. You can check the scheme documentation at:

If you have any difficulty in determining your eligibility, please contact the Office of Research Services and Graduate Studies for advice.

Supporting documents to be submitted with the Intent to Submit form

When you submit your Intent to Submit form, you will also be required to submit the following supporting documents:

  • A draft ROPE statement or CV for all project personnel
  • A proposed project outline (maximum 5 pages) which includes:
    • Project Title
    • FOR & SEO Codes (maximum of three each)
    • Brief description on how your research to date has led to a substantial advance in knowledge or significant change/impact in your research field
    • Plain English project summary (maximum 200 words) describing: (1) project aims; (2) significance; (3) expected outcomes; and (4) benefits.

Process timeline

As a Charles Sturt University researcher, it’s essential that you engage with this process to ensure your application receives the appropriate approvals and support prior to submission. Please note the dates below will be updated ahead of each annual call for Intent to Submit forms.

Date

Deliverable

Action

16 August 2021 –

17 September 2021

Call for Intent to Submit

The call for Intent to Submit is open. If you are intending to lead or participate in an ARC/NHMRC application for funding commencing in 2022/2023 (including applications led by other institutions), now is the time to develop your Intent to Submit form and supporting documents.

17 September 2021

Deadline – Intent to Submit forms submitted to the Office of Research Services and Graduate Studies

Please submit your completed Intent to Submit form and supporting documents to research@csu.edu.au.

The Office of Research Services and Graduate Studies will collate all information received and provide each Faculty Associate Dean Research or Research Centre Director with a list of intending applicants.

October – November 2021

ARC/NHMRC information sessions

The Office of Research Services and Graduate Studies will coordinate scheme specific information sessions for ARC/NHMRC applicants.  The sessions will cover key requirements, changes to funding rules, and timelines.

September 2021 – February 2022

Grant writing and mentoring support

Support and mentoring will be provided to you throughout this period. Details regarding this support will be released after the Intent to Submit closing date.

Associate Deans Research and Research Centre Directors will provide strategic advice and guidance to applicants through strategic discussions and coordination of possible peer mentoring processes.

Please ensure that you are fully aware of all scheme specific documentation (for example Grant Guidelines) and seek assistance where necessary to ensure you maintain eligibility during grant development.

If you are seeking University leverage funding to support your proposal, you should first discuss possible funding support with your Associate Dean Research or Research Centre Director.

November 2021 to March 2022

Grant Readership Program for fully developed applications

The Office of Research Services and Graduate Studies will coordinate a Grant Readership Program for fully developed applications.

Charles Sturt University led proposals will be eligible to access this assistance from the Office of Research Services and Graduate Studies.  The Grant Readers will provide feedback on the full application draft.

The Office of Research Services and Graduate Studies will negotiate individual deadlines with Readers and applicants for timely feedback and amendments to finalise the application.

Timing and internal deadlines will differ depending on the relevant scheme and will be communicated directly to you.

The Office of Research Services and Graduate Studies will provide a final review of your application against eligibility requirements and will provide comprehensive feedback on eligibility, compliance and quality.  The Office of Research Services and Graduate Studies will seek final DVC-R approval to submit each application to the ARC/NHMRC.

Late applications

If your involvement in a University research-led application becomes evident outside these timelines, you should advise the Office of Research Services and Graduate Studies via email research@csu.edu.au as soon as possible after the commitment to become involved is known.

The Office of Research Services and Graduate Studies will liaise with the relevant Faculty and Centre, and DVC-R, for approval to proceed.

Australian Research Council Scheme Deadlines

You can access the full grant calendar for all ARC funded schemes to obtain information on:

  • Release of Grant Guidelines
  • Application Opening Dates
  • Request Not to Assess Closing Dates
  • Applications Closing Dates
  • Rejoinder Dates
  • Anticipated announcement Dates

Please submit a completed application draft in RMS (Submitted to the Office of Research Services and Graduate Studies Status) 10 days prior to the ARC application closing date.

** Note:  If you are participating in the Grant Readership Program, you may be required to provide an earlier application draft for review depending on application numbers and reviewer availability.

National Health and Medical Research Council Scheme Deadlines

You can access the full grant calendar for all NHMRC funded schemes to obtain information on:

  • Application opening dates
  • Minimum Data due
  • Application closing dates
  • Proposed Peer Review dates

Please submit a completed application draft in Sapphire 10 days prior to the NHMRC application closing date.

** Note:  If you are participating in the Grant Readership Program, you may be required to provide an earlier application draft for review depending on application numbers and reviewer availability.

Important to note

During this Intent to Submit process, and until the external scheme closing date, the DVC-R reserves the right to withdraw ineligible or uncompetitive applications to protect the University's reputation and submission quality.

Further help

For further information or assistance please contact the Office of Research Services and Graduate Studies on 02 6933 2578 or research@csu.edu.au.