ARC and NHMRC annual rounds

ARC and NHMRC Intent to Submit Process for funding rounds commencing in 2021/2022

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 form is to gather details of intending applicants.

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

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

Why we work with you early

  • To provide quality mentoring and grant development assistance to CSU researchers
  • To provide timely administrative support and eligibility review for applicants
  • To ensure applications submitted align with the research priorities of CSU 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 researchers will have access to the support processes.  Researchers be able to be considered for strategic leverage funding towards proposals.

Researchers will receive feedback on various aspects of proposals including 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 the importance of track record and eligibility.

It is the responsibility of the lead investigator to conduct an initial check to ensure their proposed project, track record and stage of career meet eligibility requirements for the appropriate ARC or NHMRC scheme by checking the scheme documentation found at:

Researchers having trouble determining their eligibility are encouraged to contact the Research Office to seek clarity if required.

Process timeline

It is essential that Charles Sturt University researchers 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

10 August 2020 –18 September 2020

Call for Intent to Submit

Research Office calls for submission of the Intent to Submit form by Charles Sturt University researchers intending to lead or participate in an application submitted to the ARC/NHMRC for funding commencing in 2021/2022

18 September 2020

Deadline – Intent to Submit form submitted to the Research Office

CSU Researchers to submit completed Intent to Submit form + supporting documents to research@csu.edu.au

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

October – November 2020

Grant Development Workshops for Researchers

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

September 2020 – February 2021

Grant Writing and Mentoring Support

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

Associate Deans Research and Research Centre Directors will provide strategic advice and guidance to applicants and identify potential mentors within the University.

Applicants should ensure they are fully aware of all scheme specific documentation, for example Grant Guidelines, and should seek assistance where necessary to ensure they maintain eligibility during grant development.

Applicants seeking CSU leverage funding to support their proposal should first discuss possible funding support with their Associate Dean Research or Centre Director.

November 2020 ongoing

Grant Readership Program for Fully Developed Applications

The Research Office will coordinate a Grant Readership Program for fully developed applications.

CSU led proposals will be eligible to access this assistance from the Research Office.  The Grant Reader’s will be asked to provide feedback on the full application draft.

The Research Office 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 applicants.

The Research Office will conduct a final review of the application against eligibility requirements and comprehensive feedback provided on eligibility, compliance and quality.  The Research Office seek final DVC-RE approval to submit each application to the ARC/NHMRC.

Late applications

If your involvement in anon CSU research led application becomes evident outside these timelines you should advise the Research Office via email research@csu.edu.au as soon as possible after the commitment to become involved is known.

The Research Office will liaise with the relevant Faculty and Centre, and DVC-RE, for approval to proceed.

Australian Research Council Scheme Deadlines

Researchers should 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

Researchers are required to provide a completed application draft in RMS (Submitted to Research Office Status) 10 days prior to the ARC application closing date.

** Note:  Researchers participating in the Grant Readership Program 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

Researchers should 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

Researchers are required to provide a completed application draft in Sapphire 10 days prior to the NHMRC application closing date.

** Note:  Researchers participating in the Grant Readership Program 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-RE reserves the right to withdraw ineligible or uncompetitive applications to protect the University's reputation and submission quality.

Further help

For further information please contact the Research Office on 02 6933 2578 or research@csu.edu.au.