Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research Program Round 2

Key Dates

Wednesday 27 March 2019 (5pm ADST) – Submit Review Ready application to RIC.

Monday 8 April 2019 (10am ADST) – Submit final application to RIC

Wednesday 10 April 2019 (5pm ADST) – Final applications submitted to NHMRC

Contact: Ken Choong,, 90358763


This grant opportunity (GO2361) under the MRFF Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research Program Round 2 (THS & COR) will support research that addresses questions that focus on the comparative effectiveness of health services and areas of health system practice with low or insubstantial evidence. The Program will also address gaps in knowledge and evidence relating to health system issues important to the public, providing opportunities to explore consumer-driven research. These health system research questions require more focused research and usually reflect high community need, but low commercial interest.

This second peer review cycle aims to address the following two health system research questions:

  • Mobile X-ray services provided within residential aged care facilities.
  • Health economics study of the impacts and costs associated with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

The specific objectives of the grant opportunity are to support research to address:

  • health system research questions which aim to address critical knowledge gaps in relation to the comparative effectiveness of a health service and/or health system practice with low or insubstantial evidence, and
  • gaps in knowledge and evidence relating to health system problems important to the public, providing opportunities to explore consumer-driven research.


Up to $39.8 million from the MRFF is available for this grant opportunity over three financial years (2018 - 2021). Up to $9.8 million will be available for up to three review cycles in 2018-19. The maximum limit for each grant is not specified.

The first round contains two health system research questions. It is anticipated that only one application for each health system research question will be funded.


A person can only be named as a Chief Investigator on one application addressing the same health system research question.

The primary CI (CIA) must be based in Australia for the duration of the grant. Where the CIA is not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, they will have the requisite work visa in place at the time of accepting the successful grant.

Researchers who are not citizens or permanent residents of Australia are eligible to apply as a Chief Investigator B to J.

Supporting Documents

Relevant documents including the THS & COR guidelines, application template and category descriptors can be found on the Grant Connect webpage.

University of Melbourne researchers can also download the additional Information Pack prepared by the UoM MRFF Team (UoM login required).

How to Apply

  1. Submit a Notice of Intent (NOI)

    The NOI should be completed early to provide RIC with CIA contact details.

  2. Update RGMS Profile

    Each CI must obtain access to RGMS and update profile information (see RGMS information)

  3. Review documentation

    Review the grant guidelines and category descriptors available at Grant Connect.

  4. Complete the application

    Log in to RGMS and complete the application.

  5. Submit “Review Ready” application to RIC

    Submit application to RIC within the RIC internal submission period for review.

  6. Application review

    RIC staff members will review the application and provide the applicant with feedback via email.

  7. Complete application

    After taking feedback from the RIC team into consideration, complete the application in RGMS. It is suggested advice is sought from colleagues, Faculty Mentors, etc. before finalising the application.

  8. Submit the UoM Authority to Submit Form

    This form must be submitted to RIC electronically by the final internal closing date. This form should include:

    • Complete the compliance and eligibility section
    • Signature of all CIs and PIs
    • Signature of the Head of Department for each CI
    • Signature of the CEO (or delegate) for all PIs

    Electronic signatures are permitted.

    This is an NHMRC requirement and the application cannot be submitted to NHMRC until received.

  9. Final Submission

    On the final internal closing date, the applicant must:

    • Submit finalised application by clicking ‘Submit to RAO’ in RGMS
    • Email RIC ( a scanned, signed Authority to Submit form.
  10. RIC will submit the application

Once the application has been submitted to NHMRC, you will receive an email from RIC confirming submission.