Partnership Projects

Critical Dates

2020 1st Call (funding commencing 2021)

Wednesday 15 July 2020
5.00pm AEDT

NHMRC Approved Administering Institution waiver requests to NHMRC

Monday 27 July 2020
5:00pm AEDT

Draft applications due to RIC

Wednesday 29 July 2020
5:00pm AEDT

Minimum Data due in Sapphire

Monday 11 August 2020
10:00am AEST

Final Certified Application due to RIC


NHMRC Partnerships Projects will help create partnerships among decision makers, policy makers, managers, clinicians, and researchers. This funding scheme provides funding and support to create new opportunities for researchers and policy makers to work together to define research questions and undertake research, and also to interpret and implement the findings. Partnership Projects will answer a specific research question to influence health and well-being through changes in the delivery, organisation, funding and access to health services.

The Partnership Projects scheme allows applicants to apply at any time during the year rather than through just one annual round. This is to allow researchers and Partner Organisations to develop timely collaborations. Peer review of applications received in 2020 will occur in 2 cycles.

Important information and changes to the Partnership Projects scheme can be found on the NHMRC website.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Special Initiative

From 2018 a Special Initiative in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is being offered through support from the Department of Health. The Special Initiative provides the opportunity for community organisations that are contributing to health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People to develop a relationship with a researcher, to strengthen the evidence in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and obesity research.

To apply for this Special Initiative, an additional set of questions (Supplementary Questions) are required. For more information please refer to section 2.3 and Appendix A of the Partnership Project 2020 Guidelines

How to apply

Steps to be completed by Chief Investigator A (CIA):

  1. Submit a Notice of Intent (NOI)

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

  2. Complete/update Sapphire Profile and CV

    The CIA will need to obtain access to Sapphire to complete this step.

  3. Review the funding documents

    The CI should read the NHMRC Guidelines for this scheme and Guide to Peer Review documents. These documents can be found in the Supporting documents below.

    If applicable, submit a request for a NHMRC Administering Institutions Partner Waiver. Administering Institutions cannot be named as a partner on a Partnership Project application unless they are primarily an organisation which delivers health policy and/or health services, and obtain a waiver from NHMRC. A Request for Waiver form must be submitted to RIC by email by the internal waiver date.

  4. Complete draft application in Sapphire

    Complete the draft application in Sapphire. A mandatory pre-formatted Microsoft Word template for the Grant Proposal should be downloaded from the NHMRC website. We suggest the formatting in this template is not amended as this could render applicants ineligible.

  5. Email a draft application to RIC

    Email a draft Grant Proposal, Partner Organisation Letters of Support, and application preview documents (Profile Report, Application Report, Application Summary) to RIC for review. A hardcopy is not required. To obtain your Sapphire application preview documents, click the "Preview" button on the top right corner and a zip folder consisting of the preview documents will be downloaded automatically. A UOM Authority to Submit form is not required at this stage. RIC will send an email receipt that the request for review has been received.

  6. Complete the application after feedback

    After taking feedback from RIC into consideration, complete the application in the Grant management system. Upload all documents  as outlined in Guideline to Applicants, paying special attention to formatting requirements. It is suggested to seek advice from colleagues, Faculty Mentors, etc. before finalising the application.

  7. Certify the application in Sapphire

    Certify the application via the ‘Certification’ function in the left panel of your Sapphire application. The applicant will be given the opportunity to download their application and attachments prior to the two-stage confirmation prompt before submission. The application will be locked once certified and status then will appear as Submitted to RAO.

  8. Submit the UOM Authority to Submit form

    CIA  to submit a fully completed UOM Authority to Submit form to RIC by email before 10am on the final internal closing date. The form should be one PDF document and should include CIA and Head of Department/Institute Director signatures.

    Written evidence (e.g. email) from all CIs and AIs is no longer required for applications submitted via Sapphire. Accepting an invitation to participate in an application constitutes a written agreement to be named on an application. CIAs cannot submit an application for RAO certification until all research team members on their application have accepted the invitation.

    A hardcopy of the the Grant management system application is not required.

    Note that this is an NHMRC requirement and the application cannot be submitted to NHMRC until RIC receives this form.

  9. RIC will submit the application

    Once the application has been submitted to the NHMRC, the CIA will receive a notification from Sapphire.

Supporting documents




Wade Moore

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