Ideas Grants

Status

OPENS in SAPPHIRE MAR 2019

Funding body

National Health and Medical Research Council

Internal deadlines

StageREQ'D?SUBMISSION
Faculties/IFM/IISRI to work with applicants to review, workshop and develop proposals M Jul 2018 - Jan 2019
Faculties/IFM/IISRI to collate and forward list of approved applicants M 03 Dec 2018
List emailed to Deakin Research - Grants
Applications Open on new NHMRC Sapphire system
06 Mar 2019
Final application on Sapphire and certification forms M

10 Apr 2019

Complete application on Sapphire

Email snapshot reports and all uploaded documents to Deakin NHMRC Submissions

Email DU Certification forms and AI consents to Deakin NHMRC Submissions

Minimum data requirements must be met on Sapphire by the relevant deadline. Applications that miss this deadline will not be able to submit an application to the NHMRC.

O - Optional / M - Mandatory

Overview

Ideas Grants will support focussed innovative research projects addressing a specific question. They will provide funding for up to five years for creative research by investigators at all career stages, including early and mid-career investigators, in any area of health and medical research, from discovery to implementation.

Eligibility and Limits

Each Ideas Grant may have up to 10 Chief Investigators and each Chief Investigator may hold up to two Ideas Grants each, depending on concurrent grants held.

There are limits on the number of Investigator, Synergy and Ideas grants that can be applied for/held concurrently. Please refer to the table below and NHMRC eligibility website.

For researchers holding NHMRC Fellowships, Project Grants and Program Grants, these existing grants/fellowships as at 1 January 2020 will further impact on their eligibility for Ideas Grants. Researchers can assess their eligibility for the first 2019 round by using NHMRC’s Eligibility Tool and Eligibility Table.

Funding

The amount of funding provided will be based on the assessment of the requested budget. Funds may be spent on Direct Research Costs (DRCs) and Personnel Support Packages (PSPs). Applicants may request funding for up to 5 years.

Peer Review

Ideas Grants applications will be assessed on:

- Research Quality (35% score) - the quality of the proposed research, incorporating theoretical concepts, hypothesis, research design and robustness

- Innovation and Creativity (25% score) - health and medical research that seeks to challenge and shift current paradigms and/or have a major impact on a health research area through one or more studies that:

  • develop or use novel and creative research concepts, approaches, methodologies, technologies or interventions
  • propose a reinterpretation, refinement, improvement or new application of existing theoretical concepts, approaches, methodologies, technologies or interventions
  • integrate and adapt concepts, methodologies, technologies and approaches from other research fields or disciplines for a new purpose or in a new way.
  • Refer Ideas Grants Guidelines, Appendix D - Concept of Innovation and Creativity

- Significance (20% score) - the extent to which the research findings will be of great importance in the research area by substantially advancing knowledge, clinical and/or public health applications, policy development or change in the field

- Feasibility (20% score) - the ability to achieve the stated aims of the proposed research, incorporating resources, personnel, expertise, equipment and infrastructure

Track record, relative to opportunity, will contribute to the assessment of feasibility and will not be the emphasis of the assessment. In this way, the scheme will provide particular opportunities for early and mid-career applicants.

For further information, visit NHMRC Ideas Grants website.

How to apply

  1. Contact your Faculty/IFM/IISRI research office to register your intent to submit. Applicants must work with their Faculty/Institute/SRC and/or School to develop a high calibre application
  2. If your Faculty/IFM/IISRI supports your application, DR-Grants will contact you regarding the submission process.
  3. Read the Guidelines, Instructions to Applicants and Peer Review document.
  4. Plan and draft your grant proposal early; CIs should gather their individual CV information/updates.
  5. Once the scheme is open, commence your application on the NHMRC Sapphire system.
  6. Contact the DR-Grants NHMRC team if you have any queries.
  7. Organise relevant DU Certification form and AI consents.

Resources

NHMRC documents

Please visit the NHMRC New Grant Program website and new beta NHMRC website for more information

NHMRC Eligibility Tool - for current NHMRC grant and fellowship recipients


Applicants should register and log into GrantConnect to download the applicable scheme documentation once released by NHMRC.

Download Ideas Grants 2019 Guidelines

NHMRC application templates

TBA

Deakin University Templates and Documents