NHMRC Ideas Grants

NHMRC Ideas Grants

StatusOpening on 11 March 2020
Aim

The objective of the Ideas Grant scheme is to support innovative research projects addressing a specific question(s). The expected outcomes are:

  • innovative and creative research
  • funding of researchers at all career stages, and
  • funding any area of health and medical research from discovery to implementation.

The scheme will provide particular opportunities for early and mid-career researchers. It is expected that the CIA will have the scientific leadership and skills to achieve the proposed project aims.

An Ideas Grant can be requested for between one and five years depending on the proposal.

Assessment Criteria

Applications for Ideas Grants 2019 are assessed by peers on the extent to which the application meets the scheme objectives. Applications will be assessed against the Assessment Criteria listed below.

  • Research Quality (35%)
  • Innovation and Creativity (25%)
  • Significance (20%), and
  • Feasibility (20%).

Research Quality: NHMRC defines ‘Research Quality’ for the Ideas Grant scheme as the quality of the project aims and the proposed research plan.

Innovation and Creativity: NHMRC defines ‘Innovation and Creativity’ for the Ideas Grant scheme as 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 creatively:

  • develop or use novel research concepts, approaches, methodologies, technologies or interventions
  • propose a reinterpretation, refinement, improvement or new application of existing theoretical concepts, approaches, methodologies, technologies or interventions, or
  • integrate and adapt concepts, approaches, methodologies, technologies or interventions from other research fields or disciplines for a new purpose or in a new way.

Significance: NHMRC defines ‘Significance’ for the Ideas Grant scheme as the extent to which the outcomes and outputs will result in advancements to the research or health area.

Feasibility: NHMRC defines ‘Feasibility’ for the Ideas Grant scheme as the appropriateness of the applicant team and their expertise, the resources and access to additional personnel necessary for the project.

Funding

The provisional funding allocation for the Ideas Grants 2019 grant opportunity is estimated to be between $213 million and $250 million. NHMRC’s Research Committee annually reviews and recommends indicative budget amounts to be awarded across individual funding schemes.

The amount of funding for an Ideas Grant will be based on assessment of the requested budget. Applications must clearly justify the requested duration and budget and how they will support the proposed outcomes of the research. Peer Reviewers will consider this information and may reduce the duration and/or budget to ensure the research aims and objectives can be achieved while ensuring value with money.

Faculty Processes

Guide for NHMRC Applicants on Macquarie Approvals Process Through PURE

The Faculties have their own approval and review processes for grants under this scheme. They may also have deadlines for submission of draft applications that are earlier than Research Services deadlines. Please ensure that you contact your Faculty, as early as possible, for information on process and deadlines. Faculty contacts:

Faculty of Arts
artsro@mq.edu.au
Ph 9850 4496 (x4496), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Jan Zwar

Macquarie Business School
mqbs-ro@mq.edu.au
Ph 9850 8485 (x8485), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Agnieszka Baginska

Faculty of Human Sciences
humansciencesresearch@mq.edu.au

Ph 9850 9607 (x9607), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Jo Tuck

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
fmhs.researchsupport@mq.edu.au
Ph 9850 2788 (x2788), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Kyle Ratinac

Faculty of Science and Engineering
sci.research@mq.edu.au
Ph 9850 8912 (x8912), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Irina Zakoshanski

Key Dates

Dates for the 2021 Funding Round
* Note:  NSW will have public holidays on Friday 10 April, Monday 13 April and Monday 27 April. 

NHMRC opening date in RGMS: Wednesday 11 March 2020
Macquarie University submission date: Wednesday 8 April 2020 - All complete applications and requests
NHMRC minimum data due in RGMS: Wednesday 8 April 2020
Research Services submission to NHMRC: Wednesday 6 May 2020
Anticipated notification of outcomes: TBA

Dates for the 2020 Funding Round

Anticipated notification of outcomes: November 2019

Resources

Note: NHMRC locates all their Scheme documentation in GrantConnect. You will be required to set-up a username and password to access.

NOTIFICATION OF INTENT (NOI)
Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Macquarie Business School 
Complete a Notification of Intent to inform your Faculty and the University Research Services teams of your intention to submit an application. After completing this NOI, you will be provided with regular updates about your funding scheme and sent valuable resources that will assist you in developing a highly competitive research grant application.

Faculty of Human Sciences
Complete a Faculty Research Heads Up (HUp) form to inform your Faculty and the University Research Services teams of your intention to submit an application. After completing this form, you will be provided with regular updates about your funding scheme and sent valuable resources that will assist you in developing a highly competitive research grant application.

NHMRC Information
Ideas Grants Guidelines
Funding Partners
Ideas Grant Proposal Template 
Check Your Eligibility

MQ Resources  
Ideas Grant Toolkit
Ideas Grant Budget Calculator
CI and AI Certification Template
Pure Research Management System
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

WORKSHOPS
Introduction to the NHMRC Ideas Grant Funding Scheme
About:
This workshop will provide general background information on the NHMRC Ideas Grant funding scheme. Researchers who have not applied for NHMRC funding in the past, in particular the new schemes, will benefit and are strongly encouraged to attend. The workshop will cover  the application process and structure, assessment process, eligibility and research support services available to applicants.
Date: Thursday 28 November 2019
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Location: Room 801, Level 8, 12 Wally’s Walk
Speaker: Courtney Bendall (Research Services)
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NHMRC Ideas Grant Funding Scheme
About:
This workshop will walk through the Ideas Grant application. From the NHMRC Grants Management System, to the Research Proposal, including the Innovation and Creativity Statement, Significance Statement and Feasibility Statement.  
Date: Thursday 5 March 2020
Time: 12:30 – 13:30
Location: Room 801, Level 8, 12 Wally’s Walk
Speaker: Courtney Bendall (Research Services)
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Building your Budget for the NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohorts Studies (CTCS) Grant and Ideas Grant Schemes
About: 
This workshop will describe NHMRC budgetary requirements. Advice will then be provided on how to build your budget and how to justify your funding requests.
Date: Thursday 26 March 2020
Time: 12:30 – 13:30
Location: Room 801, Level 8, 12 Wally’s Walk
Speaker: Courtney Bendall (Research Services)
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ContactsInformation and Compliance
Research Proposals Team
Research Services
research.preaward@mq.edu.au
Ph: +61 2 9850 4193

Strategic Advice
Ms Courtney Bendall
Research Development Manager
Research Services
courtney.bendall@mq.edu.au
Ph: +61 2 9850 4745
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