NHMRC Partnership Projects

NHMRC Partnership Projects



Please note this application will be submitted via the NHMRC's new Grant Management System Sapphire. If you had an active RGMS account your CV and Profile email was migrated into Sapphire on 12 February 2020.  To login to Sapphire:

1. If you have an existing RGMS account, a Sapphire account has been created for you. Click here to Activate your account.
2. If you did not have an RGMS account, you will need to register for a Sapphire account. Click here to Register for an account.

Tutorial and training modules for Sapphire can be found here.

AimThe NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health – Partnership Projects scheme is designed by the NHMRC to more effectively integrate evidence into health policy and service delivery.

It helps create partnerships among decision makers, policy makers, managers, clinicians and researchers. The 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.

Partnership Projects should focus on the design and uptake, at the population or community level, of interventions that are known to be efficacious at the individual level and should have demonstrable application for health services or for health policy, at least for the partner organisations involved and preferably more generally, including for population-level application.


Projects may be of any duration up to five years and the maximum amount of NHMRC funding that may be requested for a single application is $1.5 million.

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
Ph 9850 4496 (x4496), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Jan Zwar

Macquarie Business School
Ph 9850 8485 (x8485), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Agnieszka Baginska

Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences
Ph 9850 2788 (x2788), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Kyle Ratinac

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Ph 9850 8912 (x8912), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Irina Zakoshanski

Key Dates

Changes to Eligibility for DVCR Co-Funding

Eligibility for the DVCR Co-Funding Scheme is now contingent upon on-time submission of grant applications by the Macquarie University submission date.  Many applications for external funding require cash and in-kind contributions from the host institution in order to be considered for funding.  In most cases, researchers request cash contributions, such as project support funds, funding for research associates, scholarships and major equipment, from the DVCR via the DVCR Co-Funding Scheme  to support their external funding applications.  To be eligible to request this DVCR Co-Funding, grant applications must be submitted internally, via Pure, by the Macquarie University submission date.

  • Applications for major grant rounds (NHMRC) must be submitted to the Research Services Pre Award team 4 weeks prior to the external deadline.
  • Applications that do not have a Pure record and/or do not have all the appropriate approvals in Pure (Head of Department [HoD] and Associate Dean Research [ADR]) will not be submitted to the external funding body.
  • For further information see FAQs.

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

2020 Round 1
NHMRC opening date in Sapphire: 1 April 2020
Macquarie University submission date: 16 July 2020 - All complete applications and requests
NHMRC minimum data due in Sapphire:  29 July 2020
Research Services submission to NHMRC: 13 August 2020
Outcomes expected: first quarter 2021

2020 Round 2
NHMRC opening date in Sapphire: 30 July 2020
Macquarie University submission date: 4 November 2020 - All complete applications and requests
NHMRC minimum data due in Sapphire:  18 November 2020
Research Services submission to NHMRC: 2 December 2020
Outcomes expected: second quarter 2021


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.

NHMRC Information
Funding Guidelines - GO3862
Grant Proposal Template
Guide to Partner Letter of Support

MQ Resources
Partnership Projects Grant Budget Calculator
Pure Research Management System
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
Application Checklist

These are built into Sapphire. No need to have separate certifications from CI's and AI's.

Partnership Projects Workshop Presentation Slides (FHS) - November 2016


Information and Compliance
Research Proposals Team
Research Services
Ph: +61 2 9850 4193

Strategic Advice
Ms Courtney Bendall
Research Development Manager
Research Services
Ph: +61 2 9850 4745

Content owner: Research Pre-award Last updated: 24 Jun 2020 12:10pm

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