Wednesday, 13 March 2019


The NHMRC Synergy Grants scheme is now open for applications in RGMS. 

The objective of the Synergy Grant scheme is to support outstanding multidisciplinary teams of investigators to work together to answer major questions that cannot be answered by a single investigator.

Expected outcomes: 
  • multidisciplinary research that addresses major problems in all areas of human health and medical research, from discovery to translation, and 
  • highly collaborative teams of diverse researchers including by gender, career stage and cultural background, working together to address major problems in human health.
Grant Guidelines and Grant Proposal Documents  - Available on GrantConnect  
Updated Grant Guidelines (released 06 March 2019) and the Grant Proposal template are available on  GrantConnect (GO2377). You will need to login to access the documents. Peer Review Guidelines will not be available before the scheme close. 

MRO Submission Process Document - attached and available on our  Intranet page.

Minimum Data
Synergy Grants have a minimum data requirement. Minimum data must be entered into RGMS by 17:00 AEST 17 April 2019. Applications that fail to satisfy this requirement will not be accepted. Minimum data for Synergy Grants is comprised of:

Administering Institution
Application Title
Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Research (yes/no)
Participating Institution(s)
Research Classifications (all fields).
The MRO will automatically begin checking applications to ensure they meet minimum data requirements in RGMS from Wednesday 10 April 2019 and will contact you if there are missing sections. You do not need to contact us to request we check your minimum data. 

MRO Compliance & Eligibility Checking
As required for submission, the MRO will be conducting eligibility and compliance checks of Synergy Grant applications. The due date for a full draft to be provided to MRO (including RGMS sections being completed with a justified budget, and the Grant Proposal document) is 17 April 2019. Due to the Easter and Anzac Days public holidays, only applications that meet the 17 April 2019 deadline will have a full check of the application. 

Key Dates
Applications open in RGMS: 6 March 2019
Minimum data close: 17 April 2019
MRO Compliance Check close: 17 April 2019* (for a full eligibility and compliance check)  
CI Certification of Finalised application: Midday 26 April 2019
NHMRC external deadline: 1 May 2019

Please contact the MHS team if you have any questions.

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