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Category 1 Competitive Grants

Strategic Research Funding has been suspended for the rest of 2020.

Pre-assessment process and timelines for 2020/2021 NHMRC and ARC Grants

As ECU seeks to improve the quality of our research grant submissions, leading to improved success rates, Research Services will facilitate a program of pre-assessment of major category 1 grants, and the applicants, in particular those proposed to be submitted to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Australian Research Council (ARC).

All applications must undergo this pre-assessment in order to be eligible to receive salary-shortfall top-ups from the Strategic Research Fund.

Please note the detailed timelines below for relevant schemes.

  1. Stage 1/EOI - CVs of CI along with 2 page summary of project.  Please forward this documentation to research-preaward@ecu.edu.au by 23 March 2020. The DVCR and a panel comprised of at least two members of the ECU Professoriate will make an assessment if the proposal can progress.
  2. Stage 2 - Initial full draft for internal professoriate review – 8 April 2020
  3. Research Services internal deadline – final draft application to Research Administration Officer – 20 April 2020
  4. Closing Date – 6 May 2020
  1. The following information is required to be submitted to the DVCR for review and approval to progress application:
    1. CVs for all Chief Investigators
    2. Proposed aims of the project
    3. Project Summary for the application
    4. Any pilot/preliminary data available to strengthen the proposal
  2. Maximum half page for sections b, c and d. Please forward this documentation to research-preaward@ecu.edu.au by Monday, 9 December 2019. The DVCR and a panel comprised of at least two members of the ECU Professoriate will make an assessment if the proposal can progress.

  3. Internal pre-assessment by internal ECU grant reviewer/s, sourced from Research Professoriate – 15 January 2020
  4. External assessment by GrantEd or Mindyourway3 February 2020
  5. Research Services internal deadline to Research Administration Officer - 12 February 2020
  6. Closing Date - 26 February 2020
  1. The following information is required to be submitted to the DVCR for review and approval to progress application:
    1. CVs for all Chief Investigators
    2. Proposed aims of the project
    3. Project Summary for the application
    4. Any pilot/preliminary data available to strengthen the proposal
    Maximum half page for sections b, c and d.  Please forward this documentation to research-preaward@ecu.edu.au by Monday, 9 December 2019.  The DVCR and a panel comprised of at least two members of the ECU Professoriate will make an assessment if the proposal can progress.
  2. Internal pre-assessment by internal ECU grant reviewer/s, sourced from Research Professoriate – 22 January 2020
  3. External assessment by GrantEd or Mindyourway10 February 2020
  4. Research Services internal deadline to Research Administration Officer - 27 February 2020
  5. Closing Date - 12 March 2020
  1. The following information is required to be submitted to the DVCR for review and approval to progress application:
    1. CVs for all Chief Investigators
    2. Proposed aims of the project
    3. Project Summary for the application
    4. Any pilot/preliminary data available to strengthen the proposal
    Maximum half page for sections b, c and d.  Please forward this documentation to research-preaward@ecu.edu.au by Monday, 9 December 2019. The DVCR and a panel comprised of at least two members of the ECU Professoriate will make an assessment if the proposal can progress.
  2. Internal pre-assessment by internal ECU grant reviewer/s, sourced from Research Professoriate – 3 February 2020
  3. External assessment by GrantEd or Mindyourway10 February 2020
  4. Research Services internal deadline to Research Administration Officer - 4 March 2020
  5. Closing Date - 18 March 2020

The NHMRC Investigator Grants are due 27 November 2019, with pre-assessment steps detailed below:

  1. The following information is required to be submitted to the DVCR for review and approval to progress application:
    1. CVs for all Chief Investigators
    2. Proposed aims of the project
    3. Project synopsis
    4. Project Vision, where required for the application
    5. Any pilot/preliminary data available to strengthen the proposal
    Maximum half page for sections b, c and d.  Please forward this documentation to research-preaward@ecu.edu.au by Monday, 23 September 2019.  The DVCR and a panel comprised of at least two members of the ECU Professoriate will make an assessment if the proposal can progress.
  2. Internal pre-assessment by internal ECU grant reviewer/s, sourced from Research Professoriate – 14 October 2019.
  3. External assessment by GrantEd or Mindyourway4 November 2019.
  4. Research Services internal deadline to Research Administration Officer - 18 November 2019
  5. Closing Date - 27 November 2019
  1. The following information is required to be submitted to the DVCR for review and approval to progress application:
    1. CVs for all Chief Investigators
    2. Proposed aims of the project
    3. Project synopsis
    4. Project Vision, where required for the application
    5. Any pilot/preliminary data available to strengthen the proposal
    Maximum half page for sections b, c and d.  Please forward this documentation to research-preaward@ecu.edu.au by Monday, 24 February 2020.  The DVCR and a panel comprised of at least two members of the ECU Professoriate will make an assessment if the proposal can progress.
  2. Internal pre-assessment by internal ECU grant reviewer/s, sourced from Research Professoriate –11 March 2020.
  3. External assessment by GrantEd or Mindyourway23 March 2020
  4. Research Services internal deadline to Research Administration Officer - 8 April 2020
  5. Closing Date - 22 April 2020
  1. Stage 1/EOI - The following information is required to be submitted to the DVCR via research-preaward@ecu.edu.au for review and approval to progress application:
    1. CVs for all Chief Investigators
    2. Proposed aims of the project
    3. Project synopsis
    4. Project Vision, where required for the application
    5. Any pilot/preliminary data available to strengthen the proposal
    Maximum half page for sections b, c and d.  Please forward this documentation to research-preaward@ecu.edu.au by Monday, 24 February 2020.  The DVCR and a panel comprised of at least two members of the ECU Professoriate will make an assessment if the proposal can progress.
  2. Stage 2 - Initial full draft for internal review – 13 April 2020.
  3. Stage 3 - External assessment by GrantEd4 May 2020
  4. Research Services internal deadline to Research Administration Officer - 25 May 2020
  5. Closing Date - 10 June 2020

Please note the revised dates are for Ideas Grant Applications which have already been through Stage 1 pre-assessment.

  1. Stage 1/EOI - The following information is required to be submitted to the DVCR via research-preaward@ecu.edu.au for review and approval to progress application:
    1. CVs for all Chief Investigators
    2. Proposed aims of the project
    3. Project synopsis
    4. Project Vision, where required for the application
    5. Any pilot/preliminary data available to strengthen the proposal
    Maximum half page for sections b, c and d.  Please forward this documentation to research-preaward@ecu.edu.au by Monday, 31 August 2020. The DVCR and a panel comprised of at least two members of the ECU Professoriate will make an assessment if the proposal can progress.
  2. Stage 2 - Initial full draft for internal review – 28 September 2020.
  3. Stage 3 - External assessment by GrantEd19 October 2020
  4. Research Services internal deadline to Research Administration Officer - 9 November 2020
  5. Closing Date - 25 November 2020

Please note for applications that completed Stage 1 and Stage 2 steps in February and March 2020 these will stay in the process and the next deadline will be Stage 3 – full applications for external review.  Applications which have not completed a Stage 1 and 2 assessment in February – March will need to complete these stages of pre-assessment by the above dates.

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