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18 NOVEMBER 2013
New Funding Agreement and changes to direct research costs guidelines
The NHMRC has issued a new Funding Agreement which will be effective for all grants from 1 January 2014. They have also provided advance notice of new guidelines for the expenditure of direct research costs (DRC).

The major changes to the funding agreement are:
  1. Approved funds awarded for Research Support Schemes may now be used for any direct research costs (DRC) as set out in the new Direct Research Costs Guidelines.
    DRC Guidelines will now be described with a “principles-based” approach which is more flexible than previously and acknowledges the fact that the Chief Investigators are best placed to determine how funds are spent to achieve the aims of the research;
  2. Approved funds may be applied to salaries and salary on-costs (with the exception of severance pay, extended leave pay and fringe benefits tax) as long as the aims of the research can be met and agreement is given by the CIA.
    (Note: the NHMRC has confirmed that this does not mean that you can request funds in your application budget to cover these salary-gap costs);
  3. Funds awarded to purchase equipment that is no longer required by the project can be converted to project funds;
  4. Chief Investigator A not required to justify the carry forward of funds that exceed 25% of the total funds available in the previous year;
  5. Due dates for Annual Financial reports and Progress reports moved out one month to 30 April each year.
The new NHMRC DRC Guidelines will be available at from 1 January 2014 on the NHMRC website.
NHMRC Project Grant information sessions
Information sessions giving detailed practical and strategic  advice on NHMRC Project Grant applications will be held in the second week in December across various University of Sydney campuses.

All sessions will be 1.30pm – 4.30pm and will be held at the following venues:
  • Camperdown
    9 December
    Norman Gregg lecture theatre, Edward Ford Building
  • Kolling, Royal North Shore Hospital
    10 December
    Kolling Auditorium
  • Westmead CS
    11 December
    Large Conference Room
  • Cumberland
    12 December
    Room S133
  • Woolcock
    13 December
    Lecture Room 1
RGMS offline 25 Nov - 2 Dec
RGMS will be offline from 8am AEDT Monday 25 November to 8am AEDT Monday 2 December to perform essential system changes and maintenance. During this time users will not be able to access RGMS.

Any questions regarding this outage should be directed to
Self-nominate for NHMRC Project Grants Peer Review Panels by 24 Nov
Due to RGMS shutdown the closing date for self-nomination is now 24 November. Nominations for other schemes close 31 January 2014.

More information about self-nominating for the panels.
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