MRFF Application Process
MRFF funding rounds are administered by a variety of organisations and agencies depending on the scheme, e.g. NHMRC, MTP Connect, Department of Industry, Innovation & Science. Application processes will vary accordingly.
Notification of intent (NOI)
Submitting a notification of intent (NOI) informs Research Services and your Head of School of your intent to apply for schemes and any subsequent resources that may be requested as part of your application.
Completing the NOI may allow you access to Central Support initiatives for grant improvement (e.g. grant writers, externally funded grant strategists, & other specialist advice), OR special Faculty grant support initiatives (as advised by your Faculty).
Research funding request (RFR)
Between the Research Services internal NOI deadline and the external scheme application open date, an NOI is no longer required and a research funding request (RFR) e-form must be submitted instead. This allows your Head of School to sign off on your submission and, if successful, approve the establishment of the project in the School.
If based on an earlier NOI for the same application, all previous information entered will flow through to the subsequent RFR.
A completed RFR also ensures that an application appears on the investigator's Individual Academic Profile (IAP).
Step 1 - Review relevant documentation
Step 2 - Create application in RGMS or business.gov.au
Create the application via RGMS or business.gov.au when the round opens, prepare other required documents to upload. For RGMS, ensure your profile and CV are up to date, and request snapshots to review and revise.
General RGMS instructions are provided by the NHMRC.
Applications submitted through business.gov.au will require background information about the University of Adelaide, which you can access via the documents & useful information section below.
Step 3 - Complete research funding request form (RFR)
Like any request for competitive research funding, you must complete a University research funding request form in RME6. This will be processed and approved by your Head of School. This provides the University authority to endorse and submit the application to MRFF when finalised.
Step 4 - Certify application in RGMS or submit application to business.gov.au
By the internal deadline (1-3 weeks prior to the external deadline, depending on scheme), certify your application in RGMS so the status reads "Submitted to RAO". This locks the application from further editing, and notifies our office to initiate the compliance and eligibility review.
By the internal deadline (1-3 weeks prior to the external deadline, depending on scheme), generate a summary of the application content entered into the business.gov.au portal for RAO review. You are welcome to contact Cadence prior to this for initial reviews and updates.
Applications provided to our office after the internal deadline will be checked by Research Services as time permits.
Documents & useful information
Information session & successful MRFF projects
- SA MRFF information session (1 Oct 2019): includes presentations from Frontiers Round 1 successful teams, and MRFF Peer Reviewer)
- Frontiers Program: template and round 1 successful projects
- BioMedTech Horizons (round 3.0): assessment criteria & round 1 successful projects
- GrantConnect: grant proposal templates available to download when rounds open
- University of Adelaide ABN: 61 249 878 937
- ANZSIC Division: P – Education and Training
- ANZSIC Class: 8102 – Higher Education
- Recent trading performance
- Risk mitigation plan template
- Risk mitigation log
Some MRFF opportunities permit inclusion of employment on-costs in grant budgets. Please contact your relevant Faculty Finance team for an itemised calculation of the full costs of employment for grant-funded personnel:
- Faculty Health and Medical Sciences Finance
- Faculty of Sciences Finance
- Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences Finance
- Faculty of Professions Finance
- Faculty of Arts Finance
For further information please contact our MRFF grant manager.