Genomics Health Futures Mission - Projects Grant Opportunity

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Provides researchers with grants of up to $5 million for innovative and creative genomics research projects in the following areas: cancers (including lung cancer and mesothelioma) and diseases with high mortality and low survivability; paediatric acute care genomic research for clinically ill children; and ethical, legal and social issues related to genomics in health care.

Who can apply

At a minimum, you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be incorporated in Australia

and, in accordance with s24 of the Medical Research Future Fund Act 2015 , you must be one of the following eligible bodies:

  • a medical research institute
  • a university
  • a corporate Commonwealth entity
  • a corporation (including businesses and not for profits).

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Deadline to apply:

Please note that the closing date for this grant opportunity has been extended, to provide applicants with opportunity to consider additional eligible expenditure guidance issued 30 May 2019.

Contact information:

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Overview

Program Delegate determinations made 30 May 2019:

  1. The closing date for applications is extended to 21 June 2019 5.00pm AEST.
  2. Salary on-costs are considered eligible expenditure for this grant opportunity, specifically:
    1. employer paid superannuation
    2. payroll tax
    3. workers compensation insurance.
  3. Salary on-costs should be reasonable and be identified in the project budget submitted with the application.
  4. Administrative overheads are not eligible expenditure for this grant opportunity.

The Genomics Health Futures Mission (GHFM) is the centrepiece of the Australian Government's National Health and Medical Industry Growth Plan.

The $156 million Projects Grant stream and the $17.6 million Ethical, Legal and Social Issues Research Grant stream form part of the GHFM and will be delivered over nine years from 2019-20 to 2027-28 through a number of rounds.

This grant opportunity is the first round of the Projects Grant and the Ethical, Legal and Social Issues Research Grant streams.

The objectives of this grant opportunity are to:

  • fund innovative and creative genomics research projects in the following research areas:
    • cancers (including lung cancer and mesothelioma) and diseases with high mortality and low survivability
    • paediatric acute care genomic research for critically ill children
    • ethical, legal and social issues related to genomics in health care.
  • support collaboration of multidisciplinary research into genomics that prioritises health system and commercial needs.

Projects Grant stream

  • Cancers (including lung cancer and mesothelioma) and diseases with high mortality and low survivability rate research projects
    The total funding available for cancers and diseases (including lung cancer and mesothelioma) with high mortality and low survivability rate research projects is $15 million over three years. The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs.
    • The minimum grant amount is $0.5 million
    • The maximum grant amount is $5 million.
  • Paediatric acute care genomic research for critically ill children projects
    The total funding available for paediatric acute care genomic research for critically ill children projects is $15 million over three years. The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs.
    • The minimum grant amount is $0.5 million
    • The maximum grant amount is $5 million.

Ethical, Legal and Social Issues Research Grant stream

The total funding available for Ethical, legal and social issues related to genomics in health care projects is $3.7 million over three years. The grant amount will be up to 100 percent of eligible project costs.

  • The minimum grant amount is $ 0.1 million
  • The maximum grant amount is $0.5 million.

The maximum project period is three years.

You must complete your project by 30 June 2022. Any further extension to project period will be subject to the availability of program funds.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be incorporated in Australia

and, in accordance with s24 of the Medical Research Future Fund Act 2015 , you must be one of the following eligible bodies:

  • a medical research institute
  • a university
  • a corporate Commonwealth entity
  • a corporation (including businesses and not for profits).

Joint applications are encouraged, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.

Eligible activities

To be eligible your project must:

  • be aimed at the purpose of the grant opportunity as outlined in the grant opportunity guidelines
  • include eligible expenditure
  • include one or more of the following eligible activities:
    • research and development
    • disease modelling
    • pre-clinical testing
    • clinical trials.

We may also approve other activities.

For further information on eligibility criteria, refer to the grant opportunity guidelines.

Merit criteria

To be competitive you must score highly against all of the merit criteria.

  • Merit criterion 1 - Scientific quality (40 points)
  • Merit criterion 2 - Significance of the expected outcomes (30 points)
  • Merit criterion 3 - Your capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (20 points)
  • Merit criterion 4 - Impact of grant funding (10 points)

How to apply

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines, the sample application and sample grant agreement before you apply. The guidelines provide detailed information on the grant opportunity, including granting activity objectives; all eligibility and merit criteria; the assessment processes; reporting and acquittal requirements; and a description of review mechanisms.

If you want to apply for a grant for more than one genomics research project in the research areas listed at section 3 of the grant opportunity guidelines, you must submit a separate application for each project.

To apply, fill in the online application form and attach the required supporting documentation.

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When you submit your online application, we will provide you with an automated receipt number and a link. The link goes to a page where you can enter your email address to receive acknowledgment and a copy of your complete application.

For assistance with the application form, contact us.

How we assess applications

We first review your application against the eligibility criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the merit assessment stage.

We refer your application to an independent peer review committee.

The committee will assess your application against the merit criteria and compare it to other eligible applications in a funding round before recommending which projects to fund.

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide in your application should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. You should define, quantify and provide evidence to support your answers. The sample application form displays character limits.

The Program Delegate will make the final decision.

If your application is successful

If your application is successful, you will receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we will notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

We will make an initial payment on execution of your grant agreement. We will make subsequent payments six monthly in advance, based on your forecast eligible expenditure and adjusted for unspent amounts from previous payments. Payments are subject to satisfactory progress on the project.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

Key documents

  • Grant opportunity guidelines
  • Factsheet
  • Sample application form
  • Sample grant agreement - standard
  • Board or CEO approval letter template

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