I would like to apply for an external research grant. Can you give me some tips?
- Preparing a research grant application takes time—you should allow at least 6-8 weeks for drafting, feedback, re-drafting and obtaining relevant signatures. You can begin this planning even before the research application forms and funding guidelines are uploaded.
- Particular care must be taken to secure approval from collaborators, supervisors, divisional/departmental heads and reviewers prior to submission and contact details of each should be checked thoroughly.
- Research grant schemes can be very competitive, it is therefore important to discuss possible research grant applications with a research mentor and/or clinical team.
- Read the eligibility criteria on all research grant applications—some may have specific requirements, for example implementation projects or linkages.
- Talk to a research mentor as they are likely to have had prior experience with certain research grant schemes.
- Discuss the research project with supervisors/line managers and divisional/department heads to determine if the proposal may be possible without additional funding.
What assistance can I access through our research grant administration services?
Metro South Health facilitates internal and external research grants administration services through its role as a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) research administering institution for any research grants on which Metro South Health is the administering institution. This includes providing advice and support in relation to:
- research grant application development and submission
- accepting and managing research grants
- reporting requirements
- varying or transferring research grants.
Metro South Research must be involved in the research grants administration process if it is proposed for Metro South Health to be identified as the grant administering institution.
Read more about the following research funding processes:
Which procedures should I be aware of when reviewing research funding requirements?
Metro South Research has various research management funding, grants and contracts procedures that should be followed.
Why do I need to identify relevant costs for my research?
It is imperative for researchers to identify relevant costs and requirements for research funding and identify whether grants will be sought prior to seeking ethical clearance and Site Specific Assessment (SSA) authorisation.
Clinicians, researchers and principal investigators must identify and document the financial support needed for their research project.
It is the responsibility of the principal investigators to identify the items associated with their research project that could incur costs.
Research costs can include clinician/researcher time, use of Metro South Health facilities and resources, printing, postage, access to internal or external expertise (eg biostatisticians), diagnostic procedures and publication.
Any research project that requires financial support (from any source) must be supported by a research project costing and budget.
Who can help me develop a research budget or manage my cost centre?
Relevant Metro South Health business managers/finance officers and/or cost centre managers may support the costing of any research project and will be involved in the costing for research projects requiring substantial resources.
More information regarding Metro South Health research budgets, cost centres and Internal Order Numbers (IONs) management can be found in the Research Funding, Budgets and Infrastructure Support Procedure.
What costs should be considered when developing a research budget?
As part of the setting up process you should consider costs associated with:
- Novell and integrated electronic Medical Record (ieMR) access
- Devices and drugs
- Equipment and other capital items
- Principal investigator costs
- Overhead costs
- Indirect costs
- Patient travel
- Publication costs and conference fees
- Research evaluations
- Travel costs
- Translation costs
- Biostatistics services
- Clinical Research Facility (CRF) fees
- Biobank fees
- Metro South Health research fees.
Your relevant business manager/finance officer and/or cost centre manager may support the costing of any research project and will be involved in the costing for research projects requiring substantial resources.