Writing grant applications

Seeking Executive Approval (HNELHD)

For most funding applications HNELHD requires management and executive approval indicating support for the application to be submitted and (dependent on the funding application) for the project to be translated into practice post the project's completion.

The following approval template should be used where this is a requirement.

Brief Approval Template


Funding Agreement Template (HNELHD)

For any funds that are to be transferred from HNELHD to the University of Newcastle or Hunter Medical Research Institute the following Funding Agreement approval checklist and template are to be used.

HNELHD Approval template

Funding Agreement Template


HNE Health Libraries

HNE Health Libraries provide a range of services to assist and support the research, teaching and information needs of all Hunter New England Local Health Districts staff and affiliated health professionals. The network is made up of seven libraries located in hospitals at Armidale, Belmont, John Hunter, Maitland, Mater, Tamworth, and Taree.

Go to the library


Preparing a Grant Application

Grants and awards are competitive and include rigorous selection criteria that are generally reviewed by an independent assessment panel. In order to make sure you put forward the best application possible here are some useful resources to support you in this process.

General resources to support you preparing a grant application

Grants Hub Resources


Writing Great Abstracts

Abstracts are powerful ‘short stories’ that are used in journal articles and conference presentations. An abstract will help reviewers to decide whether to accept your paper, conference abstract or grant application, and help readers to decide whether to read your paper or attend your presentation.

Click here for a useful fact sheet to help you prepare a great abstract.  


HNELHD Research Centres

HNELHD has a range of discipline specific research support services available to help you navigate local processes and opportunities.

Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre


AH&MRC HREC Software - Submittable

The AH&MRC Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) is changing the way it does business. Today marks the launch of the new AH&MRC Ethics software Submittable. The HREC  is putting researchers in control of their application. As a researcher, you are now able to see what meeting your application is going to and be able to monitor the progress of your application. Best of all, you can submit documents as they are updated directly into your file.

Submittable is a portal-based system whereby applicants can monitor and maintain files they submit to the AH&MRC HREC. In order to submit an application simply click ‘Apply Now’ on the meeting you would like to submit to.

The Submittable portal is now open. It is optional for researchers to use Submittable for the October 2019 HREC Meeting, after which applicants will be required to use the portal. We encourage applicants to start using the portal as early as possible. Using the Submittable portal will ensure your application file is saved on our database and help streamline the HREC Application Process.

Check out Submittables cool features here: Submittable

For further information please contact the AH&MRC Ethics team at ethics@ahmrc.org.au


ClinTrial Refer App

ClinTrial Refer is a Mobile App platform to help connect patients, clinicians and clinical trial units across various clinical settings. Because the data comes directly from the participating units, it is current and comprehensive. It is easy to identify suitable trials for your patient. The collaboration amongst network clinicians in reciprocal cross referral enhances your patients' access to emerging therapies through clinical trial participation.

The reliable scientific method to take discoveries from the laboratory bench to the bedside is testing the safety and efficacy of these new interventions in clinical trials -- research studies that test new methods of prevention, detection, screening and treatment of diseases. Clinical Research Trials often offer a crucial treatment alternative for patients to access new therapeutic options.

ClinTrial Refer is free to download and easy to use, both in clinic and the multidisciplinary team settings.

You can access the app at https://www.clintrial.org.au/


Consumer Involvement and Engagement Toolkit

During the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance (ACTA) Conference held in Sydney from 3-5 October 2019, the Consumer Involvement and Engagement Toolkit (The toolkit) was launched.

The toolkit is a joint initiative between the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance (ACTA) and Clinical Trials: Quality & Impact (CT:IQ). It was developed by a working group of end-users (researchers, research organisation representatives, and consumers) who ratified content and endorsed the definitions and acronyms used throughout.  

The Toolkit provides practical advice for researchers and research organisations wishing to conduct patient-centred clinical trials. Through the use of an interactive map, the Toolkit provides guidance and tools to help plan, deliver, evaluate and report consumer and community involvement and engagement activities. The Toolkit’s focus is clinical trials, however, much of the content is relevant to other types of health research.

The Toolkit also contains a small but growing collection of dedicated resources for consumers and the community, that provide insights into what it means to become ‘involved’ in research and to increase awareness around the role and value of clinical trials.

As a platform for the sharing of information and tools, the Toolkit aims to improve public awareness and understanding of clinical trials so that consumers and the community are better equipped to influence the clinical trial agenda.

Click here to access the toolkit.


Educational Resources

 NSW Health & Medical Research have educational resources available to help design your research study, analyse your research data, translate your research findings and commercialise your research idea.

Click here to access the resources.