Grants Processes

Eligibility - General Requirements

Funding through Calvary Mater Newcastle grants scheme is available for research equipment and projects being undertaken by Mater staff under the auspices of Calvary Mater Newcastle. Grants are normally granted for the term of one calendar year. The amount of funding available can vary from year to year. Each grant type has its own requirements in terms of eligibility for specific types of research activity. For details, please consult the full Terms of Reference for each grant.

Procedure Overview

The Research Committee oversees the allocation of Calvary Mater Newcastle grant funding and establishes the indicative budget prior to advertising of grants.

Applications for funding must be submitted to the Research Committee Administrative Assistant during the advertised time period and received by the due date. No applications will be considered outside of this time frame and incomplete applications will not be considered.

All applications are independently reviewed, in confidence, by the same three assessors, one of which is external to Calvary Mater Newcastle. In addition, applications for the James Lawrie Grant are also reviewed by two head and neck cancer specialists. Grants are rated on their scientific quality, significance and innovation, as well as the researcher team's track record.

Assessors meet with the Chairperson of the Research Committee, with the Administration Assistant present, to determine the final ranking of all applications. The budgets are then considered and recommendations for funding made by allocating funds from appropriate granting schemes for approved budgets in order of application rankings.

Funding within each scheme may be shared between submissions and not all available funds need be allocated in any round.

For applications that are equally rated with appropriate budgets, additional consideration will be given to:

  • Proposals that foster the development of new researchers, provided more experienced researchers are included and available for supervision
  • Justified proposals that are unlikely to receive funding from other competitive schemes

Recommendations for funding will be submitted to the Research Committee, and once approved, forwarded to Mater's Chief Executive Officer for endorsement. All applicants receive details of the outcome of their application and are provided with feedback from the assessors on their proposals. Successful grants are awarded at Calvary Mater Newcastle's Celebration of Service

Timeline for the grant application process

May (week 3) Call for applications
June (last working day) Applications close
July - September Applications reviewed
November Successful applicants notified and grants awarded at the Calvary Mater Newcastle's Celebration of Service awards night
December Feedback provided to all applicants
January Funding available to successful applicants
June (year 2) Report on project outcomes requested by Committee 18 months after commencement of funding

Please contact Crystal Tindall, Calvary Mater Newcastle Research Committee Administrative Assistant for further information and a current application kit.


Member of the Research Committee

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