About the Grants Management Office

Grants Management Office

 

To locate or contact a GMO Team Member, visit the GMO Staff Directory

The UNSW Sydney Grants Management Office (GMO) is responsible for managing UNSW's research income, including:

  • Providing beginning to end administration of UNSW's research funding
  • Assisting researchers with their applications for grants and fellowships
  • Providing UNSW sign-off and submitting research grant applications to be administered at UNSW
  • Arranging for the execution of research funding agreements and where necessary the negotiation of these agreements with the Legal Office Research
  • Working with the Research Strategy and Partnerships Office (RSPO) on contract research and industry sponsored funding
  • Funding body liaison (including committee representation, UAT Groups, Audit and institutional certification)
  • Identifying and managing research funding risk

Some of our services: Pre-Award
Some of our services: Post-Award
  • Compliance Advice: knowledge of rules and regulations of funding agency, interpretation of rules, eligibility requirements
  • Application submission and appropriate University sign-off
  • Major Round Alerts: rules you need to know, things we are learning during the round, deadline reminders
  • Training & Information Sessions: Systems training (RMS, RGMS, Ethics Online, InfoEd) and Scheme workshops (how to put together the application, what to look out for)
  • Checklists & Toolkits: salary scales, templates, compliance checklists, resource pages
  • Access to RMS (ARC grants) and HelpDesk assistance with RMS and RGMS (NHMRC grants)
  • Sign-off on acceptance of award
  • Obtain legal advice as necessary
  • Ensure all ethics and other clearances are in place
  • Establish the account/s (input budget and apply infrastructure support)
  • Maintain accurate research records via InfoEd
  • Invoice the funding agency
  • Liaise with the funding agency and submit variations as necessary
  • Monitor deliverables and ensure continued compliance
  • Ensure all reporting requirements are met
  • Acquit the grant and closeout the project
  • Statistical analysis and reports on grant information

How we achieve this:

  • Three Faculty-focused grants teams, who all have expertise in every aspect of research administration
  • An Operations and Systems team that provides back-end support and high-volume batch processing
  • Support from the Research Legal team for legal matters
  • Support from  Research Finance  for finance matters
  • Work extensively with other units within the Division:  Research Strategy and Partnerships Office; Research Ethics and Compliance Support (RECS) unit; UNSW Innovations; Analytical Centre; Graduate Research School (GRS)
  • Researcher training and web toolkits
  • A research management system (InfoEd) that captures all the relevant data for the management of every grant.

 

Supporting Research Administrators - The Research Administrators Network

The GMO works closely with the Research Administrators Network to strengthen the working relationship between Research Services and staff supporting research at UNSW, and assist Research Administrators by providing opportunities for learning and development in research management.
Visit the Research Administrators Network homepage to view presentations from past meetings, and register to join the network. 

 

GMO Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Who do I contact about my grant application?

All competitive grant applications must be sent to the GMO at least 2 weeks prior to the external due date for compliance review, so that Head of School (HOS) approval for submission and any internal signatures/approvals can be obtained.

The required period may be longer than 2 weeks for some schemes including the ARC and NHMCR and where internal ranking is required prior to submission (i.e. where the funding body imposes limits on the number of applications UNSW can submit as an institution). For major application rounds (e.g. ARC Discovery Projects & NHMRC Project Grants), you will receive an email from the GMO well in advance, advising of important dates including the internal deadline by which the GMO should receive your draft proposal for review.

Please contact the Grants Officer responsible for your School/Centre email mygrants.gmo@unsw.edu.au.

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Q2. Who do I contact for contract research and consultancy support?

The Research Strategy & Partnerships Office (RSPO) look after all contract research and research consultancies. Non-research consultancies are generally handled at the School level.

Depending on your requirement, please contact the relevant RSPO staff member or email research.partnerships@unsw.edu.au

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Q3. What are Indirect Costs and do I need to add them to my proposal budget?

Indirect costs (ICRs) represent an estimate of the cost of conducting research at UNSW.  Indirect costs include research infrastructure, facilities and services that are used to undertake research projects including the provision and maintenance of buildings and physical infrastructure, information resources and technology, telecommunications, insurance and legal services, financial management services, security, research management and support services, other central and faculty administrative services.

Indirect cost recovery applies to all externally funded research projects (competitive & contract) except the following:

  • Grants on the Australian Competitive Grants Register (ACGR);
  • Core operating/infrastructure grants for UNSW Centres or facilities;
  • Major equipment (>$150,000 per item);
  • Partner organisation contributions to ACGR projects;
  • Research projects funded by a Cooperative Research Centre where UNSW is a named participant and UNSW indirect costs are included in UNSW in-kind contribution;
  • Competitive research grant sponsors/schemes that do not allow minimum UNSW indirect cost recovery.
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Q4. What is the different between salary on-costs and indirect costs?

Salary on-costs are a direct cost of UNSW paying a salary to staff. The on-cost rate (29.42% for employees appointed permanently or contracted for 2 or more years; 21.51% for employees on contracts for less than 2 years) are comprised of superannuation, payroll tax, leave loading, provision for long service leave and workers compensation. These are actual expenses incurred by UNSW, and you must ensure on-costs are included when calculating salary expenses in your budget.

Indirect costs represent an estimate of the cost of conducting research at UNSW. It covers general items that you would not normally include as specific project expenses in your budget (please see FAQ 3).

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Q5. My project was funded, when can I start spending my money?

Prior to the release of your project funds there are a number of things that need to occur:

  • The first named Chief Investigator is required to complete an Acceptance of Grant (AOG) form to provide the necessary information regarding the project, including ethics approvals, conflict of interest and distribution of funding.
  • The university is required to enter into an agreement with the sponsor (please see FAQ 6.)
  • When the funding agreement is signed and a complete AOG received, the GMO will liaise with Research Finance to open an account to receive the funds and prepare a Budget Release Confirmation (BRC).

The BRC is a document generated by the GMO that contains a summary of the most important aspects of the funding agreement, i.e. funds awarded, deliverables, ethics approval required, as well information on how the grant should be managed over its duration. A GMO Grants Officer will send you a copy of the BRC and notify you that your funds are available after Research Finance has opened your project account.

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Q6. Who reviews and signs grant funding agreements?

This is the responsibility of the Grants Management Office. Please send any grant funding agreement you receive from a funding sponsor to the GMO Team Leader responsible for your School or Centre. The GMO Team Leader manages the agreement review process including referral to the UNSW Legal Office if necessary. Once the agreement is finalised the GMO Director holds the delegation to sign the agreement on behalf of UNSW (researchers and schools must not sign agreements).

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Q7. Why do I need to complete an Acceptance of Grant form (even for a project where only in-kind is involved)?

A completed Acceptance of Grant (AoG) Form is required for all research projects being managed by the Grants Management Office. The purpose of the AoG is to ensure that important details are captured and approvals obtained for each project researchers are working on, irrespective of any funding coming to the University. The AoG requests details of ethics approvals and safety clearance requirements so that UNSW can meet its obligations in relation to monitoring of these approvals. The AoG is approved by the Head of School confirming that there are adequate resources for the project to proceed and the ethics and safety approvals required.

This form also ensures that researchers are aware of their general obligations in relation to UNSW research related Policies.

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Q8. I am not sure when I will need ethics approval, what date do I enter on my Acceptance of Grant Form?

If ethics approval for your research is required you must include this information in your AOG. An estimate date is sufficient if you are unsure of the exact date you will need to have ethics approval by. You will receive an automated reminder 2 weeks prior to the ethics due date you have supplied & the date can be amended at that time, if required.

You must not start research requiring ethics approval until you have received written approval from the relevant Research Ethics Panel/Committee. Consultations, staff recruitment and literature reviews to determine the scope of your project can often occur prior to applying for ethics approval.

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Q9. Where do I find the classification FOR & SEO codes (6 digit codes) necessary to complete the Acceptance of Grant form?

The Fields of Research (FOR) codes and the Socio Economic Objectives (SEO) codes can be found at these links on the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Website. To access the 6 digit codes you need to Select:  Section > then scroll down to select Subsection > find the right Objective/Research Field.

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Q10. When should I enter the distribution of funding on the Acceptance of Grant form?

If income is to be shared with a UNSW co-investigator outside your School/Centre for HERDC purposes then you should complete this table. Do not complete the table for distribution of funds outside UNSW (e.g. to another University) or if you require a separate research account (sub-project) to be established for your other UNSW investigator(s).  

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