Managing your Grant

Research Grants & Contracts
Your obligations
As your Administering Organisation, UNSW enters into an agreement with the relevant funding body to administer your research grant and comply with the conditions of the agreement. As the first named Investigator, you are responsible for complying with the University’s administrative processes which have been set up to ensure the obligations of the funding agreement are met.
The conduct and timing of the research project

Your project must be carried out as described in your research grant proposal and in accordance with the funding agreements or conditions of the award. You must observe the conditions set out in these documents at all times during the life of your grant. Any significant changes to the project scope, timing, personnel or budget expenditure must be notified to the GMO as soon as practicable. The GMO will review the matter and determine if a variation should be submitted for approval by the Funding Body.

All correspondence to the funding body relating to your grant should be forwarded via the Grants Management Office.


Commencing employment: All funding recipients must be employees of UNSW for the duration of the funding. Research fellows must be placed on a UNSW contract of employment for the funding period. All individuals on UNSW contracts of employment are covered by the relevant Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (or AWA, if applicable, for employees who commenced employment prior to 28 March 2008).

Your Faculty HR Representative [] will prepare letters of offer of employment and set in place any other arrangements relating to appointments.

In submitting HR10 forms to Human Resources it is usual to request appointment for the full length of time for which funds have been provided. Please contact your School Administrator for assistance in completing HR10 forms. A link to HR forms is provided at

Termination of employment: In most cases grant funding cannot be used for severance payments. Severance pay entitlements for fixed-term employees may be available in accordance with Section 15.2.3 of the UNSW (Academic Staff) Enterprise Agreement 2006.  Externally funded fixed term professional staff may be entitled to severance pay in accordance with Section 19.3 and 19.4 of the University of New South Wales (Professional Staff) Enterprise Agreement 2010.  Severance payments are provided via central funding and not through individual schools or centres.

Record Keeping

It is important you keep project records to ensure accountability and transparency. Critical documents pertaining to your management of the project should be kept and be easily accessible.Record keeping makes good business sense to ensure the sustainability of your project should key personnel need to change with little notice. Internal audits may be undertaken randomly on research projects to ensure funding body and University requirements are being met. External auditing may be undertaken by funding bodies.

The InfoEd Grants Management System provides you with access to all data recorded about an application or grant. You can access all records on which you are a named investigator. Documentation kept on InfoEd includes:

  • Project status - received, submitted to sponsor, awarded, funds released, etc
  • All project correspondence and documentation, including contracts and reports
  • Up-to-date financial reports via a direct link to the NSS project record
  • Deadlines for and details of milestone reports and deliverables
Expenditure and Finance

Account and Budget

In order for the Grants Management Office (GMO) to release your research account and budget, the Accepting a Grant steps need to be completed.

Your Faculty Accountant and School/Centre finance staff will assist you with expenditure management throughout the life of the grant, raising purchase orders on your behalf and reimbursing you for costs claimed. Only costs associated with research activities approved for a project can be charged against the research account for that project.


The GMO is responsible for requesting all research income invoicing. If you have completed a Milestone deliverable and need to request a related invoice for issue to your sponsor, contact your Grants Officer at the GMO. Funds from sources other than the Sponsor cannot be invoiced, transferred or journalled into the research account.

Research Finance

Research Finance works in partnership with the Grants Management Office to provide financial and administrative support for research funding.

Financial Reporting

The GMO is responsible for arranging and submitting all research financial statements required by Sponsors. The GMO will contact you ahead of the due date for a financial report to ensure all research project expenditure has been charged to your account. If you require a research financial statement to send to your Sponsor, contact your Grants Officer at the GMO.

The ARC and NHMRC require submission of an annual Financial Statement and Financial Acquittal for each individually funded grant. Research Finance and the GMO prepare and submit ARC & NHMRC financial reports.

Budget costing tool for Clinical Trials 

In 2017 the Office for Health and Medical Research (OHMR) initiated a project to develop a standard Budget Costing Tool for Clinical trials. This work was undertaken as part of the wider in initiative with Advanced Health Research and Translation Committees (AHTRC) and Centres for Innovation in Regional Health (CIRH) to streamline the governance process for clinical trials through the development of clinical trials support platforms within the AHRTCs (the Clinical Trial Support Unit Project). At the CTSU presentations, we confirm that Sydney Local Health District has worked with OHMR to develop and validate a Budget Cost Tool, based on the successful tool developed by the UK's National Institute of Health Research.

The Purpose of the tool;

  • provide a consistent framework and methodology for cost calculations
  • support swift local site budget negotiation and study set-up
  • support full cost reimbursement of industry studies
  • ensure that departments conducting studies have an accurate picture of the financial implications when conducting a clinical trial so that decisions can be made based on sound information
  • support a proposed policy change that will require all clinical trials to make use of a budget cost tool as part of the set-up process

Access Budget Costing Tool and see further information 

Working with other Australian Universities

In instances where you are collaborating with another Australian University you need to complete the Multi-Institutional Agreement (shared agreement) form and submit to the Grants Management Office.

  • Please see the Forms section to download the MIA form appropriate for your grant.
Forms for Grant Management


Applying For Grants

  • Head of School/Centre Director approval is required for each grant funding proposal submission. Researchers should advise their Head of School/Centre Director of their intention to submit a proposal as early as possible. Approval for submission by the Head of School/Centre Director will be obtained by the GMO via email when a draft proposal is submitted for compliance review.

Accepting Grants

Managing Your Grant


Establishment of Memorandum of Understanding

Ethics & Compliance

Ethics and Other Research Safety Clearances

You must have ethics clearance for all projects using human subjects in any form and for research involving animal subjects. Throughout the duration of your research this clearance must be current and you are responsible for renewing ethics approval over the course of the project.

Clearance must also be obtained for projects involving Risk Group 3 or 4 Micro-Organisms, Genetically Modified Organisms, Security Sensitive Biological Agents (SSBA), Ionising Radiation, Non-Ionising Radiation (e.g. transilluminators), Class 3 or 4 Laser, Poisons, Therapeutic Goods or Drug Addiction (S8), Use of Pentobarbitone Sodium (Lethabarb) (S4), Scheduled 10 Prohibited or Notifiable Carcinogen (NSW WHS Regulation 2011), Design or Manufacture of High Risk Plant or Equipment, Hazardous Chemicals that require health surveillance, Work with Lead (Pb), Work that requires a High Risk Work license (e.g. cranes / scaffolding, hoists / elevated work platforms), Scientific research diving.

Please note: The above approvals, once obtained, do not constitute approval for project commencement. There are a number of other research governance approvals that need to be obtained prior to the commencement of your research. Projects cannot proceed until these approvals have been obtained. For external grant funding this may include a signed contract/agreement (e.g. MIA), execution of the Sponsor’s Funding Agreement, return of a signed acceptance form, etc. If in any doubt, please speak to your Grants Officer for further information.

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