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Managing other Australian Competitive Grant (ACG) projects

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Your first action will be to accept your grant offer by emailing:

Administration of your Australian Competitive Grant will be managed as follows.

Steps in other ACG project management

1. Establishment of a cost centre

A cost centre has been established for your project. The cost centre code will be provided to you by Income Generation and Application Support Services. Funds will not be transferred into your cost centre until all clearances are received (see 2 and 3 below).

2. Ethics and compliance approval

As Chief Investigator, it is your responsibility to ensure that no research that requires ethics and/or other clearances is commenced until such clearances are obtained. Details regarding ethics and clearances approval processes

Please also be advised that the Research Capacity and Compliance section will track your approvals, and will ensure that funds are released into your cost centre once clearances are confirmed by the relevant ethics and safety committee(s).

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Universities Australia (formerly the Australian Vice Chancellor's Committee) and the Australian Research Council have endorsed:

  1. the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007) and
  2. NHMRC's National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) - Updated December 2013 (where applicable).

The purpose of these documents is to guide institutions and researchers in responsible research practice. All researchers on NHMRC grants are required to comply with the Australian Code and National Statement as this will be a prerequisite for receipt of ARC and NHMRC funding.

3. Legal compliance - Multi-Institutional Agreement

Projects involving named investigators from other institutions cannot commence until UniSA and each collaborating institution have entered into a written agreement which addresses the role of each institution on the project and any funds to be transferred. Research and Innovation Services will arrange a draft agreement to be sent to all collaborating institutions for signature, including those overseas, regardless of whether funds are being transferred. A UniSA Solicitor will provide you with a template agreement. You are asked to populate the template and return to RIS. Please note that funds will not be transferred into your cost centre until this agreement has been fully executed.

4. Commencement dates

All new Australian Competitive Grant projects must commence by the date stipulated in the relevant Funding Agreement. Permission may be sought for deferment of commencement (please refer to the funding agreement). Requests must be made via RIS.

5. Reporting requirements

Submission of progress and final reports and financial acquittals will vary depending on the type of program. Please refer to the relevant program and to the schedule issued to you at the notification of your application outcome.

6. Research scholarships

If you wish to use part of your Australian Competitive Grant funding (as detailed in the original project application) to fund a postgraduate research scholarship, please refer to Start your research on our research. The Research Degrees Officer: Australian Admissions and/or Scholarships or Research Degrees Officer: International will contact the first named CI to make necessary arrangements.

7. Research fellowships

Where a Fellow is named on your Australian Competitive Grant, procedures are in place to establish employment contracts for new Fellows - please refer to Guidelines on communication during the appointment of NHMRC and ARC Fellows (PDF file, 28kb).

Please also note that Fellows may be entitled to reimbursement of some relocation costs - remember to keep receipts of airfare and relocation expenses.

8. Intellectual Property

Please refer to Intellectual Property (Legal Services) for further details on intellectual property notification, protection or management.


If you have any further questions, please consult:

Email: grant.management@unisa.edu.au