Publication date
10 September 18

Tracker is a fortnightly email newsletter that informs the Australian research community about major NHMRC activities and funding opportunities.

Key application dates

Update on project grants

Six weeks of Grant Review Panels (GRPs) have concluded. 37 panels met from 30 July to 7 September 2018.

CIAs of applications deemed Not For Further Consideration (NFFC) are expected to be notified by email via RGMS in late September 2018.

Update on NHMRC’s new grant program

New fact sheet on open and close dates is now available on NHMRC’s website.

Project Grants GRP members’ survey

NHMRC sincerely thanks all members for their participation in this year’s Project Grants GRPs. Members are encouraged to provide feedback on peer review policy and processes in the 2018 Project Grants GRP members’ survey, which will be circulated via email.

Nominate to participate in peer review panels for 2019

Researchers are invited to self-nominate to be considered for appointment to NHMRC expert review panels. ‘How to’ instructions within RGMS are available here.

A guide to assist researchers in determining the most appropriate funding program(s) to which they might contribute their expertise and experience is available from NHMRC’s website.

Guideline for the management of knee and hip osteoarthritis

NHMRC has approved recommendations made in the Guideline for the management of knee and hip osteoarthritis developed by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. An update of the 2009 edition, it includes recommendations on the management of knee and hip osteoarthritis and reviews the latest evidence on new and commonly used therapies.

NHMRC Corporate Plan 2018-2019

NHMRC’s Corporate Plan 2018-2019 is now available. It identifies the major health issues for the next three years, processes for dealing with these issues and a strategy for medical research and public health research.

Please see NHMRC’s website for more information.

Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration announces Postgraduate Scholarships in Dementia Research

The Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) and the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research would like to announce the 2018 DCRC Postgraduate Research Scholarships for Dementia Research.

Three PhD scholarships are on offer at $30,000 per annum for up to 3 years, starting in 2019. Research proposals that fall into one of the specific research areas set out in the NNIDR Strategic Roadmap for Dementia Research are strongly encouraged.

For more information on application and eligibility requirements, please visit the Current Funding Opportunities page on the NNIDR website.

Call for Community Input for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dementia Research Roadmap now open

NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR) is developing a Roadmap to specifically address the challenge of dementia within Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The NNIDR is seeking input from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with dementia, carers or family members of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person living with dementia, aged care service providers, peak bodies, or aged care and dementia researchers.

To make your recommendations on the research and services needed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with dementia, visit the NNIDR website.

Commonwealth Data Sharing and Release Legislation

As part of the Government’s response to the Productivity Commission’s report on Data Sharing and Release, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet is drafting new legislation about data sharing and release.

To assist with the creation of this legislation, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet is hosting roundtable consultations to seek advice on ethical data use, technical best practice, and the latest industry and international developments in data sharing.

For further information or to register for one of the roundtable consultations, please click on the links below:

One-day GRADE workshops

The JBI Adelaide GRADE centre and Melbourne GRADE centre regularly offer on-day GRADE workshops for systematic reviewers, guideline developers and others involved in providing health guidance. Courses are available in Brisbane on 25 October 2018 (please register here), Adelaide on 2 November 2018 (please register here) and Perth on 9 November 2018 (please register here).

Registrations now open for the 7th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation

NHMRC will be partnering with The Reward Alliance, an international network of funders, editors and researchers with a shared interest in ensuring value in health and medical research, to bring you this year’s NHMRC Symposium, ‘Ensuring Value in Research’.

Being held at The University of Sydney on 27-28 November this year, the Symposium is for anyone with an interest in ensuring value in health and medical research, whether they are researchers themselves or end users, to share their ideas, expertise and experience.

More information can be found here.