Publication date
13 August 18

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

Key application dates

  • Partnership Projects—2018 second call: applications close Thursday 16 August 2018.
  • Partnership Projects—2018 third call: open for applications.
  • Targeted Call for Research into Healthy Ageing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples—Minimum data is due Wednesday 15 August 2018. Applications close Wednesday 12 September 2018Please see NHMRC’s website for more details.

Update on Project Grants Grant Review Panels (GRPs)

  • Two out of six weeks of GRP meetings are complete. 12 panels met in Canberra during the period 30 July to 10 August 2018.
  • Week three of GRPs commences today.
  • Running orders for coming weeks will be sent to panel members on the Monday before their GRP meets in Canberra.

Thanks to Assigners Academy

NHMRC would like to thank all members of the 2018 Assigners Academy who have provided assistance with this round of Project Grants, and for their ongoing assistance with other NHMRC funding schemes this year.

Road Map 3 – strategy to improve Indigenous health

NHMRC is pleased to release its comprehensive ten year strategy to improve the health of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. View the Road Map 3 strategy online.

Targeted Call for Research (TCR) calls

  • Debilitating Symptom Complexes Attributed to Ticks re-opening to accept applications

The NHMRC has decided to re-open the NHMRC Targeted Call for Research (TCR) into Debilitating Symptom Complexes Attributed to Ticks. The extended call for applications will close at 5:00pm (AEST) Wednesday 29 August 2018.

Given the public interest in this call following the Senate Inquiry and the Government’s response to fund further research on this issue, NHMRC decided to re-open the call to accept additional applications to ensure that a breadth of the highest quality research is funded.

Please see NHMRC’s webpage for more details.

Upcoming TCR Calls

NHMRC anticipates calling for applications in the following areas under our Targeted Calls for Research program.

  • Per- and poly- fluoroalkylated substances (PFAS) TCR

The TCR aims to increase understanding of any potential human health effects resulting from exposure to PFAS.

  • Nutrition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

This TCR responds to NHMRC’s priorities as outlined in the NHMRC Corporate Plan 2017-2018. The need to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples has been identified as a major health issue.

Please see NHMRC’s webpage for more details.

Updates to the national guideline for stroke management

NHMRC has approved amendments to recommendations made in the Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management 2017 developed by the Stroke Foundation. The amendments concern the timing of endovascular thrombectomy for certain patients in response to new evidence.

Updates to the Australian immunisation handbook

NHMRC has approved amendments to the Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition on the recommended use of meningococcal and Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccines, developed by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation.

Release of revised Indigenous research ethics guidelines

NHMRC has released two revised guidelines:

Public consultation on guidance on per-fluoroalkylated and poly-fluoroalkylated substances in recreational water

NHMRC is seeking public feedback on the draft guidance. This includes guideline values for per-fluoroalkylated and poly-fluoroalkylated substances in recreational water. Submissions opened on 9 August 2018 and will close 4:00pm (AEST) 27 September 2018.

For further information visit the NHMRC public consultations website.

Advance notice: Call for submissions for recognition as an NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre (AHRTC) or Centre for Innovation in Regional Health (CIRH)

NHMRC anticipates calling for submissions from groups wishing to be accredited by NHMRC as an Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre (AHRTC) or Centre for Innovation in Regional Health (CIRH) in October 2018.

Further information will be provided in Tracker closer to the date.

Supporting women to breastfeed

It is recommended that infants be exclusively breastfed until around six months of age. Breastfeeding should be continued until 12 months of age and beyond, as it provides clear benefits for both the infant and the mother. The NHMRC Infant Feeding Guidelines provide information on how best to ensure parents, carers and infants get the support they need.

More information can be found here.

New research projects announced to improve men’s and women’s health

Over $18 million across 28 grants has been allocated for medical research to improve women’s health and wellbeing. The projects will focus on significant health challenges that affect Australian women including breast cancer, maternal health, immunisation rates and cardiovascular disease. Two grants have also been announced with over $1 million allocated into research towards prostate cancer and male infertility.

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.

Tracker on social media

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