17 December 2018

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

Key application dates

  • Targeted Call for Research (TCR) into Per- and Poly-fluoroalkylated substances: Applications open on 19 December 2018, minimum data is due 17 April 2019, applications close 1 May 2019.
  • Targeted Call for Research (TCR) into Frailty in Hospital Care: Complex Health Needs: Minimum data is on due 16 January 2019, applications close on 30 January 2019.
  • Investigator Grant Scheme is now open, minimum data is due 16 January 2019, applications close 6 February 2019.
  • Boosting Dementia Research Grants Scheme Priority Round 5 (PR5): Implementing Dementia Risk Reduction and Prevention Research. Applications close on 19 December 2018.
  • Boosting Dementia Research Grants Scheme Priority Round 6 (PR6): Improving Dementia Data and Methods. Applications close on 19 December 2018.

Open MRFF grant opportunities

Researchers are invited to express their interest in assisting with the assessment of applications as a member of an assessment panel. Contact NHMRC’s MRFF team.

New grant program: guide to applicants now available

NHMRC has published a Guide to Applicants including category descriptors for the following grant schemes on GrantConnect:

  • Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies
  • Ideas
  • Synergy

This information will assist applicants to begin preparing their application in advance of the funding opportunities opening on 6 March 2019.

Investigator Grants - communications approach

In response to Research Administration Officer (RAO) feedback we are aiming to increase transparency, fairness and consistency of our responses to frequently asked questions about Investigator Grants policy.

For any policy clarifications, applicants should contact their RAO for assistance. If further clarification is required, RAOs can contact NHMRC’s Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983 or email.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding scheme policy will be collated and then responded to via the scheme’s FAQ document on GrantConnect. The final FAQ will be released on 30 January 2019.

All policy enquiries should be submitted by COB 29 January 2019.

NHMRC’s Research Help Centre will continue to provide technical assistance to both applicants and RAOs.

Development Grants scheme: call for commercial assessor nominations

NHMRC’s Development Grants scheme is seeking self-nominations from experts to participate as commercial assessors for applications in the 2019 round. Peer review meetings are scheduled for late May 2019 via teleconference. If you have research commercialisation experience and would like to participate in the assessment process, please submit your nomination through the Development Grants self-nomination portal.

Guidelines for Guidelines

The new Guidelines for Guidelines were launched on 28 November 2018 at NHMRC’s Research Symposium in Sydney. The resource provides practical information for guideline developers wishing to meet NHMRC’s Standards for Guidelines and improve the quality of their guidelines. Information is presented in modules which are published as soon as they are developed.

Public consultation is now sought on a number of draft modules. Consultation closes on 6 February 2019.

NHMRC launches research case studies

NHMRC has launched two case studies which demonstrate the impact of Australian research funding on small to medium enterprises and health outcomes for Australia. The case studies were compiled in partnership with leading universities and research institutes.

More information can be found on NHMRC's website.

NHMRC’s inaugural Gender Equality Strategy 2018–2021 (the Strategy) released

Retaining women in health and medical research is a strategic priority for NHMRC. The Strategy builds on existing NHMRC initiatives to address the retention and progression of women in health and medical research. Hear from one of our female researchers.

Further information can be found on NHMRC’s website.

The draft ME/CFS Committee Report will open this week for public consultation

The ME/CFS Committee invites the public to provide feedback on its draft Report.

For further information visit the NHMRC Website.

Abstract submissions now open for the Australian Dementia Forum 2019 - Shining a light on the impact of dementia research

The Forum to be held in Hobart, on 13-14 June 2019 will examine how best to maximise the impact and benefit of dementia research to the whole community - for people living with dementia, their families and carers, and those at risk of dementia - through accelerated research translation.

NHMRC Privacy Policy – update

Read NHMRC’s updated Privacy Policy here. Effective 11 December 2018.

2019 NHMRC Biennial Awards

Entries and nominations are now open for the following NHMRC Biennial Awards:

  • Science to Art Award – for recognition of outstanding images that have arisen from research funded by NHMRC.
  • Ethics Award – for recognition of outstanding contributions to high ethical standards in health and medical research.
  • Consumer Engagement Award – for recognition of long-term contribution, individual commitment and support of consumers and community views in health and medical research.

Nominations close 5:00pm (AEDT) on 11 January 2019.