Publication date
19 November 18

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

Key application dates

  • Centres of Research Excellence—minimum data due 21 November 2018, applications close 5 December 2018.
  • Partnership Projects 2018 third call—minimum data due 21 November 2018, applications close 5 December 2018.

Investigator Grants guide to applicants and category descriptors

The guide to applicants including category descriptors for the Investigator Grants scheme is now available on GrantConnect.

This information will assist applicants in preparing their application in advance of the funding opportunity opening on 5 December 2018.

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) upcoming grant opportunities

  • MRFF - Million Minds Mission grant opportunity will be opening soon in RGMS and is forecast on GrantConnect.
  • The 2018 MRFF - Keeping Australians Out of Hospital grant opportunity will be opening soon in RGMS and is forecast on GrantConnect.
  • The MRFF - Targeted Health System Research grant opportunity will be opening soon in RGMS and is forecast on GrantConnect.

MRFF – International Clinical Trial Collaborations grant opportunity

The call for applications for the MRFF International Clinical Trial Collaborations (ICTC) grant opportunity has recently opened and the first application due date is 5 December 2018 with minimum data due on 21 November 2018.

Clinician researchers are invited to express their interest in assisting with the assessment of ICTC applications as a member of the peer review panel. Contact NHMRC’s Program Development team here.

2019 Development Grant round open for applications

The Development Grant scheme for funding commencing in 2020 is now open in RGMS and will close 5:00pm (AEDT) on 6 February 2019 with minimum data due on 23 January 2019.

Development Grant scheme: call for commercial assessor nominations

NHMRC’s Development Grant scheme is seeking early self-nominations from experts to participate as commercial assessors for applications in the 2019 round. The Development Grant 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, submit your nomination through the Development Grant self-nomination portal.

Invitations for 2019 peer review

Invitations to participate in the 2019 round of several NHMRC funding schemes were sent via RGMS on 12 November 2018. NHMRC encourages members of the research community to contribute their expertise to the peer review process, particularly as we move to the new grant program. Further information on NHMRC’s peer review, including the new grant program, will be published in the coming months.

2019 NHMRC Biennial Awards

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

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

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

NHMRC participation in the next e-ASIA call for research

The 2019 e-ASIA Joint Research Program (JRP) health call will soon be issued for research proposals in the fields of infectious diseases, cancer and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Visit the e-ASIA website for more information about e-ASIA.

A workshop for researchers to assist development of collaborative research proposals for submission to the e-ASIA JRP health call is scheduled for Singapore in March 2019.

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.

Visit NNIDR’s website for more information and to submit your abstract.

Boosting Dementia Research Grants Scheme Priority Round 5 (PR5): Implementing Dementia Risk Reduction and Prevention Research

Minimum data is due 5:00pm (AEDT) on 21 November 2018. Applications close 5:00pm (AEDT) on 19 December 2018.

Further information can be found on GrantConnect.

Boosting Dementia Research Grants Scheme Priority Round 6 (PR6): Improving Dementia Data and Methods

Minimum data is due 5:00pm (AEDT) on 21 November 2018. Applications close 5:00pm (AEDT) on 19 December 2018.

Further information can be found on GrantConnect.

Australian guideline for the assessment and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder

NHMRC has approved the recommendations of the guideline for the assessment and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Australia developed by the Cooperative Research Centre for living with autism.

This guideline provides a framework to support diagnostic decision making and the comprehensive assessment of individual support needs.

NHMRC invests $4 million to fund research into autism

The government will provide nearly $4 million in funding for new research into autism, helping find better diagnosis, treatment and care for those affected by this developmental condition. Professor Anthony Hannan, from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Melbourne, will receive $571,890 for his research that will focus on understanding what causes attention deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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The 7th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation – only one week left to register

NHMRC is 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 2018, the Symposium is open to 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. The full program is now available.

Information on registration, program and speakers can be found here. We look forward to seeing all delegates at the Symposium next week.