NHMRC promotes the highest quality in the research that it funds.
High quality research that is rigorous, transparent and reproducible contributes to scientific progress, is essential for the translation of outcomes into practical and clinical applications and evidence-based policy, delivers the highest possible value for research investment and promotes community trust in scientific findings.
Research Quality Project
Ensuring the highest quality of NHMRC-funded research is a priority for the agency and aligns with NHMRC's strategy for health and medical research. We have commenced the Research Quality Project which aims to provide guidance for the sector on ensuring research quality throughout the research cycle.
This project is being overseen by an expert working committee, the Research Quality Steering Committee, established under Section 39 of the National Health and Medical Research Act 1992. Information about the committee's terms of reference and membership is provided below.
23 July 2018,
Meetings of the Research Quality Steering Committee (RQSC)
|4 December 2018||
|Late 2018/early 2019||
Anticipated finalisation of the draft NHRMC Research Quality Strategy and Action Plan by the RQSC, for consideration by NHMRC's CEO.
Research Quality Steering Committee
Terms of reference
The Research Quality Steering Committee will:
1. Advise NHMRC’s CEO on mechanisms for enhancing quality in NHMRC-funded research through rigour, transparency and reproducibility, including
(i) identification of factors that enable or hinder rigour, transparency and reproducibility in research
(ii) short and long-term strategies for improving rigour, transparency and reproducibility in NHMRC-funded research, and
(iii) measuring and reporting on the effectiveness of any strategies implemented.
2. Ensure that advice outlined in Point 1 is based on international best practice and takes into account the outcomes of previous work conducted by NHMRC.
3. Perform other functions related to enhancing quality in NHMRC-funded research as requested by the CEO.
See details below.
To assist researchers and institutions, we have brought together a number of existing resources on how to ensure the highest quality in research.
Australian code for the responsible conduct of research
National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research
Guidelines for ethical conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research and Keeping on track: A guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples about health research ethics
Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes
Best practice methodology in the use of animals for scientific purposes
Statement on consumer and community involvement in health and medical research
A framework for NHMRC Assessment and Funding of Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies
Principles of peer review
Relationship between peer review and ethical review
Principles for accessing and using publicly funded data for health research
Open access policy
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Centre for Research in Evidence Based Practice
Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Member of Board of Therapeutic Guidelines (unpaid)
CI on NHMRC Program Grant and Centres for Research Excellence
Australasian Open Access Strategy Group
I am Director of the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (which is supported by 10 Australia and a coalition of New Zealand Universities) and Adviser to the Office of Research Ethics & Integrity and the Library at QUT I have an honorary (unpaid) appointment at Griffith University
I am involved with many Open Access, publishing, reporting and ethics initiatives, currently including HIFA and Evidence AID. Other activities include: Editorial Board member Research Integrity and Peer Review Australian Academy of Science National Committee for Data in Science Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines Coordinating Committee Bond University Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice Advisory Board NHMRC 2018 Symposium on Ensuring Value in Research Program Committee Cochrane Library Oversight Committee (Chair, beginning Feb 2018) SCOAP3 Governing Council Australian Representative UniTec (NZ) ePress Editorial Committee Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) 15 Working group Vivli’s External Advisory Committee OA2020 Advisory Committee.
I am often reimbursed for travel if invited to speak. Otherwise travel is paid for by my employers. In 2018 travel thus far includes: My travel to the 2018 APRI meeting was paid for by the Taiwanese organisers Travel to CERN for a SCOAP3 meeting was paid for by CERN in March 2018 Travel to specific universities is paid by those universities eg La Trobe in March 2018.
My husband has grants from NHMRC. The topic of the grants are unrelated to my work.
I have applied for NHMRC grant funding.
I speak regularly on open access, and transparency in research. I am not paid for these talks.
I regularly write on open access, transparency and related topics. All my publications are listed at my ORCiD profile https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2358-2440
Chief Executive Officer
BioCurate Pty ltd
Employed as CEO, BioCurate Pty Ltd. Owns shares in several biopharma companies.
Scientific Advisory Board for drug discovery (Pierre Fabre).
Numerous public presentations on the issue of scientific integrity including to President Obama's Science Council, meetings of the Welcome Trust, the US Academies of Science, and numerous universities.
Numerous scientific publications, including those focused on research quality.
History of involvement in clinical trials for over 20 years, but not involved in clinical trial activity at this time.
Chair (Research) and Head, Anatomy & and Cell Biology
Head, Cellular and Genetic Medicine Unit
School of Medical Sciences
University of New South Wales
Employed by UNSW Sydney that administers NHMRC grant monies, uses animals in research, and contributes to the discussion on the use of animals for biomedical research.
Chief Investigator on NHMRC Project Grants.
Past, current and future application to NHMRC for research and people support.
Member of NHMRC Assigners Academy and Grant Review Panels; Science Assessor for Development Grants.
NHMRC Guideline - Guidelines to AECs on Xenotransplantation (2010)
Australian Government/NHMRC/ARC Guideline – Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes 8th edition (2013)
NHMRC Guideline - A Guide to the care and use of Australian native mammals in research and teaching (the Guide) (2014) (Chair of approval committee)
NHMRC Guideline - Principles and guidelines for the care and use of non-human primates for scientific purposes (2016) (Chair of NHP working committee)
NHMRC Guidance - Best practice methodology in the use of animals for scientific purposes (2017) (Member of working committee)
Professor in Neurosciences and Brain Plasticity
School of Medicine
University of Tasmania
Ongoing (research only) appointment at Level E at the School of Medicine, University of Tasmania, Hobart. Honorary (no salary) appointment as Principal Research Fellow at the Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health.
Act as panel member on Heart Foundation fellowships assessment panel and act as chair of New Zealand Health Research Council neuroscience grant assessment panel. For both of these I receive an honorarium and have my expenses covered for attendance at meetings.
In most years I am provided with support to give lectures at scientific meetings, in 2017 this included travel and accommodation for the 4th International Symposium on Systematic Review and Mata-Analysis of Laboratory Animal Studies (4th-ISSRMALAS) held at Research Triangle Park, NC, USA and in 2018 for the Herrenhauser conference in Hanover, Germany.
A member of the ARRIVE guidelines committee. AIrfares and accommodation provided by the UK NC3Rs for me to attend the ARRIVE guidelines preparation meeting in 2017.
Cancer Research Division
Cancer Council NSW
Over last three years as a chief investigator: Project grants from NHMRC, PCFA, NHMRC CRE grant on cancer outcomes for Indigenous people, Cancer Council NSW STREP grant on cancer outcomes for Indigenous people.
Received sitting fees for NHMRC SToRE Committee and grant review panels; Received sitting fees for MSAC Evaluation Subcommittee meetings until December 2014.
Meals provided when attending NHMRC committee meetings; Meals provided when attending MSAC Evaluation Subcommittee meetings until December 2014.
Received travel and hotel accommodation when attending NHMRC committee meetings in Canberra; Travel and accommodation to attend MSAC Evaluation Subcommittee meetings until December 2014.
Peer-reviewer for a number of national and international journals; Assessor for NHMRC and a number of international research funding bodies.
Member of Expert Advisory Groups for development of a number of clinical practice guidelines on prostate cancer, prostate cancer screening, colorectal cancer and colonoscopy surveillance.