NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowships Scheme

NHMRC and the Australian Research Council (ARC) launched a joint NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowships Schme on 8 January 2015 as part of the ‘Building the workforce’ element of the Boosting Dementia Research Initiative.

The aims of the scheme were to support the best emerging dementia researchers and attract scientists into dementia research from other fields, such as neurobiology, immunology, chemistry, bioengineering, information and communications technology, genomics, epidemiology and cell and vascular biology. 

Applications were peer reviewed by expert panels against the dementia priority framework based on national and international strategies spanning primary prevention, secondary prevention, treatment, and quality of life and care.

Outcomes - updated 16 February 2016

Outcomes were publically announced by the Minister for Health, the Hon Sussan Ley MP and the Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Senator Simon Birmingham on 19 October 2015.

Clarification regarding use of the research implementation, consultation and outreach loading

NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship packages include a research implementation, consultation and outreach loading of $10,000 pa. As detailed in the scheme-specific Funding Rules and the Schedule to the Funding Agreement, this allowance is provided specifically for the purpose of enabling Fellows to participate in NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR) activities. These activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • attending NNIDR symposia;
  • attending workshops and meetings arranged by the NNIDR;
  • conducting supplementary research, participating in collaborative activities and/or providing additional reporting as required by the NNIDR; and
  • contributing to the evaluation of elements of the Boosting Dementia Research Initiative.

Any unspent portion of this allowance may be spent on Direct Research Costs (DRCs) as per the DRC Guidelines.

Clarification regarding Personnel Support Packages

Personnel Support Packages (PSPs) awarded under the NHMRC ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship scheme may be used flexibly in accordance with the provisions of a Research Support Scheme and grant schedules. PSPs are accordingly not restricted to being spent on salaries, and can be used to fund Direct Research Costs (DRCs).

RAOs should note that PSP amounts appear under “Project Costs” in grant schedules, however are included as a “Salary” component in RGMS for payment purposes. Salary payments may accordingly be more than the Fellow’s salary, and DRC payments less, than indicated in schedules.

Further Information

If you require more information, direct your inquiry to your Research Administration Office in the first instance.

If you are unable to satisfy your concerns by seeking assistance through your Administering Institution, please contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983, or by email help@nhmrc.gov.au.

Archived information

This joint NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowships Scheme provides opportunities for postdoctoral researchers to undertake advanced training in the health, medical, fundamental sciences, social, economic and cultural fields relevant to dementia, in either Australia or overseas.

Successful fellows will also be an integral part of the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research and will contribute to the Institute’s goals to expand dementia research in Australia, ensure better integration with international research and form a focus for rapid translation of evidence into policy and practice.

Applying for Funding

The NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) must be used to access/update your CV and profile and to submit your TCR application. If they have not already done so, applicants are advised to gain an RGMS log on and commence their CV and profile.

Applicants, who are not yet registered on RGMS, should contact the Research Help Centre on help@nhmrc.gov.au(link sends e-mail) for more information.

A complete NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship application must consist of the following:

  1. Completion of Parts A and B (including the Grant Proposal PDF) of the application form; and
  2. The relevant information in your RGMS profile and CV

Prior to submission of an application, applicants need to ensure they have:

  • read all relevant reference material; and
  • liaise with their Administering Institution to identify any specific requirements that the Institution might have.

Key dates1

  • Applications open: Thursday 8 January 2015
  • Applications close: 1700 hrs (5:00pm) AEDT, Wednesday 11 March 2015
  • Peer Review of applications, May 2015
  • Acceptance by 20 November 2015
  • Commencement date1 , 1 January 2016

1Refer to sections Q9.1 and sections Q9.2 of scheme specific funding rules for details around delays in commencement dates and grant variation processes.

Documentation to Apply for a Fellowship

  1. NHMRC Funding Rules 2014 incorporating the NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowships Scheme for funding commencing in 2015
  2. RGMS Offline Application Forms
  3. Review the RGMS User Guides
  4. Review the Budget Mechanism for funding commencing in 2015-16
  5. Review the list of NHMRC Administering Institutions. This contains a list of Administering Institutions which is to be used by Applicants when selecting their Administering Institution on the application form.
  6. Criteria for Health and Medical Research of Indigenous Australians: Applicants for NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowships in the area of Indigenous Health research are required to address the Criteria for Health and Medical Research of Indigenous Australians.
  7. Australian Standard Research Classifications and NHMRC Keyword ⁄ Phrases