Creating effective collaboration between policy and research
The NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health initiative aims to improve the availability and quality of research evidence to decision makers who design policy and to inform the policy process by supporting more effective connections between the decision makers and the researchers.
By building Australia’s capacity to produce applied research of high quality science, these awards will help provide answers to the complex and difficult questions that decision makers face when designing policies that affect Australians’ health and health care.
NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health – Projects (Partnership Projects) will provide funding and support to create new opportunities for researchers and policy makers to not only work together to define specific research questions and undertake the research, but also to interpret and implement findings relevant to the delivery, organisation, funding and access to health services. These research topics are investigator initiated.
NHMRC Partnership Centres will increase Australia’s policy research capabilities and ensure that the translation of research into policy and health practice is enhanced. Initially there will be five or six Partnership Centres. Each centre will have national reach and be supported jointly by NHMRC and organisations with an interest in using research to advance their mission.
NHMRC Partnership Centres will be broader in focus than the Partnership Projects, be driven by system needs and multiple objectives. The enduring theme for each Centre is defined by NHMRC and its partner/s.