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April 2014

NHMRC Research Tracker - 17 April 2014

Key grant application dates for 2014

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC ICT Outage 23 – 26 May

As part of a Government-wide initiative, NHMRC is required to transfer all of its IT infrastructure to a new data centre. Unfortunately this requires shutting down the NHMRC network from 5:00pm AEST Friday 23 May to 8:00am AEST Monday 26 May. This rescheduled time has resulted from unavoidable delays experienced by our contractors.

We regret that during this period users will not be able to access NHMRC websites, including RGMS, for the duration of the outage.

Project Grant Assessors and spokespersons may wish to consider how the scheduled shutdown may affect their submission timeframes and make arrangements to use RGMS outside the shutdown period. Enquiries: help@nhmrc.gov.au. NHMRC is mindful of the inconvenience this may cause.

Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships: closes 7 May

TRIP Fellowships provide support for health care professionals, health care personnel, health systems and health policy makers to translate evidence into health care and public health improvements.

NHMRC/UK National Institute for Health Research Collaborative Grants: closes 8 May

Call for collaborative grants in two specific areas: (1) Early warning signs of relapse in schizophrenia and (2) Relapse prevention interventions for smoking cessation. Further information.

Development Grants applications: provide minimum data by 28 May

Applications initiated after this date will not be accepted. Further information.

Check eligibility of applications for Early Career Fellowships scheme: closes 29 April

Applicants and RAOs are reminded to carefully review all eligibility requirements before submitting an application. Further information.

Read Partnership Projects 2014 First Call Funding Rules clarification

Clarification of who can be named a partner and the definition of “affiliated organisations” can be found on the NHMRC website. Enquiries: help@nhmrc.gov.au.

Fast facts on Project Grants Peer Review Process

  • Nearly all GRP members have completed their conflict of interest declarations and spokespersons preferences against applications
  • NHMRC is currently assigning spokespersons to applications
  • Eligibility assessment of New Investigator applications is ongoing 
  • Assessment against other eligibility criteria has been completed and applicants in breach have been notified. 

Outcomes from Assigners Day 2014

Over 100 Assigners Academy members met last week in Canberra for Assigner’s Day:

  • 4066 invitations to review applications were sent
  • 787 requests for external assessments were accepted by the day’s end
  • Over 3910 requests for external assessments have since been accepted
  • 132 external assessment reports have been submitted.

NHMRC thanks the research community for its timely response to Academy members’ invitations, and appreciates the willingness of External Assessors to devote their time and effort to this important task.

Read the NHMRC Program Grants Peer Review Guidelines

NHMRC Program Grants Peer Review Guidelines for funding commencing in 2016 (PDF, 159KB).

Submit your request for citizenship waivers – Program Grants

Requests to be submitted to the Research Help Centre via RAOs by 23 April. Further information.

New functions added to RGMS

  • Applicants can now swap CIAs on an application, up to the point that the application is certified, without needing to lodge a request with NHMRC
  • CIAs can now grant or revoke RAO edit access to their applications at any point up until certification 

Step-by-step instructions for both new functions are available in the RGMS User Guide – Applying for Grants (PDF, 1MB).

RGMS User Guide to Assessment Processes and Assigners eLearning: now online

Two new training resources for Assigners Academy members, external assessors and peer review panel members are now available on the NHMRC website:

  • RGMS User Guide – Assessment Processes
  • RGMS eLearning – Assigner Processes

Any feedback on these step-by-step instructions to: RGMStraining@nhmrc.gov.au. Enquiries: Research Help Centre.

Apply to be an independent expert for EU Horizon 2020

Researchers who wish to serve as evaluators in the European Commission peer review process can register their interest for consideration on the European Commission website.

Contribute to the Wellcome Trust survey by 21 April

This survey is on discoverability of public health and epidemiological research data.

NHMRC forum on building capacity of Indigenous health researchers

NHMRC held a forum on 8 April: Research excellence through building capacity of Indigenous health researchers. A summary of the forum will soon be available on the NHMRC website.

Update on Research Committee activities

On 15 April, RC met to discuss:

  • International Activities
  • Research ‘key words’ in RGMS
  • Consumer involvement in Peer Review
  • NHMRC – EU Collaborative Scheme: Alignment with Horizon 2020
  • NHMRC – EU Collaborative Scheme: Past Grants and Final Reports

RC will next meet on 15-16 May.

FOR YOUR INTEREST

From the CEO

Recent media releases

Open public consultations

Follow NHMRC research in the news

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 4 April 2014

Key grant application dates for 2014

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC ICT Outage 11-14 April

NHMRC’s network and infrastructure, including internet services, will be offline from 5:00pm AEST Friday 11 April to 6:00am AEST Monday, 14 April to move data centres under whole-of-government arrangements.

Users will not be able to access NHMRC websites, including RGMS, during either outage. Assigners and External Assessors will not be able to process or respond to Assigner invitations or access application details during this period.

For queries please contact: help@nhmrc.gov.au. NHMRC regrets any inconvenience this may cause.

Update on Career Development Fellowship scheme application numbers

Applications for Career Development Fellowships closed on 19 March with 432 applications submitted – a 40% increase on the 2013 application round.

View changes to Funding Rules for 2015 Research Fellowships scheme

Further information.

Fast facts on Project Grants Peer Review process

  • Assigners Academy members will meet in Canberra on 10 April
  • Applications have been assigned to individual Assigners Academy members
  • Assignment of applications to peer review panels is complete
  • Eligibility assessment of applications is almost complete
  • GRP membership has been finalised and the conflict of interest declaration process has commenced

2013 Project Grants GRP Survey Outcomes

Further Information.

Invitations soon to be sent to potential External Assessors to participate in peer review

Chief Investigators in receipt of NHMRC grants/fellowships are reminded of their obligation to contribute to the peer review process and are urged to accept the invitation. View the External Assessor’s Briefing Pack (PDF, 213KB).

Roundtable on refining NHMRC assessment processes

On 21 March, the CEO hosted a small roundtable of researchers and administrators to consider how to further refine NHMRC’s assessment processes to ensure efficient use of researchers’ time and effort. The outcomes of this roundtable will be discussed by Research Committee when it meets in Canberra on 15-16 May.

Update on NHMRC primary care Partnership Centre

In 2013, NHMRC identified a need to streamline the Partnership Centres scheme. NHMRC plans to establish the NHMRC primary care Partnership Centre under a new model with a revised request for applications to be released in the coming months. Enquiries: partnership.centres@nhmrc.gov.au.

View revisions to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007)

Revisions to the National Statement came into effect on 27 March and includes advice on an opt-out approach in Chapter 2.3: Qualifying or waiving consent. Further information.

Read Ethical Considerations in Quality Assurance and Evaluation Activities

NHMRC has released new guidance for institutions on quality assurance and evaluation activities. Further information.

Submit your abstract for 3rd Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation

The call for abstracts for the symposium in Melbourne on 12-13 November is now open. Further information.

FOR YOUR INTEREST

From the CEO

Open public consultations

Follow NHMRC research in the news

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

See full article...

March 2014

NHMRC Research Tracker - 21 March 2014

Key grant application dates for 2014

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Applications for Development Grants scheme: Opens 26 March

Applications close 25 June and must be commenced with minimum data provided in RGMS by 28 May. Applications initiated after this date will not be accepted. Further information will be available on the NHMRC website from 26 March.

NHMRC ICT Outages: 23 March and 11-14 April

NHMRC’s network and infrastructure, including internet services, will be offline on the following dates:

  • 8:00am to 4:00pm AEDT Sunday, 23 March to conduct mandatory disaster recovery testing; and
  • 5:00pm AEST Friday 11 April to 6:00am AEST Monday, 14 April to move data centres under whole-of-government arrangements.

Users will not be able to access NHMRC websites, including RGMS, during either outage. Assigners and External Assessors will not be able to process or respond to Assigner invitations or access application details during this period.

For queries please contact: help@nhmrc.gov.au. NHMRC regrets any inconvenience this may cause.

Read the NHMRC Project Grants Peer Review Guidelines

Now available on the NHMRC website (PDF, 1MB). Significant changes include:

  • NFFC process to identify the least competitive 50% of applications
  • External Assessors to provide comments but no scores
  • Removal of final ranking process

Fast facts on Project Grants peer review process

  • Assignment of applications to peer review area is complete
  • The Assigners Academy will meet in Canberra on 10 April
  • Applicants’ compliance with eligibility requirements currently being determined

View clarification of Early Career Fellowships Funding Rules

Wording of the policy relating to qualification eligibility has been adjusted to provide clarification around the policy’s intent. See Section G6.1 of the funding rules.

Register with the Women in Life Sciences (WiLS) database

The WiLS database is an international online tool used to identify suitably qualified women scientists for a range of research related activities. Eligible Australian women are invited to register their details on the WiLS database. Further information.

Read the updated NHMRC Privacy Policy

The NHMRC Privacy Policy, made under Clause1.3 of Schedule 1 of the Privacy Act 1988, is available from the NHMRC website.

Key information contained in the policy is the definition of Personal and Sensitive information, the disclosure of personal information overseas and dealing with NHMRC anonymously and pseudonymously. All enquiries: nhmrc.privacy@nhmrc.gov.au.

Clinical Trials Networks summit

Australia’s leading clinical investigators will be invited to take part in a national summit of clinical trials networks convened by the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance (ACTA) on 28-29 March. NHMRC is providing support for this summit.

Update on Research Committee (RC) activities

On 11 March, RC met to discuss:

  • Program Grants Peer Review Guidelines
  • European Union – Horizon 2020
  • Targeted Calls for Research: Indigenous Research Analysis

RC will next meet on 15 April.

FOR YOUR INTEREST

Recent media releases

Open public consultations

Follow NHMRC research in the news

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

See full article...

NHMRC Research Tracker - 7 March 2014

Key grant application dates for 2014

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC ICT Outage: 11 - 14 April

NHMRC’s network and infrastructure, including internet services, will be offline from 5:00pm AEST 11 April to 6:00am AEST 14 April to move data centres under Whole-of-Australian Government arrangements.

Users will not be able to access NHMRC websites, including RGMS, for the duration of the outage. For all queries regarding the outage: help@nhmrc.gov.au. NHMRC regrets any inconvenience this may cause.

Further extension of Early Career Fellowships (ECF) scheme deadline

The closing date for applications to the ECF scheme has now been extended to 5:00pm AEST 29 April. This is to accommodate the ICT outage between 11 - 14 April, public holidays and institution shutdowns during this period.

Research Help Centre: closed 10 March

The Research Help Centre will be closed on 10 March for the Canberra Day public holiday. All enquiries will be responded to on 11 March.

Apply now: NHMRC/UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) collaborative grants

A call is now open for NHMRC/NIHR collaborative grants in two areas: (1) relapse in schizophrenia and (2) smoking cessation. Deadline for applications: 8 May 2014. Further information: NHMRC website and HTA Programme website.

Check eligibility of applications for Career Development Fellowships scheme: closes 19 March

Applicants and RAOs are reminded to carefully review the eligibility requirements for the level at which they are applying. Further information: NHMRC website.

European Commission – Horizon 2020

An important component of the Horizon 2020 framework is that applicants from non-EU countries (PDF, 602KB) may be eligible for funding from the EC if their participation is considered to be essential for a project. NHMRC is considering our NHMRC-EU collaborative research grants scheme in this context. Further information on Horizon 2020 calls: EC website.

Project Grants 2014 application numbers

Applications for Project Grants 2014 closed 5 March. NHMRC received 3810 applications – a 2.7% decrease on last year. This is the first decrease in application numbers since 2006.

Update on Project Grants Assigners Academy and Grant Review Panel (GRP) Membership

  • GRP membership is currently being finalised
  • We will start contacting Assigners Academy members
  • The Assigners Academy will meet in Canberra on 10 April

Record your unavailability to participate in peer review

Researchers are asked to record any dates of unavailability (e.g. illness, clinical commitments) in their RGMS Profile. See the RGMS User Guide – Introduction to RGMS (PDF, 1.85MB) for detailed instructions. In the case of a permanent unavailability (e.g. death), RAOs are asked to notify help@nhmrc.gov.au. Further information: Research Help Centre.

Mark test, duplicate and discontinued applications for deletion in RGMS

See the RGMS User Guide – Applying for Grants (PDF, 1.99MB) for detailed instructions.

Roundtable on refining assessment processes: 21 March

On 21 March, NHMRC will host a small roundtable of researchers and administrators to consider how to further refine our assessment processes to ensure efficient use of researchers’ time and effort. The outcomes of this roundtable will be forwarded to NHMRC’s Research Committee.

Update on Council meeting

On 6 March 2014, NHMRC Council met to discuss:

  • Progress against the NHMRC Strategic Plan
  • Streamlining grants applications
  • Evaluation of leadership in research and its translation to improve health care
  • Direct to Consumer Genetic DNA Testing
  • Fluoridation of Drinking Water
  • Complementary Medicine and Clinicians

Update on Principal Committee Indigenous Caucus (PCIC) activities

On 19 February, PCIC met to discuss:

  • Upcoming Capacity Building Forum
  • Capacity building of Indigenous researchers
  • Targeted Calls for Research with an Indigenous focus
  • Research Translation Faculty and input into Indigenous content for Cases for Action
  • Draft Indigenous Engagement Strategy
  • Revision of the criteria for health and medical research of Indigenous Australians
  • Values and ethics guidelines

PCIC will next meet in May.

Updated NHMRC Privacy Guidelines

Updates to NHMRC’s three privacy guidelines will take effect from 12 March to accord with changes to the Privacy Act 1988. Further information: guidelines approved under Section 95, 95A and 95AA.

Peer Review Honour Roll 2013

Membership of the 2013 NHMRC Assigners Academy is now available on the NHMRC website.

Save the date: 3-4 December for ARC/NHMRC Research Administrators’ Seminar

The ARC and NHMRC, in association with ARMS, will hold the 2014 Research Administrators’ Seminar at the National Convention Centre in Canberra. Further information: NHMRC website.

FOR YOUR INTEREST

From the CEO

Recent media releases

Follow NHMRC research in the news

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

See full article...

February 2014

NHMRC Research Tracker - 21 February 2014

Key grant application dates for 2014

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Project Grants 2014 call for applications 

Applications close COB 5 March. Applicants are reminded:

  • to confirm eligibility to apply (see sections A3.6, A5, A13, A14 B6 and B8 of NHMRC Funding Rules) before finalising applications; and
  • that late submissions will not be accepted.

NHMRC ICT Outage: 11 - 14 April

NHMRC’s network and infrastructure, including internet services, will be offline from 5:00pm AEST 11 April to 6:00am AEST 14 April to perform necessary works.

Users will not be able to access NHMRC websites, including RGMS, for the duration of the outage. For all queries regarding the outage: help@nhmrc.gov.au. NHMRC apologises for any inconvenience.

Extension of Early Career Fellowships (ECF) scheme deadline

The closing date for applications to the ECF scheme has been extended to 5:00pm AEST 22 April to accommodate the RGMS shutdown in April.

Read CEO commentary on 2013 NHMRC research funding

Professor Warwick Anderson discusses some highlights from the 2013 funding round. Read 2013 research funding  – the year in review.

Read updated Project Grants Not For Further Consideration (NFFC) Process

A summary document outlining the NFFC process for 2014 and NFFC data from 2013 is now available from the NHMRC website. In 2014, the NFFC process will identify 50% of the least competitive applications.

Update on Project Grants Assigners Academy and Grant Review Panel (GRP) Membership

Of 914 potential panel members for Assigners Academy and GRPs, 70% have accepted the preliminary invitation to take part in the 2014 Project Grants peer review process. Membership will be finalised after the current round has closed on 5 March.

NHMRC now a signatory of San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)

NHMRC is amongst 447 international organisations that have signed the DORA and will shortly be providing improved guidance for peer reviewers on research assessment, in alignment with the recommendations of DORA.

Take the NHMRC survey on the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007): closes COB 28 February

Responses will inform the future development of ethical guidance for human research in Australia. Access the survey here.

Update on Research Committee activities

On 20-21 February 2014, RC met to discuss:

  • Budget Allocations for NHMRC funding schemes in 2014
  • NHMRC’s Research Strategy
  • NHMRC’s application and assessment processes
  • Funding Recommendation for Partnership Projects
  • Request for Research in the Social Determinants of Health
  • Future Targeted Calls for Research:
    • Health effects of Wind farms
    • Analysis of the outcomes of Indigenous Health Research
  • A proposal for a NHMRC/National Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Joint Call for Research
  • NHMRC support for Australian participation in EU funded research (Horizon 2020).
  • Increasing value and decreasing waste in research – The Lancet articles
  • Grant Outcome Reporting
  • Assessment of research achievement
  • IRIISS Funding Rules

RC is scheduled to meet 10 more times prior to the end of 2014.

View updated NHMRC Women in Health Science webpage

Updates include a summary of NHMRC’s review of institutional gender practices/policies, details of the revised committee membership and 2013 funding round outcomes by gender. Further information: NHMRC website.

Save the date: 12-13 November for Research Translation Faculty (RTF) Symposium

The 3rd annual RTF Symposium will be held on 12-13 November 2014 in Melbourne. The theme for this year’s conference is “Achieving better health outcomes for Australians living with chronic conditions through more effective research translation”. Further information will be available soon.

FOR YOUR INTEREST

From the CEO

Recent media releases

Follow NHMRC research in the news

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

See full article...

NHMRC Research Tracker - 7 February 2014

Upcoming grant application dates for 2014

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Apply now: NHMRC/UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) collaborative grants 

A call is now open for NHMRC/NIHR collaborative grants in two areas: (1) relapse in schizophrenia and (2) smoking cessation. Deadline for applications: 8 May 2014. Further information: NHMRC website and HTA Programme website.

Update on European Commission – Horizon 2020 grant calls

The EU has opened calls under Horizon 2020 – see http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en. NHMRC is yet to open its EU – NHMRC Collaborative Grants scheme, and is considering which Horizon 2020 calls to support. Eligibility details and open dates will be advertised when available.

Read clarification of referencing style requirements for Project Grants applications

Advice and Instructions have also been updated. Further information: NHMRC website.

Closing soon: Consultation on Big ideas from Research Translation Faculty (RTF) members on Dementia and Primary Care

9th February is the deadline for submitting feedback on big ideas and priority actions for the Dementia and Primary Care Steering Groups. Further information: RTF website then click on the ‘Consultations’ tab.

Call for nominations for the new Synthesis and Translation of Research Evidence (STORE) Advisory Group

NHMRC is seeking individuals with expertise and experience in applying the methods of synthesizing and applying research evidence for this newly established advisory group. Nominations close COB 21 February.

Take the NHMRC survey on the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) – deadline extension

The deadline is now COB 28 February. Responses will inform the future development of ethical guidance for human research in Australia. Access the survey here.

View revised National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007)

Revisions to the National Statement came into effect on 11 December. These comprised Chapter 3.4: Human biospecimens in laboratory based research replacing the existing Chapter 3.4 and Chapter 3.6. Further information: NHMRC website.

View updated National Ethics Application Form (NEAF)

NEAF has been revised to coincide with the release of Chapter 3.4: Human biospecimens in laboratory based research of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. NEAF version 2.1 went live on 19 December 2013. User access to existing proposals created in version 2.0 will remain the same.

Watch live webcast on 13 Feb: new initiatives in the 3Rs for biomedical research

NHMRC will be hosting a presentation on new initiatives in the replacement, reduction and refinement of animal use (the 3Rs) in biomedical research. Further information: NHMRC website.

View updated information on NHMRC Open Access Policy

Information about NHMRC’s Open Access policy has been updated and now includes new FAQs and a Guide for Authors. Further information: NHMRC website.

View new NHMRC Research Highlights online

NHMRC has profiled inspiring NHMRC-funded health and medical researchers including NHMRC awardees, Ten of the Best 2013 and high achievers in health and medical research. Further information: NHMRC website.

News about 2014 Research Translation Faculty (RTF) Symposium

The 3rd annual RTF Symposium will be held in Melbourne towards the end of this year. The theme is “Achieving better health outcomes for Australians living with chronic conditions through more effective research translation”. Further information will be available soon.

FOR YOUR INTEREST

From the CEO

Recent media releases

Follow NHMRC research in the news

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

See full article...

December 2013

NHMRC Research Tracker - 13 December 2013

Key grant application dates for 2014

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Apply now: Centres of Research Excellence in diabetic retinopathy and hearing loss prevention

NHMRC has partnered with The Fred Hollows Foundation and the Department of Health to jointly fund CREs in diabetic retinopathy and hearing loss prevention respectively. Minimum data submissions due 13 January 2014. Further information: NHMRC website.

Reminder - Research Help Centre hours: December 2013 – March 2014

The Research Help Centre (RHC) will close at 5pm AEDT on 20 December 2013 and reopen at 9am AEDT on 2 January 2014. Operating hours will then be extended in the January to March peak period. Further information: NHMRC website.

View clarification of Research Fellowships Funding Rules

Wording of the policy relating to Returning Applicants has been adjusted to provide clarification around the policy’s intent. See Section 8.2 of the Funding Rules. 

Project Grants applicants: complete all relevant areas of grant proposal

These include methods of statistical analysis, power calculations and career disruptions. Further information: Section 5.3 of the NHMRC Project Grants Advice and Instructions to Applicants for funding commencing in 2015 (PDF, 280KB).

Additional advice on career disruption is now also available at Appendix B of the Advice and Instructions.

Project Grants applicants: Read additional clarification of eligibility criteria for new investigators

Further information: Section B6 of the NHMRC Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2015.

Read FAQs on new NHMRC Funding Agreement

These FAQs aim to assist Institutions with understanding changes relating to the new Funding Agreement which will take effect 1 January 2014. Further information: NHMRC website. For issues not covered by the FAQs: postaward.management@nhmrc.gov.au.

Submit your request for citizenship waivers and new investigator rulings

Requests to be submitted to NHMRC through RAOs by 22 January 2014. Late requests will not be considered. Further information: NHMRC website.

Update on Project Grants Peer Review Panel membership

Preliminary invitations have now been sent. The response deadline is 17 January 2014.

Update on Project Grants Assigners Academy membership

Preliminary invitations have now been sent. The response deadline is 19 December.

View the new guide to peer review in HTML

A Guide to NHMRC Peer Review is now available in HTML format from the NHMRC website. This guide describes how NHMRC’s Principles of Peer Review are applied to the peer review of grant applications.

View Applying for Grants eLearning module

An eLearning version of the RGMS User Guide - Applying for Grants is now available on the NHMRC website. Additional guides to assessment and assigner processes will be added in coming months. Please send any feedback to rgmstraining@nhmrc.gov.au. Further information: Research Help Centre

Take the NHMRC survey on the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007)

Responses will inform the future development of ethical guidance for human research in Australia. Deadline for responses is 7 February 2014. Visit the ORIMA website to participate.

Watch NHMRC CEO webinar video

On 4 December, Professor Anderson delivered his 2013 NHMRC Report to the Australian Health and Medical Research Community via the web. Watch the video online.

View presentations from RAO seminar

Presentations from the RAO seminar held on 25-26 November are now available on the NHMRC website.

Update on Research Committee activities

On 11 December, RC met by teleconference to discuss:

  • Handling of retracted publications during peer review
  • Peer Review process of Early Career Fellowships

RC will next meet face to face on 20-21 February 2014.

Last Research Tracker for 2013

This will be the last Research Tracker for 2013. The first Tracker for 2014 will be published on 31 January.

FOR YOUR INTEREST

Follow NHMRC research in the news

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

See full article...

November 2013

NHMRC Research Tracker - 29 November 2013

Key grant application dates for 2013

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Watch NHMRC CEO webinar - 4 December at 3:00pm AEDT

NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson will be delivering his 2013 NHMRC Report to the Australian Health and Medical Research Community via the web.

Key issues that will be discussed

  • 2013 funding announcements - trends and strategies
  • 2014 funding round – what’s new?
  • Early career researchers, and women in science
  • Evaluating outcomes of research
  • Declaration on Research Assessment (DoRA)
  • Research misconduct and the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

Email your questions or use the dialogue image tool on the bottom right-hand corner of the webinar page; open now, closing 6 December.

View Project Grants scheme round documents

Relevant scheme 2014 documents will be available from 4 December. Further information: NHMRC website.

View Centres of Research Excellence scheme round documents

Relevant scheme 2014 documents will be available from 4 December. Deadline for submission of minimum data in RGMS is 13 January 2014. Further information: NHMRC website.

View Research Fellowships scheme round documents

2014 scheme documents will be available from 4 December. Further information: NHMRC website.

View Practitioner Fellowships scheme round documents

2014 scheme documents will be available from 11 December. Further information: NHMRC website.

Read about streamlined application processes for 2014 grant funding rounds

Key changes are summarised on the NHMRC website and will be further detailed in each scheme’s Advice and Instructions to Applicants. Further information: Research Help Centre.

View new funding rules in HTML

Funding rules for all schemes will be available on the scheme webpages under Apply for Funding in HTML format as schemes open from December 4.

View RGMS training resources

New and revised RGMS user guides are now available to assist applicants, grantees and Research Administration Officers with the new streamlined processes. The guide topics include an introduction to RGMS, applying for grants and grant administration. Further information: NHMRC website.

Improved access to application and grant data for RAOs

With the introduction of new functionality in RGMS, RAOs can now access weekly application and grant data exports. Datasets include information on budgets, teams, milestones and conditions. See the RGMS User Guide – Grant Administration (PDF, 2.88MB) for step-by-step instructions.

Self-nomination for NHMRC Project Grants Peer Review Panels closed 24 November

Thank you to the 527 individuals who self-nominated. NHMRC will be approaching prospective panel members in the near future.

Update on Research Committee activities

On 21-22 November, RC met to discuss:

  • Streamlining NHMRC Application and Assessment Procedures
  • Funding Recommendations for Program Grants, Development Grants, Partnership Projects – Second Call for 2013 and the Targeted Call for Research into Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Partnership Centres
  • Consumer involvement in health and medical research
  • Partnership Projects and Research Fellowships schemes
  • Commonwealth Grant Guidelines and compliance monitoring
  • Dementia Collaborative Research Centres
  • International research engagement
  • Journal publication outputs from NHMRC funded research
  • Women in Science
  • Indigenous Health research
  • Equipment Grants
  • Program Grant Reporting
  • Efficacy of Melanoma treatments

RC is scheduled to meet one more time prior to the end of the year.

Update on NHMRC Council activities

On 28 November, NHMRC Council met to discuss:

  • Progress against NHMRC Strategic Plan
  • Evolving NHMRC’s research application and assessment processes
  • Funding recommendations for Program Grants, Postgraduate Scholarships
  • Changes to the National Statement regarding an opt-out approach
  • Updating guidelines to align with changes to the Privacy Act
  • Guidelines on drinking water
  • Position statement on wind farms and human health
  • Information document on Prostate testing
  • Position statement on homeopathy
  • Resource on direct to consumer genetic testing
  • Summary guide for managing overweight and obesity in primary care.

Update your core Profile and CV data in RGMS

Over one third of RGMS users currently have incomplete Profiles. Providing core Profile and CV data is critical if you want to create an application or be a Chief Investigator. We also use this information to identify suitable experts for peer review and to communicate with you. Further information and instructions can be found in the RGMS User Guide – Introduction to RGMS (PDF, 1.46MB). We encourage you to update.

Unsubmitted applications for 2013 funding rounds to be deleted from RGMS

Download a snapshot of the data before 13 December 2013 if you wish to keep your unsubmitted applications for the closed 2013 funding rounds. Further information: Research Help Centre.

View presentations from RAO seminar soon

The joint NHMRC and ARC RAO seminar, in association with the Australasian Research Management Society, was held on 25-26 November. Presentations will soon be available on the NHMRC website.

Research Help Centre hours: December 2013 – March 2014

The Research Help Centre will close at 5pm AEDT on 20 December 2013 and re-open at 9am AEDT on 2 January 2014. Operating hours will then be extended in the January to March peak period. Further information: Research Help Centre.

FOR YOUR INTEREST

Follow NHMRC research in the news

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

Access NHMRC approved clinical practice guidelines on the Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal.

See full article...

NHMRC Research Tracker - 15 November 2013

Key grant application dates for 2013

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Reminder: RGMS offline 25 November to 2 December

RGMS will be offline from 8am AEDT Monday 25 November to 8am AEDT Monday 2 December to perform essential system changes and maintenance. During this time users will not be able to access RGMS.

Any questions regarding this outage should be directed to help@nhmrc.gov.au. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Self-nominate for NHMRC Project Grants Peer Review Panels by 24 November

Due to RGMS shutdown the closing date for self-nomination is now 24 November. Nominations for other schemes close 31 January 2014. Further information: Guiding Principles for NHMRC PRP Membership and RGMS instructions.

Save the date: 4 December at 3pm for NHMRC CEO webinar

On 4 December at 3pm, the CEO will be presenting a webinar on the recent grant announcements. Further information will be provided closer to the date.

Read updated Project Grants GRP Assessment Summary

This update provides further information on the 2013 Project Grant outcomes including funding cut-off details: NHMRC website (PDF, 1.72 MB).

Read about streamlining for the 2014 Project Grants funding round

Read progress posted on 6 November available at: NHMRC website.

View new list of national research facilities and networks

NHMRC has compiled a list of infrastructure and platform technologies and collaborative networks that health and medical researchers may find useful.  The list will be updated regularly, and is now on the NHMRC website.

Reminder about properly acknowledging NHMRC funding support

A recent NHMRC analysis of the publication of NHMRC-funded research activity has revealed many instances where the grant identification number was not provided.

Properly acknowledging NHMRC funding support is a requirement for grant holders under Clause 20 of the NHMRC Funding Agreement. Compliance ensures that NHMRC is able to correctly identify and report research outcomes arising from NHMRC funding.

Find Australian clinical trials

You can now search the Australian Clinical Trials website for clinical trials with at least one site in Australia.

Read the CEO Diary for September and October

Further information: NHMRC website.


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NHMRC Research Tracker - 1 November 2013

Key grant application dates for 2013

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Recently closed rounds

  • Mental Health Targeted Call for Research into Suicide Prevention in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth: 8 applications received

View detail on October grants announcement

The Prime Minister the Hon Tony Abbott MP announced $559.1 million for 963 NHMRC grants on 23 October. View:

RGMS outage 25 November

RGMS will be offline from 8am AEDT Monday 25 November to 8am AEDT Monday 2 December to perform essential system changes and maintenance in preparation for the upcoming Project Grant round. During this time users will not be able to access RGMS.

Any questions regarding this notice should be directed to help@nhmrc.gov.au. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Submit your pre-application for funding to conduct stem cell research

Pre-applications for NHMRC / California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) collaborative research grants close 7 January 2014 - submit through the CIRM Grants Management Portal. Further information: NHMRC website.

Submit your self-nomination for NHMRC Peer Review Panels

Researchers interested in participating on a NHMRC peer review panel can now self-nominate for certain schemes. Nominations for Project grants close 30 November. Nominations for other schemes close 31 January 2014. Nominate through the Profile & CV section in RGMS.

View the Guiding Principles of NHMRC Peer Review Panel Membership Nomination and Appointments here. See the user guide for full instructions.

Researchers nominating for Project Grants should list their area of expertise in line with the peer review areas for 2014.

Watch this space: progress on streamlining for the 2014 Project Grants funding round

Further information available next week: NHMRC website

View changes to New Investigator eligibility criterion for 2014 Project Grants

View changes in an excerpt from the 2014 Funding Rules on the NHMRC website. The full 2014 Funding Rules are expected to be available in early December 2013.

View updated Funding Agreement and Deeds of Agreement

NHMRC has made changes to the Funding Agreement, Deeds of Agreement – Research Support v3 and v4 and Deeds of Agreement – Researcher support v4 and v5. Further information: NHMRC website.

Save the date: Dec 4 for NHMRC CEO webinar

On Dec 4, the CEO will be presenting a webinar on the recent grant announcements. Further information will be provided closer to the date.

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October 2013

NHMRC Research Tracker: Special Edition - 22 October 2013

NHMRC Funding Outcomes

Outcomes of the following NHMRC Research Funding and Fellowship Schemes will be announced on Wednesday 23 October 2013:

  •     Project Grants
  •     Partnership Project Grants
  •     Research Fellowships
  •     Practitioner Fellowships
  •     Career Development Fellowships
  •     Translating Research into Practice Fellowships
  •     Early Career Fellowships
  •     NHMRC - European Union Collaborative Research Grants

Access to specific outcome information for individual applications will be available from 4:30pm on 23 October, through the NHMRC website – www.nhmrc.gov.au/grants/outcomes-funding-rounds.

Project Grant and Early Career Fellowship outcome emails will commence being sent from RGMS at approximately 3:30pm on 23 October.  Due to the volume of applications, RAOs and applicants are advised that the notification process may take some time. Associated documentation (e.g. outcome letters, grant review panel assessment summaries and schedules for administering institutions) will be released via RGMS on Friday.  Instructions for applicants on how to access this information will be included in the outcome emails. Instructions for RAOs are provided here.

For other schemes, outcome information will be provided to the applicant and/or RAO via email.

Please contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500983 or at help@nhmrc.gov.au for further assistance.

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 18 October 2013

Mental Health Targeted Call for Research (TCR): closes 23 October

Evidence shows an alarming rise in the incidence of suicide amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and adolescents. NHMRC is providing $5 million for research into developing and testing a range of interventions to address this issue. Further information: NHMRC website.

Deadline for Letters of Intent – type 1 diabetes research: 25 October

NHMRC and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation have partnered to fund up to five Centres of Research Excellence (CREs) in type 1 diabetes. Letters of Intent (LOI) are due by 25 October.

The broader CRE round opens on 4 December. Further information: NHMRC website.

Registrations for ARC / NHMRC Research Administrators’ Seminar close 20 October

To register and for further information: NHMRC website.

Self-nominations for NHMRC Peer Review Panels

For the first time, researchers are invited to self-nominate to be on a NHMRC peer review panel (PRP), through RGMS. Researchers can nominate the scheme for which they wish to be considered.

  • Nominations are now open for researchers interested in participating on a Project Grants PRP.  Nominations close on 30 November 2013.  Nominations for other schemes are expected to open shortly.
  • Interested researchers can view the Guiding Principles of NHMRC Peer Review Panel Membership Nomination and Appointments here.
  • Researchers should nominate themselves for possible inclusion on a peer review panel through the Profile & CV section in RGMS. Refer to the user guide for full instructions.

NHMRC seeks to ensure that the most appropriate peer reviewers, with relevant experience, expertise and qualifications, are selected for review panels. NHMRC’s Senior Scientists and Assigners Academy members assist in this process and will consider self-nominations carefully before making recommendations to NHMRC’s CEO. Self-nomination does not necessarily guarantee selection, as it is expected that nominations will exceed requirements.

RGMS outage 25 November

RGMS will be offline from 8am AEDT Monday 25 November to 8am AEDT Monday 2 December to perform essential system changes and maintenance in preparation for the upcoming Project Grant round. During this time users will not be able to access RGMS.

Any questions regarding this notice should be directed to help@nhmrc.gov.au. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Submit your pre-application for funding to conduct stem cell research

NHMRC and the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) are offering joint funding for stem cell research that addresses translational bottlenecks in regenerative medicine. Pre-applications open today (Pacific Standard Time) and must be submitted through the CIRM Grants Management Portal. Pre-applications close 7 January 2014. Further information: CIRM website.

Read additional advice on applying for Grantee Variations

Additional advice on the information required when applying for Grantee Variations is now available. This details the types of variations and clarifies the supporting documentation required. View this advice on the NHMRC website.

View the summary of the Illuminating the Pathways to Commercialisation workshop

On 4 October 2013, NHMRC and Commercialisation Australia held a joint workshop on bridging the gap between proof-of-principle research and commercialisation. Details of the event are available on the NHMRC website.

Update on Research Committee activities

On 15 October, RC met to discuss:

  • Postgraduate Scholarships funding recommendation for funding commencing in 2014
  • Principles for the nomination and appointment of Project Grant review panel members in 2014

RC is scheduled to meet a further two times prior to the end of the year.

Update on Council activities

The Council of NHMRC met for the 197th Session on 10 October. Council discussed a range of issues including:

  • NHMRC Funding Recommendations
  • Information Sheets for Water Treatment Operators
  • Translation of ‘omics’-based discoveries into clinical research and practice
  • Expediting Clinical Trials Reform in Australia

The 198th session of Council will be held in late November.

 

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 4 October 2013

Mental Health Targeted Call for Research (TCR): closes 23 October

Evidence shows an alarming rise in the incidence of suicide amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and adolescents. NHMRC is providing up to $5 million for research into developing and testing a range of interventions to address this issue. Further information: NHMRC website.

Confirmation of advice about Partnership Projects

As advised in Research Tracker on 20 September 2013, the 2014 First Call for Partnership Project applications will open on 19 March 2014.

The 2013 Third Call is currently open and will close on 19 November 2013. This is the final call for Partnership Projects applications this year. Further information: NHMRC website.

Read the updated Peer Review Guidelines for NHMRC Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Targeted Call for Research (TCR)

This TCR provides support for research with a primary focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Further information: NHMRC website.

Read the 2013 NHMRC Project Grants Category Descriptors

These descriptors were used as part of peer review of the 2013 Project Grants applications. Available on the NHMRC website (PDF, 253KB).

Do you still require your RGMS account?

NHMRC will soon be deactivating unused accounts to free up licences for new users. Users who have a genuine need for access or a history of recent activity will be exempt from deactivation, including:

  • Recent applicants, assigners and assessors
  • RAOs and current grant holders
  • Users who have updated their RGMS Profile in the last 12 months

If your account is deactivated, you can reactivate it at any time by contacting help@nhmrc.gov.au

Update on Research Committee activities

On 26-27 September, RC met to discuss:

  • Streamlining NHMRC Application and Assessment Procedures.
  • Project Grants, Partnership Projects, NHMRC / EU Research Grants, Career Development Fellowships, Early Career Fellowships and TRIP Fellowship Funding Recommendations.
  • Project Grants Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2015, including eligibility rules for New Investigators.
  • Providing opportunities for Australian researchers to participate in collaborative research projects co-funded with the UK National Institute for Health Research.
  • NHMRC participation in a forthcoming Request for Application by the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease (GACD).

RC is scheduled to meet a further three times prior to the end of the year.

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September 2013

NHMRC Research Tracker - 20 September 2013

Only one week left to register for the Research Translation Faculty Symposium

The RTF Symposium is being held in Sydney from 2-3 October. Registrations are open to all. View the full program, workshop details and abstracts at www.nhmrc2013.com.

RTF members: Submit your ‘Big Ideas’ for Action

Three consultations are closing soon:

  • Injury Prevention and Control: 23 Sept
  • Healthy Start for a Healthy Life: 25 Sept
  • Arthritis / Musculoskeletal Conditions: 25 Sept

Further information: RTF website under ‘Consultations’ tab.

Submit your Letter of Intent to conduct type 1 diabetes research

NHMRC and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) have partnered to fund up to five Centres of Research Excellence in type 1 diabetes in the clinical research stream. Letters of Intent are now being accepted, with a deadline of 25 October. Further information: NHMRC website.

Update on next Partnership Projects grant call

NHMRC is currently reviewing the Partnership Projects scheme’s policies and processes to ensure its continual improvement. As a result, the next round (2014 First Call) for applications will open on 19 March 2014. Further information: NHMRC website.

View the Honour Roll of outstanding contribution by External Assessors

NHMRC has recognised External Assessors who have made an outstanding contribution to NHMRC peer review by writing more than 20 Assessors Reports between 2010 and 2012. View the Honour Roll on the NHMRC website.

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NHMRC approved third party guidelines now available on NHMRC Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 6 September 2013

2013 Project Grants GRPs conclude today

NHMRC thanks everyone who helped make this year’s process a big success. Funding recommendations will be provided to Research Committee in late September. Preparations for the 2014 Project Grants round, which opens on 4 December, have commenced.

Early Career Researcher (ECR) observers of Project Grants GRPs

Due to the positive feedback NHMRC has received about this new initiative, institutions will again be invited to nominate ECRs, to observe the 2014 Project Grants GRPs.

Register for the ARC / NHMRC Research Administrators’ Seminar

RAOs are also invited to comment on the NHMRC draft agenda, now available on the NHMRC website.

New NHMRC Commissioner of Complaints

Professor Don Chalmers commenced as NHMRC Commissioner of Complaints on 1 September. The outgoing Commissioner of Complaints is Dr Kerry Breen AM. Further information: NHMRC website.

Last chance to register for the Research Translation Faculty symposium

The full Symposium program is now available at www.nhmrc2013.com. If you can’t attend the Symposium (in Sydney on 2-3 October), you can still register for dinner with guest speaker Ita Buttrose AO, OBE.

Research Translation Faculty members – submit your ‘Big Ideas’ now

  • Injury Prevention and Control: deadline 16 September
  • Cancer Control: deadline 16 September
  • Healthy Start to a Healthy Life: deadline 25 September

Further information: RTF website then click on the ‘Consultations’ tab.

Research Translation Faculty members – vote on Arthritis / Musculoskeletal ideas now

The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions Steering Group have three ideas for a Case for Action. Vote to agree/disagree, comment or add an idea using IdeaScale by 25 September.

Further information: RTF website then click on the ‘Consultations’ tab to link through.

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NHMRC approved third party guidelines now available on NHMRC Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal

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August 2013

NHMRC Research Tracker - 23 August 2013

Changes to NHMRC grant open dates

  • Centres of Research Excellence – 2013 call: opening date has changed from 27 November to 4 December, closes 5pm AEDT 19 February 2014
  • Partnership Projects – 2013 fourth call: opening date has changed from 20 November to 4 December, closes 5pm AEDT 18 March 2014
  • Research Fellowships: opening date has changed from 27 November to 4 December, closes 5pm AEDT 29 January 2014

Track progress on Project Grants applications

  • Applications have been reviewed for weeks 1 to 3.
  • Review of applications in week 4 will conclude today.

Update on 2014 Project Grants Round

NHMRC is currently preparing for the 2014 Project Grants round, which opens on 4 December 2013.

It’s time to consider applying for a grant extension

If it is anticipated that there will be unspent funds at the end of a grant’s funding period and the remaining funds are still needed, a grant variation will need to be sought. This needs to be submitted through RGMS before the end date of the grant. Further information: NHMRC website.

Calling all Research Translation Faculty members – big ideas for action

Six Steering Groups are now seeking ideas for their Cases for Action. The deadline for the first group – Arthritis/musculoskeletal – is 1 September. Further information: RTF website then click on the ‘Consultations’ tab.

Watch the Project Grants Grant Review Panel (GRP) Briefing

The webcast of the panel briefing to GRP Members and the presentation slides are now available on the NHMRC website

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NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 9 August 2013

Friday distribution of Research Tracker to continue

Tracker will continue to be sent out on Fridays while we consult further about timing/day preference – we will however endeavour to send it out around midday.

Recently closed rounds

  • Partnership Projects - 2013 Second Call: 12 applications received

Watch the Project Grants Grant Review Panel (GRP) briefing and induction video

Do you want to know what Project Grant GRP members are told before they meet? The panel briefing to GRP members will be streamed live online from 9:00am on 12 August. This will later be available on-demand from the NHMRC website.

The GRP 2013 induction video will be played as part of the panel briefing. To view it separately, visit the NHMRC YouTube page.

Track progress on Project Grants applications for weeks 1-3

  • 2010 applications are currently under review
  • Week 1 is complete and week 2 will conclude today

Track progress on Project Grants applications for weeks 4-6

  • 1902 applications will be reviewed
  • Assessor comments have been sent for 100% of applications with 99% of applicant responses (rebuttal) received
  • Of these, 96% had two external assessments and one spokespersons reports submitted
  • The Not For Further Consideration (NFFC) lists have been provided to panels for consideration

Read editorial on disadvantages of using journal impact factors

In May, the journal Science published an editorial about the San Francisco declaration on research Assessment (DORA) and the disadvantages of using impact factors in peer review. This editorial is referenced in the July edition of the CEO Newsletter.

Seeking more ‘Big Ideas’ from Research Translation Faculty members

Steering Groups are seeking ideas and priority actions for:

  • Cardiovascular Disease / Stroke: deadline 21 August
  • Chronic Disease; Mental Health: deadline 6 September
  • Cancer Control: deadline 16 September

Further information: RTF website then click on the ‘Consultations’ tab.

Read NHMRC’s Facts and Figures 2012 publication

This publication contains key statistics related to NHMRC’s research funding and research activity over the last ten years. Further information: NHMRC website.

View the new 8th edition of the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes

The updated code promotes the ethical, humane and responsible care and use of animals used for scientific purposes. Further information: NHMRC website.

 

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Public Consultations

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NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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July 2013

NHMRC Research Tracker - 26 July 2013

Key grant application dates for 2013

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Grant Review Panels starting for Project Grants applications

  • Week 1 commences on 29 July with 7 GRP panels reviewing applications
  • 43 GRP panels will meet over 6 weeks
  • GRP panels will review a total of 3912 applications

Track progress on Project Grants applications for weeks 1-3

  • 2010 applications are ready for review

Track progress on Project Grants applications for weeks 4-6

  • GRP panels in these weeks will be reviewing 1902 applications
  • Assessor comments have been sent for 100% of applications with 99% of applicant responses (rebuttal) received
  • Of these, 96% had two external assessments and one spokespersons report submitted

Assigners Academy update

  • The work of the Assigners Academy has been finalised for the 2013 Project Grants round
  • We thank all members who have provided assistance this year, achieving the highest return of external assessments to date (97% of all applications received two external assessments, while the rest received one)

2013 Project Grants Peer Review

The Overview and Commonly Asked Questions document highlights changes for 2013 peer review and clarifies key issues and is now on the NHMRC website.

Closing soon - Big ideas from Research Translation Faculty members for Obesity and Diabetes

Just a reminder that the deadline for submitting your big ideas and priority actions for the Obesity and Diabetes Mellitus Steering Groups is Wednesday 31 July. Further information: RTF website then click on the ‘Consultations’ tab.

Update on Research Committee activities

On 24 July, RC discussed at a teleconference:

  • Streamlining NHMRC Application and Assessment Procedures
  • Research Fellowship and Practitioner Fellowship Funding Recommendations
  • Forthcoming California Institute of Regenerative Medicine Request for Applications
  • Outcomes of the review of Dementia Collaborative Research Centres

RC is scheduled to meet a further five times before the end of the year.

View the new 8th edition of the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes

The updated code promotes the ethical, humane and responsible care and use of animals used for scientific purposes. Further information: NHMRC website.

New release day for Research Tracker

Following advice from our readers, the fortnightly Research Tracker newsletter will now be distributed on Monday mornings instead of Fridays.


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NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

Follow NHMRC research in the news

  • Latest news articles about the outcomes of NHMRC-funded research

 

 

 

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 19 July 2013 special edition

2014 Grant Round

Opening and closing dates

NHMRC and the Australian Research Council (ARC) CEOs have agreed the opening and closing dates for both organisations for 2014. NHMRC relevant dates are here.

Streamlining applications

To reduce the load on applicants, major changes in NHMRC Project Grant applications will be implemented for the 2014 round. There will be significant reductions in the application details and a much more concise snapshot for assessors and GRPs.

Further details will be provided through 2013 via Research Tracker.

NHMRC is working with ARC to further reduce duplication of effort in applying for grants.

See full article...

NHMRC Research Tracker - 12 July 2013

Key grant application dates for 2013

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Track progress on Project Grants applications for weeks 1-3

  • GRP panels in these weeks will be reviewing 2010 applications
  • Assessor comments have been sent for 100% of applications with 99% applicant responses (rebuttal) received
  • Of these, 98% had two external assessments and one spokespersons report submitted
  • The Not For Further Consideration (NFFC) list has been provided to panels for consideration

Track progress on Project Grants applications for weeks 4-6

  • GRP panels in these weeks will be reviewing 1903 applications
  • Assessor comments have been sent for 94% of applications
  • Assessor comments for the remaining applications will be sent when we receive at least one external assessor report

Track progress of Project Grants External Assessments

  • NHMRC aims to obtain two written external assessments for each application
  • At least one external assessment has been received for all applications (3914)
  • We thank all members of the research community who have provided external assessments

Project Grants GRP observers

  • 54 Early Career Researchers (ECRs) will observe Project Grants GRPs in July – September 2013
  • Observers come from all states and territories and 36 are female and 18 are male

Recently closed rounds

  • NHMRC - European Union Collaborative Research Grants: 14 applications received
  • Postgraduate Scholarships: 222 applications received
  • Development Grants: 111 applications received

Watch NSFC-NHMRC Symposium: presentations now online

On 27 and 28 June, the National Natural Science Foundation of China and NHMRC held a symposium on Type 2 diabetes research. Presentations and more details are now available on the NHMRC website.

Seeking big ideas from Research Translation Faculty members

Steering Groups are now seeking ideas and priority actions:

  • Dementia: deadline 15 July
  • Obesity and Diabetes Mellitus: deadline 31 July
  • Cardiovascular Disease / Stroke: deadline 21 August

Further information: RTF website then click on the ‘Consultations’ tab.

Register for 2nd annual RTF symposium

Research Translation Faculty members can now register for the symposium at the Sydney Convention Centre on 2-3 October. Further information: www.nhmrc2013.com. Registrations will open to the general public on 31 July.

National clinical trial research governance forum: September 2013

NHMRC will be holding this forum as part of its role in implementing the Australian Government’s Clinical Trial Reform initiative. Attendees will be invited to help identify issues and actions for streamlining clinical trial research governance. All enquiries to: australianclinicaltrials@nhmrc.gov.au.

Call for new Partnership Centre on Primary Care

NHMRC has issued a Call for Investigator Team Applications for the third Centre under NHMRC’s Partnership Centres for Better Health funding scheme. The call closes 5pm AEST 24 July. Further information: NHMRC website.

Provide feedback: Monday or Friday release of Research Tracker?

NHMRC has received recent comments that Research Tracker should be released on a Monday. Provide your feedback: tracker@nhmrc.gov.au.

Follow NHMRC research in the news

Now on the NHMRC homepage.

 

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NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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June 2013

NHMRC Research Tracker - 28 June 2013

Key grant application dates for 2013

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Track progress on Project Grants applications for weeks 1-3

  • 2010 will be reviewed
  • Assessor comments have been sent for 99% of applications with 69% applicant responses (rebuttal) received
  • Of these, 97% had two external assessments and one spokespersons reports submitted.

Track progress on Project Grants applications for weeks 4-6

  • 1904 will be reviewed
  • 89% of applications have two external assessments submitted
  • 35% have one spokespersons reports submitted

Fast facts on Project Grants GRPs

  • Chairs and Assistant Chairs have been confirmed for all 43 GRPs
  • Allocation of Early Career Observers to GRPs is underway
  • NHMRC CEO’s panel briefing to 2013 GRP Panel Members will be made available on NHMRC’s website as a webinar

Release of assessor comments

Timeframes listed at Project Grant Applicant Response (Rebuttal) Periods 2013 indicate the earliest and latest possible dates that assessor comments will be released. The actual date of release depends upon all assessor reports being received for the application.

Add your ORCiD ID to RGMS

Researchers with an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCiD) can now include this in their RGMS user profile. ORCiD allows researchers to create a unique identifier for themselves to assist funding agencies, journal editors and other groups involved in scholarly communications.

View NHMRC research in the news

NHMRC’s homepage now features a rolling feed of news articles about the outcomes of NHMRC-funded research.

Research Translation Faculty seeking ‘Big Ideas for Action’

Faculty members are invited to submit their big ideas and priority actions on obesity and cardiovascular disease / stroke. Further information: RTF website then click on the ‘Consultations’ tab.

Call for new Partnership Centre on Primary Care

On 13 June, NHMRC issued a ‘Call for Investigator Team Applications’ for the third Centre under NHMRC’s Partnership Centres for Better Health funding scheme. The theme of the Centre is Primary Care: System, Services and Workforce Innovation. Further information: NHMRC website.

Update on Research Committee activities

On 19 June, RC discussed:

  • streamlining application and assessment processes
  • RGMS and timeframes to support streamlining
  • the development of a Memorandum of Understanding between NHMRC and the National Institutes of Health Research Health Technology Assessment Programme (UK) for collaborative research activities
  • funding recommendations for the John Cade Fellowship in Mental Health Research funding round, 2012 Centres for Research Excellence, and Partnership Projects Third Call

RC is scheduled to meet a further two times before the end of the year.

Update on Council activities

The Council of NHMRC met for the 196th Session on 21 June. Council discussed a range of issues including:

  • The Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes
  • The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research
  • Guidelines for the safe restraint of children travelling in motor cars and
  • Prostate Specific Antigen Testing

The 197th session of Council will be held in early October. 

View presentations from the Mentorship Workshop

A workshop was attended by almost 30 emerging and established Indigenous researchers from Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Highlights included presentations from Associate Professor Noel Hayman and Professor Sandra Eades. Further information: NHMRC website.

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 14 June 2013

Call for new Partnership Centre on Primary Care

On 13 June 2013 the NHMRC issued a ‘Call for Investigator Team Applications’ for the third Centre under NHMRC’s Partnership Centres for Better Health funding scheme. The theme of the Centre is Primary Care: System, Services and Workforce Innovation. Further information: NHMRC website.

Reminder: RGMS Outage 22-23 June

RGMS will be offline for 24 hours from 8am on 22 June until 8am AEST 23 June to perform essential system maintenance. Any questions regarding this outage should be directed to help@nhmrc.gov.au. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Key grant application dates for 2013

The updated funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Track progress on Project Grants applications

Of the 3915 applications being reviewed, 13,981 invitations to external assessors have been sent and 7615 invitations have been accepted (55% of those invited). Almost 99% of applications now have 1 or more assessment completed and 89% have two assessments completed.

NHMRC aims to obtain two written assessments from External Assessors for each application. We thank all members of the research community who have assisted during this process.

Project Grants Applicant Response (Rebuttal) process

The release of assessor comments has commenced. Applicants have up to 10 days to complete their rebuttal. Please note the release of assessors comments is dependent on the receipt of all assessor reports for the application. Applicants will be notified by email when their assessor comments are available.

Read NHMRC’s Project Grants Not For Further Consideration (NFFC) process

A guide to NHMRC’s NFFC process, including a breakdown of applications that were captured through the NFFC process in 2011 and 2012, is now on the NHMRC website.

Nominations for early career researchers to observe Project Grant GRPs under consideration

NHMRC thanks institutions for submitting nominations.

Program Grants closed

  • Program Grants: 24 applications received

Submit your feedback on NHMRC Funding Agreement and Deeds of Agreement

NHMRC is proposing to vary the Funding Agreement and remaining Deeds of Agreement to increase the flexibility around the use of funds. NHMRC sent letters to institutions on 11 June and comments from the research community are now sought by COB 28 June 2013. Further information: NHMRC website.

Overview of Tripartite Agreement – Mentorship Workshop

This workshop was attended by almost 30 emerging and established Indigenous researchers from Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Highlights included presentations from Associate Professor Noel Hayman and Professor Sandra Eades. All three countries remain committed to building the research capacity of their Indigenous populations. Further information: NHMRC website.

View ‘Big Ideas for Action’ Research Translation Faculty videos

Fourteen Faculty Steering Groups have now met to start planning their ‘big idea’ and the priority action that NHMRC can implement. In coming weeks the steering groups will seek input from all Faculty members. Videos of workshop presentations: Session 1 and Session 2.


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May 2013

NHMRC Research Tracker - 31 May 2013

Key grant application dates 

The updated funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Track progress on Project Grants applications

  • 7467 external assessments accepted
  • 6830 external assessment reports received

Upload your Project Grant Applicant Responses (rebuttal)

Further information for CIAs and RAOs available on the NHMRC website.

Submit your Project Grants external assessments

External assessments are due 7 June 2013.

RGMS Outage 22-23 June

RGMS will be offline for 24 hours from 8am on 22 June until 8am AEST 23 June to perform essential system maintenance. Any questions regarding this outage should be directed to help@nhmrc.gov.au . We apologise for any inconvenience.

RGMS outage and Project Grants Applicant Response (rebuttal) period 

NHMRC assures applicants that the planned RGMS outage will not have an adverse impact on submission of responses. Timing for the release of assessor comments will be modified to ensure applicants will not be required to submit responses on 22 June.

View NHMRC’s plans to streamline peer review

Details about NHMRC’s Streamlining Application and Assessment Project are now on the NHMRC website. The project builds on the Evolutions in Peer Review Symposium by articulating NHMRC’s vision for improving its grant application and assessment processes.

View updated National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research

Paragraph 4.1.11 of the National Statement has been changed to reflect the updated spelling of ‘fetus’. Further information: NHMRC website.

View photos from NHMRC Tripartite Agreement – Mentorship Workshop

On 23-24 May, a workshop was held in conjunction with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the New Zealand Health Research Council. Presentations will be available soon. Photos are now on the NHMRC website.

Update on Research Committee Activities

On 16-17 May, RC met to discuss:

  • approaches to streamlining application and peer review processes
  • research aspects of Pandemic Preparedness
  • proposed revisions to the Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes
  • the development of a MoU between NHMRC and the Indian Council of Medical Research for collaborative research projects
  • funding recommendations from the third call of the 2012 Partnership Projects funding scheme
  • barriers to the conduct of clinical trials and possible mechanisms for improved NHMRC support.

RC is scheduled to meet a further two times before the end of the 2013.

Outcome from Women in Health Science Working Group meeting

On 15 May, the working group agreed to respond to the Academy of Science Gender Equity paper by outlining ways in which NHMRC can address gender equity issues in health and medical research.

Update on Australia-Republic of Korea research collaboration

NHMRC attended the second Australia-Republic of Korea Joint Committee on Science and Technology meeting at the on 20 May. Items discussed included the strengthening of science and technology engagement between the two countries. Further information: DIICCSRTE website.

Follow @NHMRC on Twitter

Researchers and RAOs are encouraged to follow @NHMRC for important updates. Further information: help@nhmrc.gov.au or 1800 500 983.

FOR YOUR INTEREST

Recent media releases and research notices

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 17 May 2013

Key grant application dates for 2013

The updated funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Track progress on Project Grants applications

  • 7137 requests for external assessments received
  • 5495 external assessment reports received

Secure your Project Grant external assessments

Assigners Academy members are reminded to secure external assessments as early as possible.

Find out when Project Grants 2013 assessments will be available

Applicants can find out when they will be receiving their assessments here (PDF, 301KB). Extensions will not be granted unless in exceptional circumstances. Applicants are encouraged to liaise with their team and RAO to make alternative arrangements if required.

Opportunity for early career researchers to observe Grant Review Panels

Institutions with more than 10 applications in the Project Grants 2013 round can nominate early career researchers as observers for this year’s peer review process. Interested researchers should speak to their institutions for more details. Nominations close 5pm AEST 23 May.

Read CEO statement on the Australian Government’s 2013-14 Budget

Now online: NHMRC website.

Read CEO’s Newsletter of April 2013

A reminder that the CEO’s Newsletter summarises nine issues of interest to researchers, including the role of health and medical researchers in NHMRC’s “Big Ideas for Action for Big Health Challenges”, and streamlining our application processes for Quality and Efficiency in Granting. 

Attend CEO talk at the ICT for Life Sciences Forum

The CEO will deliver a talk on 23 May in Melbourne about the future of health and medical research, who benefits from this work and how. Registration details: event website.


FOR YOUR INTEREST

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 3 May 2013

Key grant application dates for 2013

The updated funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Track progress on Project Grants applications

  • 6309 requests for external assessments received
  • 3016 external assessment reports received

Recently closed rounds

  • Early Career Fellowships: 524 applications received
  • Translation Research Into Practice fellowships: 51 applications received
  • Partnership Projects 1st call: 18 applications received

Submit your abstract for the Research Translation Faculty Symposium by 13 May

NHMRC is inviting abstracts and/or proposals for workshops/master classes on research translation. The symposium will be held in Sydney on 2-3 October 2013. You do not need to be a faculty member to submit an abstract and attend the symposium. Further information: NHMRC website.

Lodge a submission to Defence Trade Controls Act 2011 Senate Inquiry

The Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee is seeking submissions on the implementation of the Defence Trade Controls Act 2011, which may impact on the university and research sectors, as well as on industry. Visit the APH website for more information.

NHMRC to hold Tripartite Agreement – Mentorship Workshop 23-24 May

This workshop will be held in conjunction with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the New Zealand Health Research Council. Further information: NHMRC website.

Save the date for RAO Seminar 25-26 November

The Australian Research Council (ARC) and NHMRC, in association with the Australasian Research Management Society, will be hosting the annual Research Administrators’ Seminar. This event will be held at the National Convention Centre in Canberra on 25 and 26 November 2013. Further information: NHMRC website.

 

FOR YOUR INTEREST

Recent media releases and research notices

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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April 2013

NHMRC Research Tracker - 19 April 2013

Key grant application dates for 2013

The updated funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

RGMS offline 27 April

RGMS will be offline from 9am to 5pm AEST Saturday 27 April to perform essential system maintenance. Users will be unable to access RGMS for the duration of the outage. NHMRC apologises for any inconvenience.

The McKeon Review report is released

The Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research Final Report has been released. Further information: McKeon Review website (PDF, 2.55MB).

Assigner’s Day 2013

Over 115 Assigners Academy members met last week in Canberra for Assigner’s Day. The day was a success with 4300 invitations to review applications sent and 613 requests for external assessments had been accepted by the end of the day. To date, over 4500 requests for external assessments have been accepted and 201 external assessment reports have been submitted.

NHMRC thanks the research community for their timely response to Academy members, and appreciates the willingness of External Assessors to devote their time and effort to this important task.

Submit your Early Career Fellowships supervisor referee report by 1 May

NHMRC has received a significant number of emails with an out of office status for supervisor referees nominated by applicants in RGMS. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the supervisor referee report is submitted through RGMS by 1 May. Further information: NHMRC website.

Update your RGMS profile

The grant review process has commenced.  High quality peer review relies on aligning applications and reviewers. RGMS profiles help us achieve this. If you hold an RGMS account up-date your details. You can find step-by-step instructions in the RGMS User Guide for All Users, at the RGMS Library.

Research / private sector conflicts of interest

A proposed supplement to the Australian Code on managing conflicts of interest deals with relationships between researchers and the private sector. Have your say by 2 May. Further information: NHMRC website.

Funding Agreement and Deeds of Agreement

Changes have been made to the Funding Agreement, Deeds of Agreement - Research Support v3 and v4 and Deeds of Agreement – Researcher support v4 and v5. More details: NHMRC website.

NHMRC / A*STAR joint grants announced

A new research collaboration between the NHMRC and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore will fund five grants totalling $3.5 million. Further information: NHMRC website.

Partnership Centre on cognitive decline announced

Australia’s first $25 million Partnership Centre will address the complex problems faced by older people with cognitive decline, including dementia. Further information: NHMRC website.

Partnerships for Better Health Partnership Projects funding announced

Go to NHMRC website for further information on 11 Partnership Project grants totalling $7.9 million.


FOR YOUR INTEREST

Open Public Consultations

Recent media releases and research notices

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties that have recently been released
 

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 5 April 2013

Key grant application dates for 2013

The updated funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Grant application efforts are valued

Recent media attention has focused on the amount of time researchers spend preparing NHMRC grant applications. While NHMRC is continuously working to streamline the application process, the time researchers spend completing grant applications is an essential part of academic life and forms the basis of breakthroughs and discoveries leading to improved health outcomes. CEO’s views: NHMRC website.

Read the NHMRC Project Grants Peer Review Guidelines

Guidelines for funding commencing in 2014 now online: NHMRC Website (PDF, 548KB).

Assigners Academy meet in Canberra on 11 April

Academy members will meet on 11 April to identify suitable external assessors and then monitor completion of the assessor’s reports for project grant applications. Further information: NHMRC website.

Revised National Principles of Intellectual Property Management

NHMRC has adopted a new set of national IP principles that will help researchers, research managers and their institutions identify, protect and manage IP. Further information: NHMRC website.

Read the Autumn edition of the CEO Newsletter

The latest CEO newsletter discusses hot topics related to health and medical research and provides an update on NHMRC’s current projects. Now available: NHMRC website.

Submit abstracts for 2nd Annual NHMRC Research Translation Faculty Symposium

This Symposium will be held in Sydney on 2-3 October 2013. With a theme of From Bench to Bourke: Improving practice, policy and commercialisation, participants will discuss models for research translation, measuring the impact of health and medical research, disseminating the results of research, meeting the needs of end users, and building capacity in research translation. The call for abstracts is now open: NHMRC website. Registrations for the Symposium will open in June.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Targeted Call for Research (TCR): closes 10 April

FASD affects individuals across the breadth of the Australian community. Consistent with the Australian Government’s commitment to Indigenous health through Closing the Gap, research funded under this TCR will need to be highly relevant to the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Further information: NHMRC website.

FOR YOUR INTEREST

Open Public Consultations

Recent media releases and research notices

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March 2013

NHMRC Research Tracker - 22 March

Submit your application before closing date

The updated funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

New look homepage for RGMS

In response to feedback, the RGMS homepage has been completely redesigned to make it more intuitive and informative for users. Visit the RGMS library for a summary of the changes, or log in to RGMS to see what’s new.

Annual Progress Reports

Closing date has been extended to 30 April. Further information: NHMRC website.

Annual Financial Statements

Annual Financial Statements are also due by 30 April. Further information: NHMRC website

Principles of Peer Review doc: now online

NHMRC’s Principles of Peer Review were endorsed by its Council on 14 March 2013 and are available on the website. The Principles are high-level, guiding statements that underpin NHMRC’s peer review processes. With the implementation of Universal Peer Review Guidelines soon to follow, these Principles will apply to all NHMRC funding schemes.

Thank you to those who commented during the public online consultation period and at last month’s Evolutions in Peer Review Symposium.

Project Grants 2013 application numbers and next steps

NHMRC had received 3918 applications by the closure of applications last Tuesday - a 5.1% increase on last year.

The Assigner’s Academy will now identify External Assessors and membership of the Grant Review Panels will be finalised. GRPs will meet over the period of 29 July to 6 September. 

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Targeted Call for Research (TCR): closes 10 April

FASD affects individuals across the breadth of the Australian community. However, consistent with the Australian Government’s commitment to Indigenous health through Closing the Gap, research funded under this TCR will need to be highly relevant to the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Further information: NHMRC website.

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Research Tracker - 8 March 2013

Submit your application before closing date

Further information: NHMRC website.

Research Help Centre has extended operating hours until 19 March

  • March 4-10: open 9am to 7pm AEDST Monday to Friday
  • March 11: closed for Canberra Day public holiday
  • March 12-19: open 8am to 7pm AEDST Monday to Friday
  • March 16: open 10am to 2pm AEDST Saturday

Further information: NHMRC website.

Ensure your Project Grant application is eligible

Project Grant applicants are advised to submit outstanding reports, including progress, final and financial reports, by 19 March 2013 to ensure eligibility. Further information in Part 1, Section 14 and Part 2, Section 7 of the NHMRC Funding Rules (PDF, 860KB).

Role of External Assessors in Project Grants peer review

For your information - Assigners Academy members select external assessors based on their skills and expertise. External assessment is in addition to the contributions of the primary and secondary spokespersons and the other review panel members for each application. Further information: NHMRC website.

NHMRC holds international Peer Review Symposium

As part of NHMRC’s commitment to examining and improving peer review, NHMRC recently held a Peer Review Symposium that was attended by representatives from leading international research funding agencies, amongst others. A summary, photos and presentations from the symposium are now online: NHMRC website.

Lodge your Annual Report for certified institutions by 29 March

Institutions certified under the national approach to single ethical review (formerly known as the HoMER Initiative) are requested to complete and lodge an electronic copy of the report via the Human Research Ethics Portal.

Submit nominations for the NHMRC Ethics Award 2013 by 22 March

Nominations are open until 5 pm AESDT 22 March 2013. The award recognises outstanding Australians for their contributions to high ethical standards in health and medical research or in health. Further information: NHMRC website.

Submit nominations to HFSP for the 2014 HFSP Nakasone Award by 5 April

NHMRC supports the Australian membership of the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP). Nominations are invited for the Nakasone Award of an unrestricted research grant of $USD10,000, a commemorative medal and an invitation to deliver the Nakasone lecture at the 2014 HFSP Awardees Meeting. Further information: HFSP website.

Preventive Health Translational Research Award: nominations now open

NHMRC’s sister organisation, the Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA), is calling for nominations for its Preventive Health Translational Research Award. The Award will highlight excellence in research and promote the value of partnerships between researchers and practitioners that build capacity for evidence-based policy and practice for preventive health. For more information and to enter online visit the ANPHA website.

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February 2013

Research Tracker - 22 February 2013

Key grant application dates for 2013

The updated funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Honour Roll for 2012 Peer Review

Researchers who have participated as an external assessor and/or on peer review panels are acknowledged on the NHMRC website at the end of each peer review process. Institutions are asked to take note of NHMRC peer reviewer contributions when considering their position within the institution.

International Workshop on Evolutions in Peer Review

NHMRC hosted a workshop with NIH, CIHR and UK MRC this week on evolving and improving peer review. Over 100 researchers and community members attended. A report will appear shortly on our website.

RGMS Application Form: updated

Dementia has been added to Part A of the application form (section A-NHP: National Health Priorities). This is in line with the inclusion of Dementia as a National Health Priority. Applicants can now enter a percentage for this priority in section A-NHP of the application form.

Request for CIAs to complete A-RC: Research Classification of Project Grants applications 

CIAs are requested to complete this area as soon as possible after they have commenced their application. This information will assist NHMRC in planning for peer review and allocating applications to appropriate panels. Project Grants applications close 19 March 2013.

2013 Assigners Academy: Meeting in Canberra on 11 April

Over 160 Academy members will meet in April to identify suitable external assessors and then monitor completion of the assessor’s reports for applications. NHMRC honours 2012 Academy members on the NHMRC website.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Targeted Call for Research (TCR): closes 10 April

FASD affects individuals across the breadth of the Australian community. However, consistent with the Australian Government’s commitment to Indigenous health through Closing the Gap, research funded under this TCR will need to be highly relevant to the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Further information is available from the NHMRC website.

Open Public Consultations

Recent CEO Speeches

Recent media releases and research notices

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