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

August 2015

NHMRC Research Tracker - 21 August 2015

View full programme for the fourth annual Research Translation Faculty Symposium

Abstract titles for all parallel sessions have now been listed. View the full programme and register now on the RTF website.

Update on Project Grants GRPs

  • Four weeks of GRP meetings have been completed. Twenty-six panels met from 27 July until 21 August to discuss approximately 1,500 applications
  • Week 5 of GRPs commence on Monday 24 August and the final week of GRPs will conclude on Friday 4 September

NHMRC early advice on second round of Centres of Research Excellence in 2015

The second round of Centres of Research Excellence for 2015 (for funding in 2016) is likely to include two additional streams. These are:

  • CRE in Infectious Disease Emergency Response Research
  • CRE in Indigenous Researcher Capacity Building

More details about these streams will be available when applications open on 11 November.

Upcoming variations to the NHMRC Funding Agreement

Following consultation, NHMRC is varying its January 2014 Funding Agreement. Further details, including a summary of the changes that will take effect 1 October 2015, are on the NHMRC website.

Report on the activity of Human Research Ethics Committees for 2014

Read the report on the NHMRC website.

Provide your feedback on participation in clinical trials

NHMRC is conducting a survey of General Practitioners to determine their attitudes to, awareness of, and involvement in, clinical trials. Survey closes 30 September. Further information.

Read new Good Practice Process for clinical trials

NHMRC has developed a Good Practice Process for Site Assessment and Authorisation Phases of Clinical Trial Research Governance which aims to increase the efficiency of the research governance process and reduce clinical trials start-up times. Further information.

NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research established

NHMRC has engaged Alzheimer’s Australia to operate the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research. Further information.

View outcomes of the NHMRC Dementia Research Team Grants scheme

Minister for Health Sussan Ley has announced grant outcomes for the Dementia Research Team Grants scheme. Further information.

Final outcomes of NHMRC dementia research priority setting project

NHMRC has released outcomes from the second stage of the priority setting project to identify national dementia research and translation priorities. Further information.

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 7 August 2015

Revised 2015 Centres of Research Excellence scheme dates

NHMRC wishes to advise that dates for the 2015 Centres of Research Excellence for funding in 2016 have been revised. They are now:

  • Applications open: 11 November 2015
  • Minimum data due: 2 December 2015
  • Applications close: 16 December 2015

Further information.

Fourth annual Research Translation Faculty Symposium - Register now for early bird rate

Early bird registration is now open for this year’s Symposium, the theme of which is "Policy and Research: Working together to improve the health of Australians". Further information: Symposium website.

View the Project Grants Grant Review Panel (GRP) briefing

The webcast of the panel briefing given to GRP members on Monday morning of each week of the GRP meetings is available from the NHMRC website.

Update on Project Grants GRPs

  • Two weeks of GRP meetings have been completed. Thirteen panels met from July 27 to August 7 to discuss approximately 800 applications
  • Week 3 of GRPs commences on 10 August

Read the 2015 Project Grants Peer Review overview

The GRP Process Summary document provided to all GRP members, Chairs, and Assistant Chairs can be found on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC thanks 2015 Assigners Academy

The 2015 Assigners Academy has completed its work for the 2015 Project Grants round. NHMRC thanks all members who provided assistance this year. Some members may be invited to contribute to peer review of other NHMRC schemes.

Update on Project Grants outcomes

NFFC outcomes are expected to be provided to applicants on 9 September, as advised earlier. Outcomes of all applications assessed at Canberra GRP meetings are expected to be announced in October following Ministerial approval.

Special Collection of the Cochrane Library on Indigenous health

NHMRC, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Health Research Council in New Zealand are proud to contribute to the Special Collection of the Cochrane Library on Indigenous health, published to coincide with the United Nations International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on 9 August. The special collection brings together systematic reviews held in the Cochrane Library on diabetes, suicide prevention and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Read information about the potential NHMRC – NIH BRAIN Initiative call

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released a notice of intent for the NIH BRAIN Initiative call which NHMRC is considering supporting. Further information.

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July 2015

NHMRC Research Tracker - 24 July 2015

Key application dates

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Release of 2016 key application dates

Key application dates for the 2016 rounds of NHMRC funding schemes have now been released. View the updated funding calendar on the NHMRC website

Register for the 4th annual Research Translation Faculty Symposium

This year’s Symposium, "Policy and Research: Working together to improve the health of Australians", is now open for registrations. Further information, including registration details, programme outline and plenary speaker profiles, are now online.

Applying for a NHMRC Dementia Institute Priority Round 1 – JPco-fuND grant?

Applications close 5pm AEST 29 July. Applicants should consider the eligibility requirements, particularly those provided in the NNIDR Priority Round 1 scheme-specific Funding Rules and the NNIDR Priority Round 1 Details. Late applications will not be accepted. 

Progress of Project Grant applications for weeks 1-3

  • Week 1 Grant Review Panels commence on 27 July

Progress of Project Grant applications for weeks 4-6

  • 1699 applications will be reviewed (8 applications withdrawn)
  • NFFC lists (bottom 50% of applications) have been generated and provided to panel members to review
  • Panel members are preparing for the GRP meetings.

Want to know more about the 2015 Project Grants Peer Review Process?

The GRP induction video is now available on the NHMRC website.

The Summary GRP Process Points 2015 document highlights the discussion process for each application. It has been provided to all GRP members, Chairs and Assistant Chairs and is now available on the NHMRC website.

Update on Project Grants outcomes

NFFC outcomes are expected to be provided to applicants on 9 September, as advised in the 26 June Research Tracker. Outcomes of successful and unsuccessful applications that have been discussed at the Canberra GRP meetings will be advised in October pending Ministerial approval of outcomes.

Update on Development Grants

The rebuttal period has commenced and will end on 31 July. A second round will open on 18 November 2015 for funding commencing in 2017. All applications must be submitted online through RGMS by 3 February 2016. Further information.

Women in Health Science Workshop ‘Summary of Outcomes’

The deadline for comment on this document has now passed. If you have any queries please email WiHS@nhmrc.gov.au

View new NHMRC Council membership list

On 23 July, Minister for Health Sussan Ley announced the members of the Council of the NHMRC for the 2015-2018 triennium. Further information.

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 10 July 2015

Key application dates

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Register for the 4th annual Research Translation Faculty Symposium

This year’s Symposium, "Policy and Research: Working together to improve the health of Australians", is now open for registrations. Further information, including registration details, programme outline and plenary speaker profiles, are now online.

Progress of Project Grant applications for weeks 1-3

  • 2147 applications will be reviewed (5 applications withdrawn)
  • NFFC lists (bottom 50% of applications) have been generated and provided to panel members to review
  • Panel members are preparing for the GRP meetings

Progress of Project Grant applications for weeks 4-6

  • 1699 applications will be reviewed (8 applications withdrawn)
  • The rebuttal phase for applicants is now complete

Update on Project Grants External Assessments

The external assessment phase for Project Grants is now complete. NHMRC thanks members of the Assigners Academy for their dedication in identifying and approaching external assessors to review applications. NHMRC’s expert review process remains of the highest quality as a result of the commitment from external assessors.

Statistics on the completion of External Assessments are below.

Number of assessor invitations sent  13,574
Number of External Assessments received 7,476 (55% of invitations)
Applications that received 2 External Assessments  92%
Applications that received at least 1 External Assessment  99%
Applications that received no External Assessments 1%

For those applications that did not receive External Assessments, applicants will only have the Spokesperson’s comments to rebut. To provide equity, these applications automatically progress to the GRP meeting for full review.

Want to know more about the 2015 Project Grants Peer Review Process?

The GRP induction video is now available on the NHMRC website.

Development Grants update

The rebuttal period will commence next week.

NHMRC Grantee Variations Policy now in effect

Grantees and RAOs are reminded that NHMRC’s Grantee Variations Policy came into effect 1 July 2015. A grantee variation request must be submitted to NHMRC via RGMS when a CIA wishes to seek approval to change the approved grant.

Comment on the Women in Health Science Workshop summary of outcomes

Those wishing to provide comments on the four topics outlined in the summary document, available from the NHMRC website, should send them to WiHS@nhmrc.gov.au by 20 July.

View the NHMRC Reconciliation Action Plan

NHMRC is proud to have a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which outlines our commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. It builds the foundation of reconciliation within NHMRC and commits us to a number of actions over the next 12 months. The RAP will allow us to focus on building relationships both internally and externally, and raise awareness with our stakeholders to ensure there is a shared understanding and ownership.     

The NHMRC RAP can be found on the NHMRC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health webpage

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June 2015

NHMRC Research Tracker - 26 June 2015

Key application dates

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Register now for the 4th annual Research Translation Faculty Symposium

The theme for this year’s RTF symposium is "Policy and Research: Working together to improve the health of Australians". The symposium will be held in Sydney on 27-28 October. Further details, including registration details, programme outline and plenary speaker profiles, are now online.

NHMRC Fellowships Consultation – new supplementary information is now available

Information on the distribution of Fellows by sector is now available to help inform the NHMRC Fellowship consultation.  Further information.

Apply now for the NHMRC Dementia Institute’s first grants scheme

The NHMRC Dementia Institute will be conducting priority funding rounds to support its key objectives. The first round is the EU JPco-fuND, which opened on 24 June. Please note that only Australian External Collaborators listed on JPco-fuND applications that were invited to full proposal are eligible to apply for this round. Further information.

Progress of Project Grant applications for weeks 1-3

  • 2147 applications will be reviewed (5 applications from this period withdrawn)
  • The rebuttal phase is now complete and applications are being prepared for the GRP meetings

Progress of Project Grant applications for weeks 4-6

  • 1701 applications will be reviewed (6 applications from this period withdrawn)
  • Over 89% of applications have two external assessments
  • Spokespersons reports have been received for over 97% of applications
  • Assessor comments have been sent for over 80% of applications

Project Grants Applicant Response (rebuttal) process

The second, and final, period for releasing Assessor reports as a basis for ‘rebuttals’, commenced on 22 June and will conclude on 30 June.

  • Assessor comments will be released before 2pm Mondays or Tuesdays, and before 12 noon on Fridays throughout this period to ensure rebuttal submission dates do not fall on a weekend
  • The exact date for release of assessor comments will depend on when NHMRC has received all assessor reports for an application
  • A small number of applications may only receive comments from one or two assessors (1 spokesperson and/or 1 external assessor) if NHMRC is unable to secure two external assessments
  • Applicants will be notified by email (sent from RGMS) when their assessor comments are available. Emails are sent to the preferred email address listed in the CIA’s RGMS Profile
  • Applicants have up to 10 days to lodge their rebuttal

Further information.

Project Grant External Assessment update

To date, almost 92% of Project Grant applications have received two written assessments from external assessors:

  • 13,585 invitations were sent
  • 7,537 (55.48%) invitations were accepted
  • 7,455 (98.91%) assessments were received

NHMRC thanks the members of the Assigners Academy for their dedication in identifying and approaching external assessors to review applications. NHMRC’s independent expert review process remains of the highest quality as a result of the commitment of external assessors.

Not for Further Consideration (NFFC) outcomes advice

Outcomes of the NFFC process are expected to be released on 9 September.  Applicants whose applications have been placed on the NFFC list will be advised via email. RAOs will have access to the NFFC listed applications via the RAO Dashboard in RGMS.

Read summary of outcomes from the Women in Health Science Workshop

The summary of outcomes from the WiHS Workshop held on 25 May is now available on the NHMRC website. Those wishing to provide comments against the four objectives should send them to WiHS@nhmrc.gov.au by 20 July.

Program Grants interviews

Program Grant applicants are reminded that they need to email their interview date/time preference before 11:59pm AEST Wednesday, 1 July to program.grants.preaward@nhmrc.gov.au. Interviews will be held the week commencing 21 September in Canberra. Further information.

Register for the United States–Australia Biomedical Research Partnership Conference

This free conference will be held at the University of Canberra on 13 July. It has been organised by the U.S. Embassy in partnership with the University of Canberra, NHMRC, the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Health Medical Sciences, and the National Institutes of Health and aims to strengthen U.S. and Australian collaboration in health and medical research. Further details and registration.

Read updates on clinical trials initiatives

Minister for Health Sussan Ley launched the enhanced AustralianClinicalTrials.gov.au website on International Clinical Trials Day on 20 May. Read about what activities were held across Australia to celebrate International Clinical Trials Day on the Australian Clinical Trials website.

Update on Research Committee (RC) activities

On 23 June, RC met by teleconference to discuss:

  • Women in Health Science
  • Application and Peer Review Dates for 2016 Funding Rounds

Update on Embryo Research Licensing Committee (ERLC) activities

LC held a teleconference on 6 March and discussed:

  • Options for streamlining assessment of applications for training licences
  • Update on recent licence inspections

The last ERLC meeting for the 2012-15 triennium is scheduled for 12 June

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 12 June 2015

Key application dates

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Progress of Project Grant applications for weeks 1-3

  • 2150 applications will be reviewed (2 applications withdrawn)
  • almost 93% of applications have received two external assessments
  • Assessor comments have been sent for 99% of applications

Progress of Project Grant applications for weeks 4-6

  • 1705 applications will be reviewed (2 applications withdrawn)
  • 84% of applications have two external assessments
  • Spokespersons reports have been received for 3% of applications

Update on Project Grants External Assessments

To date, almost 89% of Project Grant applications have received two written assessments from external assessors. We thank all members of the research community who have assisted during this process.

Project Grants Applicant Response (rebuttal) process

  • The second of the two periods when assessor comments will be released will be 22 – 30 June
  • Assessor comments will be released before 2pm on a Monday, Tuesday or Friday throughout this period to ensure rebuttal submission dates do not fall on a weekend
  • The exact date for release of assessor comments will depend on when NHMRC has received all assessor reports for an application
  • A small number of applications may receive comments from only two assessors (1 external assessor and 1 spokesperson) if NHMRC is unable to secure two external assessments
  • Applicants will be notified by email (sent from RGMS) when their assessor comments are available. Emails are sent to the preferred email address listed in the CIA’s RGMS Profile
  • Applicants have up to 10 days to lodge their rebuttal

Further information.

Have your say – ensure that Australia has the researchers it needs for the future

NHMRC wants to hear your views about current and emerging issues for NHMRC Fellowship Schemes. The consultation deadline has been extended to 5pm AEST 30 June. Further information.

Only two weeks left to provide your feedback on ‘Clinical Trials Ready’

Have you had your say yet on NHMRC’s new initiative to officially recognise clinical trial sites that are ‘ready, willing and able’ to carry out high quality clinical trials? Submissions close 5pm AEST 26 June. Further information.

Note revised Research Help Centre open times

From 15 June the Research Help Centre will be available Monday to Friday from 9am - 12pm and 2pm - 5pm AEST. For all research related enquiries, please contact your RAO in the first instance.  Emails sent to help@nhmrc.gov.au are replied to as soon as possible.

Note possible NHMRC – NIH BRAIN Initiative collaboration

NHMRC is considering supporting Australian researchers to participate in the NIH BRAIN Initiative. Further information.

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Recent media releases

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NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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May 2015

NHMRC Research Tracker - 29 May 2015

Key application dates

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Fast facts on Project Grants Peer Review Process

Of the 3858 applications being reviewed (one application was withdrawn after close):

  • 13,413 invitations to external assessors have been sent
  • 7,395 invitations have been accepted (55% of those invited)
  • almost 18% of applications now have one assessment completed; and
  • 78% have two assessments completed
  • 37 GRPs will be held in Canberra from 27 July until 4 September 2015

 NHMRC aims to obtain two written assessments from external assessors for each application.

Submit your Project Grant External Assessments

External Assessments for Project Grants are due COB today unless you have been granted a deadline extension. Please note that assessor names are disclosed to non-conflicted GRP members, but not to applicants.

Project Grants Applicant Response (rebuttal) process

  • The first of the two periods when assessor comments will be released will be 1 – 9 June
  • Assessor comments will be released before 2pm on a Monday, Tuesday or Friday throughout this period to ensure rebuttal submission dates do not fall on a weekend or on the 8 June public holiday
  • The exact date for when assessor comments will be released will depend on when NHMRC has received all assessor reports for an application
  • Applicants will be notified by email (sent from RGMS) when their assessor comments are available. Emails are sent to the preferred email address listed in the CIA’s RGMS profile
  • Applicants will have up to 10 days to lodge their rebuttal

Further information.

Now closed: nomination of Project Grants Early Career Researcher (ECR) and Research Administration Officer (RAO) observers for GRPs

Confirmation of nominations will be communicated shortly.

Submit your feedback on NHMRC fellowship schemes

Provide your views on current and emerging issues for NHMRC Fellowship Schemes. Submissions close 18 June. Further information.

Deadline extended: provide your feedback on new NHMRC clinical trials initiative ‘Clinical Trials Ready’

Public consultation is currently open on this initiative, which officially recognises clinical trial sites that are ‘ready, willing and able’ to carry out high quality clinical trials. The submission deadline has been extended to 5pm AEST 26 June. Further information.

Read updates on clinical trials initiatives

View presentations from NHMRC Women in Health Sciences Workshop

This workshop was held on 25 May in Melbourne. Further information.

Note upcoming NHMRC Targeted Call for Research (TRC) into Engaging and Retaining Young Adults in Interventions to Improve Eating Behaviours and Health Outcomes

This TCR will open on 3 June. Further information will soon be available on the NHMRC website.

Note possible NHMRC – NIH BRAIN Initiative collaboration

NHMRC is considering supporting Australian researchers to participate in the NIH BRAIN Initiative. Further information.

Submit your feedback on the Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) and Certified Institutions 2014 Annual Report

NHMRC thanks HRECs and Certified Institutions for completing their annual report. NHMRC is now seeking feedback on the recent reporting process via a short survey.

View new documents to assist researchers and HRECs to apply the s95 and s95A guidelines

NHMRC has developed a template and two flowcharts to help with the appropriate application of the Guidelines under Section 95 of the Privacy Act 1988 (2014) and the Guidelines approved under Section 95A of the Privacy Act 1988 (2014). Further information.

View revised National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, 2007

Minor amendments to Chapter 2.3: Qualifying or waiving conditions for consent of the National Statement came into effect on 14 May. Further information.

Update on Principal Committee Indigenous Caucus (PCIC) activities

On 19 May, PCIC met to discuss:

  • Strategic approaches to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research and researchers
  • Record of research achievement wording
  • Facilitation of International Indigenous Researcher Networks
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Guide to Healthy Eating
  • Update on Research Translation in Indigenous health
  • Update on Review of Values and Ethics Guideline and Keeping Research on Track

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Recent media releases

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NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 15 May 2015

Key application dates

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Fast facts on Project Grants Peer Review Process

Of the 3,859 applications being reviewed:

  • 12,882 invitations to external assessors have been sent
  • 7,030 invitations have been accepted (almost 55% of those invited)
  • almost 36% of applications now have one assessment completed; and
  • 48% have two assessments completed

Project Grants applicant response (rebuttal) periods and process

Details on when applicants can expect their assessors’ comments and associated process information is now available on the Project Grants webpage.

Centres of Research Excellence applicant response (rebuttal) periods

The rebuttal period for the Centres of Research Excellence 2015 round will commence on 1 June. Applicants will have until 23:59pm AEST 11 June to submit their response in RGMS.

Invitations for Project Grant external assessments

Researchers are reminded that as recipients of NHMRC funding they have agreed to participate in future peer review processes. Researchers are encouraged to accept invitations to provide external assessments of applications. NHMRC aims to limit requests for external assessments to no more than six per researcher.

Please note that External Assessors do not provide scores.

Project Grants Early Career Researcher (ECR) and Research Administration Officer (RAO) observers for GRPs

Invitations for ECR/RAO nominees to observe a panel during the 2015 GRP meetings have been sent to institutions. We also welcome nominations from researchers beyond the 5 year post PhD period if applicable.

Update on Women in Health Sciences workshop

Registrations closed early as applications exceeded venue capacity. The presentations and a summary of workshop outcomes will be published on the NHMRC website. Further information.

Research Help Centre unavailable 22 May

The Research Help Centre, along with grant scheme business areas, will be unavailable on 22 May. Please contact your Research Administration Office in the first instance. Enquiries that are emailed to help@nhmrc.gov.au will be monitored through the day and responded to as soon as possible.

Provide your feedback on new clinical trials initiative ‘Clinical Trials Ready’

NHMRC has developed an initiative to officially recognise clinical trial sites that are ‘ready, willing and able’ to carry out high quality clinical trials. Submissions close 5pm AEST 12 June. Further information.

Let us know what you are doing to celebrate International Clinical Trials Day

20 May is International Clinical Trials Day. Let us know what you are doing to celebrate it. Further information.

Update on Research Committee activities

On 14 May, Research Committee met to discuss:

  • Improving NHMRC Funding Schemes: 2012-2015
  • MREA Budget Allocations for 2015
  • NHMRC Fellowships Scheme
  • Project Grants Public Consultation: NFFC and Grant Duration
  • Update on Funding Schemes and Statistics Announcements

RC will next meet by teleconference on 23 June.

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From the CEO

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 1 May 2015

Key application dates

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Fast facts on Project Grants Peer Review Process

For the 3,859 applications being reviewed (one application was withdrawn after close):

  • 11,239 invitations to external assessors have been sent
  • 6,676 invitations have been accepted (59% of those invited)
  • 35% of applications now have one assessment completed; and
  • 9% have two assessments completed
  • 37 GRPs will be held in Canberra from 27 July until 4 September 2015
  • External Assessors do not provide scores against the assessment criteria. Further information.

NHMRC aims to obtain two written assessments from external assessors for each application.

Note possible NHMRC Targeted Call for Research into Engaging and Retaining Young Adults in Interventions to Improve Eating Behaviours and Health Outcomes

NHMRC may soon call for applications for research that will identify effective interventions to prevent and/or manage weight gain and obesity in young adults. More information will be available on the NHMRC website soon.

NHMRC Fellowships Application Numbers: 2015 vs 2014

Scheme Name # apps received for 2014 round # apps received for 2015 round % change from 2014 round
Early Career Fellowship (ECF) 558 519 7% decrease
Career Development Fellowships (CDF) 431 461 7% increase
Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships 20 51 155% increase
Practitioner Fellowships 57 51 10% decrease
Research Fellowships 246 290 18% increase

Reminder: submit your final report by deadline

Grantees are reminded that final reports are due no later than 6 months after their grant’s end date. Failure to meet this requirement may result in a suspension of research funding under clause 15 of the NHMRC Funding Agreement and/or applications being ruled ineligible under section 7 of the NHMRC Funding Rules 2015. RGMS functionality has recently been upgraded to make final reporting easier. RAOs are asked to encourage researchers to update CVs to reflect their current achievements.

Reminder: eligibility requirements

CIAs and RAOs must ensure that all eligibility, content and format requirements have been met before certifying applications. NHMRC will be strictly enforcing compliance to ensure equity across applications. Refer to sections 7 and 10 of the NHMRC Funding Rules 2015 for further information.

Register now for Women in Health Sciences workshop

The workshop will be held on 25 May in Melbourne. Registrations close 8 May. Further information, including the aims and objectives of the workshop.

Note: Research Translation Symposium call for abstracts extended

Abstracts are now due COB 15 May. Further information.

Save the Date: 2015 Research Administrators’ Seminar

The venue for this year’s Research Administrators’ Seminar has changed to Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT. The event will be held on 16 -17 November. Further information.

Read NHMRC and ARC Statement on Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

The ARC and NHMRC has released a statement encouraging all researchers applying for funding to have an ORCID identifier. Further information.

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Follow NHMRC research in the news

Open public consultations

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

Australian clinicians and policymakers can access NHMRC approved clinical practice guidelines on the Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal.

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April 2015

NHMRC Research Tracker - 17 April 2015

Key application dates

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Read clarification of Project Grant relinquishment for Program Grant eligibility

NHMRC has clarified current policy concerning the Project Grant relinquishment for Program Grant holders. Further information.

Note Assigners Day 2015

111 Assigners Academy members met in Canberra this week for Assigner’s Day.

  • 4,739 invitations to review applications were sent
  • 1,105 requests for external assessments were accepted by the end of the day
  • More than 7,078 requests for external assessments have been accepted to date
  • 34 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.

Fast facts on Project Grants Peer Review Process

  • GRP members have completed their conflict of interest declarations
  • NHMRC is currently refining panels and assigning applications to the most appropriate spokesperson

View the Project Grants 2015 External Assessor’s Briefing Pack

Further information.

Early Career Researchers and RAOs to be invited to observe GRPs

Letters to institutions inviting nominations will be released in the next few weeks.

Provide your feedback on NHMRC Fellowship Schemes

Consultation is now open on Current and Emerging Issues for NHMRC Fellowship Schemes. Submissions close 5pm AEST, 18 June 2015. Further information.

Attend NHMRC Women in Health Science (WiHS) workshop

The NHMRC will be hosting a workshop in Melbourne on 25 May 2015 at the University of Melbourne/Florey Institute. Discussion will focus on metrics for assessing career disruptions and key factors that should underpin assessment of applicants applying for re-entry fellowships. Entry is free but places are limited. More information will be available soon on the WiHS webpage.

View new NHMRC data sharing statement

The NHMRC has released its Statement on Data Sharing, which reflects international research efforts to encourage appropriate sharing of the outputs of publicly funded research. NHMRC strongly encourages researchers to consider data access and data sharing as an integral part of their research planning and execution. Further information.

HRECs and Certified Institutions: submit your annual report by 30 April 2015

Certified Institutions and Human Research Ethics Committees are required to submit annual reports. You can access the 2014 annual report form using the link provided by ORIMA Research on 2 February 2015. After 30 April 2015 you will not be able to submit this form.

View NHMRC-funded research publications through TROVE

Research publications supported by NHMRC grants can now be viewed on the NHMRC website

View NHMRC Principles for the translation of ‘omics’ based tests from discovery to health care

This document, developed by the Human Genetics Advisory Committee, was released on 15 April 2015. Further information.

Read feedback on the 2014 Research Administrators’ Seminar

A summary of issues raised through feedback received on the 2014 Research Administrators’ Seminar, and NHMRC responses to these are now available on the NHMRC website.

Submit your abstract for the Research Translation Symposium

You have two more weeks to submit your abstract for the Symposium to be held on 27-28 October 2015. The closing date is 1 May 2015. Further information.

Provide your feedback on proposed changes to NHMRC’s 2012 Infant Feeding Guidelines

The proposed amendments to the current guidelines are to ensure that they reflect the best available evidence around allergies and the use of infant formula. Submissions close 5pm AEST, 15 May 2015. Further information.

FOR YOUR INTEREST

Follow NHMRC research in the news

Open public consultations

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 2 April 2015

Key application dates

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

View outcomes of NHMRC grants announcement

On 25 March, the Minister for Health Sussan Ley announced the outcomes of five NHMRC funding schemes: Development Grants, Program Grants, Post-graduate Scholarships, Partnership Projects for Better Health and NHMRC-NIHR Collaborative Research Grants. View the outcomes on the NHMRC website.

Note key changes to Program Grants 2015

RAOs and applicants should familiarise themselves with the key changes outlined on the Program Grants webpage. These changes include:

  • Applicants must submit their Project Grant Relinquishment Agreement upon application
  • All Chief Investigators must attend interviews at their own expense
  • Applicants must enter minimum data into the Research Grants Management System (RGMS) by 5pm AEST on 6 May 2015

Note clarification of research description for Joint Call with National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

Interested applicants should note the clarification regarding the types of applications that will be considered under the joint call. In light of this clarification, the minimum data deadline has been extended until 15 April 2015.

Submit your feedback: Current and Emerging Issues for NHMRC Fellowship Schemes

Provide your views on Current and Emerging Issues for NHMRC Fellowship Schemes. Submissions close 5pm AEST on 18 June 2015. Further information.

Fast facts on Project Grants Peer Review process (figures to date)

  • 111 of the 226 members of the Assigners Academy will meet in Canberra on 13 April
  • GRP membership has this been finalised with 474 members
  • Estimated 37 GRPs for 2015

The 2015 GRPs will be held at NHMRC’s Canberra office for six consecutive weeks, from 27 July to 4 September 2015.

Reminder: self-nominate to participate on a 2015 Development Grant review panel

Interested researchers can self-nominate through the Profile & CV section in RGMS. Nominations close 6 May 2015. Further information

Submit an application: NHMRC Targeted Call for Research (TCR) into Wind Farms and Human Health

The Wind Farms TCR is now open. This TCR is intended to stimulate the research required to build a robust body of evidence to establish whether there are adverse health effects from exposure to wind turbine emissions. Further information.  

Note peer review process for NHMRC’s Targeted Call for Research (TCR) into Preparing Australia for the Genomics Revolution in Health Care

NHMRC has released a flow chart outlining the peer review process for the Genomics TCR. In recognition of the complexity and scope of the call, applicants will have the opportunity to adjust the details of their application as part of the rebuttal process, in response to assessor comments. Further information.

Note NHMRC streamlining update

NHMRC has introduced a number of improvements to grant funding policies and processes that will reduce administrative burden for researchers and benefit institutions. These include:

  • Reduction in reporting obligations: As of 1 April 2015, researchers no longer have to complete a Progress or Midterm report and scholarship supervisors no longer have to complete a final report.
  • Change in reporting of final report detail: Final Reports will now be completed within RGMS.

Researchers should also note NHMRC’s new Grantee Variation Policy, which outlines what NHMRC considers when considering grantee variations. Further information.

Attend Professor Warwick Anderson’s address at the National Press Club

On 15 April, former NHMRC CEO Professor Anderson will deliver an address to the National Press Club on the topic ‘Australia’s health − is research the best medicine?’. Further information.

Read announcement on the inaugural NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres

On 28 March the Minister for Health Sussan Ley announced the NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres. Further information.

Read how NHMRC partners in funding health and medical research: working with philanthropists, governments, and NGOs

NHMRC has published a simple guide on how NHMRC can partner in funding health and medical research. Further information.

Read the analysis of NHMRC funded dementia research and its outcomes

A report featuring an analysis of the outcomes of NHMRC funded dementia research (2003-2013), is now available on the NHMRC website.

Read the full report of outcomes from NHMRC’s consultation on dementia research priorities

NHMRC has released the full report of outcomes from the first stage of a priority setting project to identify dementia research and translation priorities for stakeholders in the Australian context. Further information.

Submit an abstract for the 4th annual Research Translation Symposium by 1 May

The call for abstracts for the Symposium to be held in Sydney on 27-28 October 2015, jointly with CIPHER, closes 1 May 2015. Further information. For an update on the work of the Faculty, visit the NHMRC website.

Coming soon: release of NHMRC Principles for the translation of ‘omics’-based tests from discovery to healthcare

This document sets out principles Australian researchers should employ when undertaking research that involves omics-based technologies or when translating omics-based discoveries. Follow @nhmrc on Twitter to be notified about where you can find it on the NHMRC website when it is released on 7 April 2015.

Note updates to clinical trials reform

NHMRC has published the Revised List of Standard Items for use in clinical trials in Australia. Further information.

Provide your feedback on revised Principles and guidelines for the care and use of non-human primates for scientific purposes in Australia

Public consultation on this draft revised document is now open. The closing date for submissions is 5pm AEST 8 May 2015. Further information.

Update on Research Committee activities

On 26 March, RC met by teleconference to discuss the NHMRC – EU Collaborative Research Grants Funding Recommendation. RC will next meet by teleconference on 15 April 2015.

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Recent media releases

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NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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March 2015

NHMRC Research Tracker - 20 March 2015

Key application dates

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Apply Now: NHMRC Targeted Call for Research into Preparing Australia for the Genomics Revolution in Health Care

Applications opened on 11 March. NHMRC intends to support a single, multidisciplinary, nationally focussed grant of up to $25 million over five years through this call. Further information.

Apply Now: Development Grants

The Development Grants scheme seeks to fund research that specifically drives towards a commercial outcome within a five-year timeframe. Applications opened 18 March with Minimum Data requirements due 6 May. Further information.

Note Partnership Projects Peer Review Cycle #1 minimum data deadline

Applications can be submitted at any time throughout the year; however, the deadline for applications to be reviewed in the first cycle is fast approaching. Minimum data requirements for PRC #1 must be met and entered in RGMS by 5:00pm AEDT 1 April. Applications without the correct information by this date will not be accepted for PRC #1. Further information.

Reminder: self-nominate to participate on a 2015 Development Grant review panel

Interested researchers can self-nominate through the Profile & CV section in RGMS. Nominations close 6 May. Further information

Project Grants 2015 statistics – increase in numbers compared to 2014

  • 3857 applications were submitted this year, up only slightly from 3810 in 2014
  • The number of 4 & 5 year grants applications has increased to 39% of all applications received, up from 32% in 2014.

A more detailed table on app numbers is available from the NHMRC website.

Note Project Grants Not for Further Consideration (NFFC) process for 2015

The 2015 process has been updated to include an additional rule to remove applications from the “preliminary NFFC list” where no external assessment reports have been received for the application. Applications removed from the NFFC list will be reviewed in full at the GRP meeting. Further information.

Note Project Grants Assigners Academy and Grant Review Panel (GRP) Membership update

Membership of the Academy and GRPs will be finalised shortly. The Assigners Academy will meet in Canberra on 13 April to begin securing approximately 8,000 external assessments.

View list of NHMRC 2014 Project Grant External Assessors – Outstanding Contribution

NHMRC is grateful for the contributions of thousands of researchers to our peer review processes every year.  To recognise the best of the best, Grant Review Panel secondary spokespersons were asked to nominate an external assessor report that was of particularly high quality and of significant benefit to their deliberation. View the Peer Review Honour Roll to see who has been recognised.

View new policy to support women in health science

NHMRC has released its revised Administering Institutions Policy to address the underrepresentation of women in senior research positions across Australia. Under the policy, institutions will be required to demonstrate their commitment to seven gender equity recommendations in order to provide an environment that supports the progression and retention of female researchers. Institutions will have until the end of 2015 to update their gender equity policies and submit them to NHMRC for consideration.  Institutions that have not received the revised policy document via email should email WiHS@nhmrc.gov.au. Further information.

Coming soon: release of NHMRC Principles for the translation of ‘omics’-based tests from discovery to healthcare

This document sets out principles Australian researchers should employ when undertaking research that involves omics-based technologies or when translating omics-based discoveries. Follow @nhmrc on Twitter to be notified about where you can find it on the NHMRC website when it is released on 7 April.

Submit an abstract for the 4th annual Research Translation Symposium

The call for abstracts for the Symposium to be held in Sydney on 27-28 October, jointly with CIPHER, is now open. Further information.

Submit your nomination for NHMRC Ethics Award 2015

Nominations for the 2015 NHMRC Ethics Award, which recognises outstanding Australians for their contributions to high ethical standards in health and medical research, close 5pm AEDT 27 March. Further information.

FOR YOUR INTEREST

Recent media releases

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Open public consultations

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 6 March 2015

Key application dates

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Apply now: NHMRC- National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Joint Call for Research

Applications opened on 4 March for research focused on the prediction and treatment of Type 2 diabetes in Australian and Chinese populations using intervention trials. Further information.

Applying for a Project Grant?

Applications close at 5pm AEDT 18 March. Applicants are reminded:

  • That only those applications that submitted minimum data by 18 February can now proceed to developing a full application.
  • Late submission of full applications will not be accepted.
  • To confirm eligibility to apply (using the Eligibility Checklist in RGMS) before finalising your application.

2015 Project Grants – further clarification of advice on CI Time Commitment

To further clarify recent advice, we can confirm that applicants do not need to fill in the CI Time Commitment SECTION of the Grant Proposal.  Leave it blank. This change is effective immediately.

When to cull next year: consultation deadline extended, have your say

NHMRC wants to hear your views about the timing of the Not For Further Consideration (NFFC) process and duration of Project Grants. The consultation has been extended to close on 3pm AEDST 27 March 2015, which is after the Project Grants application deadline. Further information.

Note Project Grants Assigners Academy and Grant Review Panel (GRP) membership update

NHMRC has assigned applications to peer review areas based on the minimum data submitted by applicants on 18 February. Using this same data, NHMRC is currently refining Academic and GRP membership requirements. Membership of the Academy and GRPs will be finalised after the Project Grants round has closed.

Self-nominate to participate on a 2015 Development Grant review panel

Interested researchers can self-nominate through the Profile & CV section in RGMS. Nominations for Development Grant panels close 6 May. Further information.

Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and RAOs to be invited to observe GRPs

At the end of March, NHMRC will be inviting institutions to nominate ECRs and RAOs to observe Project Grant GRPs. Further details will soon be available.

Save the date: Research Administrators’ Seminar 2015

The ARC and NHMRC, in association with ARMS, will host the annual Research Administrators’ Seminar at the National Convention Centre in Canberra on 16-17 November 2015. More details to come.

Note upcoming NHMRC Targeted Call for Research into Genomics

This TCR will open on 11 March. NHMRC intends to support a single, multidisciplinary, nationally focussed grant of up to $25 million over five years through this call. Further information will soon be available on the NHMRC website.

Note Research Help Centre extended opening hours 10 - 17 March

Further information.

Apply now: EU-Joint Programme-Neurodegenerative Disease (JPND) JPco-fuND call for proposals

Australian researchers are now able to participate in the EU-JPND’s JPco-fuND call for proposals as collaborators on EU-based teams. Interested applicants should ideally notify European collaborators prior to 10 March and note the specific conditions of their involvement. Further information.

Submit your nomination for NHMRC Ethics Award 2015

Nominations for the 2015 NHMRC Ethics Award, which recognises outstanding Australians for their contributions to high ethical standards in health and medical research, close 5pm AEDT 27 March. Further information.

FOR YOUR INTEREST

From the CEO

Follow NHMRC research in the news

Open public consultations

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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NHMRC Research Tracker: Special Edition - 27 February 2015

2015 Project Grants – CI Time Commitment Further Clarification

To further clarify recent advice, we can confirm that applicants do not need to fill in the CI Time Commitment SECTION of the Grant Proposal. Leave it blank. This change is effective immediately.

See full article...

February 2015

NHMRC Research Tracker - 20 February 2015

2015 Project Grant – CI time commitment table NO LONGER REQUIRED

Based on feedback, we have decided to REMOVE the “CI time commitment” table because it is needlessly complex. This change is effective immediately; applicants do not need to complete this table.

Feedback is always welcome.

Key application dates

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Apply now: NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowships

Early career postdoctoral researchers from a range of science and health fields are encouraged to apply for the NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowships. Applications close 11 March. Anticipated acceptance and commencement dates of grants are now available on the NHMRC website.

Applying for a Project Grant?

Applications close at 5pm AEDT 18 March. Applicants are reminded:

  • That if you did not start an application and complete minimum data requirements prior to 18 February you will not be able to start an application in RGMS.
  • That late submission of full applications will not be accepted.
  • To confirm eligibility to apply (using the Eligibility Checklist in RGMS) before finalising applications.

When to cull next year: consultation deadline extended, have your say

NHMRC wants to hear your views about the timing of the NFFC process and duration of Project Grants. The consultation has been extended to close on 3pm AEDST 27 March 2015, which is after the Project Grants application deadline. Further information.

Note Project Grants Assigners Academy and Grant Review Panel (GRP) Membership update

Approximately 60% of potential Assigners Academy and GRP members have accepted the preliminary invitation to take part in the 2015 Project Grants peer review process. Finalisation of membership will occur after the close of the round on 18 March when application numbers are known.

Note changes to assessment of early career researchers (ECRs) for Project Grants

The NHMRC Project Grants Category Descriptors were amended this year to encourage and support the inclusion of ECRs as part of the Chief Investigator team. Further information.

Read additional advice on how to prepare career disruption claim for Project Grants application

Further information.

Notice for current 6th year research fellows on correct ‘Application Type’ selection in RGMS

Current 6th year research fellows wishing to apply for a Research Fellowship either at their current level or higher are reminded that they should select the Application Type ‘Reapplication’ before choosing the appropriate level of fellowship rather than ‘Reapplication with Promotion’.

Note upcoming NHMRC- National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Joint Call for Research

This joint call for research will open on 4 March. Applications should focus on the prediction and treatment of Type 2 diabetes in both Australian and Chinese populations using intervention trials. Further information will soon be available on the NHMRC website.

Note upcoming NHMRC Targeted Call for Research into Genomics

This TCR will open on 11 March. NHMRC intends to support a single, multidisciplinary, nationally focussed grant of up to $25 million over five years through this call. Further information will soon be available on the NHMRC website.

Note NHMRC Women in Health Science Committee update

NHMRC welcomes two additional members to the Women in Health Science Committee: Professor Deborah White from SAHMRI and Professor Dawn Freshwater from UWA. Further information.

Submit your nomination for NHMRC Ethics Award 2015

Nominations for the 2015 NHMRC Ethics Award, which recognises outstanding Australians for their contributions to high ethical standards in health and medical research, close 5pm AEDT 27 March. Further information.

Save the date: 4th annual Research Translation Faculty symposium

This year’s symposium, “Policy and Research: Working together to improve the health of Australians” will be held in Sydney on 27-28 October. More information will be available soon.

View progress on clinical trials reform

Further information.

Note clinical trials targeted consultations underway

NHMRC is currently conducting the following targeted consultations:

  • Assessment of the feasibility of establishing a Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) credentialing system in Australia. Consultation ends 2 March. Further information.
  • Arrangements for safety monitoring and reporting of clinical trials in Australia. Consultation ends 6 March. Further information.

Note Research Committee activities update

On 19-20 February, Research Committee met to discuss:

  • NHMRC’s Future Funding Strategies, including Fellowships
  • MREA Budget Allocations for 2015
  • NHMRC Administering Institution Policy
  • Draft NHMRC Corporate Plan 2015-2019
  • Program Grant Category Descriptors
  • Funding Recommendations for the NHMRC/Californian Institute for Regenerative Medicine Collaborative Research Grants Scheme

Research Committee will next meet by teleconference on 26 March.

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

See full article...

NHMRC Research Tracker - 6 February 2015

Key application dates

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Note minimum data deadlines: Project Grant and Centres of Research Excellence

Minimum data requirements for these applications must be met and entered in RGMS by 5:00pm AEDT on the following dates:

  • Project Grants – 18 February
  • Centres of Research Excellence – 4 March

Applications cannot be created after these dates and will not be accepted if they are missing the required data or use placeholder text as at these deadlines. Further information.

Apply now: NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health – Partnership Projects 2015 Peer Review Cycle #1

The Partnership Projects 2015 round opened on 28 January 2015. Applications can be submitted at any time throughout the year, however, the cut off for applications to be reviewed in the first cycle is fast approaching.

Detailed information is available on the NHMRC website.

View the NHMRC Peer Review Honour Roll

NHMRC is immensely grateful for the contributions of the thousands of researchers each year who voluntarily give their time to be a part of our grant assessment processes. Their efforts are essential to the work of the NHMRC, to ensure we are able to fund the best research and that our peer review processes are rigorous and high quality. In appreciation of their work, NHMRC has published the 2014 Peer Review Honour Roll, recognising all those who contributed their time and expertise to the assessment of over 5000 applications last year. For the CEO’s thoughts on peer review, see item below.

Read NHMRC CEO piece on peer review – maintaining trust in research funding decisions

This article was published in the 2 February edition of the Medical Journal of Australia. Further information.

Read NHMRC CEO piece: Health and medical researchers for the future – what does Australia need?

This a personal perspective from the CEO on the role of Australia’s health and medical research workforce and is a precursor to discussions, and broad consultation, on the future of NHMRC fellowship schemes. Further information. The CEO would like to hear from you on this topic. Email him at: ceo@nhmrc.gov.au

Submit your views on possible changes to the Project Grants scheme

NHMRC is interested in your views about the timing of the NFFC and duration of funding support. Submissions close 3pm AEDT 24 February. Further information.

Submit your views on large scale international collaborations in dementia research

As part of the Boosting Dementia Research Initiative, NHMRC will be encouraging Australian researchers to participate in major international dementia research collaborations (e.g. EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research). For now, NHMRC is seeking the views of researchers on such collaborations. Send your suggestions to: dementia.research@nhmrc.gov.au

New word count tool to help applicants meet RGMS character limits

This tool is now available on the NHMRC website. Many conventional programs (e.g. MS Word, Adobe PDF) use a different character counting method to RGMS.

View updated RGMS User Guide – Assigner and Assessment Processes

Further information. Feedback can be sent to rgmstraining@nhmrc.gov.au

HRECs and Certified Institutions: submit your annual report by COB 30 April

Certified Institutions and Human Research Ethics Committees registered with NHMRC are required to submit annual reports. You can access the 2014 annual report form using the link provided to you by email from ORIMA Research on 2 February. If your HREC/Institution did not receive this email, please contact: hrec.reports@nhmrc.gov.au

Clinical trials safety monitoring and reporting targeted consultation

NHMRC is conducting a targeted consultation on requirements for safety monitoring and reporting of clinical trials in Australia, ending 6 March. Further information.

Are you interested in attending the NHMRC / A*STAR Joint Scientific Symposium on obesity and metabolic diseases?

Expressions of interest are invited from health and medical researchers who would like to attend the NHMRC/A*STAR Joint Scientific Symposium: Molecular Mechanisms of Obesity and Metabolic Diseases in Sydney on 17-18 March. Further information.

Submit an entry to NHMRC Science to Art competition 2015

NHMRC’s Science to Art Awards recognise outstanding images from NHMRC-funded research. Applications close today 5pm AEDT 6 February. Further information.

Submit your nomination for NHMRC Ethics Award 2015

Nominations for NHMRC’s 2015 NHMRC Ethics Award, which recognises outstanding Australians for their contributions to high ethical standards in health and medical research, close 5pm AEST 27 March. Information about the award and an online nomination form is available from the NHMRC website.

Update on Principal Committee Indigenous Caucus (PCIC) activities

On 22 January the Principal Committee Indigenous Caucus met to discuss:

  • Strategic approaches to Indigenous health research and researchers
  • Tripartite Agreement
  • Research Translation Faculty and Cases for Action
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian Guide to Healthy Eating
  • Draft principles for accessing and using publicly-funded data for health research
  • Review of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, 2007
  • Research Translation in Indigenous Health

PCIC will next meet on 30 April. Further information.

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...

January 2015

NHMRC Research Tracker - 23 January 2015

Key application dates

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Note Project Grants minimum data deadline

Minimum data requirements must be met and entered in RGMS by 5:00pm AEDT 18 February. Applications without the correct information by this date will not be accepted. Further information.

Apply now: NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowships

Early career postdoctoral researchers from a range of science and health fields are encouraged to apply for the NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowships. Applications close 11 March. Clarifications have been made to the funding rules (Sections Q5.1 and Q. Attachment D.2). Further information.

Note applicant response (rebuttal) period for Dementia Research Team Grants

The rebuttal period for Dementia Research Team Grants will commence on 28 January. Applicants will have until 23:59pm AEDT 4 February to submit their response in RGMS.

Have you had your say on possible changes to the Project Grants scheme?

NHMRC is interested in your views about the timing of the NFFC and duration of funding support. Submissions close 3pm AEDT 24 February. Further information.

Advice on how to complete Project Grants 2015 Chief Investigator Time Commitment table

In response to queries about the amount of information applicants should supply in the ‘CI Time Commitment to this Proposal’ table, advice has been developed to minimise confusion. Further information.

Guide to RGMS user interface changes

Following the recent RGMS upgrade there have been a number of changes to the RGMS user interface. Of note: application pages are now contained within the dropdown menu on the Application Properties tab. Further information:

Are you interested in attending the NHMRC / A*STAR Joint Scientific Symposium on obesity and metabolic diseases?

Expressions of interest are invited from health and medical researchers who would like to attend the NHMRC/A*STAR Joint Scientific Symposium: Molecular Mechanisms of Obesity and Metabolic Diseases in Sydney on 17-18 March. Further information.

Early notice: possible Joint Call for Research with the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

NHMRC and the NSFC may soon call for applications focused on the prediction and treatment of Type 2 diabetes in Australian and Chinese populations using intervention trials. The anticipated partnership with NSFC is aimed at stimulating the establishment and strengthening of collaborations between Australian and Chinese research teams. Further information will soon be available on the NHMRC website.

Submit an entry to NHMRC Science to Art competition 2015

NHMRC’s Science to Art Awards recognise outstanding images from NHMRC-funded research. Applications close 5pm AEDT 6 February. Further information.

FOR YOUR INTEREST

Recent media releases

Follow NHMRC research in the news

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

See full article...

NHMRC Research Tracker - 9 January 2015

Key application dates

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Apply now: NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowships

Early career postdoctoral researchers in dementia and researchers from a range of science and health fields are encouraged to apply for the NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowships. Applications close 11 March. Further information.

Submit your feedback: Project Grants scheme – timing of NFFC and duration of grants

Provide your views on elements of the Project Grants scheme, including the Not For Further Consideration (NFFC) process and the duration of funding support. Submissions close 3pm AEDT 24 February. Further information.

Update your Profile and CV data in RGMS

With schemes opening soon in RGMS, please update your RGMS Profile and CV and familiarise yourself with changes to the user interface following the recent RGMS upgrade.

New RGMS password requirements

NHMRC’s RGMS Password Policy will be changing from 12 January to comply with new Whole of Australian Government IT security requirements. Users should note new password expiration changes and new password complexity requirements. Further information.

Start preparing your Project Grants New Investigator eligibility form

The New Investigator online form is now available ahead of the opening of the Project Grants funding round on 14 January. All fields are mandatory, including an RGMS application ID. 

All CIAs applying as a New Investigator and/or as a Cancer Australia Young Investigator must complete the online form, which can be submitted between 14 January and 5pm AEDT 21 January. Late submissions not accepted. Further information.

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

Preliminary invitations have been sent to potential Academy and GRP members. Additional invitations may be sent as needed.

Note planned Targeted Call for Research on new and emerging health threats

NHMRC is considering a targeted call for funding to support research aiming to address new and emerging health threats. This was a Major Health Issue identified in the NHMRC Strategic Plan 2013-15. The two foci of this potential TCR are:

  • Developing research protocols for a national or global infectious disease emergency
  • Identifying gaps in new and emerging infectious disease research.

Further information.

View presentations from the NHMRC and Department of Industry’s Commercialisation workshop

On 13-14 November 2014, NHMRC and the Department of Industry held a joint networking function and workshop for health and medical researchers to connect with and learn from commercialisation leaders and advisors. View the summary, presentations and photos.

Submit an entry to NHMRC Science to Art competition 2015

NHMRC’s Science to Art Awards recognise outstanding images from NHMRC-funded research. Applications close 5pm AEDT 6 February. Further information.

Update on Research Committee activities

On 16 December 2014, RC met by teleconference to discuss:

  • NHMRC/UK NIHR Collaborative Research Grant Scheme Funding Recommendation
  • The Program Grant Scheme eligibility and investigators’ time commitment
  • The Boosting Dementia Research Initiative

RC will next meet face-to-face on the 19-20 February 2015.

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From the CEO

Recent media releases

Follow NHMRC research in the news

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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December 2014

NHMRC Research Tracker - 12 December 2014

Submit your feedback: Project Grants scheme – timing of NFFC and duration of grants

Provide your views on elements of the Project Grants scheme, including the Not For Further Consideration (NFFC) process and the duration of funding support. Submissions close 3pm AEDT 24 February. Further information.

Project Grants and Centres of Research Excellence Funding Rules available 17 December

Funding Rules and supporting documents for the 2015 rounds of Projects Grants and Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) will be released on Wednesday 17 December 2014. NHMRC Funding Rules, NHMRC Advice and Instructions to Applicants and Guide to NHMRC Peer Review have also been updated. Note:

  • later opening and closing dates in RGMS;
  • minimum data requirements;
  • revised Indigenous assessment criteria (NHMRC Indigenous Research Excellence Criteria); and
  • revised eligibility processes for Project Grant New Investigators.

Refer to the NHMRC website from 17 December for further details, including key changes.

The NHMRC funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Note Project Grants New Investigator eligibility process 2015

Applicants intending to apply as a New Investigator or as a Cancer Australia Young Investigator are required to complete an online form in addition to their application.

Information on the process and the online form will be available on the NHMRC website from 17 December.

Note Research Help Centre hours: December 2014 – January 2015

The Research Help Centre (RHC) will close at 5pm AEDT on 24 December and re-open at 9am AEDT on 5 January 2015. Further information.

Read CEO diary on A better way – NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres

Interviews for AHRTCs were conducted this week. Further information.

Read CEO diary on NHMRC peer review – debunking the myth of mates funding mates

Further information.

Read how NHMRC peer review interacts with ethical review

This document clarifies links between NHMRC peer review and ethical review by an institutional ethics committee. View here (PDF, 421KB)

View Women in Health Science presentation

“Addressing the loss of women from medical research – NHMRC’s plans”, was delivered by NHMRC at the Academy of Science’s Science in Australia Gender Equality (SAGE) workshop on 25 and 26 November. Further information.

The 2014 funding outcomes by gender are also now online. Further information.

Note major genomics research call planned

NHMRC is considering a targeted call for funding related to the application of genomics in the health system. Further information.

Watch webinar on dementia research presented by Prof John Hardy UCL

NHMRC recently hosted world renowned Alzheimer’s disease researcher Professor John Hardy, who gave a seminar on current international trends in dementia research. Further information.

Submit an entry to NHMRC Science to Art competition 2015

NHMRC’s Science to Art Awards recognise outstanding images from NHMRC-funded research. Applications close 5pm AEDT 6 February 2015. Further information.

View updated NHMRC Open Access Policy

NHMRC has made some minor editorial changes to its Open Access Policy to improve clarity. There is no change to the Policy’s substantive intent. Further information.

Update on Embryo Research Licensing Committee (ERLC) activities

ERLC met on 26 September 2014 to progress its business including:

  • Consideration of an application for a licence to use excess ART embryos for training in embryo biopsy
  • Consideration of 13 variations to previously issued licences
  • Importation of stem cells derived from parthenogenetic embryos

ERLC will meet in December 2014 and is expected to meet two more times before the end of the triennium.

 

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From the CEO

Recent media releases

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NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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November 2014

NHMRC Research Tracker - 28 November 2014

Project Grants: different timings for the 2015 round

For Project Grants 2015 round, funding rules will be available as usual in mid-December 2014, but RGMS itself will not open for applications until 14 January 2015 to allow time for thorough testing following the recent RGMS upgrade.

Applications will close a little later than usual on 18 March 2015. NHMRC regrets any inconvenience these changes may cause. Further information.

Read CEO Diary on applying for funding when success rates are low

Professor Warwick Anderson explores researchers’ concerns of “whether it’s all worth it”. Further information.

RGMS update

NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) is back online following the October-November upgrade. A summary of key changes and comprehensive training materials are available here and on the RGMS Training page. For further assistance contact your Research Administration Officer or the NHMRC’s Research Help Centre.

Unsubmitted applications for 2014 funding rounds to be deleted from RGMS

Download a snapshot before 12 December if you wish to keep your unsubmitted applications for the closed 2014 funding rounds. For further instructions refer to Section 4, steps 1 and 5 through 8 of the RGMS User Guide – Applying for Grants (PDF, 3.3MB).

World Dementia Envoy public lectures

The World Dementia Envoy, Dr Dennis Gillings CBE, is visiting Australia and will hold public lectures in Canberra (Care, cost, and cure: the global dementia challenge – NHMRC Offices, 6pm 1 Dec) and Melbourne (Towards an action plan for a cure for dementia - 3 Dec). His visit is being hosted by the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research and Alzheimer’s Australia. Register now to attend the free Canberra lecture.

Nominate for NHMRC Council and Principal Committees 2015-2018 triennium

NHMRC and the Department of Health are calling for expressions of interest for appointment to NHMRC Council and Principal Committees for the 2015-2018 triennium. Applications close 12 December. Further information

Submit an entry to NHMRC Science to Art competition 2015

NHMRC’s Science to Art Awards recognise outstanding images from medical research. Applications close 5pm AEDT 6 February 2015. Further information.

Read NHMRC’s statement of support for the AllTrials campaign

On 27 November, NHMRC released a statement in support of the principles behind the AllTrials campaign, which calls for all past and present clinical trials to be registered and their results reported, to reduce research duplication and legitimise trial results. Further information.

View presentations from the NHMRC and Department of Industry’s Commercialisation workshop

On 13-14 November, NHMRC and the Department of Industry held a joint networking function and workshop for health and medical researchers to connect with and learn from commercialisation leaders and advisors. View the summary, presentations and photos.

Read latest annual reports on activities of Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) and NHMRC Certified Institutions for 2013

Update on Research Committee activities

On 20 November Research Committee met to discuss:

  • NHMRC funding schemes
  • Indigenous health research – implementation of Road Map II
  • Data sharing
  • NHMRC Administering Institution Policy
  • Update on funding schemes and grant announcements
  • Funding recommendations:
    • Development Grants
    • Program Grants 
    • Global Alliance for Chronic Disease

RC will next meet by teleconference on 10 December.

 

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 14 November 2014

Note RGMS upgrade

The upgrade has been successfully completed and RGMS will be online again from 9am tomorrow. A summary of key changes and comprehensive training materials are available here and on the RGMS Training page. NHMRC appreciates the patience of the research community throughout the upgrade.

The Research Help Centre (RHC) will be open 10am to 2pm AEDT on Saturday 15 November and Sunday 16 November, in addition to its normal operating hours, to provide support for RAOs and researchers. To contact the RHC or report any difficulties, email help@nhmrc.gov.au or phone 1800 500 983.

Read new advice on grant variations and transfers

NHMRC is simplifying the way some variations and transfers between institutions are managed. These changes will take effect from 14 November. View the updated variation advice on the NHMRC website.

Note Dementia Research Team Grants: rebuttal period

We expect to release Assessors Reports for applications in the last week of January 2015. Applicants will have seven calendar days to submit their rebuttal/Applicant Response. Further information (PDF, 452KB).

Read updates on initiatives to improve clinical trials

  • A report on a ‘Good Practice Process’ for the site assessment and authorisation phases of clinical trials research governance. Further information
  • A report on the concept for a national application form for research involving humans. Further information
  • An updated review of laws and regulations for research involving humans in Australia. Further information

On today: Illuminating the Pathways to Commercialisation workshop

Health and medical researchers are participating in an NHMRC and the Department of Industry’s joint commercialisation workshop today.

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October 2014

NHMRC Research Tracker - 31 October 2014

Last chance to register for the NHMRC Research Translation Faculty Symposium

Register now to attend the Symposium on 12-13 November in Melbourne. The focus this year is about how better translating the results of research can lead to improved health outcomes for Australians living with chronic conditions. In a first for the Symposium, the final session will be aired on ABC Radio National.

Key funding dates for 2015: now online

The NHMRC funding calendar has been updated to include key dates for NHMRC’s 2015 funding schemes. Please note that application periods have changed for some schemes due to the RGMS upgrade. Further information.

Last chance to register for the commercialisation networking function and workshop

Registrations for health and medical researchers to attend a commercialisation networking function and workshop on 13-14 November in Melbourne are closing soon. Agenda, registrations and further information.

RGMS offline

NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) is offline until 15 November 2014 while NHMRC upgrades the system. For assistance during the offline period contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983 (+61 2 6217 9451 for international callers) or at help@nhmrc.gov.au . Further information.

Preview upgraded version of RGMS

NHMRC has extended the test and preview period for the upgraded version until 14 November. Updated RGMS user guides and eLearning courses are also available for users to trial during this period. Login to www.rgmstest2.nhmrc.gov.au using your current RGMS details. Further information.

Ebola virus research – thank you for your input

NHMRC’s CEO would like to thank members of the Australian research community for participating in a discussion on how Australia could assist international Ebola virus research efforts on a 28 October 2014 teleconference. Arrangements are being finalized for research in this area. Watch Research Tracker for future plans to be announced shortly.

Read about review of independent Medical Research Institutes (iMRIs)

Minister for Health Peter Dutton this week announced that the Australian Government will conduct a review of iMRIs. The review panel includes NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson. Further information.

Submit your views on dementia research priorities

NHMRC’s survey on dementia research and translation priorities will open on Monday 3 November and close 10 November 2014. Survey and further information.

This is part of a comprehensive consultation that will inform the strategic roadmap of the NHMRC National Institute of Dementia Research.

Read summary of changes to grant variations and transfers

NHMRC is simplifying the way some variations and transfers between institutions are managed. These changes will take effect from 14 November. View a summary of the changes and new instructions for variations on the NHMRC website.

Update on the implementation of the Defence Trade Controls Act

The Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb AC, Chair of the Defence Export Controls Steering Group, has released a statement providing an update of the implementation of the Act. Further information.

Note NHMRC website improvements

NHMRC will release improvements to the NHMRC website on 6 November. The changes address feedback from researchers and health professionals and include streamlined navigation and an improved search function. To provide feedback, please email nhmrc.webmaster@nhmrc.gov.au.

Read NHMRC Research Funding Facts Book 2013

NHMRC has released the 2013 edition of the funding facts book which features statistics on the outcomes of the 2013 NHMRC application rounds, as well as historical statistical information. Further information.

Update on Research Committee activities

On 29 October, RC met by teleconference to discuss:

  • NHMRC’s research funding schemes and assessment processes
  • Postgraduate Scholarships funding recommendations

RC will next meet face-to-face on 20 - 21 November.

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 17 October 2014

Read CEO Diary on October grants announcement

NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson provides a breakdown of the outcomes from today’s grants announcement. Further information.

View outcomes of grant announcement

The Australian Government today announced outcomes for 773 NHMRC grants totaling $539.8 million. Further information.

Remember RGMS closure

RGMS will remain open until midnight AEST 21 October and will then be offline from 22 October – 14 November 2014 inclusive for the scheduled RGMS upgrade.

Preview upgraded version of RGMS

Preview the upgraded version of RGMS between now and 24 October. Updated RGMS user guides and eLearning courses are also available for users to trial during this period. Further information

Register your interest – Ebola virus – urgent

NHMRC’s CEO is interested to hear from researchers who would like to participate in a discussion on how Australia could assist international Ebola research efforts. Email ceo@nhmrc.gov.au, by COB Thursday 23 October 2014.

Read ARC policy on research that may intersect with NHMRC

NHMRC considers research applications in all areas relevant to human health. Some research activities potentially intersect with both ARC and NHMRC responsibilities. Read the ARC’s updated policy which details the research at this juncture that may be eligible for ARC support.

NHMRC Research Translation Faculty Symposium: Register now

Only three weeks left until the 3rd annual Research Translation Faculty Symposium to be held on 12-13 November at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. View the full programme online. Registrations and further information.

Register your interest in providing input into dementia research priorities

As part of the Boosting Dementia Research measure, NHMRC is seeking views on dementia research and translation priorities to inform the strategic roadmap for the new NHMRC National Institute of Dementia Research. Register your interest and further information.

Read about NHMRC’s international research engagement

Information on these activities is available on the NHMRC website.

Learn from Prof John Shine, Dr Alan Finkel and other leaders in commercialisation

Health and medical researchers are encouraged to register to attend NHMRC and the Department of Industry’s commercialisation networking function and workshop on 13-14 November in Melbourne. Registrations and further information.

View revised Guide to the care and use of Australian native mammals in research and teaching

Further information.

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 3 October 2014

Key grant application dates for 2014

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Research Help Centre: closed 6 October

The RHC will be closed on Monday 6 October (Labour Day public holiday). Otherwise, normal opening hours apply (9am to 5pm AEST/AEDT Monday to Friday).

RGMS outage: 20 October – 14 November

Due to the impending upgrade of RGMS, the system will be unavailable from 20 October to 14 November. This means that RGMS will be inaccessible to all users including researchers, administrators and NHMRC staff.

The upgrade aims to provide a more streamlined interface and ensure ongoing support from software vendors, which will ensure NHMRC can continue to provide timely support for grants management.

Researchers and RAOs will be able to preview the upgraded version of RGMS from 13-24 October 2014, before it goes live on 15 November 2014. Updated RGMS user guides and eLearning courses will also be available to trial during this period. Further information.

Save the date: next grants announcement between 10 – 17 October

Outcomes for Project Grants, Early Career Fellowships, Career Development Fellowships, TRIP Fellowships, Centres for Research Excellence and Partnership Projects will be announced between 10 and 17 October.

Learn tricks of the trade from AusIndustry Experts

Health and medical researchers will discuss strategies to ensure commercial success from experienced AusIndustry experts at NHMRC and the Department of Industry’s joint commercialisation workshop on 14 November. Registrations and further information.

Update on Research Committee activities

On 25-26 September, Research Committee met to discuss:

  • NHMRC’s Research Funding Schemes.
  • NHMRC’s approach to Grant reporting and grant variations.
  • Indigenous Health research.
  • Funding Recommendations for:
    • Project Grants
    • Career Development Fellowships
    • Early Career Fellowships
    • Translation of Research into Practice Fellowships
    • Centres of Research Excellence
    • Partnership Projects (First Call for 2014 for Funding Commencing in 2014)

RC will next meet on 29 October 2014.

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September 2014

NHMRC Research Tracker - 19 September 2014

Research Help Centre: closed 29 September and 6 October

The RHC will be closed on Monday 29 September (Family and Community Day public holiday) and Monday 6 October (Labour Day public holiday). Apart from these closures, normal opening hours apply (9am to 5pm AEST/AEDT Monday to Friday).

NHMRC Research Translation Faculty Symposium: early bird registrations end soon

Early bird rates end on 30 September for the 3rd annual Research Translation Faculty Symposium to be held on 12-13 November at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. View the full program online. Registrations and further information

Submit your feedback on revised list of standard clinical trial items

Deadline for submissions is 5pm AEDT 31 October. This list was developed following stakeholder consultation. Once the public consultation period has closed, the revised list will be used by the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority to determine national efficient prices for the listed clinical trial items. Further information

Network with commercialisation leaders

Register now for a commercialisation networking function and workshop on 13-14 November. Featuring a keynote address by Professor John Shine, the networking function provides a unique opportunity for enterprising health and medical researchers to connect with leaders in the field. Registrations and further information

Read Questions and Answers on NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres

NHMRC has updated the Questions and Answers regarding its call for submissions for NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres. Submissions due by 7pm AEST Tuesday 30 September. Further information

Key grant application dates for 2014

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Dementia Research Team Grants: submit your minimum data and CIA residency waiver requests

The deadline for minimum data and CIA residency waiver requests is 5pm AEST 24 September. Applicants are advised to carefully review the additional eligibility criteria (Section O5.4) for this round when completing their minimum data.

Late submissions and applications that do not meet the minimum data requirements will not be accepted. Further information

Applicants should also complete the Privacy subsection in A-PA: Part A Home of their RGMS application form.

Consultation opportunity: Dementia research priorities

As part of the Boosting Dementia Research measure, NHMRC is seeking views on dementia research and translation priorities from researchers, clinicians, dementia patients and their carers. The identified priorities will inform the strategic roadmap for the new NHMRC National Institute of Dementia Research. Further information

RGMS offline: 20 October to 14 November

RGMS will be offline between 20 October and 14 November while NHMRC upgrades the underlying software and supporting hardware. A quick guide to the new version of RGMS is now available.

Register for the ARC/NHMRC RAO Seminar 3-4 December

The Australian Research Council (ARC) and NHMRC, in association with the Australasian Research Management Society, will be hosting the annual Research Administrators’ Seminar on 3 and 4 December in Canberra. Places are limited. Registrations and agenda

Invitation to self-nominate for NHMRC Peer Review Panels for the 2015 application round

Researchers are invited to self-nominate to be considered for a NHMRC peer review panel, through RGMS. Nominations are now open for:

  • Project Grants
  • Program Grants
  • Research Fellowships
  • Practitioner Fellowships
  • Centres of Research Excellence
  • Partnership Projects
  • Career Development Fellowships
  • Translating Research into Practice Fellowships
  • Early Career Fellowships
  • Postgraduate Scholarships

Nominations will close on 15 October. Interested researchers can view the Guiding Principles of NHMRC Peer Review Panel Membership Nomination and Appointments here. Please consider your qualifications and select schemes appropriate to your stage of career. View full instructions (PDF, 2.4MB)

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 5 September 2014

Read CEO Diary on upholding high expectations of peer review

NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson discusses how NHMRC maintains high standards of peer review and why this is so important. Further information.

Key grant application dates for 2014

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

RGMS offline: 20 October to 15 November

RGMS will be offline between 20 October and 15 November while NHMRC upgrades the underlying software and supporting hardware. A quick reference guide to what is changing is now available.

Track progress of Project Grants applications

  • 6 weeks of GRPs conclude today
  • 37 panels met from 28 July to 5 September to review approximately 3800 applications
  • Outcomes of applications will be advised between 10 and 15 October following Ministerial approval

Project Grants Assigners Academy

Thank you to members of the Assigners Academy who responded to the survey on the process for assigning external assessors to applications.

Gender equity responses

Thank you to all institutions which provided responses.

Development Grants rebuttals

Invitations to submit rebuttals will be issued between 1 and 12 September. Development Grant applicants will have up to 10 calendar days to prepare and submit their rebuttal. Late rebuttals will not be accepted. 

Consultation opportunity: Dementia research priorities

NHMRC is seeking views on dementia research and translation priorities from researchers, clinicians, dementia patients and their carers. The identified priorities will inform the strategic roadmap for the new NHMRC National Institute of Dementia Research. Further information.

View Peer Review Guidelines for Dementia Research Team Grants

Applicants should read this document in conjunction with the scheme specific Funding Rules and Advice and Instructions to Applicants. Further information.

NHMRC – EU Collaborative Research Grants: View 2015 Horizon 2020 calls eligible for NHMRC support

Further information.

View outcomes of NHMRC grants announcement

On 29 August, the Minister for Health, Peter Dutton, announced funding for four Mental Health Targeted Calls for Research aimed at preventing youth suicide in Indigenous communities, along with 17 Practitioner Fellowships and 74 Research Fellowships. Further information.

Read summary of changes to grant variations and transfers

NHMRC is simplifying the way some variations and transfers between institutions are managed. These changes will take effect from 14 November. View a summary of the changes and new instructions for variations on the NHMRC website.

Prof John Shine and Dr Alan Finkel to headline Commercialisation events

Health and medical researchers are encouraged to register to attend NHMRC and the Department of Industry’s commercialisation networking function and workshop on 13-14 November in Melbourne. Registrations and further information.

Register for the ARC/NHMRC RAO Seminar 3-4 December

The Australian Research Council (ARC) and NHMRC, in association with the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS), will be hosting the annual Research Administrators’ Seminar. This event will be held at the National Convention Centre in Canberra on 3 and 4 December. Registrations and further information.

Read Questions and Answers on NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres

NHMRC continues to update the Questions and Answers regarding its call for submissions for NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres. Submissions due by 7:00pm AEST Tuesday 30 September. Further information.

Update on Research Committee activities

On 3 September, RC met by teleconference to discuss:

  • Project Grants GRP survey

RC will next meet face to face on 25-26 September.

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August 2014

NHMRC Research Tracker - 22 August 2014

Key grant application dates for 2014

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

RGMS offline: 20 October to 15 November

RGMS will be offline between 20 October and 15 November while NHMRC upgrades the underlying software and supporting hardware. Further information.

Partnership Projects update: Future rounds

Partnership Projects will reopen in January 2015 as a continuous call, following the RGMS upgrade.

Further details on the 2015 continuous call will be available on the NHMRC website closer to January.

Partnership Projects 2014 First Call: Not for further consideration (NFFC) outcomes

NFFC outcomes will be provided to applicants in September. Outcomes of applications that have been assessed by GRPs will be advised in late 2014.

Project Grants GRP panel briefing

The panel briefing given to GRP members on Monday 11 August is now available to view on the NHMRC website

Track progress on Project Grant applications

  • 20 panels met between July 28 and August 22 (Weeks 1 – 4) to review approximately 1650 applications
  • NFFC outcomes were provided via RGMS to applicants on 14 August. 59.8% of applications proceeded to assessment by GRPs
  • Detailed information on the 2014 Project Grants NFFC process and criteria is available on the NHMRC website.
  • Outcomes of successful and unsuccessful applications that have been assessed by GRPs will be advised in October, following Ministerial approval

2014 Development Grants applicant response rebuttal period

The anticipated applicant response period is 1 - 12 September. Once NHMRC has received all assessor reports for applications, applicants will be notified by email and will have up to 10 days to complete their rebuttal response.

View updated RGMS training materials

RGMS Training materials are available from the NHMRC website.

Recent changes to these materials include:

Reminder for institutions to submit gender equity responses

Friday 29 August is the deadline for Institution responses to the NHMRC CEO’s letter regarding support for gender equity.

Register to attend the Commercialisation Networking Function and Workshop

Registrations are open for health and medical researchers to attend a commercialisation networking function and workshop on 13-14 November in Melbourne. Further information.

View updated Research Translation Faculty Symposium programme

Register now to receive early bird registration rates for the NHMRC Research Translation Faculty Symposium in Melbourne in November. Further information.

Update on Embryo Research Licensing Committee (ERLC) activities

ERLC met on 20 June to progress work, including:

  • Consideration of 10 variations to previously issued licences
  • Discussion about potential changes to the standard conditions which apply to all licences

ERLC is expected to meet two more times before the end of 2014.

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 8 August 2014

Key grant application dates for 2014

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

View the Project Grants GRP panel briefing live

The panel briefing given to GRP members on Monday morning of each week of the GRP meetings will be streamed live online at 9:00am on Monday, 11 August. The video will be available on demand from the website shortly afterwards.

Apply now: NHMRC Dementia Research Team Grants

Applicants must commence their application and provide the specified minimum data by 24 September. Applications initiated after this date will not be accepted. Further information.

Read update on Boosting Dementia Research initiative

Read about the latest developments and research opportunities relating to the Australian Government’s $200 million budget measure to boost dementia research on the NHMRC website.

Update on Project Grants GRPs

  • Two weeks of GRP meetings have been completed. Thirteen panels met from July 28 to August 8 to discuss approximately 830 applications.
  • NFFC outcomes will be provided via RGMS to applicants on 14 August. Outcomes of successful and unsuccessful applications that have been assessed by GRPs will be advised in October following Ministerial approval.

Read the 2014 Project Grants Peer Review overview

The GRP Process Summary document provided to all GRP members, Chairs, and Assistant Chairs is available on the NHMRC website.

Thanks to Assigners Academy

The 2014 Assigners Academy has now completed their duties for the 2014 Project Grants round. NHMRC thanks all members who have provided assistance this year. Some members may be invited to contribute to peer review of other NHMRC schemes.

Read Questions and Answers on NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres

NHMRC has published Questions and Answers regarding its call for submissions for NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres. Submissions due by 7:00pm AEST Tuesday 30 September. Further information.

Provide comment on the Draft Statement on Consumer Involvement in Health and Medical Research

The closing date for submissions is 5.00pm AEST 19 September. Further information.

Update on Women in Health Science

NHMRC has received many requests to extend the deadline for institution responses to the NHMRC CEO’s letter regarding support for gender equity. Consequently, the due date for responses has been extended to Friday 29 August. Comment is invited on:

  1. NHMRC’s criteria for analysis and assessment of current institutional policies.
  2. Suggestions for strengthening NHMRC’s Administering Institution policy to ensure maximum institution participation in addressing underrepresentation of women in health and medical research.

Further information on NHMRC’s work on Women in Health Science:

Read a review on indemnity and insurance for clinical trials

NHMRC has published a commissioned review of indemnity and insurance arrangements for clinical trials in Australia. Further information.

View updated list of national research facilities and networks

To view the list or to include your organisation on the list, visit the NHMRC website.

Update on Research Committee activities

On 5 August, RC met by teleconference to discuss:

  • Strategic directions for NHMRC’s funding and assessment strategy
  • Health inequalities in rural and remote Australia
  • Budget measure to Boost Dementia Research - update

RC will next meet on 3 September by teleconference.

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July 2014

NHMRC Research Tracker - 25 July 2014

Key grant application dates for 2014

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Tragic loss of Liliane Derden

Our friend and colleague Liliane Derden, who many of you will know, was on board Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.  Read NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson’s message to all staff.

Progress of Project Grant applications for weeks 1-3

  • Week 1 Grant Review Panels commence Monday 28 July

Progress of Project Grant applications for weeks 4-6

  • 1694 applications will be reviewed (8 applications withdrawn)
  • Almost 98% of applications received two external assessments
  • Spokespersons reports were received and rebuttal invitations sent for almost 99% of applications
  • Applicant Responses (rebuttals) have been received for almost 98% of applications

Update on Project Grants NFFC outcomes

NFFC outcomes will be provided to applicants mid-August where possible. Outcomes of successful and unsuccessful applications that have been assessed by GRPs will be advised in October following Ministerial approval. 

Call for submissions: NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres

NHMRC has established a new initiative that will allow outstanding centres of leadership in health research, translation, practice and training around Australia to be recognised as Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres. Apply now – submissions due by 7:00pm AEST Tuesday 30 September. Further information.

Women in Health Sciences (WiHS) Committee reminder for responses

NHMRC has received many requests to extend the deadline for institution responses to the NHMRC CEO’s letter regarding support for gender equity. Consequently, the due date for responses is now Friday 29 August. Comment is invited on:

  1. NHMRC’s criteria for analysis and assessment of current institutional policies.
  2. Suggestions for strengthening NHMRC’s Administering Institution policy to ensure maximum institution participation in addressing underrepresentation of women in health and medical research.

Register to attend 3rd Annual Research Translation Faculty (RTF) Symposium

Registrations for the 2014 RTF Symposium in Melbourne in November are now open. Further information.

Register to attend Illuminating the Pathways to Commercialisation workshop

Registrations are now open for enterprising health and medical researchers to attend a workshop on 14 November aimed at bridging the gap between proof-of-principle research and commercialisation. Further information.

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 11 July 2014

Key grant application dates for 2014

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Applications for Partnership Projects - 2014 Second Call: submit minimum data and Citizenship Waivers by 23 July

The following sections of the application form must be completed in RGMS by 5:00pm AEST 23 July. To be eligible, applicants must provide the following data:

  • A-PA Part A Home (specifically the Administering Institution, Application Title and Synopsis)
  • A-RC Research Classification
  • A-RT Research Team and Commitment (core team members if known)

Applications initiated after 23 July will not be accepted.

RAOs should not certify applications at the point of minimum data; applications should only be certified once complete and ready for submission.

Progress of Project Grant applications for weeks 1-3

  • 2106 applications will be reviewed (2 applications withdrawn)
  • 97% of applications received two external assessments
  • Rebuttals have been invited for all applications
  • 99% of Applicant Responses (rebuttals) have been received
  • NFFC lists (bottom 50% of applications) have been generated and provided to panel members to review

Progress of Project Grant applications for weeks 4-6

  • 1695 applications will be reviewed (7 applications withdrawn)
  • 97% of applications received two external assessments
  • Spokespersons reports have been received for 98% of applications
  • Rebuttals has been invited for 98% of applications
  • 89% of Applicant Responses (rebuttals) have been received

Update on Project Grants External Assessments

The external assessment phase for Project Grants is now complete. Almost 97% of applications received two written assessments; the remaining applications received one. NHMRC thanks those who contributed to this process – over 4,000 expert reviewers.

Statistics for completed External Assessor (EA) reports for the 2012-2014 Project Grants peer review process are as follows:

  2012 2013 2014
# of Applications received 3725 3917 3810
# of Individuals who provided an external assessment 4310 4513 4349
EAs completing 1 assessment (%) 57 59 60
EAs completing 2 assessments (%) 21 22 22
EAs completing 3 assessments (%) 11 9 9
EAs completing 4 assessments (%) 6 5 4
EAs completing 5 assessments (%) 3 2 2
EAs completing ≥6 assessments (%) 2 2 2

Thank you to members of the Assigners Academy for their dedication in identifying and approaching External Assessors to review Project Grant applications. 

Want to know how NHMRC Grant Review Panels work?

Further information.

Reminder to grantees

NHMRC has a legal agreement with all Administering Institutions that relies on the Research Administration Officer (RAO) being informed of all matters relating to grant administration. Researchers are reminded to contact their RAO for all Post-award Administration matters and not the NHMRC.

NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres

Applications will open early next week for NHMRC’s initiative to recognise outstanding centres of leadership in health research, translation, practice and training as Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres.  Information will be available on our website.

Update on NHMRC and ARC (Australian Research Council) activities

NHMRC and the ARC have been exploring ways to improve the consistency of policies and processes, including how to reduce duplication of effort when applying for both ARC and NHMRC grants, and improving information sharing between the two agencies for audit and other purposes.

Details of work currently underway is now available on the NHMRC website.

Read outcomes from the 20 June NHMRC Dementia Key Stakeholder Forum

Outcomes from the NHMRC Dementia Key Stakeholder Forum to inform implementation of the $200 million Boosting Dementia Research Initiative are now available on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC Research Translation Faculty Symposium: registrations opening soon

Early bird registrations for the Symposium on 12 -13 November in Melbourne will be opening soon. Further information.

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