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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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Recent media releases

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NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

 

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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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June 2014

NHMRC Research Tracker - 27 June 2014

Key grant application dates for 2014

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Change to RGMS Outage – now 5 July 2014

RGMS will now be offline for 17 hours on Saturday 5 July from 7 am until midnight AEST to perform this essential infrastructure maintenance. RGMS was originally scheduled to be offline for 12 hours on Saturday 28 June. However, due to NHMRC’s service provider not being able to provide the necessary resourcing to complete the work in time, the outage has now been rescheduled.

Users will not be able to access RGMS for the duration of the outage.

NHMRC regrets that this falls during the second applicant response (rebuttal) period for Project Grants. As a result;

  • no applicant responses will be due on 5 July; and
  • assessor comments will not be released after 12pm on Friday 4 July.

We regret the inconvenience to researchers and administrators.

Any questions regarding this outage should be directed to help@nhmrc.gov.au.

Applications for Partnership Projects - 2014 Second Call: Opens and Minimum Data and Citizenship Waivers deadline 23 July

The following sections of the application form must be completed in RGMS by 17:00 AEST on 23 July 2014. 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)

Failure to complete minimum data by the required date will render the application ineligible.

RAOs should not certify applications for the purpose 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
  • 97% of applications received two external assessments
  • Assessor comments have been sent for 100% of applications
  • 98% of applicants have submitted rebuttals.

Progress of Project Grant applications for weeks 4-6

  • 1698 applications will be reviewed
  • 97% of applications received two external assessments
  • Spokespersons reports have been received for 95% of applications
  • Assessor comments have been sent for 56% of applications

Project Grant External Assessments update

To date, almost 98% of Project Grant applications received two written assessments from external assessors: 

  • 13,232 invitations were sent
  • 7,516 (57%) invitations were accepted
  • 7,479 (99%) assessments were received

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

Project Grants applicant response (rebuttal) process

  • The second, and final, release period for assessor comments is 23 June - 2 July 2014. The exact date for release depends on NHMRC receiving 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.
  • No assessor comments will be released after 2pm on any weekday or at any time during a weekend.
  • Applicants have up to 10 days to submit their rebuttal.
  • Rebuttals received after 5pm on the due date will not be accepted.

Applicants who experience difficulties in submitting their rebuttal on a Saturday or Sunday (when NHMRC staff are unavailable to assist) must send an email to projects@nhmrc.gov.au, and copy in their RAO, prior to the assigned 5:00pm (AEST) deadline, attaching their rebuttal in the required format.

Fast facts on Project Grants Grant Review Panels (GRPs)

  • Chairs and Assistant Chairs have been confirmed for all 37 GRPs
  • Allocation of Early Career Observers to GRPs is almost complete

Interviews for Program Grants

Should a Program Grant applicant team have a preference for a specific time or date for interview, they must notify NHMRC prior to 1 July. Further information: Program Grant Funding Rules Section I7.1 Interviews. Please note: not all applications will be selected for interview.

Update clarifying NHMRC – EU scheme eligibility criteria

Further information.

Efforts underway to implement dementia research boost

NHMRC held a Dementia Key Stakeholder Forum on 20 June to seek ideas on how Australia could best direct its research efforts in dementia. Outcomes from the forum will help inform the implementation of the $200 million Boosting Dementia Research Initiative which was announced in the 2014-15 Federal Budget. Further information.

Women in Health Science (WiHS) Committee update

NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson and Dr Saraid Billiards, Director of Project Grants, discussed NHMRC's efforts and future actions to improve gender equity in Australian health and medical research. Further information.

The WiHS Committee met in Canberra on 16 June. Some issues considered were:

  • NHMRC’s role in encouraging institutions to have policies and practices in place to ensure gender equality
  • How NHMRC can foster the careers of women in health and medical research
  • NHMRC workshop in early 2015 that will seek a way forward.

NHMRC survey on the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) updated March 2014

NHMRC, Australian Research Council and Universities Australia thank all participants in the survey of the National Statement undertaken by ORIMA Research between November 2013 and February 2014. The survey results will inform the future development of ethical guidance for human research in Australia.

Further information on the working group involved in the ‘rolling review’ of the National Statement: NHMRC website.

Update on Research Committee activities

On 24 June, RC met to discuss:

  • Boosting Dementia Research Initiative
  • Targeted Call for Research on Obesity
  • Partnership Projects first call 2014 Peer Review Guidelines
  • Partnership Projects second call 2014 funding rules
  • Funding recommendations:
    - Research Fellowships for funding commencing in 2015
    - Practitioner Fellowships for funding commencing in 2015

RC will next meet on 17 July.

FOR YOUR INTEREST

From the CEO

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 13 June 2014

Key grant application dates for 2014

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Progress of Project Grant applications for weeks 1-3

  • 2107 applications will be reviewed
  • 96% of applications have received two external assessments
  • Assessor comments have been sent for 98% of applications

Progress of Project Grant applications for weeks 4-6

  • 1698 applications will be reviewed
  • 97% of applications have had one or more external assessments

To date, almost 97% of Project Grant applications have received two written assessments from external assessors. It is only due to the hard work and dedication of external assessors that NHMRC rigorous peer review remains of the highest quality. 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 for the release of assessor comments is 23 June - 2 July. The exact date for release depends on NHMRC receiving 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.
  • No assessor comments will be released after 2pm on any weekday or at any time during a weekend.
  • Applicants have up to 10 days to submit their rebuttal.

Applicants who experience difficulties submitting their rebuttal on a Saturday or Sunday (when NHMRC staff are unavailable to assist) must send an email to projects@nhmrc.gov.au outlining the issue, prior to the 5:00pm (AEST) deadline.

Read information on 2014 Project Grant NFFC criteria

Further information.

Confirm eligibility to apply for Development Grants

See sections A5, A13, A14 and K5 of NHMRC Funding Rules before finalising your application. Applications close 5:00pm (AEST) on 25 June. Late submissions will not be accepted.

View the list of Horizon 2020 calls eligible for the NHMRC-EU Collaborative Grants Scheme

Further information.

Postgraduate Scholarship applicants and RAOs: review eligibility for chosen category of award

Please check that the category and sub-category match the applicant’s academic qualifications, experience and research according to the scheme’s Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2015. Deadline for applications is 25 June.

Research Translation Faculty: seeking ideas from members on new and emerging health threats in Australia

Submit ideas for research translation on new and emerging health threats by 23 June. Further information: RTF website then click on the ‘Consultations’ tab.

Participate in consultation meetings on new Human Research Application Form

On behalf of NHMRC, Ms Tegan Cox, Roxsolt Pty Ltd, is conducting consultation meetings on the structure and content of the proposed replacement for the National Ethics Application Form. Details of the consultation meetings and how to be involved are available here (PDF, 153KB) and here (PDF, 125KB).

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From the CEO

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NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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May 2014

NHMRC Research Tracker - 30 May 2014

Key grant application dates for 2014

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Progress of Project Grant applications

Of the 3805 applications being reviewed:

  • 13,052 invitations to external assessors have been sent
  • 7,431 invitations have been accepted (57% of those invited)
  • Almost 98% of applications now have 1 or more assessment completed and 79% have two assessments completed

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

Submit your External Assessments

External Assessments for Project Grants are due today, Friday 30 May, unless you have been granted a deadline extension. Note that assessor names are disclosed to non-conflicted GRP members but not to applicants.

Project Grants Applicant Response (rebuttal) process

  • The first of two periods for the release of assessor comments is 2 – 11 June. The exact date for release of assessor comments depends on NHMRC receiving 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 have up to 10 days to lodge their rebuttal

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

Submit a data paper on public health datasets

The Enhancing Discoverability of Public Health and Epidemiology Research Data project commissioned by the Wellcome Trust and the Public Health Research Data Forum, of which the NHMRC is a member, is calling for data paper submissions.

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Open public consultations

Follow NHMRC research in the news

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 16 May 2014

Key grant application dates for 2014

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

From the CEO: outcomes of the 2014-15 Federal Budget for NHMRC

Further information.

RGMS outage 23 – 26 May

As part of a Government-wide initiative, NHMRC is required to transfer all of its IT infrastructure to a new data centre. This requires shutting down the NHMRC network from 5:00pm AEST Friday 23 May to 8:00am AEST Monday 26 May.

We regret that during this period users will not be able to access NHMRC websites, including RGMS.

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

Development Grant applications: minimum data and citizenship waivers deadline 28 May

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

Progress of Project Grant applications

Of the 3806 applications under review (four applications have been withdrawn):

  • 12,632 invitations to external assessors have been sent
  • 7,176 invitations have been accepted (57% of those invited)
  • almost 89% of applications now have one or more assessment completed and 53% have two assessments completed

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

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.

Find out when your Project Grants 2014 assessments will be available

View on the Project Grants webpage. Extensions will not be granted for rebuttals except in exceptional circumstances. Applicants are encouraged to liaise with their team and RAO to make alternative arrangements if required.

Final call for abstracts for Research Translation Faculty Symposium: closes 18 May

Further information. Registrations for the symposium are expected to open by early July.

Participate in clinical trials consultation process

As part of the Australian Government’s plan to streamline the conduct of clinical trials, NHMRC is currently conducting targeted consultations on:

  • ‘Good practice’ research governance processes for clinical trials; and
  • The structure and content of a new human research application form.

To find out more, or to register your interest in being part of the targeted consultation process, visit the NHMRC website.

Update on Research Committee activities

On 15-16 May, RC met to discuss issues including:

  • NHMRC Funding Schemes.
  • Pandemic Research Preparedness.
  • Genomics research, including the International Cancer Genome Consortium.
  • MREA Budget Allocations for 2014.
  • Funding Recommendation for Mental Health Targeted Call for Research into Suicide Prevention in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth.
  • NHMRC support for Research in the Social Determinants of Health.
  • Monitoring and evaluating scientific progress of Program Grants
  • Review of A Guide to the use of Australian native mammals in biomedical research

RC is scheduled to meet 7 more times prior to the end of the year.

Update on Embryo Research Licensing Committee (ERLC) activities

ERLC met on 28 February and discussed:

  • An application for a licence to use excess ART embryos
  • 13 variations to previously issued licences
  • Reports on two inspections at licence holder premises to assess compliance with licence conditions
  • Potential changes to the standard conditions which apply to all licences

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

FOR YOUR INTEREST

From the CEO

Open public consultations

Follow NHMRC research in the news

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

See full article...

NHMRC Research Tracker - 2 May 2014

Key grant application dates for 2014

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Recently closed rounds

  • Early Career Fellowships: 558 applications received – an increase of 34 applications from last year.

RGMS outage 23 – 26 May

As part of a Government-wide initiative, NHMRC is required to transfer all of its IT infrastructure to a new data centre. This requires shutting down the NHMRC network from 5:00pm AEST Friday 23 May to 8:00am AEST Monday 26 May.

We regret that during this period users will not be able to access NHMRC websites, including RGMS.

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

NHMRC/UK National Institute for Health Research Collaborative Grants

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

Track progress on Project Grants applications

Of the 3808 applications being reviewed (two applications were withdrawn):

  • 11,200 invitations to external assessors have been sent
  • 6,271 invitations have been accepted (56% of those invited)
  • almost 40% of applications now have one or more assessment completed and 15% have two assessments completed

NHMRC aims to obtain two written assessments from external assessors for each application. NHMRC thanks all members of the research community who have assisted during this process.

Project Grants applicant response (rebuttal) process

The timing of invitations to prepare rebuttals (in response to assessor comments) depends on NHMRC’s receipt of all assessor reports (spokesperson and external assessors) for each application. While NHMRC has scheduled two periods for the release of assessor comments (2 June to 11 June and 23 June to 2 July) we cannot guarantee the exact date when we will send assessor comments to applicants.  We will notify applicants by email when their assessor comments are available and you will have up to 10 days to complete their rebuttal response.

Notification of NFFC Outcomes for Project Grants applications

You will be notified by mid-August if your application is assessed as not for further consideration and not proceeding to GRP discussion. NHMRC will advise outcomes for all other applicants, including for applications that progress to full GRP discussion but which are unsuccessful, after Ministerial approval of funding recommendations later in the year.

Submit your abstract for NHMRC Research Translation Faculty Symposium - deadline extended to 18 May

This year’s theme is “Achieving better health outcomes for Australians living with chronic conditions through more effective research translation”. Further information.

FOR YOUR INTEREST

From the CEO

Recent media releases

Open public consultations

Follow NHMRC research in the news

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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April 2014

NHMRC Research Tracker - 17 April 2014

Key grant application dates for 2014

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC ICT Outage 23 – 26 May

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Development Grants applications: provide minimum data by 28 May

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

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

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

Read Partnership Projects 2014 First Call Funding Rules clarification

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

Fast facts on Project Grants Peer Review Process

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

Outcomes from Assigners Day 2014

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

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

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

Read the NHMRC Program Grants Peer Review Guidelines

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

Submit your request for citizenship waivers – Program Grants

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

New functions added to RGMS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apply to be an independent expert for EU Horizon 2020

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

Contribute to the Wellcome Trust survey by 21 April

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

NHMRC forum on building capacity of Indigenous health researchers

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

Update on Research Committee activities

On 15 April, RC met to discuss:

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

RC will next meet on 15-16 May.

FOR YOUR INTEREST

From the CEO

Recent media releases

Open public consultations

Follow NHMRC research in the news

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

See full article...

NHMRC Research Tracker - 4 April 2014

Key grant application dates for 2014

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC ICT Outage 11-14 April

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

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

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

Update on Career Development Fellowship scheme application numbers

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

View changes to Funding Rules for 2015 Research Fellowships scheme

Further information.

Fast facts on Project Grants Peer Review process

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

2013 Project Grants GRP Survey Outcomes

Further Information.

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

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

Roundtable on refining NHMRC assessment processes

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

Update on NHMRC primary care Partnership Centre

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

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

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

Read Ethical Considerations in Quality Assurance and Evaluation Activities

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

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

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

FOR YOUR INTEREST

From the CEO

Open public consultations

Follow NHMRC research in the news

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

See full article...

March 2014

NHMRC Research Tracker - 21 March 2014

Key grant application dates for 2014

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Applications for Development Grants scheme: Opens 26 March

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

NHMRC ICT Outages: 23 March and 11-14 April

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

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

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

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

Read the NHMRC Project Grants Peer Review Guidelines

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

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

Fast facts on Project Grants peer review process

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

View clarification of Early Career Fellowships Funding Rules

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

Register with the Women in Life Sciences (WiLS) database

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

Read the updated NHMRC Privacy Policy

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

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

Clinical Trials Networks summit

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

Update on Research Committee (RC) activities

On 11 March, RC met to discuss:

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

RC will next meet on 15 April.

FOR YOUR INTEREST

Recent media releases

Open public consultations

Follow NHMRC research in the news

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

See full article...

NHMRC Research Tracker - 7 March 2014

Key grant application dates for 2014

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC ICT Outage: 11 - 14 April

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

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

Further extension of Early Career Fellowships (ECF) scheme deadline

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

Research Help Centre: closed 10 March

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

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

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

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

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

European Commission – Horizon 2020

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

Project Grants 2014 application numbers

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

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

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

Record your unavailability to participate in peer review

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

Mark test, duplicate and discontinued applications for deletion in RGMS

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

Roundtable on refining assessment processes: 21 March

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

Update on Council meeting

On 6 March 2014, NHMRC Council met to discuss:

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

Update on Principal Committee Indigenous Caucus (PCIC) activities

On 19 February, PCIC met to discuss:

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

PCIC will next meet in May.

Updated NHMRC Privacy Guidelines

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

Peer Review Honour Roll 2013

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

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

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

FOR YOUR INTEREST

From the CEO

Recent media releases

Follow NHMRC research in the news

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

See full article...

February 2014

NHMRC Research Tracker - 21 February 2014

Key grant application dates for 2014

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Project Grants 2014 call for applications 

Applications close COB 5 March. Applicants are reminded:

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

NHMRC ICT Outage: 11 - 14 April

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

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

Extension of Early Career Fellowships (ECF) scheme deadline

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

Read CEO commentary on 2013 NHMRC research funding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update on Research Committee activities

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

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

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

View updated NHMRC Women in Health Science webpage

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

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

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

FOR YOUR INTEREST

From the CEO

Recent media releases

Follow NHMRC research in the news

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

See full article...

NHMRC Research Tracker - 7 February 2014

Upcoming grant application dates for 2014

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

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

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

Update on European Commission – Horizon 2020 grant calls

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

Read clarification of referencing style requirements for Project Grants applications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

View updated National Ethics Application Form (NEAF)

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

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

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

View updated information on NHMRC Open Access Policy

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

View new NHMRC Research Highlights online

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

News about 2014 Research Translation Faculty (RTF) Symposium

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

FOR YOUR INTEREST

From the CEO

Recent media releases

Follow NHMRC research in the news

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

See full article...

December 2013

NHMRC Research Tracker - 13 December 2013

Key grant application dates for 2014

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

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

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

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

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

View clarification of Research Fellowships Funding Rules

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

Project Grants applicants: complete all relevant areas of grant proposal

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

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

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

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

Read FAQs on new NHMRC Funding Agreement

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

Submit your request for citizenship waivers and new investigator rulings

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

Update on Project Grants Peer Review Panel membership

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

Update on Project Grants Assigners Academy membership

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

View the new guide to peer review in HTML

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

View Applying for Grants eLearning module

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

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

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

Watch NHMRC CEO webinar video

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

View presentations from RAO seminar

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

Update on Research Committee activities

On 11 December, RC met by teleconference to discuss:

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

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

Last Research Tracker for 2013

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

FOR YOUR INTEREST

Follow NHMRC research in the news

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

See full article...

November 2013

NHMRC Research Tracker - 29 November 2013

Key grant application dates for 2013

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

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

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

Key issues that will be discussed

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

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

View Project Grants scheme round documents

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

View Centres of Research Excellence scheme round documents

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

View Research Fellowships scheme round documents

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

View Practitioner Fellowships scheme round documents

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

Read about streamlined application processes for 2014 grant funding rounds

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

View new funding rules in HTML

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

View RGMS training resources

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

Improved access to application and grant data for RAOs

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

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

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

Update on Research Committee activities

On 21-22 November, RC met to discuss:

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

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

Update on NHMRC Council activities

On 28 November, NHMRC Council met to discuss:

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

Update your core Profile and CV data in RGMS

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

Unsubmitted applications for 2013 funding rounds to be deleted from RGMS

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

View presentations from RAO seminar soon

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

Research Help Centre hours: December 2013 – March 2014

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

FOR YOUR INTEREST

Follow NHMRC research in the news

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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

See full article...

NHMRC Research Tracker - 15 November 2013

Key grant application dates for 2013

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Reminder: RGMS offline 25 November to 2 December

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read updated Project Grants GRP Assessment Summary

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

Read about streamlining for the 2014 Project Grants funding round

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

View new list of national research facilities and networks

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

Reminder about properly acknowledging NHMRC funding support

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

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

Find Australian clinical trials

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

Read the CEO Diary for September and October

Further information: NHMRC website.


FOR YOUR INTEREST

Recent notices

Follow NHMRC research in the news

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

See full article...

NHMRC Research Tracker - 1 November 2013

Key grant application dates for 2013

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Recently closed rounds

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

View detail on October grants announcement

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

RGMS outage 25 November

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

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

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

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

Submit your self-nomination for NHMRC Peer Review Panels

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

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

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

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

Further information available next week: NHMRC website

View changes to New Investigator eligibility criterion for 2014 Project Grants

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

View updated Funding Agreement and Deeds of Agreement

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

Save the date: Dec 4 for NHMRC CEO webinar

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

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October 2013

NHMRC Research Tracker: Special Edition - 22 October 2013

NHMRC Funding Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 18 October 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

To register and for further information: NHMRC website.

Self-nominations for NHMRC Peer Review Panels

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

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

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

RGMS outage 25 November

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

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

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

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

Read additional advice on applying for Grantee Variations

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

View the summary of the Illuminating the Pathways to Commercialisation workshop

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

Update on Research Committee activities

On 15 October, RC met to discuss:

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

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

Update on Council activities

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

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

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

 

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 4 October 2013

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

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

Confirmation of advice about Partnership Projects

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

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

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

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

Read the 2013 NHMRC Project Grants Category Descriptors

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

Do you still require your RGMS account?

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

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

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

Update on Research Committee activities

On 26-27 September, RC met to discuss:

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

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

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September 2013

NHMRC Research Tracker - 20 September 2013

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

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

RTF members: Submit your ‘Big Ideas’ for Action

Three consultations are closing soon:

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

Further information: RTF website under ‘Consultations’ tab.

Submit your Letter of Intent to conduct type 1 diabetes research

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

Update on next Partnership Projects grant call

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

View the Honour Roll of outstanding contribution by External Assessors

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

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 6 September 2013

2013 Project Grants GRPs conclude today

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

Early Career Researcher (ECR) observers of Project Grants GRPs

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

Register for the ARC / NHMRC Research Administrators’ Seminar

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

New NHMRC Commissioner of Complaints

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

Last chance to register for the Research Translation Faculty symposium

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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August 2013

NHMRC Research Tracker - 23 August 2013

Changes to NHMRC grant open dates

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

Track progress on Project Grants applications

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

Update on 2014 Project Grants Round

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

It’s time to consider applying for a grant extension

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

Calling all Research Translation Faculty members – big ideas for action

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

Watch the Project Grants Grant Review Panel (GRP) Briefing

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

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 9 August 2013

Friday distribution of Research Tracker to continue

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

Recently closed rounds

  • Partnership Projects - 2013 Second Call: 12 applications received

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

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

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

Track progress on Project Grants applications for weeks 1-3

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

Track progress on Project Grants applications for weeks 4-6

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

Read editorial on disadvantages of using journal impact factors

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

Seeking more ‘Big Ideas’ from Research Translation Faculty members

Steering Groups are seeking ideas and priority actions for:

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

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

Read NHMRC’s Facts and Figures 2012 publication

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

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

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

 

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July 2013

NHMRC Research Tracker - 26 July 2013

Key grant application dates for 2013

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Grant Review Panels starting for Project Grants applications

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

Track progress on Project Grants applications for weeks 1-3

  • 2010 applications are ready for review

Track progress on Project Grants applications for weeks 4-6

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

Assigners Academy update

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

2013 Project Grants Peer Review

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

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

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

Update on Research Committee activities

On 24 July, RC discussed at a teleconference:

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

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

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

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

New release day for Research Tracker

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


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NHMRC Research Tracker - 19 July 2013 special edition

2014 Grant Round

Opening and closing dates

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

Streamlining applications

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

Further details will be provided through 2013 via Research Tracker.

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

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 12 July 2013

Key grant application dates for 2013

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Track progress on Project Grants applications for weeks 1-3

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

Track progress on Project Grants applications for weeks 4-6

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

Track progress of Project Grants External Assessments

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

Project Grants GRP observers

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

Recently closed rounds

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

Watch NSFC-NHMRC Symposium: presentations now online

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

Seeking big ideas from Research Translation Faculty members

Steering Groups are now seeking ideas and priority actions:

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

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

Register for 2nd annual RTF symposium

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

National clinical trial research governance forum: September 2013

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

Call for new Partnership Centre on Primary Care

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

Provide feedback: Monday or Friday release of Research Tracker?

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

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June 2013

NHMRC Research Tracker - 28 June 2013

Key grant application dates for 2013

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Track progress on Project Grants applications for weeks 1-3

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

Track progress on Project Grants applications for weeks 4-6

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

Fast facts on Project Grants GRPs

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

Release of assessor comments

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

Add your ORCiD ID to RGMS

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

View NHMRC research in the news

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

Research Translation Faculty seeking ‘Big Ideas for Action’

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

Call for new Partnership Centre on Primary Care

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

Update on Research Committee activities

On 19 June, RC discussed:

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

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

Update on Council activities

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

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

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

View presentations from the Mentorship Workshop

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

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