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NHMRC Tracker 28 May 2010

NHMRC Strategic Plan for 2010 - 2012

The NHMRC Strategic Plan for 2010-2012 has been tabled in Parliament (25 May) and released on the NHMRC website. The key objectives of the Plan, reflecting the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992, are to:

  1. Raise the standard of individual and public health throughout Australia.
  2. Foster the development of consistent health standards between the various States and Territories.
  3. Foster medical research and training and public health research and training throughout Australia.
  4. Foster consideration of ethical issues relating to health.

The Plan also sets out the NHMRC’s strategy for health and medical research, which can be summarised as:

  • creating knowledge—by investing in research most likely to yield new knowledge through independent research initiated by talented, well trained researchers.
  • translating knowledge—by supporting funding schemes that help ensure research findings flow into improved policy and practice.
  • building capacity to undertake research—by supporting, renewing and widening Australia’s pool of talented new researchers, from early training through to their most productive years.
  • being a good international citizen—contributing to the development of health knowledge worldwide and improving health in our region through international research activities.
  • evolving peer review—seeking to achieve the highest quality decision making through peer review.

Read the full NHMRC Strategic Plan for 2010-2012 on the NHMRC website.

RGMS Update

RGMS User Reference Group

Membership of NHMRC's RGMS User Reference Group (RURG) is being finalised and includes:

  • Prof. Ian Smith (Chair, Monash University)
  • Prof. Matt Gillespie (Research Committee member)
  • A/Prof. Amanda Thrift (Research Committee member)
  • Prof. Marshall Lightowlers (University of Melbourne)
  • Prof. Carol Armour (University of Sydney)
  • Prof. Phil Beart (Howard Florey Institute)
  • Prof. Christine Clarke (University of Sydney)
  • Prof. Alison Venn (University of Tasmania)
  • Prof. Prue Hart (Institute for Child Health Research, WA)

RGMS Focus Groups

Additional members may be appointed over the next couple of weeks. A key role for the RURG will be to link with the research community to help advise NHMRC on the key improvements to be made to RGMS that will improve the submission of applications and peer review.

NHMRC is calling for volunteers for a number of RGMS focus groups. These will cover three main areas:

  • Research Administration Officers
  • applicants and people involved in peer review of research support grants (for example project or program grants)
  • applicants and people involved in peer review of people support grants (for example fellowships)

NHMRC will be convening these focus groups in June to gather further information to inform our work in improving RGMS for 2011. If you are interested in participating in a focus group, please email us. We will establish the focus groups to achieve a balance of institutions, gender and States and Territories.

RGMS Post-Award Functions

RGMS has been designed to include the whole lifecycle of grant management, from application, through peer review and awarding of grants, to payments, management of variations and reporting. NHMRC is currently finalising the "post-award" functions of RGMS, which will include functions that allow grant holders and RAOs to manage their grants online. These functions will become available in October 2010. Prior to these functions becoming available to users, NHMRC will run information and training sessions for RAOs and Finance Officers in all administering institutions. More details will be provided shortly.

Standardisation of Forms Consultation

The Harmonisation of Multi-centre Ethical Review (HoMER) Standardisation of Forms Consultation pack was released today, Friday 28 May 2010. You can find the consultation on the NHMRC website.

Submissions are due by 5:00 pm AEST Friday 2 July 2010.

Australia Fellow podcast: Is diet behind asthma’s rise in western society?

2010 NHMRC Australia Fellow Professor Charles Mackay believes a connection between the immune and metabolic systems might be causing the increase in certain inflammatory diseases such as asthma in western countries. He explains in this podcast.

Page reviewed: 7 July, 2011