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Research Tracker - 02 December 2011 edition

NHMRC’s 75th Anniversary symposium

NHMRC wishes to thank all participants at its 75th anniversary symposium which took place from 29 November – 1 December. Presentations are available on the NHMRC website.

New Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowships

The Minister for Health and Ageing announced this important new Fellowship  and its inaugural recipients at the NHMRC 75th Anniversary sympoisum. Read about the recipients on our website.

NHMRC Excellence Awards 2011

NHMRC excellence awards were presented on 30 November at the NHMRC Symposium dinner and included the Outstanding Contribution Awards, Ethics Award and the prestigious Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowships and the Frank Fenner Fellowships. NHMRC congratulates all recipients.  More information is on the NHMRC website.

Acknowledgement of our 2011 Peer Reviewers

 NHMRC acknowledges the invaluable contribution of all researchers who participated in the 2011 peer review process as panel members and/or external assessors. The 2011 Honour Roll is available on our website.

Targeted Call for Research on Mental Health

NHMRC has opened a Targeted Call for Research on Mental Health. This targeted call closes on 4 April 2012.

Further information is available on the NHMRC website

RGMS update

Updates have been made during 2011 to boost RGMS performance and make it more consistent under high levels of load.

Further information about NHMRC’s enhancements and responses to feedback is on our website.

RGMS Consultative Groups

Two new reference groups have been established to advise NHMRC on the development of RGMS and associated business processes.

The RGMS User Reference Group (RURG) comprises senior researchers and the Research Administration Officer (RAO) Reference Group comprising RAOs. For further information, please or

Funding schemes opening in December

Three schemes are opening in December:

•             Project Grants – 7  December to 14 March 2012

•             Research Fellowships – 12 December to 9 February 2012

•             Practitioner Fellowships – 12 December to 9 February 2012

Information on all 2011 – 2012 NHMRC funding schemes is available on the NHMRC website.

Project Grants – key dates 2012

Membership of the Project Assigners’ Academy and Project Grants Review Panels is currently being established.

Potential GRP members will be contacted this month to gauge their availability from 30 July - mid September 2012 with specific details to follow in 2012.

Interviews for Research and Practitioner Fellowships - key dates 2012

Interviews for Research Fellowships will be held from 25-27 June 2012.   Interviews for Practitioner Fellowships will be held between 2-4 July 2012.

Correction to Career Development Fellowships opening date

Please note that CDFs will be opening in January 2012 - not March 2012 as was printed in the 4 November edition of Research Tracker.

Research Governance Handbook: now online

The Research Governance Handbook: Guidance for the national approach to single ethical review articulates best practice in the governance of multi-centre human research as part of the national approach to single ethical review.

The Handbook is now available on our website.

Help Centre hours: December 2011 – March 2012

The Research Help Centre (RHC) will close on 16 December 2011, at 3:00pm and from 3:00pm, 23 December 2011 to 2 January 2012.

From late January until mid-March 2012, the RHC will open for extended hours and further details will be advised closer to the time.

Page reviewed: 5 December, 2011