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December 2011

NHMRC Research Tracker - 16 December 2011 edition

$114.2 million investment in health and medical research

Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek has announced a further $114.2 million investment in health and medical research for Program Grants, Development Grants and Postgraduate Scholarships. More information is available on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC 75th anniversary scientific symposium presentations

Video of presentations and speeches made at the NHMRC 75th Anniversary Scientific Symposium are now available on the NHMRC website.

Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the event.

Project Grants - applications

Applications for the Project Grants scheme are now open and will close on 14 March 2012. More information is available on the NHMRC website.

Career Development Fellowships - applications

Applications open on 16 January and close on 28 March 2012. Information on all 2012 NHMRC funding schemes is available from the 2011 - 2012 NHMRC Funding Calendar.

Translation of Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships - applications

The opening of the TRIP Fellowship applications may be delayed. More details will be available shortly.

NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health - Partnership Projects

NHMRC are changing the process for application and review of Partnerships Projects. The NHMRC Research Committee has agreed that applications will be able to be submitted at any time, beginning April 2012, with review at 3-4 intervals annually. This will allow applicants to apply with their partners whenever they have secured agreements.

Details of the revised process will be available soon. More information on Partnership Projects is available on the NHMRC website.

Access to “near miss” NHMRC applications

Every year, NHMRC is only able to support a small proportion of applications that are found to be highly fundable by our grant review panels. In the case of project grants, approximately 23% of applications were funded in 2011, with another 52% found to be worthy of funding but not able to be funded.
These fundable but unfunded applications represent a significant investment of ideas, time and energy by the investigators involved. A few of these applications go on to be funded within universities through those institutions’ own “near miss” funding processes.

NHMRC asks applicants to provide the authority for NHMRC to provide their applications to other agencies, should their application be found fundable but ultimately not funded by NHMRC. Following the conclusion of the 2011 rounds of funding, NHMRC will write to other health and medical research funding bodies across the private and charitable sectors, offering them the opportunity to consider those fundable but unfunded applications relevant to their particular interests.

Use of NHMRC research funds for travel

NHMRC project grants support specific research projects. Direct research costs (DRCs) provided for the support of funded project grants are to be used to achieve the specific goals of funded projects. Where travel is necessary to achieve the goals of the funded project, this is considered to be a permissible use of the DRCs. However, travel not directly related to achieving the goals of the funded NHMRC project is not considered to be a “direct research cost” and cannot therefore be acquitted against the grant.

Whenever possible, project grant applicants should identify the need for such travel in their applications, so that this can be taken it into account by grant review panels when the overall budget is being considered.

NHMRC/Primary Health Care Research, Evaluation and Development (PHCRED) Fellowships successful recipients

More information about the recipients is available under 'People Support' on the NHMRC website.

Reminder: Proposed revisions to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007)

The Australian Health Ethics Committee (AHEC) has revised Chapter 3.4_6: Human biospecimens (including cell lines) which replaces both the current Chapter 3.4: Human tissue samples and Chapter 3.6: Human stem cells and Chapter 3.2: Databanks and paragraphs 3.5.8(a) and 5.1.22. NHMRC invites submissions, which can be made via the NHMRC’s public consultation website.

Research Help Centre hours: December 2011 – March 2012

The Research Help Centre (RHC) will close at 3pm on 23 December 2011 and reopen on 3 January 2012. Operating hours will be extended from 30 January 2012. Full details are on the NHMRC website.

 

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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 emailRURG@nhmrc.gov.au or RAOReferenceGroup@nhmrc.gov.au.

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.

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November 2011

Research Tracker - 18 November 2011 edition

Hendra Virus Urgent Call for Research: Applications now open

The Hendra Virus Urgent Call for Research opened last week. Applications close COB 18 January 2012.

RGMS Updates

RGMS Account Holders

Please update your profile pages as these pages have recently been upgraded. NHMRC uses this information to ensure that applications are assigned to the correct assessment area and to contact researchers when required. For these reasons, it is important that you keep your profiles current and complete.

RGMS Developments

Work is progressing on enhancements to RGMS, which will be progressively rolled out in 2011/12. These include streamling the system to improve usability, simplifying interfaces and developing clearer instructions for RGMS users, as well as providing better support for assessment tasks. We have obtained additional hardware and are working to boost performance and stability under load.

Assigner’s Academy for 2012 Project Grants

NHMRC is currently identifying membership for the 2012 Assigner’s Academy.

The Assigner’s Academy will comprise leading researchers who will help NHMRC secure two external assessments for every Project Grant application within the peer review process. It is expected that appointments will be finalised before the end of the year.

Public Consultation on Ethical Issues in Research into Alcohol and Other Drugs: An Issues Paper Exploring the Need for a Guidance Framework

NHMRC is conducting public consultation on this issues paper. Feedback will inform the development of ethical guidance for HRECs and researchers, complementing and updating existing content in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007). Consultation closes on 16 December 2011.

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

The Australian Health Ethics Committee (AHEC) has revised Chapter 3.4_6: Human biospecimens (including cell lines) which replaces both the current Chapter 3.4: Human tissue samples and Chapter 3.6: Human stem cells and Chapter 3.2: Databanks and paragraphs 3.5.8(a) and 5.1.22. AHEC invites submissions.

Reminder: Expressions of Interest for External Assessors for HoMER due 25 November

Expressions of interest for suitably qualified individuals for appointment as external assessors under the Harmonisation of Multi-centre Ethical Review (HoMER) initiative are due by COB 25 November 2011. For selection criteria and a role description, see NHMRC’s Human Research Ethics Portal.

Enquiries to Ms Vivienne Moyle, at: Vivienne.moyle@nhmrc.gov.au.

Call for submissions on Staying Healthy in Early Childhood Education and Care – Preventing Infectious Diseases in Education and Care Services

NHMRC will release the draft 5th edition of Staying Healthy in Early Childhood Education and CarePreventing Infectious Diseases in Education and Care Services on 21 November 2011. Submissions close on 16 January 2012.

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 4 November 2011 edition

Urgent Call for Research - Hendra Virus

NHMRC will open an Urgent Call for Research into the Hendra Virus next week. This call follows funding by the Australian Government to boost research into issues raised by recently identified cases of the Hendra Virus.

For more information, please visit the Urgent Call for Research - Hendra Virus page.

Project Grants - Open 7 December

The Project Grants Funding Scheme (for funding commencing in 2013) will open on Wednesday 7 December 2011 and close on Wednesday 14 March 2012.

Practitioner and Research Fellowships – Open 12 December

The Practitioner and Research Fellowships Funding Scheme (for funding commencing in 2013) will open on Monday 12 December 2011 and close on Thursday 9 February 2012.

2011-2012 Funding Calendar Now Available

The 2011-12 NHMRC Funding Scheme calendar is now available online. Opening and closing dates are included for the following schemes:

  • Translating Research into Practice Fellowships and Career Development Fellowships will open in January 2012
  • Early Career Fellowships Program Grants will open in March 2012.
  • Development Grants will open in  April 2012
  • Postgraduate Scholarships will open in May 2012.

Centres of Research Excellence Now Open

The 2011 Round for the Centres of Research Excellence, for funding commencing in 2012, is now open.

Funding is available for Centres in clinical, population health and health services research remain the three research schemes on offer. 

The special interest areas for this Round are:

  • mental health;
  • post-market surveillance of drugs and medical devices;
  • electromagnetic energy;
  • obesity policy; and
  • Indigenous health and wellbeing.

Applications are only accepted through RGMS and the deadline for applications is 30 January 2012. For more information, please visit the Centres of Research Excellence (CRE)page.

Call for External Assessors

NHMRC is calling for expressions of interest from suitably qualified individuals for appointment as external assessors under the Harmonisation of Multi-centre Ethical Review (HoMER) initiative. Expressions of interest are due by COB 25 November 2011. Selection criteria and a role description are available on the Human Research Ethics Portal

All enquiries should be directed to Ms Vivienne Moyle, Director, Research Integrity at Vivienne.moyle@nhmrc.gov.au.

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October 2011

NHMRC Research Tracker - 21 October 2011 edition

Grants Announcement

The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, the Hon. Mark Butler MP announced the outcomes of ten NHMRC funding schemes on Monday 17 October. Total funding was $673.7 million for 1,140 grants nationwide and details of the outcomes for each of the funding schemes include:

  • NHMRC Project Grants - 768 grants awarded for a total value of $453.1 million
  • NHMRC Research Fellowships - 87 grants awarded for a total value of $63.1 million
  • Early Career Fellowships - 129 grants awarded for a total value of $38.4 million
  • Centres of Research Excellence - 15 grants awarded for a total value of $37.3 million
  • Independent MRI Infrastructure Grants - 27 grants awarded for a total value of $31.7 million
  • Career Development Fellowships - 65 grants awarded for a total value of $25.5 million
  • NHMRC Partnership Grants - 13 grants awarded for a total value of $9.9 million
  • Practitioner Fellowships - 18 grants awarded for a total value of $7.9million
  • Australia – European Union Collaborative Research Grants - 9 grants awarded for a total value of $5.6 million
  • Translating Research into Practice Fellowships - 9 grants awarded for a total value of $1.2 million

Lists of successful grant applicants are available from the NHMRC website.

Conflict of Interest Public Consultation

NHMRC is conducting consultations on Identifying and Managing Conflicts of Interest: Draft Policies for NHMRC Guideline Development Committees and Working Groups. The closing date for submissions is 2 December 2011 and can be made at the NHMRC consultation website from Monday 24 October at http://consultations.nhmrc.gov.au.

Time to Update RGMS Profile

RGMS account holders will soon receive an email from RGMS inviting them to check that their RGMS Profile is up to date, as the Profile Pages of all RGMS accounts have been upgraded.

Podcast – Professor Georgia Chenevix-Trench: Genetic pre-disposition to breast cancer

Professor Chenevix-Trench, Laboratory Head of Cancer Genetics at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, talks about her goal of identifying the genes that underlie predisposition to breast cancer to support better treatments and screening. The podcast and transcript is now available on the NHMRC website.

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 07 October 2011 edition

Outcomes of Project Grants

The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler MP, will announce the outcomes of the following NHMRC Grants rounds on Monday 17 October:

  •     Project Grants
  •     Partnership Project Grants
  •     Centres of Research Excellence
  •     Research Fellowships
  •     Practitioner Fellowships
  •     Career Development Fellowships
  •     Translating Research into Practice Fellowships
  •     Early Career Fellowships
  •     Australian - European Union Collaborative Research Grants
  •     IRISS.

Access to specific outcome information for individual applicants will be available from the NHMRC website by midday on 17 October, through the NHMRC website via www.nhmrc.gov.au/grants/outcomes-funding-rounds.

Project Grant outcome letters will be available on RGMS on 17 October.  Each CIA will receive an email when their outcome letter is available.  Each outcome letter will also contain a Grant Review Panel Assessment Summary which provides the scores against the selection criteria.

For other schemes, outcome information will be provided to the RAO at the Administering Institution.

For any assistance with outcome information, please contact the Research Help Centre on 1800500983 or at help@nhmrc.gov.au.

Peer Review

NHMRC expresses its sincere appreciation to the researchers who have provided more than 10,000 external assessments and referee reports and, this year, spokespersons reports to ensure the successful completion of the 2011 peer review of all our funding schemes. The NHMRC Honour Roll of Assessors is now available on the NHMRC website.

New RGMS Landing page

A new landing page in RGMS has been created to assist researchers to navigate directly to the part of RGMS they wish to work in.  The new landing page is now available.

International Cancer Research Funders’ meeting

The major cancer research funding agencies from Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia met in London recently to discuss international issues in cancer research, especially genomic medicine and cancer, and evidence needed for stronger preventative actions.

Public consultation: Proposed revision to the Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (2004)

Public consultation on proposed revisions to the Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (2004) is now open. Full information and the proposed revisions are available from http://consultations.nhmrc.gov.au.

Podcast - Professor James McCluskey: Unlocking the secrets of the immune system

Professor James McCluskey of Melbourne University talks about the way the human immune system recognises enemy cells, what is actually recognised and how the immune cells protect us from infection. Listen to this podcast on the NHMRC website.
 

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September 2011

NHMRC Research Tracker - 23 September 2011 edition

75 years of working to build a healthy Australia

The NHMRC was established on 24 September 1936 to provide considered, authoritative and timely advice to the Commonwealth and State Governments on health and ethical issues and to support medical and public health research to help improve the health of all Australians.

This year marks 75 years of NHMRC’s contributions to public health, ethics and medical research. A key event of the anniversary commemorations will be a scientific symposium, Research for a Healthy Future.

Further information on the symposium will be available on the NHMRC website in the coming months.

On the eve of the anniversary, NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson AM reflects on the enormous contribution health and medical research has made to the well-being of all Australians over this time, on the NHMRC website.

New “Final Report” for Project Grants – the GRP Assessment Summary

Following Ministerial announcement of the funded applications, applicants will receive a GRP Assessment Summary.  This document differs from the ‘Final Report’ provided to applicants in recent years.  Rather than a written narrative, the assessment summary will outline, numerically, the GRP’s assessment of the application in relation to the Project Grants selection criteria.  Information to assist with interpreting the assessment summary will be available shortly.

Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases

In November, NHMRC and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research will consider applications regarding hypertension in Low to Middle Income Countries. More information is available on the NHMRC website.

Minister’s Announcement of Funded Grants – week commencing 17 October

The Project Grant Panels finished on 9 September and we again thank all those panellists who assisted.  The work on finalising funding recommendations to the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing is progressing well, and announcements will be made in the week commencing 17 October in most of the NHMRC’s major schemes, including Project Grants and Fellowships.

NHMRC Science to Art prize

Our biennial competition celebrates the art that arises from the electronic images created in medical research.  The competition closes on Friday 30 September 2011 and the winner will be announced at the Symposium and Award dinner on 30 November 2011.  More information is available on the NHMRC website.

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 9 September 2011 edition

Economic benefits of health and medical research – a discussion paper

The CEO has released a discussion paper on the economic benefits to Australia from public investment in health and medical research, including impacts on the national economy, productivity, commercial returns, and investment by international funding bodies. NHMRC invites ideas, comments and feedback on this discussion paper to be sent to feedback.ceo@nhmrc.gov.au.

Grant Review Panels

2011 Grant Review Panels (GRPs) finished today. Thirty six panels were convened over 6 weeks, to assess 3508 Project Grants applications.

    519 panel members (including Chairs and Deputy Chairs) attended
    3495 applications were reviewed                                                                              
    70 % of applications had 2 or more external assessor reports (2010: 41%)
    28 % of applications had 1 external assessor reports (2010: 54%)
    2 % of applications had 0 external assessor reports (2010: 5%)

A summary of the grant assessment process (September– November 2011) is available on the NHMRC website.

Overdue final reports

NHMRC will be writing to Administering Institutions that have overdue reports. Final Reports must be provided by 30 September 2011. Submission of Final Reports, Progress Reports and Mid Term Reports are requirements of NHMRC’s funding agreements and future funding may depend on the receipt of Reports.

Preventive Health Research Grants

The Australian National Preventive Health Agency in collaboration with the NHMRC invites applications for funding for research projects commencing in 2012.

Preventive Health Research Grants Program will fund translational research projects in tobacco smoking, alcohol misuse and obesity to inform evidence-based policy and program decisions. Approximately $5.77 million is available in the first funding round, for projects of up to 3 years.

Further details are online at www.anpha.gov.au/grants

Applications close at 2pm AEST Friday 30 September 2011.

NHMRC and A*STAR pledge commitment to support collaborative research

NHMRC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore on general cooperation on September 6, 2011. The media release provides further details.

Palliative Care

NHMRC has developed ethical guidelines for health professionals and consumers of all ages with advanced chronic or terminal conditions who are making the transition to palliative care. Read more on the NHMRC website.

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August 2011

NHMRC Research Tracker – 26 August 2011 edition

NHMRC Science to Art prize

NHMRC’s Science to Art Prize for outstanding images from health and medical research will be offered in 2011. Information about the prize is available from the NHMRC website.  Entries close 5pm EST 30 September 2011.

Peer Review 2011 progress

Centres of Research Excellence

  • Peer review process is complete. 79 applications were received with 41 for Clinical Research (18 interviewed); 18 for Population Health Research (12 interviewed); and 20 for Health Services Research (12 interviewed).

Partnership Projects

  • Thirty six applications were received with 22 shortlisted.

NHMRC – European Union Collaborative Research Grants

  • Nine applications favourably evaluated in EU peer review process are currently under review by NHMRC.

Project Grants

  • At the end of week 4, 26 Grant Review Panels have completed assessment of 2600 applications, from the 3508 total. Deputy Chairs drawn from NHMRC Career Development Fellows were used for the first time.
  • A record 6320 external assessments have been received, as a result of 17,540 emails to potential assessors.

Program Grants

  • Applications closed on 1 June 2011; 18 applications were received of which 15 will proceed to interview.  Interviews will be held the week commencing 24 October 2011.

Developments Grants

  • The 2011 Round closed 18 July 2011, with 98 applications received.

Postgraduate Scholarships

  • 324 applications undergoing peer review.

Research Fellowships

  • 227 applications received, of which 138 proceeded to interview.

Practitioner Fellowships

  • 51 applications received, of which 28 proceeded to interview.

Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships

  • 42 applications received, 13 proceeded to interview

Career Development Fellowships

  • 356 applications received ,159 shortlisted.

Early Career Fellowships

  • 389 applications to be peer reviewed.

Global Alliance for Chronic Disease

  • Applications will close on 31 August 2011. To date 11 applications have been started in RGMS.

Centre of Research Excellence in electromagnetic energy (EME) research

  • EME Research will be a special interest area, funded from external sources, in the next round of the Centres of Research Excellence Scheme (applications opening in late October 2011).

Grant Announcements

Project Grants, Centres of Research Excellence, Partnerships Projects and NHMRC-EU Research Grants will be announced by Mr Mark Butler, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing in the week commencing 17 October 2011.

NHMRC nominee to the International Human Epigenome Consortium

NHMRC is interested in participating in the International Human Epigenome Consortium and is seeking expressions of interest from an eminent epigenetics researcher to represent us on the International Scientific Steering Committee. Contact Dr Greg Ash on (02) 6217 9010 or Greg.Ash@nhmrc.gov.au for more information.

Targeted Call for Research in Mental Health

NHMRC has appointed a working committee to help develop a framework for the first Mental Health targeted call for research, arising out of the Mental Health Workshop held earlier in 2011 and following the May 2011 Budget announcements.  Research Committee will develop a Targeted Call for Research, based on the working committee’s considerations.  It is expected that the call will be issued by the end of 2011.

New Preventive Health Research Grants

The Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA) in collaboration with the NHMRC and the ANPHA Research Committee is currently finalising a new Preventive Health Research Grants Program to fund translational research projects focusing on the prevention of tobacco smoking, alcohol misuse and obesity.

ANPHA expects to call for applications for research funding under this new program in early September 2011, www.anpha.gov.au/grants or email researchgrants@anpha.gov.au to be notified of the opening date.

Researcher Administrator Officers Seminar 2011

NHMRC will conduct a Research Administrators Seminar on 8 November 2011. This seminar provides a forum for RAOs to meet with NHMRC and discuss pressures and opportunities. Suggestions for the agenda to Rowina.Maddalena@nhmrc.gov.au or 02 6217 9352 by Friday 23rd September 2011.

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NHMRC Research Tracker – 12 August 2011 edition

Grant Announcement - October 2011

In the week of 17 October 2011, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, will announce the successful recipients of the following grants commencing in 2012.

The announcement will include:

  • Project Grants
  • Partnership Projects
  • Centres for Research Excellence
  • Research Fellowships
  • Career Development Fellowships (previously CDAs)
  • Practitioner Fellowships
  • TRIP (Translating Research into Practice) Fellowships
  • Early Career Fellowships (incl. Australia-China Fellowships)
  • European Union Collaborative Grants
  • IRIISS (Independent Research Institute Infrastructure Support Scheme)

A summary of the grant assessment process (August – October 2011) is available on the NHMRC website.

Project Grants – 2011 Peer Review

The 2011 Project Grants peer review process commenced on Monday 1 August in Canberra. Thirty-six Grant Review Panels (GRPs) are meeting over 6 weeks to review 3,508 Project Grant applications.  As of 12 August 2011, 14 GRPs have completed their work with 221 members rating 1,322 applications against the three selection criteria (scientific quality, significance or innovation, and track record).

NHMRC Grant Review Panels induction

NHMRC has prepared a brief induction video for new GRP members.  This eight minute video provides a summary of the key processes used in the GRP’s review of individual applications. View the video on the NHMRC website.

Reminder – Closing date for Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) applications for Research on Hypertension

GACD applications for research on hypertension will close on 31 August 2011. More information is available on the NHMRC website or for assistance in submitting applications, contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983 or email help@nhmrc.gov.au.

Nominations for Australian of the Year Awards

In recent years, health and medical researchers have been prominent recipients of the Australian of the Year award.  We encourage you to think about nominating an inspirational researcher for an award, particularly for Senior Australian of the Year or Young Australian of the Year.

Nominations for the 2012 awards close at the end of August. For more details visit Australian of the Year Awards 2012.

Of Blood, Cancer and Care - NHMRC Podcast

Professor Nic Nicola from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Victoria, talks about his therapy to strengthen white blood cell recovery that has contributed to the better care of 10 million cancer sufferers worldwide. Listen to this podcast on the NHMRC website.

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July 2011

NHMRC Research Tracker – 29 July 2011 edition

Reminder - Closing date for Postgraduate Scholarships

Applications for NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships close at 5:00 pm AEST on Monday 1 August, 2011.

For further information, contact the Scholarships Team on 02 6217 9393.

Timetable for 2011 Funding Applications

A summary of the grant assessment process, July – September 2011, for all current NHMRC application processes can be found on the NHMRC website.

Project Grant Applicant Rebuttals

Week 5 and 6 rebuttals began on Monday 25 July.  Dates for grant rebuttal periods (by grant application number) can be found on the NHMRC website under 'Rebuttal Period'.

Hendra Virus Research

NHMRC has allocated $3 million towards urgent research on the Hendra virus. A media release can be found on the NHMRC website and further information will be available in the next Research Tracker.

Mesothelioma Research

NHMRC is a member of the International Cancer Genome Consortium and will soon be holding a teleconference on mesothelioma.  If you are interested in participating in this teleconference, details will be provided in the next Research Tracker.

Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health – Podcast

Professor Stewart Einfeld from the University of Sydney talks about helping parents with developmentally disabled kids in our latest podcast.

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NHMRC Research Tracker – 15 July 2011 edition

Timetable for 2011 Funding Applications

A summary of the grant assessment process, July – September 2011, for all current NHMRC application processes can be found on the NHMRC website.

Project Grant Applicant Rebuttals

Week 3 and 4 rebuttals begin Monday 18 July.  Dates for grant rebuttal periods (by grant application number) can be found on the NHMRC website under 'Rebuttal Period'.

Clinical Trials

The NHMRC has released two draft documents for public comment in response to two recommendations of the Clinical Trials Action Group (CTAG):

  •     Recommendation C: To provide a table of standard costs associated with clinical trials
  •     Recommendation I: To facilitate better national coordination and greater collaboration across clinical trial networks.

Embryo Research Legislation

The Report on the Independent Review of the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction Act (2002) and Research Involving Human Embryos Act (2002) has been tabled in Parliament and is available on the Legislation Review website.

Release of Human Research Ethics Portal

The Human Research Ethics Portal is live. It contains information on the National Approach to Single Ethical Review (HOMER), including links to relevant information for HREC members, institutional staff administrators and researchers.

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NHMRC Research Tracker – 1 July 2011 edition

Final deadline for external assessments for Project Grants is 11 July 2011

To make sure all applicants have a fair go during peer review, we need all assessments to be completed by 11 July. Our GRPs are multi-disciplinary and so the external assessments are vital in ensuring detailed consideration of all applications.

NHMRC is very grateful for the support External Assessors have provided already.

Final Reports deadline extended to 29 July 2011

The deadline for all Final Reports is extended until Friday 29 July 2011 due to complications with RGMS and other disruptions in 2011.

Publication data in final reports

NHMRC recognises that the submission and final reports have caused some frustrations.

NHMRC requires only one submission of publication data for Final Reports - either the Excel template OR the Word template for journal articles and book chapters. Excel the preferred option but either format is acceptable.

These templates are available on the NHMRC website (at the bottom of the linked page).

Update on NHMRC Funding Schemes

2011 Project Grants - Rebuttal

Applicant responses (rebuttals) will be invited in 3 periods; Monday 11 July to Friday 22 July;
Monday 18 July to Friday 29 July; and Monday 25 July to Friday 5 August.

A list of which applications are in each response period is available on the NHMRC website.

We are unable to provide alternative periods due to the short timeframe between the applicant response period and the start of the Grant Review Panels. Please ensure you are able to provide an applicant response within the specified period for your application.

Development Grants for funding in 2012 – Closing Date Soon

Applications for funding of Development Grants 2012 close at 17:00 (AEST) on 18 July 2011.

Reminder: Research Funding through NHMRC collaborations

Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases – prevention and control of hypertension

If you are considering applying, please notify NHMRC via an email to: GACD.RFA@nhmrc.gov.au

Applications close on 31 August 2011. View the NHMRC website for more details.

California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) – pre-applications for translational stem cell funding

NHMRC and CIRM offer Australian researchers the opportunity to apply for translational stem cell research funding, in partnership with Californian researchers. Pre-applications opened 30 June 2011. A Request for Application is available on the CIRM website.

Pre-applications must be submitted to CIRM online through the CIRM Grants Management Portal by 5:00 pm (Pacific Daylight Time) on 10 August 2011.

Multi-centre human research - Discussion paper on monitoring

The NHMRC has developed a discussion paper on the monitoring arrangements for multi-centre human research.

This discussion paper is being distributed for targeted consultation to HoMER stakeholders, including researchers, research governance officers, HREC members and State/Territory Health Departments, until 29 July.

If you would more information, please contact the NHMRC by email: HOMER@nhmrc.gov.au or call (02) 6217 9213.

New Licence issued – embryo research

The NHMRC Embryo Research Licensing Committee has issued a new licence. View the NHMRC website for more details.

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June 2011

NHMRC Research Tracker – 17 June 2011 edition

A Summary of Peer Review for Project Grants 2011

NHMRC thanks the thousands of researchers who have completed their peer review assessments. NHMRC has been working to improve the information available to applicants, assessors and GRP members about the processes involved in peer review in 2011, particularly for Project Grants.

Professor Warwick Anderson has prepared a discussion paper on the steps involved in peer review for project grants this year, which is available from the NHMRC website.

New Research Funding through NHMRC collaborations

NHMRC is seeking applications for research funding across two new programs created through NHMRC international collaborations:

Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases – prevention and control of hypertension

NHMRC, with the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD), is inviting investigators to submit proposals to improve effective approaches to the prevention and control of hypertension in low and middle income countries and in Indigenous populations, in high income countries. Applications for funding can be made though RGMS –further information about the request for applications is available from the NHMRC website.  

Californian Institute of Regenerative Medicine – pre-applications for translational stem cell funding

NHMRC and the Californian Institute of Regenerative Medicine will be offering Australian researchers the opportunity to apply for translational stem cell research funding. Pre-applications open on 30 June 2011. Preliminary information can be found on the CIRM website. NHMRC will provide further information about the pre-application process in the next edition of Research Tracker.

Update on NHMRC Funding Schemes

Project Grants

NHMRC asks external assessors to complete their assessments. Establishment of the GRPs is well progressed and information has been provided to panel members about the timelines that apply to Primary Spokespersons’ Reports. In summary:

•  Weeks 1 & 2 (1-5 August, and 8-12 August) 1SP reports are due on Friday 8 July
•  Weeks 3 & 4 (15-19 August, 22-26 August) 1SP reports are due on Friday 15 July
•  Weeks 5 & 6 (29 Aug - 2 Sept, and 5 - 9 September) 1SP reports are due on Friday 22 July

The Applicant Response period (rebuttals) will be open from 11 July 2011.

Research and Practitioner Fellowships

Short-listed applicant’s interviews will be held in Melbourne from 20-25 June 2011.

Centres of Research Excellence 

A total of 79 applications were received for the current round. Assessments are currently being completed.

Development Grants

The current application round closes on 18 July 2011.

Grant Administration Issues

Access to RGMS emails – SPAM issues

NHMRC is aware that some RGMS initiated emails have been caught in institutions’ SPAM filters. We ask all RAOs and researchers to monitor emails and spam filters to help stay up-to-date.

2010 End of grant reports due 30 June

Submitting end of grant reports by the deadline is a requirement under NHMRC Funding Agreements. All grants that ended in 2010 must submit their end of grant reports by 30 June 2011.

The final reports are also used for the selection of research to be profiled in the prestigious NHMRC publication, 10 of the Best 2012 allowing NHMRC to continue to represent health and medical research achievements across Australia. The information in end of grant reports also provides Australian taxpayers with important information about the outcomes achieved through Australian Government funding of research.

National Health Research Enabling Capabilities (NHREC) Workshop

The NHREC Clinical Trial workshop was held on 15 June 2011. Attendees included researchers and major health non-government organisations. Further advice on outcomes of this important workshop will be available from the NHMRC website next month.

Developing a Targeted Call for Research (TCR) – increasing research capacity in the mental health system

NHMRC's Research Committee will discuss ways to increase capacity in the mental health system following the 13 April 2011 workshop on “Developing a more evidence-based mental health system.”

A committee will be established to develop potential TCRs to address the key issues of research needed, as identified in the workshop.

A comprehensive outline of the workshop can be found on the NHMRC website.

Dr Tania de Koning Ward, winner of the Commonwealth Health Minister’s Medal

NHMRC congratulates Dr Tania de Koning-Ward, from Deakin University’s Molecular Medicine Research Facility, for winning the Commonwealth Health Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Health and Medical Research.

The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, the Honourable Mark Butler MP, presented the gold medal to Dr de Koning-Ward on behalf of the Minister for Health and Ageing at a dinner held by the Australian Society for Medical Research in Melbourne on 9 June 2011.

Further details on Dr de Koning-Ward’s award can be found here.

Workshop: Improving Evidence-Based Dementia Care - 5 July 2011

Alzheimer’s Australia and the NHMRC are holding a joint workshop on Translating Dementia Care Research into Better Practice in Canberra from 9.30am – 4.00pm Tuesday 5 July. The workshop will focus on strategies and priorities for translating existing research evidence into improved dementia care practice across Australia. Further details can be found on the NHMRC website.

To register for this workshop please email Nat.Workshops@alzheimers.org.au by 24 June 2011.

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 3 June 2011 edition

Research Enabling support – a new approach

The National Health Research Enabling Capabilities (NHREC) scheme replaces the Enabling Grants scheme to provide a more strategic approach to identifying national health research infrastructure needs.

The NHMRC has recently conducted two workshops focussing on Cancer Biobanking (Workshop 1) and Brain Diseases and Non-cancer Biobanking (Workshop 2) to stimulate the research community to propose new, truly national overarching entities to co-ordinate biobanks in these essential areas.

The next invited workshop on 15 June will be on clinical trials.

More information on NHREC is available on the NHMRC website and there will be regular updates in Research Tracker.

Assessors Reports for Project and Fellowship Grant Applications due 10 June

External assessors currently reviewing Project Grant and Fellowship applications are asked to provide all external assessment reports to the NHMRC by Friday 10 June 2011.

This will enable all reports to be processed before interviews for 134 shortlisted Research Fellowship and 28 Practitioner Fellowship applicants begin on June 20.

It will also ensure that the 3508 Project Grant applicants can begin to prepare their applicants response to assessments.

Wind Farms and Human Health Scientific Forum – 7 June 2011

NHMRC is conducting a scientific forum on the possible health effects of wind turbines on Tuesday 7 June 2011.

The morning session, which will include presentations from scientific experts will be streamed live via the NHMRC website from 8.45 a.m. until midday, and will also be available for later viewing.

Draft Statement on Cancer Clusters - public consultation 6 June 2011

NHMRC will release a draft Statement on Cancer Clusters for public consultation on Monday 6 June 2011, available from the NHMRC website. The draft statement will provide information on the assessment and management of cancer cluster concerns. Public consultation will close on 15 August 2011.

Naltrexone implant treatment for opioid dependence

NHMRC has reviewed current literature for the effectiveness of naltrexone implants for the treatment of opioid dependence.

Clinical Trials Action Group Report

The Clinical Trials Action Group report has important implications for Australia's clinical trials capabilities.  NHMRC's progress in implementing the recommendations in the report, as well as further information about this important initiative, can be found on the NHMRC website.

Review of Gene Technology Act 2000 – call for submissions

The Department of Health and Ageing is calling for public submissions to a Review of the Gene Technology Act 2000.  Terms of reference of the review and call for public submissions can be found on the Department's website.

Public submissions close on 14 June.

Better utilising the skills of NHMRC staff with research experience

NHMRC employs a number of senior academics and PhD qualified researchers who provide a researcher background perspective and advice across the Office of NHMRC.  These staff have been brought together as a new Research Strategy Cluster (RSC), headed by Professor Roy Goldie, previously of Flinders University and the University of Western Australia.

The RSC provides advice across the NHMRC, including establishing Grant Review Panels, developing research policy and supporting strategic development.

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May 2011

NHMRC Research Tracker - 20 May 2011 edition

Your support for Peer Review is essential – message from the CEO

Information from the CEO’s Communiqué of 17 May 2011:

Peer review is a key responsibility of all researchers and a part of our professional responsibilities. It is also the cornerstone of NHMRC's grant application processes as we rely on the research community to ensure that the best applications are funded, as judged by researcher's peers.

NHMRC staff members are working with Academy members to finalise membership of all Grant Review Panels. Research and Practitioner Fellowship GRPs are now finalised.

The full Communiqué can be found on the NHMRC website.

Guiding Principles for Project Grant Panel Establishment

NHMRC aspires to achieve a number of principles in determining Grant Review Panel membership. This information can be found on the NHMRC website.

Clarifying NHMRC involvement in FP7 European calls in health

NHMRC is aware of some confusion regarding the upcoming FP7 European calls in HEALTH.2012.1.4-3: Innovative Strategies for translation of stem cell based therapies in regenerative medicine (European Union-Australia cooperation). Funding for successful research groups under this call will be supported by NHMRC’s existing European Union Collaborative Research Grants scheme. Grants deemed fundable by the European Union peer review process will be considered by NHMRC’s Research Committee in conjunction with other NHMRC-European Union Collaborative Research Grant proposals. The total NHMRC budget for this scheme is $AUD 4M per annum.

Direct Research Costs – revised advice

NHMRC has developed a guide for researchers and administrative staff on what can be included in the direct costs of research. The guide, approved by NHMRC’s Research Committee, will assist Administering Institutions in ensuring they have necessary information to define direct and indirect costs of research.

This guide is available on the NHMRC website under the heading “Direct Research Costs”.

If further assistance is required please contact the NHMRC on 1800 500 983 or help@nhmrc.gov.au

Registering Administering Institutions for 2012 funding

All existing and new Administering Institutions wishing to administer NHMRC funding in 2012 must register their details by the end of 2011.

On registration as an Administering Institution, Institutions will be required to sign the new NHMRC Funding Agreement.

For further information please contact the NHMRC Program Assurance Section:

Email: PA.Info@nhmrc.gov.au
Telephone: 02 6217 9050

NHMRC websites down for maintenance, Friday 20 May to Sunday 22 May

All NHMRC websites, including RGMS, will be offline from 9:00pm Friday, 20 May to 4:00am Sunday, 22 May 2011 due to a scheduled network outage. Notification has been sent to all Research Administration Officer’s (RAOs) with regards to RGMS.

Contacts for further information:

Phone:

Media enquiries – 0422 008 512
RGMS – 1800 500 983

Email:

NHMRC - nhmrc@nhmrc.gov.au
Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal - clinicalguidelines@nhmrc.gov.au
RGMS - help@nhmrc.gov.au

Please note that emails will be responded to on Monday 23 May.

Upcoming Dementia Research Workshop

A workshop on Translating Dementia Care Research into Better Practice will be hosted by Alzheimers Australia and NHMRC on 5 July. Workshop objectives are currently being finalised and invitations will be sent by the end of May.

Gennectome Workshop – the future of genomic medicine

On 19 May 2011, NHMRC held a workshop to consider future implications of whole of genome sequencing on health care and clinical service delivery. The workshop was attended by a wide range of stakeholders from across the health and science sectors. NHMRC will work with its Human Genetics Advisory Committee and Health Care Committee to develop an action plan that furthers the outcomes of the workshop.

Involving the community and consumers in medical research

NHMRC held a workshop on 19 May 2011 to explore contemporary approaches to involving consumers, patients and communities across NHMRC’s activities and NHMRC funded research. Consumer and community groups, researchers, guidelines developers and government representatives discussed key principles for consumer and community engagement, covering:

  • When should consumer/ community engagement occur?
  • How to ensure the right consumers are reached?
  • Barriers to consumer/community involvement and engagement; and
  • Review, implementation and dissemination of NHMRC’s Statement on Consumer and Community Participation in Health and Medical Research Outcomes from the workshop will help develop strategies to support researchers in involving consumers and community in their research.

More from the NHMRC…

CEO Update: Outcomes of the 2011 – 12 Budget for the NHMRC.

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 6 May 2011 edition

Building Research Translation

NHMRC’s proposal for a new national network for research translation will be available for public consultation shortly.

Presentations from the NHMRC’s National Research Translation Network workshop on 20 April 2010, which involved leading NHMRC-funded clinical practice researchers are now available from the NHMRC website.

NHMRC Grant Schemes

Listed below are the numbers of applications received for various NHMRC funding schemes.  Data for 2010 are also included for comparison.  While the majority of schemes showed a small decrease in application numbers, project grants continue to increase.

Listed below are the numbers of applications received for various NHMRC funding schemes. Data for 2010 are also included for comparison. While the majority of schemes showed a small decrease in application numbers, project grants continue to increase.
 

  2010 2011 Difference 2010 -2011
Projects 3343 3508 +165
Early Career Fellowships 433 389 -44
Career Development Fellowships 428 356 -72
Research Fellowships 219 224 +5
Practitioner Fellowships      29 51 +22
TRIP Fellowships n/a 42 n/a
Partnership Grants               51 36 -15
Centres of Research Excellence 84 79 -5

 

NHREC Workshops 24 May 2011: a new strategy for funding enabling capabilities in brain research

The National Health Research Enabling Capabilities (NHREC) Scheme supports research capabilities/facilities.

The next NHREC workshop will be held in Canberra on Tuesday 24 May 2011 to discuss the desirability and feasibility of funding a national network that supports biobanking facilities supporting brain and other non-cancer related research.  All holders of existing Enabling Grants involved in this area have been invited, as have other senior researchers in the field.

If you are a senior researcher and would like to contribute to this workshop, please email nhrec@nhmrc.gov.au with your details.

Outcomes from the first NHREC workshop, which discussed cancer capabilities on 5 May 2011, will be taken to the NHMRC’s Research Committee for discussion.

Translating Dementia Care Research into Better Practice Workshop – 5 July 2011

This workshop supported by Alzheimer’s Australia and NHMRC will be held in Canberra on 5 July 2011. 

The aim of this workshop is to examine ways to increase the capacity of Australia's dementia care research, community-sector, policy and service provider communities to effectively translate research evidence into higher quality dementia care. 

Additional information will be published in the next edition of Research Tracker.

NHMRC’s Mental Health Workshops

Presentations from the 13 April 2011 Mental Health workshop are available from the NHMRC website.  Outcomes from this workshop will be available in a later edition of Tracker.

2011 NHMRC Development Grants

Call for applications for the 2011 round ofthe NHMRC Development Grant Scheme opened on 18 April and will close on 18 July 2011. All applications are to be submitted online through RGMS. To gain access to RGMS, please visit the NHMRC website and click on new user request.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Health Services and Policy Research call for grant applications

Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR-IHSPR) and the Office for Patient-Oriented Research are planning to call for grant applications in October 2011 on Community-Based Primary Healthcare (CBPH).

As part of this initiative, CIHR-IHSPR is currently calling for applications for its Meetings, Planning and Dissemination Grant scheme, which presents an excellent opportunity for Australian researchers to establish or further collaborate with their Canadian colleagues.

Further information regarding the CBPH initiative can be found at:
http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/43249.html; and
http://secure.campaigner.com/Campaigner/Public/t.show?JaGM--7PqZ-gy3EY7

Potential Impacts of Wind Turbines on Human Health - Scientific Meeting– 7 June

This workshop will discuss NHMRC’s revision of its statement on the scientific evidence around potential health effects of wind turbines.  Interested people from the wind farm sector, health experts, clean energy groups and public health researchers will be invited.

 


 

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April 2011

NHMRC Research Tracker - 21 April 2011 edition

Professor Ian Chubb AC appointed new Chief Scientist

The NHMRC congratulates Professor Chubb on his appointment as Australia’s Chief Scientist. 

Professor Chubb has had a distinguished medical research career before being appointed as a Vice Chancellor.  He has served NHMRC in a number of roles, in the Project Grant Peer Review process. 

NHMRC looks forward to working closely with Professor Chubb in the future.

Funding schemes overview

The Project Grant funding scheme closed on 5 April with 3,508 applications received, 165 more than the previous year.  Increases in the number of applications for Research and Practitioner Fellowships (226 and 51 applications received respectively) were also observed this year.

Schemes that are currently open include Program Grants, and applications to the EU Collaborative Research scheme that have been favorably assessed by the EU, and Development Grants.

Information about the NHMRC’s funding calendar, Advice and Instructions to Applicants and funding policies on each of NHMRC’s grant schemes is available on our website.

Progress in peer review

The NHMRC Academy met in the first week of April to identify up to six possible external assessors for each application.  This work is well underway and requests to assess have been sent to the first two assessors for most applications.  We ask that all invited assessors indicate their availability for assessment as soon as possible to support prompt reallocation of applications where assessors are not available.

Potential members for GRPs will be contacted after Easter to confirm their availability following indications of interest earlier this year.

Shortlisting for Researcher and Practitioner Fellowships is well underway.  We will maintain periodic updates on the peer review process for each scheme through Tracker.

Mental Health Workshop

A Mental Health workshop on 13 April brought practitioners, researchers and consumers together to discuss the contribution that health and medical research could make to the reform of the mental health system. 

Opened by the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, the Hon. Mark Butler, the workshop also heard from Professor Thomas Insel (Director of the National Institutes of Health) about the National Institute of Mental Health’s strategies and initiatives.  

NHMRC is now collating the ideas and suggestions from the workshop for consideration by Research Committee in May.

Update on Advanced Health Research Centres

Consultation on the NHMRC’s proposal to develop Advanced Health Research Centres closed in early March.  The feedback received on this initiative was overwhelmingly positive, providing some excellent suggestions as to how the concept could be shaped.

NHMRC has been considering all of the submissions received from Universities, Hospitals, Medical Research Institutes, State Governments, interest groups and individuals. Research Committee will consider a draft proposal in May for forwarding to the June meeting of NHRMC Council.

A national research translation network workshop

More than 100 clinical practice researchers, NHMRC Principal Committee members and consumer representatives met on 20 April to discuss how a national network of research leaders might be established to help NHMRC address the gap between research, policy and practice. A communiqué on the outcomes of the workshop will be released shortly on the NHRMC website.

WISE Summit – 11 April

NHMRC Chief Executive Warwick Anderson participated in the Women in Engineering and Science Summit at Parliament House, Canberra on 11 April 2011. 

The NHMRC paper available at the summit can be found on the NHMRC website.

The WiSE communiqué is at: http://www.scienceinpublic.com.au/media-releases/wise-communique#more-5722

Indigenous Science Forum

The importance of Indigenous health research and building the current and future workforce were reinforced at the NHMRC Indigenous Scientific Forum, held from 24-25 February, in Canberra.  A communiqué with the outcome of the forum is available from the NHMRC website.

Dietary Guidelines update

A special meeting of Council on 1 April considered a draft of the NHMRC nutrition guidelines project, ahead of further consideration in June.

Public consultation on the revised Australian Dietary Guidelines is scheduled for later this year, along with revised Infant Feeding Guidelines for Healthcare Workers.  The dietary guidelines aimto promote the benefits of healthy eating to improve community health and wellbeing and to reduce the risk of diet-related disease.

Information on the review is available on the NHMRC website.

Clarification around the NHMRC Administering Institution Policy and eligibility for IRIISS funding

Following release of NHMRC’s Administering Institution (AI) Policy in February 2011, NHMRC has received enquiries as to whether Medical Research Institutes (MRIs) have to become accredited to received funding under NHMRC’s Independent Research Institute Infrastructure Support Scheme (IRIISS).

Under the revised AI Policy, MRIs are no longer accredited by NHMRC.  MRIs that meet the eligibility requirements to become an NHMRC AI and are also registered under the revised AI Policy will automatically be eligible to receive IRIISS funding on relevant competitively awarded NHMRC grants.

All Institutions that wish to receive NHMRC funding must be registered under the revised AI Policy.

Details of the AI policy and registration are available on the NHMRC website.

Homeopathy

NHMRC is finalising a statement on homeopathy for health practitioners, that has been adapted for the Australian context from a 2010 report by the UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.

Australian Workforce Strategy, Research Skills for an Innovative Future, launched by Senator Carr

On Tuesday 19 April 2011, the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator the Hon. Kim Carr, launched the National Research Workforce Strategy, intended to strengthen the research workforce to 2020 and beyond.  The report makes particular reference to the need to strengthen the representation of women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the research workforce.

More information on the strategy can be found at:
http://www.innovation.gov.au/RESEARCH/RESEARCHWORKFORCEISSUES/Pages/default.aspx

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March 2011

NHMRC Research Tracker – 25 March 2011 edition

Indicative Timeframes for Project Grant Assessments

We will soon be contacting potential assessors to assess Project Grant applications and provide assessment reports.

Invitations will be sent to potential assessors in early April 2011, with a request that assessment reports are completed within a short timeframe after declaration of possible conflicts of interest.

We are grateful to the research community for its contribution to this essential contribution to the scientific review of grant applications.

Further information is available on the NHMRC website.

Potential impacts of wind turbines on human health – NHMRC workshop early June 2011

NHMRC is updating its review of the published scientific literature relating to the potential impacts of wind turbines on human health.

A workshop will be hosted by NHMRC in early June 2011 with representatives from jurisdictions and the environmental health sector to consider the latest Australian and international evidence. Suitable public representation will be sought.

Following this, NHMRC will revise its Public Statement to reflect recent advances in the literature.

NHMRC-European Union Collaborative Research Grants (NHMRC – EU Scheme)

The NHMRC – EU Scheme assists Australian researchers to participate in projects with international researchers under the European Commission’s (EC) Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

In 2011, Australian Chief Investigators must submit their applications on RGMS only after they have received notification from the EC that the application has been favourably evaluated for funding.

Stakeholder forum on Tuesday 19 April 2011 - revising Staying Healthy in Child Care

NHMRC is holding a stakeholder forum in Canberra to inform the revision of Staying Healthy in Child Care - 4th Edition on Tuesday, 19 April 2011.

Please register interest by emailing stuart.barrow@nhmrc.gov.au with the subject "SHIC Stakeholder Forum".

NHMRC approval of Guidelines

NHMRC has released two guidelines developed by beyondblue, the national depression initiative:

Clinical practice guidelines: Depression in adolescents and young adults
Clinical practice guidelines: Depression and related disorders – anxiety, bipolar disorder and puerperal psychosis – in the perinatal period

beyondblue developed these guidelines to assist health professionals to identify and treat depression among adolescents and young adults aged 13 to 24 years; and to assist health professionals in primary care and maternity care to identify and treat mental health problems in the perinatal period.

Disruption to NHMRC Internet Service

NHMRC internet, RGMS and email access was disrupted by problems with our external providers this morning. We apologise for any inconvenience that was caused.

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NHMRC Research Tracker – 11 March 2011 edition

Reminder - Revised closing dates for NHMRC Grant schemes

  • Project Grants: 5 April 2011
  • Centres of Research Excellence: 31 March 2011
  • Translating Research into Practice Fellowships (TRIPs): 15 April 2011
  • Career Development Fellowships: 12 April 2011

As with all revised deadlines, all applications must have been commenced in RGMS by the original closing dates:

  • Project Grants: 8 March 2011
  • Centres of Research Excellence: 25 March 2011
  • Translating Research into Practice Fellowships (TRIPs): 24 March 2011
  • Career Development Fellowships: 31 March 2011

Australian Research Council Future Fellowships - Eligibility Rules

ARC funding rules for the 2011 round of Future Fellowships include the new eligibility requirement:

During the 2011 calendar year, researchers cannot apply for a Fellowship on a NHMRC Proposal and a Future Fellowship Proposal.

Any researcher with NHMRC applications within RGMS who wants to withdraw their applications on the basis that they are applying for the ARC Future Fellowship under its new eligibility rules, please talk to your RAO and contact the Research Help Centre.

RGMS – open letter from Warwick Anderson

An open letter from Warwick Anderson, presenting an overview of the issues that arose with RGMS early this year has been published on the NHMRC website.

RGMS performance has been performing well since it reopened for Fellowship applicants on 19 February and to all users on 23 February. Daily reports are available on the NHMRC website and through Twitter (@NHMRC). These reports show that RGMS is now supporting nearly 5,000 applications across currently open funding schemes. Logins have been at record levels, with no outages.

NHMRC - European Union Collaborative Research Grants (NHMRC – EU Scheme)

This scheme assists Australian researchers to participate in projects with international researchers under the European Commission’s (EC) Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

Researchers who have recently submitted an application under the EC’s FP7 Cooperation programme are no longer required to submit their application to NHMRC within two weeks of applying.

Instead, Australian Chief Investigators must submit their applications on RGMS after they have received notification from the EC that the application has been favourably evaluated for funding.

More information on NHMRC - European Union Collaborative Research Grants is available on the NHMRC website.

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February 2011

NHMRC Research Tracker – 25 February 2011 edition

Research Grants Administration System (RGMS)

The CEO of the NHMRC has issued a series of communiqués about the status of RGMS and the NHMRC’s response to the issues.  The communiqué was sent to all RGMS users. For further information please visit the NHMRC website.

Peer Review Assigners Day

NHMRC Assigners Panel will meet from 4-7th April 2011 in our Canberra Office to assign project grants to Grant Review Panels and to identify external assessors.

Program Grants:  pre-opening announcement

Applications for NHMRC Program Grants for funding commencing in 2013 will open on 9 March 2011 and close at 5pm AEST on 1 June 2011.  All applications should be submitted electronically using NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System.

TRIP Fellowships – information sessions for applicants

The next round of applications for Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships will close on Thursday 24th March 2011. Information sessions via teleconference about the TRIP Fellowships will be held on 28 February and 2 March.

To register your interest in participating in one of the teleconferences, please visit the NHMRC website

NHMRC workshops - 2011

The following workshops are planned for 2011:

  • Mental Health – 13th April, 2011 (Canberra)
  • Towards a national network to enhance leadership in research translation and implementation – 20th April 2011 (Canberra)
  • Consumers and Community Group Workshop (Canberra, mid-April – date to be confirmed)
  • Enabling Grants/National Health Research Enabling Capabilities – consultation on the new NHMRC Policy (Canberra; early May, 2011 - date to be confirmed)
  • ‘Open Access’ Publication Consultative Workshop – Practical matters on rolling out NHMRC’s Policy (Canberra; date to be announced)
  • Improving the health of Australians through whole genome sequencing and related technologies (details forthcoming)

For additional information on these workshops please visit the NHMRC website or contact Dr Saraid Billiards (workshops@nhmrc.gov.au).

Memorandum of Understanding with the Californian Institute of Regenerative Medicine

The Office of NHMRC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding of research collaboration with the Californian Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), USA.  Calls for applications will be announced through Tracker and the NHMRC website.

10 of the Best 2010

The ‘10 of the Best Research Projects 2010publication was launched by the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler earlier this month.

This publication profiles the work done by some of the country’s leading researchers to improve health for all Australians.

Upcoming Grant Announcements

Grant Type

Who

Where

When

Australia Fellows

The Hon. Mark Butler

Canberra

3rd March, 2011

Inaugural Marshall and Warren Award

Professor Michael Good (Chair, Council)

Canberra

3rd March, 2011

Program Grants

The Hon. Mark Butler

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne.

8th March, 2011

Consumer and Community Engagement Framework

NHMRC is planning to hold a forum in April 2011 to seek input on how to implement the Joint Statement on Consumer and Community Engagement in Health and Medical Research.  Additional details will be forthcoming.

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NHMRC Tracker – 11 February 2011 edition

RGMS Information

The CEO of the NHMRC will issue a communiqué about the current status of RGMS and the NHMRC’s response to the issues later today, Friday 11 February 2011.  The communiqué will be sent to all RGMS users.

Release of the NHMRC Administering Institution Policy

The revised NHMRC Administering Institution Policy is available on the NHMRC website.

All institutions that wish to administer NHMRC funding after 31 December 2011 will have to be registered in accordance with the revised Policy, and have signed a Funding Agreement available from the NHMRC website

The revised Administering Institution Policy replaces the former NHMRC accreditation policy for independent medical research institutes. Administering Institutions currently in receipt of NHMRC funding who wish to retain this status should notify NHMRC of their intention to be registered as an Administering Institution under the revised policy by 31 March 2011.

NHMRC CEO Workshop

Towards a national network to enhance leadership in research translation and implementation – 20 April 2011, Canberra

NHMRC is hosting a workshop to discuss plans to expand Australia’s capacity to implement evidence from research into clinical practice. Senior leaders in translational clinical research have been invited to help NHMRC develop better ways of bridging the gap between research and clinical practice.

Discussions will include exploring ways in which the NHMRC staff at the National Institute of Clinical Studies might support the work of NHMRC funded Centres of Clinical Research Excellence, Centres of Research Excellence in Health Services Research, Clinical Program Grants, Clinical Partnership Projects and Practitioner Fellows. Further details will be forthcoming. 

Improving Peer Review of 2011 NHMRC Project Grants Scheme

For information on the changes to the Peer Review Process in 2011 please visit the NHMRC website.

Each year, so many Australian health and medical researchers contribute many hours selflessly to the GRP process - for this NHMRC and fellow members are very grateful.

TRIP Fellowships - information sessions for applicants via teleconference

Information sessions via teleconference about the TRIP Fellowships will be held on 21 and 28 February, and 2 March.

Additional information on how to register your interest in participating in one of the teleconferences is available from the NHMRC website.

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January 2011

NHMRC Tracker – 28 January 2011 edition

RGMS Technical Issue

NHMRC is currently investigating an intermittent technical issue which is requiring the servers to be rebooted.  This issue has been escalated to the software vendor.

In order to limit the impact of the issue on users, there will be occasions when NHMRC will restrict new log-ins, allowing users already logged on to complete their sessions.  Templates are available to support off-line work on applications.  A more detailed advice will be issued on Monday 31 January.

NHMRC Partnership Projects

Applications for the third round of NHMRC Partnership Projects will open on 1 February 2011 and close at 5pm AEDST on 29 April 2011. NHMRC Partnership Projects are designed to help create partnerships among decision makers, policy makers, managers, clinicians and researchers.  All applications should be submitted electronically using NHMRC’s RGMS. Further information is available from the NHMRC website.

TRIP Fellowships - call for applications

Applications for NHMRC Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships for funding in 2012 will open on 1 February 2011 and close at 5pm AEDST on 24 March 2011.  All applications should be submitted electronically using NHMRC’s RGMS.  More information regarding TRIP Fellowships can be found on the NHMRC website

Reviews of the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction Act 2002 and Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002

In late December 2010 the Hon Mark Butler MP, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, in accordance with the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction and Research Involving Human Embryos Acts 2002, appointed an independent committee to conduct a review of these Acts. Minister Butler has asked the NHMRC to provide administration support for the committee.  Information about the committee, the review, and how to make public submissions is available from the Legislation Review website.

NHMRC congratulates Professor Don Bursill AM

NHMRC congratulates Professor Don Bursill AM on his 2011 South Australian Senior Australian of the Year award.  Professor Bursill is an international leader and recognised expert in the field of water management and water quality.  NHMRC has enjoyed a long association with Professor Bursill through his research as an Australia Fellow, and his chairing of the NHMRC Water Quality Advisory Committee.

NHMRC VTE prevention guideline – new clinician summary and patient information

New resources for clinicians and patients to support the implementation of recommendations from the 2009 Clinical Practice Guideline for the Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism (Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism) in Patients Admitted to Australian Hospitals are now available from the NHMRC website.

Clinical Practice Guidelines on Magnesium Sulphate Prior to Preterm Birth for Neuroprotection of the Fetus, Infant and Child

NHMRC has recently approved this guideline that was developed by the Australian Research Centre for the Health of Women and Babies (ARCH).

The guideline recommendations outline the use of magnesium sulphate for pregnant women at imminent risk of preterm birth to reduce the risk of cerebral palsy and other adverse neurodevelopment outcomes. These guidelines are relevant for health professionals who care for women at risk of preterm birth and their babies; for pregnant women and their partners and families; and for policy makers in maternity care. The guideline can be access from ARCH  or from the NHMRC website.

HoMER Update

Nominations for HoMER certification for a second round will close on 18 February 2011. On-site visits for this round will be scheduled from 21 February – 24 June 2011.  A subsequent round of certification will be held in July 2011. Further details on certification can be found on the NHMRC website

NHMRC released a discussion paper Understanding Research Governance of Multi-centre Human Research 2010 for public consultation on 13 December 2010.  It can be found on the NHMRC website. The public consultation will close on 25 February 2011.

If you have any queries regarding HoMER, please call (02) 6217 9213 or email homer@nhmrc.gov.au

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