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May 2013

NHMRC Research Tracker - 17 May 2013

Key grant application dates for 2013

The updated funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Track progress on Project Grants applications

  • 7137 requests for external assessments received
  • 5495 external assessment reports received

Secure your Project Grant external assessments

Assigners Academy members are reminded to secure external assessments as early as possible.

Find out when Project Grants 2013 assessments will be available

Applicants can find out when they will be receiving their assessments here (PDF, 301KB). Extensions will not be granted unless in exceptional circumstances. Applicants are encouraged to liaise with their team and RAO to make alternative arrangements if required.

Opportunity for early career researchers to observe Grant Review Panels

Institutions with more than 10 applications in the Project Grants 2013 round can nominate early career researchers as observers for this year’s peer review process. Interested researchers should speak to their institutions for more details. Nominations close 5pm AEST 23 May.

Read CEO statement on the Australian Government’s 2013-14 Budget

Now online: NHMRC website.

Read CEO’s Newsletter of April 2013

A reminder that the CEO’s Newsletter summarises nine issues of interest to researchers, including the role of health and medical researchers in NHMRC’s “Big Ideas for Action for Big Health Challenges”, and streamlining our application processes for Quality and Efficiency in Granting. 

Attend CEO talk at the ICT for Life Sciences Forum

The CEO will deliver a talk on 23 May in Melbourne about the future of health and medical research, who benefits from this work and how. Registration details: event website.


FOR YOUR INTEREST

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 3 May 2013

Key grant application dates for 2013

The updated funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Track progress on Project Grants applications

  • 6309 requests for external assessments received
  • 3016 external assessment reports received

Recently closed rounds

  • Early Career Fellowships: 524 applications received
  • Translation Research Into Practice fellowships: 51 applications received
  • Partnership Projects 1st call: 18 applications received

Submit your abstract for the Research Translation Faculty Symposium by 13 May

NHMRC is inviting abstracts and/or proposals for workshops/master classes on research translation. The symposium will be held in Sydney on 2-3 October 2013. You do not need to be a faculty member to submit an abstract and attend the symposium. Further information: NHMRC website.

Lodge a submission to Defence Trade Controls Act 2011 Senate Inquiry

The Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee is seeking submissions on the implementation of the Defence Trade Controls Act 2011, which may impact on the university and research sectors, as well as on industry. Visit the APH website for more information.

NHMRC to hold Tripartite Agreement – Mentorship Workshop 23-24 May

This workshop will be held in conjunction with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the New Zealand Health Research Council. Further information: NHMRC website.

Save the date for RAO Seminar 25-26 November

The Australian Research Council (ARC) and NHMRC, in association with the Australasian Research Management Society, will be hosting the annual Research Administrators’ Seminar. This event will be held at the National Convention Centre in Canberra on 25 and 26 November 2013. Further information: NHMRC website.

 

FOR YOUR INTEREST

Recent media releases and research notices

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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April 2013

NHMRC Research Tracker - 19 April 2013

Key grant application dates for 2013

The updated funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

RGMS offline 27 April

RGMS will be offline from 9am to 5pm AEST Saturday 27 April to perform essential system maintenance. Users will be unable to access RGMS for the duration of the outage. NHMRC apologises for any inconvenience.

The McKeon Review report is released

The Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research Final Report has been released. Further information: McKeon Review website (PDF, 2.55MB).

Assigner’s Day 2013

Over 115 Assigners Academy members met last week in Canberra for Assigner’s Day. The day was a success with 4300 invitations to review applications sent and 613 requests for external assessments had been accepted by the end of the day. To date, over 4500 requests for external assessments have been accepted and 201 external assessment reports have been submitted.

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

Submit your Early Career Fellowships supervisor referee report by 1 May

NHMRC has received a significant number of emails with an out of office status for supervisor referees nominated by applicants in RGMS. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the supervisor referee report is submitted through RGMS by 1 May. Further information: NHMRC website.

Update your RGMS profile

The grant review process has commenced.  High quality peer review relies on aligning applications and reviewers. RGMS profiles help us achieve this. If you hold an RGMS account up-date your details. You can find step-by-step instructions in the RGMS User Guide for All Users, at the RGMS Library.

Research / private sector conflicts of interest

A proposed supplement to the Australian Code on managing conflicts of interest deals with relationships between researchers and the private sector. Have your say by 2 May. Further information: NHMRC website.

Funding Agreement and Deeds of Agreement

Changes have been made to the Funding Agreement, Deeds of Agreement - Research Support v3 and v4 and Deeds of Agreement – Researcher support v4 and v5. More details: NHMRC website.

NHMRC / A*STAR joint grants announced

A new research collaboration between the NHMRC and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore will fund five grants totalling $3.5 million. Further information: NHMRC website.

Partnership Centre on cognitive decline announced

Australia’s first $25 million Partnership Centre will address the complex problems faced by older people with cognitive decline, including dementia. Further information: NHMRC website.

Partnerships for Better Health Partnership Projects funding announced

Go to NHMRC website for further information on 11 Partnership Project grants totalling $7.9 million.


FOR YOUR INTEREST

Open Public Consultations

Recent media releases and research notices

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties that have recently been released
 

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 5 April 2013

Key grant application dates for 2013

The updated funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Grant application efforts are valued

Recent media attention has focused on the amount of time researchers spend preparing NHMRC grant applications. While NHMRC is continuously working to streamline the application process, the time researchers spend completing grant applications is an essential part of academic life and forms the basis of breakthroughs and discoveries leading to improved health outcomes. CEO’s views: NHMRC website.

Read the NHMRC Project Grants Peer Review Guidelines

Guidelines for funding commencing in 2014 now online: NHMRC Website (PDF, 548KB).

Assigners Academy meet in Canberra on 11 April

Academy members will meet on 11 April to identify suitable external assessors and then monitor completion of the assessor’s reports for project grant applications. Further information: NHMRC website.

Revised National Principles of Intellectual Property Management

NHMRC has adopted a new set of national IP principles that will help researchers, research managers and their institutions identify, protect and manage IP. Further information: NHMRC website.

Read the Autumn edition of the CEO Newsletter

The latest CEO newsletter discusses hot topics related to health and medical research and provides an update on NHMRC’s current projects. Now available: NHMRC website.

Submit abstracts for 2nd Annual NHMRC Research Translation Faculty Symposium

This Symposium will be held in Sydney on 2-3 October 2013. With a theme of From Bench to Bourke: Improving practice, policy and commercialisation, participants will discuss models for research translation, measuring the impact of health and medical research, disseminating the results of research, meeting the needs of end users, and building capacity in research translation. The call for abstracts is now open: NHMRC website. Registrations for the Symposium will open in June.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Targeted Call for Research (TCR): closes 10 April

FASD affects individuals across the breadth of the Australian community. Consistent with the Australian Government’s commitment to Indigenous health through Closing the Gap, research funded under this TCR will need to be highly relevant to the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Further information: NHMRC website.

FOR YOUR INTEREST

Open Public Consultations

Recent media releases and research notices

See full article...

March 2013

NHMRC Research Tracker - 22 March

Submit your application before closing date

The updated funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

New look homepage for RGMS

In response to feedback, the RGMS homepage has been completely redesigned to make it more intuitive and informative for users. Visit the RGMS library for a summary of the changes, or log in to RGMS to see what’s new.

Annual Progress Reports

Closing date has been extended to 30 April. Further information: NHMRC website.

Annual Financial Statements

Annual Financial Statements are also due by 30 April. Further information: NHMRC website

Principles of Peer Review doc: now online

NHMRC’s Principles of Peer Review were endorsed by its Council on 14 March 2013 and are available on the website. The Principles are high-level, guiding statements that underpin NHMRC’s peer review processes. With the implementation of Universal Peer Review Guidelines soon to follow, these Principles will apply to all NHMRC funding schemes.

Thank you to those who commented during the public online consultation period and at last month’s Evolutions in Peer Review Symposium.

Project Grants 2013 application numbers and next steps

NHMRC had received 3918 applications by the closure of applications last Tuesday - a 5.1% increase on last year.

The Assigner’s Academy will now identify External Assessors and membership of the Grant Review Panels will be finalised. GRPs will meet over the period of 29 July to 6 September. 

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Targeted Call for Research (TCR): closes 10 April

FASD affects individuals across the breadth of the Australian community. However, consistent with the Australian Government’s commitment to Indigenous health through Closing the Gap, research funded under this TCR will need to be highly relevant to the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Further information: NHMRC website.

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Research Tracker - 8 March 2013

Submit your application before closing date

Further information: NHMRC website.

Research Help Centre has extended operating hours until 19 March

  • March 4-10: open 9am to 7pm AEDST Monday to Friday
  • March 11: closed for Canberra Day public holiday
  • March 12-19: open 8am to 7pm AEDST Monday to Friday
  • March 16: open 10am to 2pm AEDST Saturday

Further information: NHMRC website.

Ensure your Project Grant application is eligible

Project Grant applicants are advised to submit outstanding reports, including progress, final and financial reports, by 19 March 2013 to ensure eligibility. Further information in Part 1, Section 14 and Part 2, Section 7 of the NHMRC Funding Rules (PDF, 860KB).

Role of External Assessors in Project Grants peer review

For your information - Assigners Academy members select external assessors based on their skills and expertise. External assessment is in addition to the contributions of the primary and secondary spokespersons and the other review panel members for each application. Further information: NHMRC website.

NHMRC holds international Peer Review Symposium

As part of NHMRC’s commitment to examining and improving peer review, NHMRC recently held a Peer Review Symposium that was attended by representatives from leading international research funding agencies, amongst others. A summary, photos and presentations from the symposium are now online: NHMRC website.

Lodge your Annual Report for certified institutions by 29 March

Institutions certified under the national approach to single ethical review (formerly known as the HoMER Initiative) are requested to complete and lodge an electronic copy of the report via the Human Research Ethics Portal.

Submit nominations for the NHMRC Ethics Award 2013 by 22 March

Nominations are open until 5 pm AESDT 22 March 2013. The award recognises outstanding Australians for their contributions to high ethical standards in health and medical research or in health. Further information: NHMRC website.

Submit nominations to HFSP for the 2014 HFSP Nakasone Award by 5 April

NHMRC supports the Australian membership of the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP). Nominations are invited for the Nakasone Award of an unrestricted research grant of $USD10,000, a commemorative medal and an invitation to deliver the Nakasone lecture at the 2014 HFSP Awardees Meeting. Further information: HFSP website.

Preventive Health Translational Research Award: nominations now open

NHMRC’s sister organisation, the Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA), is calling for nominations for its Preventive Health Translational Research Award. The Award will highlight excellence in research and promote the value of partnerships between researchers and practitioners that build capacity for evidence-based policy and practice for preventive health. For more information and to enter online visit the ANPHA website.

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February 2013

Research Tracker - 22 February 2013

Key grant application dates for 2013

The updated funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Honour Roll for 2012 Peer Review

Researchers who have participated as an external assessor and/or on peer review panels are acknowledged on the NHMRC website at the end of each peer review process. Institutions are asked to take note of NHMRC peer reviewer contributions when considering their position within the institution.

International Workshop on Evolutions in Peer Review

NHMRC hosted a workshop with NIH, CIHR and UK MRC this week on evolving and improving peer review. Over 100 researchers and community members attended. A report will appear shortly on our website.

RGMS Application Form: updated

Dementia has been added to Part A of the application form (section A-NHP: National Health Priorities). This is in line with the inclusion of Dementia as a National Health Priority. Applicants can now enter a percentage for this priority in section A-NHP of the application form.

Request for CIAs to complete A-RC: Research Classification of Project Grants applications 

CIAs are requested to complete this area as soon as possible after they have commenced their application. This information will assist NHMRC in planning for peer review and allocating applications to appropriate panels. Project Grants applications close 19 March 2013.

2013 Assigners Academy: Meeting in Canberra on 11 April

Over 160 Academy members will meet in April to identify suitable external assessors and then monitor completion of the assessor’s reports for applications. NHMRC honours 2012 Academy members on the NHMRC website.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Targeted Call for Research (TCR): closes 10 April

FASD affects individuals across the breadth of the Australian community. However, consistent with the Australian Government’s commitment to Indigenous health through Closing the Gap, research funded under this TCR will need to be highly relevant to the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Further information is available from the NHMRC website.

Open Public Consultations

Recent CEO Speeches

Recent media releases and research notices

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Research Tracker - 8 February 2013

Key grant application dates for 2013: now online

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Targeted Call for Research (TCR): closes 10 April

FASD affects individuals across the breadth of the Australian community. However, consistent with the Australian Government’s commitment to Indigenous health through Closing the Gap, research funded under this TCR will need to be highly relevant to the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  Further information is available from the NHMRC website.

Project Grants Funding Rules updated

On page 21, Section 4 (PDF, 857KB) the requirement for the CIA to have the greatest time commitment on the application has been removed. Further, the deadline for applications is 5pm AEDST, Tuesday 19 March, not Wednesday 19 March as previously stated.

NHMRC Evolutions in Peer Review Symposium – 20-21 February 2013, Canberra

Registration has been extended to Monday 11 February.  The Symposium will explore innovative approaches to improving peer review. International funding agencies (NIH, MRC, CIHR, HRC), journal editors (Nature, MJA), peak bodies representing researchers, consumers, Indigenous Australians, Universities and Medical Research Institutes are amongst the attendees. Further information is available on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC Ethics Award 2013

Nominations for the NHMRC Ethics Award 2013 are open until 5 pm AESDT 22 March 2013. The Award recognises outstanding Australians for their contributions to high ethical standards in health and medical research or in health. More information about the award is available from the NHMRC website.

Ministerial launch of Staying Healthy in Childcare publication 

Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek and Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care Kate Ellis launched the 5th edition of Staying healthy – Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services.  Further information and photos are available from the NHMRC website.

Open Public Consultations

Recent media releases and research notices 

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January 2013

Research Tracker - 25 January 2013

Key funding dates for 2013

  • Partnership Projects third call for 2012: closes 29 January 2013
  • Partnership Projects first call for 2013: opens 30 January, closes 30 April 2013
  • NHMRC-European Union Collaborative Research Grants 2013 call: opens 30 January 2013, closes 3 July 2013

The updated funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Research Help Centre: extended operating hours 4 February to 19 March 2013

  • 4 February until 10 March – open 9am to 7pm AEDST Monday to Friday
  • 11 March – closed for Canberra Day public holiday
  • 12 March until 19 March – open 8am to 7pm AEDST Monday to Friday and 10am to 2pm AEDST Saturday 16 March.

Further information is on the NHMRC website.

Open Public Consultations

  • NHMRC Draft Principles of Peer Review call closes 5pm AEDST on 1 Feb 2013

NHMRC Strategic Plan 2013-15: now online

The NHMRC 2013-15 Strategic Plan is available from the NHMRC website. The Plan, which was tabled in the Parliament on 18 January 2013, includes NHMRC priorities, the major health issues identified for the 2013-15 triennium, how NHMRC will deal with those issues and a strategy for medical research and public health research. 

A video message about the Plan, from Chief Executive Officer Professor Warwick Anderson AM, will be available on NHMRC’s YouTube channel in early March 2013.

Approvals and commencement of funding

In response to recent enquiries, NHMRC approval can be sought for grant funding to commence in advance of relevant approvals, where:

  • an ethics clearance or regulatory approval is not required until the latter years of a grant; and
  • the relevant committee cannot review the proposal without the results of the preliminary findings of the research.

This is in accordance with Section 9 of the NHMRC Funding Rules.

With the exception of Research and Practitioner Fellowships and the Translating Research into Practice fellowship scheme, grant funding will not commence until NHMRC has been advised by the Administering Institution that relevant approvals are in place.

For further information, refer to the relevant scheme’s funding rules.

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Research Tracker - 11 January 2013

Key funding scheme dates for 2013 are now online

The updated funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Open Public Consultations

Research Translation Faculty (RTF) Steering Groups: Call to members for Expressions of Interest

These Steering Groups will lead the development of Cases for Action, the initial key activity for the Research Translation Faculty. Further information is available on the RTF website (accessible to RTF members only).

Invitations to join the RTF are still open to all NHMRC-supported Chief Investigators and NHMRC Fellows whose grants commenced after 1 January 2006. Enquiries: faculty@nhmrc.gov.au

Centres of Research Excellence 2013: minimum data required by 16 January

Applications initiated after this date will not be accepted. Further information is available on the NHMRC website (PDF, 642KB).

Project Grants:  Lengths of grants

Applicants should note that NHMRC Grant Review Panels review all applications based on merit and in accordance with policies set out in the relevant scheme’s Funding Rules, irrespective of the proposed length of the grant.

In the 2012 Project Grant funding round, the success rate for five year grant applications was 28% and three year grant applications was 20%.

NHMRC TRIP Fellowship scheme: applications to open in February 2013

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

Project Grants 2013 – clarification on closing date for applications

The deadline for applications is 5pm AEDST, Tuesday 19 March (not Wednesday as stated on page one of the NHMRC Funding Rules (PDF, 370KB)).

Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA) Preventive Health Research Fellowship: now open

Applications close 2pm AEDST 18 February 2013. Further information is available on the Department of Health website. For enquiries, contact Cathy Boyle: anphafellowship@anpha.gov.au

Cancer Australia’s Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme (PdCCRS) 2013: now open

Applications close 5pm AEDST 19 March 2013. Further information is on the Cancer Australia website.

Recent media releases

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December 2012

Research Tracker – 14 December 2012

Ministerial grant announcement: 18 December 2012 

The Minister for Health, the Hon Tanya Plibersek, will announce the outcomes of three NHMRC grant schemes: Program Grants, Development Grants and Post-Graduate Scholarships.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Targeted Call for Research: now open 

Consistent with the Australian Government’s commitment to Indigenous Health with Closing the Gap, research funded under the targeted call will need to be highly relevant to the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Further information is on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC Principles of Peer Review: consultation now open 

Submissions close on 1 February 2013. This document aims to improve the transparency and consistency of our funding schemes and to ensure funds are invested wisely and fairly. Further information on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC Evolutions in Peer Review Symposium – 20-21 February 2013, Canberra 

NHMRC has invited the National Institutes of Health, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the UK Medical Research Council and Australian partners to a two day workshop. NHMRC’s “Principles of Peer Review” and proposals to streamline NHMRC peer review will be discussed. Registration details are available on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC Honour Roll recognises all peer reviewers (2012): now online 

The Honour Roll is now available on the NHMRC website. NHMRC thanks all the researchers for their contributions and asks institutions to include such service to medical research in their appointments and promotions activities.

Updated Project Grants Funding Rules: now online 

The Project Grants scheme for funding commencing in 2014 opened on 5 December 2012. The NHMRC Funding Rules (PDF, 370KB) have been updated to include the Category Descriptors.

Reminder: grant extension requests must be submitted through RGMS prior to grant end date 

NHMRC will not consider any requests submitted after the end date of a grant. Grant extensions may affect investigators’ eligibility to apply for NHMRC schemes that have restrictions on the number of grants that an investigator may apply for and / or hold.

Reminder: complete all core fields in RGMS Profiles 

Chief Investigators will not be able to create an application or be added to an application if core Profile fields are empty. A general user guide and a video tutorial on updating Profiles are available in the RGMS Library. The RGMS User Guide for Applicants has also been updated to guide CIs through the new checks.

Grant eligibility 

Applicants are reminded to consider eligibility requirements outlined in the NHMRC Funding Rules incorporating the Project Grants Scheme, for funding commencing in 2014, when completing their application.

NHMRC 2013 Science to Art Award 

NHMRC’s 2013 Science to Art Award for outstanding images from medical research closes 5pm AEDST on 21 December 2012. Further information is available on the NHMRC website.

Key funding dates for 2013 

The updated funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Open Public Consultations 

Tenders for new NHMRC health evidence and advice panel: close 31 January 2013 

NHMRC is establishing a panel of providers to help develop and present a suite of evidence-based health advice and resources. Further information is on the AusTenders website.

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November 2012

Research Tracker – 30 November 2012

Centres of Research Excellence: opened 28 November 2012

Applications will close on 20 February 2013. Applicants must commence their application and provide minimum data in RGMS by Wednesday 16 January 2013 to allow NHMRC to start sourcing reviewers with appropriate expertise. Further information on the NHMRC website.

Research Fellowships and Practitioner Fellowships: open 12 December 2012

Applications will close on 13 February 2013. A summary of minor changes to this round will shortly be posted on the NHMRC website.

National approach to single ethical review: revised Certification Scheme Handbook released

The revised handbook includes definitions of research categories, outlines reporting requirements for Certified Institutions, information on suspension and revocation of certification and sets out the process for applying for renewal of certification. Further information available on the Human Research Ethics Portal.

National Research Investment Plan

The National Research Investment Plan was developed by the Australian Research Committee (ARCom) and launched this week by Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans. Further information is available on the Department of Innovation’s website.

Independent Review of Development Grants Scheme released

NHMRC commissioned the Australian Continuous Improvement Group to conduct an independent evaluation of the outcomes of the Development Grants scheme. The report was launched at the Innovation Translation Forum held last week. Further information on the NHMRC website.

Innovation Translation Forum

Presentations were heard and advice received from leaders in industry, investment and research on ways in which NHMRC could help to ensure Australia captures the benefits to prosperity from commercialisation of research findings. The outcomes from the Forum will shortly be considered by NHMRC’s Research Committee. Further information on the NHMRC website.

Tripartite Agreement in Indigenous Health

NHMRC, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Health Research Council of New Zealand have signed a new Tripartite Agreement in Indigenous health research. This agreement will encourage sharing of information and increase collaboration between researchers and trainees working in translational and implementable Indigenous health research. Further information on the NHMRC website (PDF, 149 KB)

Reminder - Updating Profile and CV information in RGMS

A large number of active users still have incomplete profiles, with data missing from the title, preferred phone number, primary institution, broad research area and research keywords. Chief Investigators will now be required to complete this information as part of the application process.

Step-by-step instructions and a video tutorial on updating Profiles are available in the RGMS Library. The RGMS User Guide for Applicants has also been updated to guide CIs through the new checks. For further information contact the Research Help Centre.

Reminder - Deletion of unsubmitted applications

Unsubmitted applications for 2012 funding rounds will be deleted from RGMS from 1 December 2012. Anyone wishing to keep this information should download and save any files located in the 'snapshots' area of RGMS before 30 November 2012.

New CV Snapshot Function in RGMS

NHMRC is trialling a new function in RGMS that allows researchers to request a snapshot of their Profile and CV. Whereas Profile and CV data was previously only viewable on screen, researchers can now periodically export the data as an editable MS Word document. For further information contact the Research Help Centre, or see the RGMS User Guide for Applicants for instructions.

Simplified Certification Process for Applicants

CIA certification of an application has been reduced to one step. An updated flowchart and user guide for applicants are available in the RGMS Library.

NHMRC 2013 Science to Art Award

NHMRC’s 2013 Science to Art Award for outstanding images from medical research closes 5pm AEDST on 21 December 2012. Further information is available on the NHMRC website.

Key funding dates for 2013: now online

The updated funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC approved third party guidelines

Open public consultations

Recent CEO presentation and interview

Recent media releases and research notices

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Research Tracker - 16 November 2012

2012 NHMRC Report to the Australian Health and Medical Research Community

Professor Warwick Anderson’ s webcast feedback to the research community about the 19 October grant announcement outcomes now available on the NHMRC website.

Reminder - RGMS Outage 16-19 November

RGMS will be offline from Friday 16 November to Monday 19 November 2012 to perform essential system upgrades. Users will be unable to access RGMS for the duration of the outage.

Women in Science - NHMRC working committee

The Women in Science Working Committee will address issues that face women researchers in career progression and retention in health and medical research. It will focus on why women leave research, why there is a gender gap in very senior levels in health and medical research and how NHMRC can assist in redressing this. Further information is available on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC 2013 Science to Art Award

NHMRC’s 2013 Science to Art Award for outstanding images from medical research closes 5pm AEDST 21 December 2012.  Further information is available on the NHMRC website

Project Grant Budgets

In the October grants announcement, the budgets for all new Project Grants were reduced by 2.5%. This decision has enabled NHMRC to fund a significant number of additional grants with the overall funded rate lifting to 20%. Further information is available on the NHMRC website.

Reminder to RGMS Account Holders – Time to update your Profile and CV

NHMRC is asking all RGMS users to update their profiles and CVs in November as part of a month-long RGMS census. Approximately 50% of users currently have incomplete profiles.

Information of particular importance is indicated by a red asterisk in RGMS such as ‘title’, ‘institution’ and ‘research keywords’. NHMRC also relies on profile information to contact RGMS users, including about funding announcements, system messages and grant administration. For step-by-step instructions, the RGMS Tutorial 2: Profile and CV video is available on the NHMRC website.

Deletion of unsubmitted applications

Unsubmitted applications for 2012 funding rounds will be deleted from RGMS in December 2012. Anyone wishing to keep this information should download and save any files located in the 'snapshots' area of RGMS before 30 November 2012. All applications submitted to NHMRC through this year’s rounds will of course be retained.

Key funding dates for 2013: now online

The updated funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Recent CEO speeches

Recent media releases and research notices

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Research Tracker - 2 November 2012

NHMRC grants announcement

On 19 October 2012, Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek announced health and medical research funding totalling $652 million to support 1,141 grants.

For information on NHMRC funding by state / territory and by administering institution, visit the NHMRC website (PDF, 120KB).

CEO Webinar: NHMRC Report November 2012

NHMRC CEO, Professor Warwick Anderson, will be delivering a webinar to provide feedback to the research community about the 19 October grant announcement outcomes.

Science Minister’s Prize for Life Scientist of the Year

In a fitting tribute to the contributions that our scientists are making to Australia's current scientific capabilities, NHMRC congratulates Dr Mark Shackleton on being awarded the 2012 Science Minister's Prize for Life Scientist of the Year for his work on breast cancer and melanoma. The award was presented by Science Minister Chris Evans.

NHMRC has supported Dr Shackleton’s work with $1.8 million in funding since 2000.

Further information is available on the Department of Innovation website.

NHMRC H5N1 Forum: Are We Prepared?

Leading international H5N1 bird flu experts met yesterday at NHMRC’s Canberra office for a forum jointly hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Experts discussed and viewed presentations on Australia’s preparedness to respond to a potential H5N1 epidemic in the Asia Pacific region.

Further information is available on the NHMRC website.

Launch of Research Translation Faculty

NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson has launched NHMRC’s Research Translation Faculty (RTF), a major strategic initiative for health and medical research translation in Australia. The launch was part of the Inaugural Research Translation Faculty Symposium, a successful day of discussions and presentations for an audience of around 400 Faculty members.

Faculty members will use a dedicated website to begin discussions and review the proposed Case for Action process, that has been set up to identify and address evidence practice gaps.

Videos of the symposium and further information is available on the NHMRC website.

Reminder: Requesting grant extensions

Under the funding agreement, a request to extend the duration of a NHMRC grant must be submitted prior to the end date of that grant. These requests need to be submitted using the grantee variation functionality in RGMS. Any requests submitted after the end date will not be considered.

Please note that grant extensions may affect  investigators’ eligibility to apply for NHMRC schemes that have restrictions on the number of grants that a an investigator may apply for and / or hold.

NHMRC encourages Faculty members to sign-up to the website to post comments that will stimulate conversation. Further information is available on the NHMRC website.

RGMS Outage 16-19 November

RGMS will be offline for four full days from Friday 16 November to Monday 19 November 2012 to perform essential system upgrades.

Users will be unable to access RGMS for the duration of the outage.

November is Census Month: Time to update your RGMS Profile and CV

It is time for RGMS account holders to update their profiles and CVs in RGMS. Approximately 50% of users currently have incomplete profiles, with important data missing from relevant fields.

Information of particular importance is indicated by a red asterisk in RGMS such as ‘title’, ‘institution’ and ‘research keywords’. NHMRC is also investigating options to prompt the completion of key fields, including making completion a pre-requisite for all applications.

Profile and CV information forms a critical part of funding applications, is crucial to identifying reviewers, and enables quick and accurate assignment to grant review panels. NHMRC also relies on this information to contact and inform users, including for funding announcements, system messages and grant administration purposes.

Step-by-step instructions are available in the RGMS library or can be downloaded as a video tutorial from the NHMRC website.

NHMRC Annual Report 2011-12: now online

To download the annual report, visit the NHMRC website.

Open Public Consultations

Public Consultation on the Assessing the Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Genetic Testing of your Patient – closes 9 November 2012 at 5PM AEDST

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October 2012

Research Tracker - 19 October 2012

Ministerial grants announcement: 19 October

Today the Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek announced the outcomes of ten NHMRC funding schemes. A total of $652 million has been awarded to support 1,141 grants nationwide.

Funding scheme

 

Grants awarded
 

Total value
 

Project Grants

731

$457.9M

Early Career Fellowships

128

$39.1M

Practitioner Fellowships

19

$7.7M

Research Fellowships

85

$60.6M

Career Development Fellowships

62

$24.5M

Partnership Grants

7

$3.7M

Australia – European Union Collaborative Research Grants

5

$3.6M

Mental Health Targeted Call for Research Grants

13

$13.7M

Independent Research Institutes Infrastructure Support Scheme (IRIISS) Grants

27

$35.3M

Equipment Grants

43

$6M

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

Launch of Australian Clinical Trials website
 

On 11 October, the Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek and the Minister for Industry and Innovation and Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet launched the Australian Clinical Trials website.

This website was developed as one of the recommendations from the report of the Clinical Trials Action Group (CTAG) and was created jointly by NHMRC and the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, with input from the pharmaceutical industry, the academic sector and consumer groups.

NHMRC has now implemented the majority of recommendations from the CTAG report for which it was responsible, including:

  • producing all the tools and guidance documents required for implementation of the national approach to single ethical review
  • compiling a list of items required for clinical trials, and
  • compiling, maintaining and publicising a list of clinical trials networks.

NHMRC will continue to work with universities, medical research institutes and private hospitals to increase awareness and uptake of the national approach in these sectors.

Changes to acquittal requirements for NHMRC scholarships
 

With the introduction of the $500 thesis allowance payment for all new scholarships in 2010, some administering institutions have had difficulties in meeting the 6 month due date for acquittals. This is due to the lag between the end of the scholarship, the submission of the thesis, the claim by the student for the $500 and then processing the acquittal.

NHMRC has now amended the due date for acquittal for all scholarships to 2 years from the end date of the scholarship to enable the above process to be completed within the new timeframe.

Further information is available on the NHMRC website.

New NHMRC Council Communique: now online

A communique outlining the major items of the 193rd meeting of the NHMRC Council is now available on the NHMRC website.

Reminder: Update your profile and CV in RGMS

Researchers are asked to update their profiles and CVs in RGMS. This data is used by NHMRC to contact applicants and grantees, assign applications to relevant panels and identify potential reviewers.

Step-by-step instructions are available in RGMS library, or you can download a video tutorial from the NHMRC website.

Open public consultations

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Research Tracker - 5 October 2012

Use of NHMRC Project Grants Funds and Other Research
Support Grant Funds for Travel, Conferences and
Publication Costs: now online

This document, available on the NHMRC website provides supplementary advice to researchers in the use of Direct Research Costs and should be read in conjunction with Direct Research Costs - A guide for research and administrative staff.

NHMRC open access policy: FAQs added to webpage

These FAQs have been added to the NHMRC website to reflect issues discussed at a roundtable meeting on the implementation of the revised policy. This meeting, held on 14 May 2012, brought together representatives from the publishing industry, research offices, librarians, repository managers, the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes and the Group of 8.

NHMRC 2012 Postdoctoral Reference Group Symposium

The inaugural symposium of the Postdoctoral Reference Group was held at the Academy of Science Shine Dome in Canberra on 26 September 2012, with nearly 70 members of the Group in attendance.

Social Determinants of Health: Research Roundtable outcomes

The Academy of Social Sciences of Australia (ASSA) and the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) held a workshop at NHMRC’s Canberra Offices on 25 September to discuss important questions around social determinants of health and health equity and to identify priority areas for research. 

John Cade Fellowship in Mental Health Research: Extension of application close

Minimum application data is now required to be entered into RGMS by 17 October 2012 at 5pm AEDST. Full applications now close on 14 November 2012 at 5pm AEDST. For more information, visit the NHMRC website.

Rebuttals for the current round of Development Grants: due 6 October at midnight (AEST)

For more information contact the Research Help Centre at help@nhmrc.gov.au

Approval of research institutions as NHMRC Administering Institutions: update

More than 99% of NHMRC funding have now been approved. In order to administer NHMRC funding awarded after 1 January 2012, all institutions must be approved. Where the institution has not been approved as an NHMRC Administering Institution, but a researcher employed by that institution has been awarded funding in the current NHMRC funding round, arrangements should be made to have this funding administered by another administering institution. Contact the Program Assurance and Research Integrity Section at PA.info@nhmrc.gov.au or on 02 6217 9050.

National Ethics Application Form (NEAF) Assist: change of telephone number 

The telephone number for the NEAF Assist help line has changed to 1800 500 983 (email address remains: neafassist@nhmrc.gov.au).

Open Public Consultations

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September 2012

Research Tracker - 21 September 2012

Videos of Ten of the Best Research Projects 2012 launch: now online

Watch a Q&A session featuring eight of the ten featured researchers, the Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek, and NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson.

Videos are available on the NHMRC website.

Updated NHMRC Funding Statistics: now online

NHMRC has updated statistics about its funding schemes and activities to include the 2011 funding round (grants starting in 2012). This data is correct as of August 2012.

This information has also been collated in a powerpoint presentation, which was delivered at the “Philanthropy in Health & Medical Research Conference 2012” by NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson. This presentation is available on the NHMRC website.

Research Translation Faculty: update

Around 2,500 researchers have now joined the Research Translation Faculty, to assist the NHMRC to improve the level of research translation in Australia.

Members have now been invited to register for the inaugural Research Translation Faculty Symposium, which will be held in Melbourne on 24 October 2012. The Symposium will formally launch the Faculty as well as address issues such as finding new approaches to research translation and solutions to reduce the gap between research and practice.

Since registrations to the Symposium opened on Tuesday, approximately 400 researchers have already registered their interest in attending. Given the large number of members who have joined the Faculty, and with only limited places available, Faculty Members are encouraged to register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

More information is available on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC Evolving Peer Review Forum on 20-21 February 2013

This forum will be an opportunity to explore current and innovative approaches used in the peer review of grants, within a framework of guiding principles from government, advocacy groups, the research community and industry.

Further information will be provided by the NHMRC nearer the date.

NHMRC review of the potential health effects of wind turbines: call for literature

NHMRC will be commissioning a systematic review of the scientific literature to examine the possible impacts of wind farms on human health.

The NHMRC website explains how to submit literature for consideration by the review.

Submissions close 5pm AEST on 28 September 2012.

New Embryo Research Licensing Committee appointed
 

The Minister for Health, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP has appointed members of the Embryo Research Licensing Committee for the 2012-15 triennium, Chaired by Professor Belinda Bennett from the University of Sydney. 

More information is available on the NHRMC website.

Partnerships for Better Health – Projects third call for applications: opens 26 September 2012

For more information, visit the NHMRC website.

Open Public Consultations

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Research Tracker - 07 September 2012

Project Grants: 2012 Peer Review wrapup

The 2012 Project Grants peer review process concluded on 7 September 2012.

NHMRC would like to thank the 544 GRP members, including Chairs and Assistant Chairs, who met over 6 weeks on 36 panels to review 3,715 applications. Fourteen Community Observers assisted in observing the peer review process of the GRPs.

NHMRC is very appreciative of the thousands of external assessors who reviewed applications for this round with 99.9% of all applications having at least one complete external assessor report submitted.

John Cade Fellowship in Mental Health Research: Extension of application close

Minimum application data is now required to be entered into RGMS by 5pm AEDST on 17 October 2012. Full applications now close at 5pm AEDST on 14 November 2012.

For more information, visit the NHMRC website.

Partnership Projects Applications: Current call closes 5pm AEST 25 September

For more information, visit the NHMRC website.

Postdoctoral Reference Group Symposium: 26 September 2012

NHMRC has sent invitations to the 154 members of the NHMRC Postdoctoral Reference Group for its inaugural symposium.

This symposium, to be held at the Academy of Science Shine Dome in Canberra, aims to facilitate networking and information sharing between early career researchers.

Invitees are requested to RSVP by 14 September 2012.

H5N1: are we prepared? forum in Canberra, 1 November 2012

Together with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, NHMRC will host a forum titled H5N1: are we prepared? This will be an opportunity to discuss recent developments in H5N1 research, the implications for public health and health policy, and for Asia-Pacific region preparedness. International H5N1 researchers Professors Yoshihiro Kawaoka and Derek Smith will speak at the forum.

Please note that spaces are limited. Event and registration information available on the NHMRC website.

Research Translation Faculty Symposium

We will shortly be inviting Faculty members to register interest in attending the inaugural Research Translation Faculty Symposium, to be held in Melbourne on 24 October 2012. The Faculty will be formally launched by our CEO and Minister during the morning session and in the afternoon there will be a number of speakers, including Dr Lawrence Green, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Medicine, University of California.

Further information about the Faculty is available on the NHMRC website, and members will soon be invited to register their interest in attending the symposium.

Hypertension Sydney 2012 conference: 30 September – 4 October

At the upcoming International Society of Hypertension meeting, NHMRC will be facilitating a meeting for the recipients of the recent Global Alliance for Chronic Disease grant round targeting hypertension. This meeting will enable the recipients to network and explore collaborative opportunities.

International Innovation magazine: Interview with NHMRC CEO

In August, International Innovation magazine interviewed NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson about the current and future challenges for Australia’s health system and the role NHMRC is playing to address these.

This interview is now available on the NHMRC website (PDF, 353KB).

Public consultation on NHMRC stem cell treatment documents: now open

NHMRC is currently seeking comment on the draft documents Stem Cell Treatments: A quick guide for medical practitioners and Frequently Asked Questions: a resource for patients.

These two documents aim to inform medical practitioners and their patients about stem cell treatment and advocate patients taking a cautionary approach when considering undertaking an unproven stem cell treatment overseas.

For more information, visit the NHMRC public consultation website. Submissions close 5pm AEST 4 October 2012.

Public consultation on proposed revisions to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007): now open

The Australian Health Ethics Committee is conducting a second public consultation on the draft Chapter 3.4: Human biospecimens.

It is proposed that this replaces both the current Chapter 3.4: Human tissue samples as well as Chapter 3.6: Human stem cells.

For more information, visit the NHMRC public consultation website. Submissions close 18 October 2012.

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August 2012

Research Tracker - 24 August 2012

NHMRC CEO report on implementation of Strategic Plan: now online

The NHMRC CEO’s report on implementation of the 2010-12 Strategic Plan is now available from the NHMRC website. The review, under section 17(2) the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992, outlines NHMRC’s achievements and activities against the 2010-12 Strategic Plan.

Launch of Ten of the Best Research Projects 2012

Last Friday, Minister for Health, the Hon Tanya Plibersek, launched NHMRC’s flagship publication, Ten of the Best Research Projects 2012 at Sydney Secondary College (SSC), Blackwattle Bay campus.

The students at SSC were treated to a Q&A session with eight of the ten featured researchers on the panel, along with the Minister.

Ten of the Best 2012 is now available on the NHMRC website. Photos are also on the NHMRC website, with more photos and videos to come.

Project Grants: 2012 Peer Review progress

The 2012 Project Grants peer review process is well under way with Panellists, Chairs and Assistant Chairs contributing to a smooth process. As of 24 August 2012, 24 panels comprising of 369 GRP members had considered 2,572 applications. Over the remaining 2 weeks, 12 more panels will consider 1,142 more applications.

Applications for NHMRC John Cade Fellowship in Mental Health Research: now open

Minimum application data is required to be entered into RGMS by 5pm AEST on 12 September 2012. Full application deadline is 5pm AEDST on 17 October 2012.

Successful applicants will be established researchers with an exemplary international record of achievement and expertise in innovative research and research translation.

Further information is available on the NHMRC website.

Chief Investigators: please submit overdue final reports

Submission of final reports within 6 months of the completion of the funding period or termination of the award is required under the Funding Agreement. The non-receipt of reports may affect eligibility for future NHMRC funding.

Further information is available on the NHMRC website.

Cochrane Library: Australian access renewed

NHMRC has entered into a new five year agreement to enable all Australians to continue to have access to The Cochrane Library

The Library publishes systematic reviews undertaken by the Cochrane Collaboration. Cochrane reviews are intended to help practitioners and patients make informed decisions about health care, using comprehensive, reliable and relevant sources of evidence on which to base these decisions.

Research Translation Faculty: update

More than 2,100 researchers have signed on to participate in the new NHMRC Research Translation faculty.

This new initiative aims to accelerate the implementation of evidence from research into improved practice. The main focuses will be to:

  • Identify the most significant gaps between evidence and health policy and practice in NHMRC’s Major Health Issues for the next triennium (2013-15)
  • Put forward a targeted call for research in these areas.

Further information is available on the NHMRC website.

H5N1: are we prepared? Forum in Canberra, 1 November 2012

Together with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, NHMRC will host a forum titled H5N1: are we prepared? This will be an opportunity to discuss recent developments in H5N1 research, the implications for public health and health policy, and for Asia-Pacific region preparedness. International H5N1 researchers Professors Yoshihiro Kawaoka and Derek Smith will speak at the forum.

Please note that spaces are limited. Event and registration information available on the NHMRC website.

Research innovation and commercialisation: enablers and barriers forum,
23 November 2012

This forum will be an opportunity to discuss translation of research outcomes into commercial products that help build an innovative Australian economy.

Further information will be provided by the NHMRC nearer the date.

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Research Tracker - 10 August 2012

Grant Announcement: October 2012

On 19 October 2012, Minister for Health, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, will announce the outcomes for the following grant schemes:

  • Project Grants
  • Research Fellowships
  • Practitioner Fellowships
  • Career Development Fellowships
  • Early Career Fellowships
  • NHMRC-European Union Collaborative Research Grants

Information about how applicants will be informed about their individual application will be provided by the NHMRC nearer the date.

Ministerial announcement: Council and Principal Committee appointments

Last week, Minister for Health, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, welcomed the new Chair of Council, Justice Annabelle Bennett AO and the other new appointments to Council and the Principal Committees for the 2012-15 Triennium.

Justice Bennett has a record of service to the Australian community, through the Federal Court, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and her roles as an arbitrator and her work with universities and non-government organisations.

The new Chair of Research Committee is Professor Kathryn North AM. Professor North is the Douglas Burrows Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health as well as an Associate Dean at the University of Sydney. She is also the Head of the Institute for Neuroscience and Muscle Research at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Further information on the NHMRC Council and Principal Committees for 2012-15 is available on the NHMRC website.

Ministerial announcement: Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) Scheme

The outcomes of the 2011 round of the CRE scheme were also announced last week by Minister Plibersek. A total of 17 applications were successful out of 83 applications received for this round.

The successful CREs include some special interest areas including mental health, Indigenous health, obesity policy and electromagnetic bioeffects.

More details, including the list of recipients, are available on the NHMRC website (PDF).

NHMRC John Cade Fellowship in Mental Health Research: opening 15 August

NHMRC is seeking senior mental health researchers with an exemplary international record of achievement and expertise in innovative research and research translation.

The deadline for applications is 17 October 2012. Minimum application data needs to be entered into RGMS by 12 September 2012.

Full application documentation will be available on 15 August 2012 from the NHMRC website.

2012 Early Career Fellowships (ECF) Peer Review Update

The peer review of ECF applications is now complete. Funding recommendations are now being prepared for Research Committee, Council and the Minister.

NHMRC would like to thank all members of the Peer Review Panels for their time and commitment to this process.

Details about the successful recipients are expected to be released in October.

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July 2012

Research Tracker - 27 July 2012

Opening of NHMRC John Cade Fellowship in Mental Health Research

The new NHMRC John Cade Fellowship in Mental Health Research aims to expand national leadership and capacity in Australian mental health research through research that is innovative and transformative with high impact potential. Up to two Fellowships will be awarded as part of the NHMRC’s commitment to the Australian Government’s $26.2 million strategic investment in mental health.

Visionary, innovative research leaders from Australia and overseas will shortly be invited to apply, with funding expected to commence in mid-2013. Fellows must be based in Australia for the duration of their award.

Applications will open on 15 August 2012 and close on 17 October 2012.

Further details will be provided closer to the opening date on the NHMRC website.

Grant Review Panels (GRP) start next week 

Independent peer review by GRP members ensures that Australian Government funding is awarded to the highest quality health and medical research. This year, NHMRC received 3727 Project Grant applications. To date, NHMRC has coordinated distribution of approximately 7,500 external assessments and worked with more than 470 members from 36 panels. 

The next phase involves six weeks of reviewing eligible grant applications. Each application will be assessed on its scientific quality (50%), significance and / or innovation (25%) and on the track record of the applicant(s), relative to opportunity (25%). Funding announcements are expected to be made in October. 

Dissemination of Research Findings: further advice now available 

Following a roundtable meeting with key representatives from publishing, universities, university librarians and medical research institutes in May, further advice on NHMRC’s policy on dissemination of research findings is available on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC notes that both Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the European Commission have recently released new policies on open access. More information is available on the RCUK and EC websites.

RGMS users: please update your contact details 

RGMS users are asked to keep their personal and institutional contact details up to date to ensure that they receive important notices sent by NHMRC.

For a step-by-step guide on updating your RGMS profile, please see the 18 July RAO Alerts Bulletin

Key dates for funding rounds 

All applications must be received through RGMS. For further information contact the Research Help Centre: help@nhmrc.gov.au
 

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Research Tracker - 13 July 2012

Opening of NHMRC John Cade Fellowship in Mental Health Research

The new NHMRC John Cade Fellowship in Mental Health Research aims to expand national leadership and capacity in Australian mental health research through research that is innovative and transformative with high impact potential. Up to two Fellowships will be awarded as part of the NHMRC’s commitment to the Australian Government’s $26.2 million strategic investment in mental health.

Visionary, innovative research leaders from Australia and overseas will shortly be invited to apply, with funding expected to commence in mid-2013. Fellows must be based in Australia for the duration of their award.

Applications will open on 15 August 2012 and close on 17 October 2012.

Further details will be provided closer to the opening date on the NHMRC website.

New NHMRC Guideline Development and Conflicts of Interest policy: now available 

NHMRC has recently developed new guidelines on declaration and management of conflicts of interest in guideline development, which is now available on the NHMRC website.

Commencement of NHMRC’s policy on dissemination of research findings 

As of 1 July 2012, NHMRC Administering Institutions should ensure that mechanisms are in place to capture published research findings resulting from NHMRC funded research in an institutional repository within 12 months of publication.  

This policy brings NHMRC into line with other international health and medical research funding agencies and was approved by the Research Committee and Council of the NHMRC, in consultation with representatives from the publishing industry, librarians and institutional repository managers.

Additional guidance on this Policy will be provided on the NHMRC website next week.

Australian Synchrotron’s Imaging and Medical Beamline (IM Beamline) upgrade 

NHMRC funding, totalling more than $15 million, is supporting ongoing operations at the Australian Synchrotron and upgrades now being delivered to the IM Beamline. The upgrades will provide researchers with microbeam radiation therapy, rapid-acquisition 3D imaging and large-scale 2D imaging.

The Australian Synchrotron will hold a series of informative seminars across the country to showcase the full capabilities of the beamline and to assist researchers with completing 2013 IM Beamline grant applications.

Expressions of Interest are now open for researchers seeking seminars to be hosted in their area. For more information, visit the Australian Synchrotron website.

2012 Career Development Fellowships (CDF) Peer Review Update 

The CDF Peer Review Panels will begin ranking shortlisted applications next week. Of the 345 applications received, 157 were shortlisted. It is anticipated that approximately 60 applications will be funded.

NHMRC would like to thank all referees, NHMRC Assigners Academy members and external assessors who have contributed to the peer review of this year’s CDF applications.

Scholarships and Development Grants application numbers 

Here is a data breakdown of the 2011 and 2012 grants:

Round 2011 2012
Development Grants 98 102
Postgraduate Scholarships 324 223

Key dates for funding rounds 

All applications must be received through RGMS. For further information contact the Research Help Centre: help@nhmrc.gov.au

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June 2012

Research Tracker - 29 June 2012

National Principles of Intellectual Property Management for Publicly Funded Research Conducted in the Public Sector: have your say

The review document and submission guidelines are now available on the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education website. Submissions close on 20 July 2012.

RGMS outage 30 June

RGMS will be offline for 24 hours from 7am AEST Saturday 30 June 2012 to 7am AEST Sunday 1 July 2012.

NHMRC has contacted those Project Grant applicants whose rebuttals were due during this period to provide them additional time. If you have questions, please contact the Research Help Centre at help@nhmrc.gov.au

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Cause of Death Unit Record Files data: now available 

Recent developments have enabled the AIHW to update the National Mortality Database and the National Death Index.

AIHW’s statement on this matter is published on the NHMRC website.

Australian Synchrotron Funding Announcement

The Minister for Science and Research Chris Evans has announced Australian Government funding of $30 million for the Australian Synchrotron to continue conducting world-class research. This funding includes $5 million provided through the NHMRC.

More information is available on the NHMRC website.

Key dates for funding rounds

All applications must be received through RGMS. For further information contact the Research Help Centre: help@nhmrc.gov.au

CEO Newsletter

The Winter Research Newsletter is now available on the NHMRC website.

It covers the new NHMRC Research Translation Faculty, Advanced Health Research Centres, progress with the 2012 funding round, Dora Lush Scholarship changes, and NHMRC approaches to strategic research.

2012 Project Grants Peer Review Update

A list of the members of the NHMRC Assigners Academy is now available on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC would like to thank all assigners and external assessors who contributed to the peer review of this year’s Project Grants applications. NHMRC received around 7,330 completed external assessments in 12 weeks.

The Applicant Response (rebuttal) period for applications is now underway. Grant Review Panels (GRP) members will consider applicant responses ahead of the 36 GRP meetings in the Canberra Office of NHMRC, which will be held over six weeks from 30 July – 7 September 2012.

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Research Tracker - 15 June edition

NHMRC / Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases funding announcement

This week the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease (GACD) announced funding for research projects on hypertension prevention and control in 15 low and middle-income countries.

Hypertension is one of the most common chronic conditions worldwide, affecting an estimated 1 billion people. It is a major contributor to heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney disease, and other conditions, and, according to the World Health Organization, contributes to more deaths worldwide than any other risk factor.

The international GACD collaboration is significant in scope and critical to addressing the growing global epidemic of chronic non-communicable diseases. NHMRC will fund $5 million over three years for research projects in India, Fiji and Samoa.

For more information about the projects, visit the NHMRC website.

NHMRC / Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) grant call
 

The NHMRC / A*STAR joint grant call into the use of integrative technologies to combat emerging infectious disease has been issued. Applications close on 8 August 2012.

Further information is available on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships news for combined MBBS/PhD applicants

In response to recent inquiries from combined MBBS/PhD applicants applying in the 2012 Postgraduate Scholarship Round, it has been identified that with recent changes to the Dora Lush Biomedical category, there is no mechanism through which they can apply. As a result, NHMRC advises applicants undertaking a combined MBBS/PhD to apply through the Dora Lush Biomedical category noting that the 5 year gap since their last academic qualification will not apply. For the 2013 funding round, these applicants will be able to apply through the medical/dental category of Postgraduate Research Scholarships.

Interview dates for Research and Practitioner Fellowships

All interviews will be held in Canberra on the following dates:

  • Research Fellowships: 25-27 June 2012
  • Practitioner Fellowships: 2-4 July 2012

NHMRC would like to thank all external assessors who completed their assessments of applications from these schemes.

Opening and closing dates: Partnership Projects Applications

The application deadline for the first call for NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health – Partnership Projects 2012 is 19 June 2012 at 5pm AEST. The second call will open on 20 June 2012.

NHMRC has changed the arrangements for this scheme to allow applicants to apply at any time during the year rather than through just one annual round.

More information will be available on the NHMRC website when the second call opens.

RGMS and NHMRC website outages: 23 June and 30 June

NHMRC has scheduled the following outages to RGMS and its external websites to perform essential system maintenance:

  • RGMS and NHMRC websites will be offline for two hours from 9am to 11am AEST on Saturday 23 June 2012.
  • RGMS will be offline for 24 hours from 7am AEST Saturday 30 June 2012 until 7am AEST Sunday 1 July 2012.

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, please contact the Help Centre at help@nhmrc.gov.au or phone 1800 500 983.

Key dates for funding rounds

All applications must be received through RGMS. For further information email the Research Help Centre: help@nhmrc.gov.au

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Research Tracker – 1 June 2012 edition

Applicant rebuttal period for 2012 Project Grants: now online

Project Grant applicants can now find out the start and end dates of their ten day response period on the NHMRC website.

Applicants are encouraged to liaise with their Chief Investigator team and Research Administration Officer to make alternative arrangements if they are unavailable during the response period.

NHMRC / A*STAR grant call: opening in June

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) Singapore and NHMRC will soon issue a joint grant call into the use of integrative technologies to combat emerging infectious disease. A*STAR and NHMRC have allocated a total of up to AUD$3.5M to support up to six collaborative research projects for up to 3 years duration.

Proposals must comprise a genuine collaboration involving at least one research team from Singapore and Australia.

More information will soon be available on the NHMRC website.

Shortlisting of 2012 Career Development Fellowships: now completed

Applicants have been notified of an outcome through their Research Administration Office.  Referee reports for shortlisted applicants need to be submitted to NHMRC by 5 July 2012. The NHMRC Assigners Academy will also identify and obtain one external assessment for shortlisted applicants.

A breakdown of 2011 and 2012 application numbers for CDFs are now available on the NHMRC website.

National Principles of Intellectual Property Management for Publicly Funded Research Conducted in the Public Sector: consultation opening soon

The review document and submission guidelines will soon be available on the Department of Innovation website. Submissions close on 20 July 2012.

Peer Review Guidelines for the 2012 Project Grants: now online

The 2012 Project Grants Peer Review Guidelines are now available on the NHMRC Website.

A newsletter from the NHMRC CEO, Professor Warwick Anderson, providing perspectives on peer review processes for Project Grants is also available on the NHMRC website (PDF).

Key dates for funding rounds

All applications must be received through RGMS. For further information email the Research Help Centre: help@nhmrc.gov.au

NHMRC funding datasets

NHMRC is providing fully searchable datasets that cover the 22 years from 1990 to 2011. This information is constantly being updated and is available from the NHMRC website.

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May 2012

Research Tracker – 18 May 2012 edition

NHMRC submission to the McKeon Review

NHMRC’s submission identifies challenges facing health and medical research and proposes eight key strategies to address these challenges:

  • Maintain growth in the funding of health and medical research for the best ideas and the best researchers through NHMRC as the Australian health research workforce grows and expands
  • Encourage collaboration – remove artificial barriers
  • Support research leadership in the health sector
  • Use research rigour to get the best outcomes in health care cost-effectively
  • Use health research to be a good global citizen as part of our support for growth in low and middle income countries in our region and beyond
  • Support the development of new investment strategies including co-funding from those who benefit from government support for health and medical research and encourage increased philanthropy including ‘giving while living’
  • Support ‘wealth generation’ from health and medical research
  • Support processes that bolster transparency, ethical behaviour and encourage diversity and equity.

NHMRC’s submission to the McKeon Review is available on the NHMRC website. (PDF, 1.5MB)

Public consultations schedule: Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research

This is a reminder that the McKeon Review panel is conducting public consultations in all capital cities. If you are interested in attending a panel consultation, information on the consultation dates and locations is available on the McKeon Review website.

Henipavirus workshop in Adelaide, 8 June 2012

NHMRC and the Asia-Pacific Congress of Medical Virology (APCMV) are holding a workshop on Henipaviruses in Adelaide at the Convention Centre. Recent developments on Nipah and Hendra virus infections and their control will be reviewed.

The speakers list includes Dr Stephen Luby, Dr Hume Field, Dr Jeanette Young and Dr Mark Schipp.

Further information on the workshop is available on the APCMV website.

Research Committee

NHMRC’s Research Committee met this week for their last face-to-face meeting of the 2010-2012 triennium. NHMRC would like to acknowledge the contribution of Professor James Best (Chair) and all members of Research Committee for their guidance over the last three years and looks forward to the appointment of new membership for the next triennium.

Issues discussed by Research Committee this week included the development of strategies for the retention of women in health and medical research, the development of a joint grant call with the Singaporean ASTAR, and upcoming Targeted Calls for Research.

Key dates for funding rounds

All applications must be received through RGMS. For further information email the Research Help Centre: help@nhmrc.gov.au

Update: external assessments for Project Grants

To date, 6,231 completed assessments have been submitted in RGMS. 92% of the 3,725 Project Grant applications have at least one external assessment completed. The contribution of external assessors and the broader research community is greatly appreciated.

Breakdown of applications for Early Career Fellowships (ECF) 2012: now online

This year, the number of ECF applications increased by 19% compared to 2011. Further information is available on the NHMRC website.

Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) Clinical Trials Research Summit: 18 May 2012

The aim of the MJA Clinical Summit is to identify improvements to systems and structural support for clinical trials groups. NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson’s talk at the summit is available from the NHMRC website.

The summit program is available on the MJA website (PDF, 1.81MB).

CEO Newsletter on Project Grants

A newsletter from the NHMRC CEO, Professor Warwick Anderson, providing perspectives on peer review processes for Project Grants is now available on the NHMRC website (PDF, 294KB).
 

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Research Tracker – 4 May 2012 edition

Reference Group launched for early to mid-career researchers 

NHMRC has established a Postdoctoral Reference Group to gain greater insight into the issues that affect researchers in their first 10 years after receiving their PhD.

This group includes 141 postdoctoral researchers from around Australia who have been nominated as future leaders by their institutions.

Further information is available on the NHMRC website.

Changes to Dora Lush Biomedical Research Scholarships 

On the advice of its Research Committee and Council, NHMRC has re-focussed the Dora Lush Biomedical Postgraduate Research Scholarship to better reflect the original purpose of the award, to support postgraduate studies for biomedical researchers whose research careers were subject to disruption or delay.

Further information will be provided when the 2012 NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship round opens on 7 May 2012.

Key dates for funding rounds 

All applications must be received through RGMS. For further information email the Research Help Centre: help@nhmrc.gov.au

Update: National approach to single ethical review 

The work of the NHMRC in developing the Harmonisation of Multi-centre Ethical Review initiative has been substantially completed. Tools and guidance material are available on the Human Research Ethics Portal.

Researchers should check with each proposed study site to confirm the institution’s ability to participate. NHMRC continues to work with the states and territories to enable implementation and maintenance of a national approach to single ethical review within and across jurisdictions.

Further information is available on the Human Research Ethics Portal.

Update: Early Career Fellowships (ECF) 

ECFs closed yesterday with 463 applications received, an increase of around 20% on last year. More information will be available in the next Research Tracker.

CEO Newsletter on Project Grants 

A newsletter from the NHMRC CEO, Professor Warwick Anderson, providing perspectives on peer review processes for Project Grants is now available on the NHMRC website (PDF, 294KB).

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April 2012

Research Tracker – 20 April 2012 edition

Update: External Assessors for Project Grant Applications

We would like to acknowledge the great response of assessors for project grant applications this year. Assessors are being contacted directly by members of the Assigners Academy through RGMS. Once they have accepted an assessment, assessors are asked to complete their work within two weeks (however, if this is not possible they can negotiate a suitable timeframe with the Assigner).

So far, 2,129 completed assessments have been received into RGMS and 84% of the 3,726 Project Grant applications have at least one external assessment completed or in progress.

All external assessors will be publically acknowledged on the NHMRC website later in the year.

Update: Grant Review Panels (GRPs) for 2012 Project Grants

Membership of the 36 GRPs is close to being finalised.

NHMRC thanks the members of its 2012 Assigners Academy for their advice and assistance in this process. NHMRC would also like to acknowledge all researchers who volunteered their services for 2012 GRPs.

NHMRC’s submission to Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia: now online
Submissions closed on 30 March, with over 300 submissions received.

To read NHMRC’s submission, visit the NHMRC website.

Public consultations schedule: Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia

The review panel is currently conducting public consultations in all capital cities. This is an important opportunity for all members of the health and medical research sector to present their views to the Review, which will report to the Australian Government at the end of 2012.

Further information is on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC Research Translation Faculties

NHMRC will soon be inviting its funded researchers to join Clinical Research Translation and Population Health Research Translation Faculties.

This is also advance notice of the Inaugural NHMRC Clinical Research Translation Symposium to be held in Melbourne on 24 October 2012. This will be followed by a Population Health Research Translation Symposium in 2013.

More information on all of these activities will be made available shortly.

NHMRC’s progress on report recommendations by Clinical Trials Action Group

Further information is on the NHMRC Human Research Ethics Portal.

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Research Tracker - 5 April 2012 edition

Partnership Projects: changes to application rules

Applications for NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health – Partnership Projects will open on 18 April 2012. Changes to application processes will enable applicants to apply at any time during the year, instead of through one annual round.

When applications close on 19 June 2012, the next round will open immediately and it is anticipated that a third round will open before the end of 2012.

Further information will be available on the NHMRC website from 18 April.

Overview of 2012 NHMRC Assigners Academy and Grant Review Panel (GRP) membership

The peer review of Project Grant applications commenced with the Assigners Academy meeting in Canberra on 2-3 April 2012. 110 distinguished members of the research community met to provide advice on GRP membership and to secure external assessments for research applications.

NHMRC sincerely thanks the Assigners Academy for their contribution and advice, and the thousands of external assessors who have already agreed to review applications. Over 40% of the 3726 Project Grant applications received by NHMRC already have at least one external assessor acceptance.

Based on Assigners’ advice, NHMRC will finalise Grant Review Panel membership in the coming week.

New RGMS Training Videos for Assigners and Assessors: now available

Further information is on the 28 March RAO Alerts Bulletin.

Information for Assessors: Unzipping files on a Macintosh

Some Macintosh users have reported not being able to open zip files created within the “Download Documents” section of RGMS.

Full details including a suggested workaround are provided in the RAO Alerts Bulletin.

Key dates for funding rounds

All applications must be received through RGMS. For further information email the Research Help Centre: help@nhmrc.gov.au

Applications now under review

  • Project Grants – 3,726 applications
  • Career Development Fellowships – 345 applications
  • Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) in Clinical Research – 41 applications
  • CRE in Health Services Research – 15 applications
  • CRE in Population Health Research – 27 applications
  • Practitioner Fellowships – 57 applications
  • Research Fellowships – 185 applications

Research Help Centre closed over Easter long weekend 6 – 9 April inclusive

Further information is on the NHMRC website.

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March 2012

Research Tracker – 23 March 2012 edition

Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia: submissions close 30 March 2012

NHMRC’s new page features resources that may be of assistance to organisations and individuals who may be preparing a submission to the review. Further information is on the NHMRC website.

Further information on the review is available at the McKeon Review website.

Changes to Dora Lush Biomedical Research Scholarships

On the advice of its Research Committee, NHMRC is making changes to the eligibility requirements for the Dora Lush Biomedical Postgraduate Research Scholarship.

These changes are intended to better reflect the original purpose of the award, which was to support postgraduate studies for biomedical researchers whose research careers were subject to disruption or delay. Further information will be provided when the 2012 NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship round opens on 7 May 2012.

Key dates for funding rounds 

All applications must be received through RGMS. For further information email the Research Help Centre: help@nhmrc.gov.au

Public consultation on draft Guide to the Use of Australian Native Mammals in Biomedical Research: now open 

Submissions close 5pm AEST on 25 May 2012. Further information is on the NHMRC website.

Research & Practitioner Fellowships application statistics 2012

  • Research and Practitioner Fellowship applications closed on 9 February 2012 
  • 185 Research Fellowships applications and 57 Practitioner Fellowships applications were received
  • Initial review of applications will take place in early April
  • Applicants will be notified about interviews by 11 May 2012

Project Grant scheme update

  • Project Grant applications closed on 14 March 2012
  • 3,737 applications were received – up 7% on 2011
  • Grant Review Panel memberships are being finalised and will be confirmed in early April

Research Help Centre closed over Easter long weekend 6 – 9 April inclusive

Further information is on the NHMRC website.

New Partnership Centre to tackle lifestyle-related chronic health problems from a systems perspective

NHMRC has issued a call for an investigator team for the new Partnership Centres for Better Health program.

The second centre is a $4.2 million per year partnership between NHMRC, the Australian National Preventive Health Agency, NSW Health, Queensland Health and ACT Health. Applications close 5pm AEST on 11 April 2012.

Further information is on the NHMRC website.

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