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Research Tracker is a fortnightly email newsletter that informs the Australian research community about major NHMRC activities and funding opportunities

August 2013

NHMRC Research Tracker - 23 August 2013

Changes to NHMRC grant open dates

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

Track progress on Project Grants applications

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

Update on 2014 Project Grants Round

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

It’s time to consider applying for a grant extension

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

Calling all Research Translation Faculty members – big ideas for action

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

Watch the Project Grants Grant Review Panel (GRP) Briefing

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

FOR YOUR INTEREST

Public Consultations

Follow NHMRC research in the news

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

See full article...

NHMRC Research Tracker - 9 August 2013

Friday distribution of Research Tracker to continue

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

Recently closed rounds

  • Partnership Projects - 2013 Second Call: 12 applications received

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

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

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

Track progress on Project Grants applications for weeks 1-3

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

Track progress on Project Grants applications for weeks 4-6

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

Read editorial on disadvantages of using journal impact factors

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

Seeking more ‘Big Ideas’ from Research Translation Faculty members

Steering Groups are seeking ideas and priority actions for:

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

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

Read NHMRC’s Facts and Figures 2012 publication

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

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

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

 

FOR YOUR INTEREST

Public Consultations

Follow NHMRC research in the news

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

See full article...

July 2013

NHMRC Research Tracker - 26 July 2013

Key grant application dates for 2013

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Grant Review Panels starting for Project Grants applications

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

Track progress on Project Grants applications for weeks 1-3

  • 2010 applications are ready for review

Track progress on Project Grants applications for weeks 4-6

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

Assigners Academy update

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

2013 Project Grants Peer Review

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

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

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

Update on Research Committee activities

On 24 July, RC discussed at a teleconference:

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

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

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

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

New release day for Research Tracker

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


FOR YOUR INTEREST

Recent notices

Public Consultations

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

Follow NHMRC research in the news

  • Latest news articles about the outcomes of NHMRC-funded research

 

 

 

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 19 July 2013 special edition

2014 Grant Round

Opening and closing dates

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

Streamlining applications

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

Further details will be provided through 2013 via Research Tracker.

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

See full article...

NHMRC Research Tracker - 12 July 2013

Key grant application dates for 2013

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Track progress on Project Grants applications for weeks 1-3

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

Track progress on Project Grants applications for weeks 4-6

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

Track progress of Project Grants External Assessments

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

Project Grants GRP observers

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

Recently closed rounds

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

Watch NSFC-NHMRC Symposium: presentations now online

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

Seeking big ideas from Research Translation Faculty members

Steering Groups are now seeking ideas and priority actions:

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

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

Register for 2nd annual RTF symposium

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

National clinical trial research governance forum: September 2013

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

Call for new Partnership Centre on Primary Care

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

Provide feedback: Monday or Friday release of Research Tracker?

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

Follow NHMRC research in the news

Now on the NHMRC homepage.

 

FOR YOUR INTEREST

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

See full article...

June 2013

NHMRC Research Tracker - 28 June 2013

Key grant application dates for 2013

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Track progress on Project Grants applications for weeks 1-3

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

Track progress on Project Grants applications for weeks 4-6

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

Fast facts on Project Grants GRPs

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

Release of assessor comments

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

Add your ORCiD ID to RGMS

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

View NHMRC research in the news

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

Research Translation Faculty seeking ‘Big Ideas for Action’

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

Call for new Partnership Centre on Primary Care

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

Update on Research Committee activities

On 19 June, RC discussed:

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

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

Update on Council activities

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

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

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

View presentations from the Mentorship Workshop

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

FOR YOUR INTEREST

Recent notices

Public Consultations

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

See full article...

NHMRC Research Tracker - 14 June 2013

Call for new Partnership Centre on Primary Care

On 13 June 2013 the NHMRC issued a ‘Call for Investigator Team Applications’ for the third Centre under NHMRC’s Partnership Centres for Better Health funding scheme. The theme of the Centre is Primary Care: System, Services and Workforce Innovation. Further information: NHMRC website.

Reminder: RGMS Outage 22-23 June

RGMS will be offline for 24 hours from 8am on 22 June until 8am AEST 23 June to perform essential system maintenance. Any questions regarding this outage should be directed to help@nhmrc.gov.au. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Key grant application dates for 2013

The updated funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Track progress on Project Grants applications

Of the 3915 applications being reviewed, 13,981 invitations to external assessors have been sent and 7615 invitations have been accepted (55% of those invited). Almost 99% of applications now have 1 or more assessment completed and 89% have two assessments completed.

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

Project Grants Applicant Response (Rebuttal) process

The release of assessor comments has commenced. Applicants have up to 10 days to complete their rebuttal. Please note the release of assessors comments is dependent on the receipt of all assessor reports for the application. Applicants will be notified by email when their assessor comments are available.

Read NHMRC’s Project Grants Not For Further Consideration (NFFC) process

A guide to NHMRC’s NFFC process, including a breakdown of applications that were captured through the NFFC process in 2011 and 2012, is now on the NHMRC website.

Nominations for early career researchers to observe Project Grant GRPs under consideration

NHMRC thanks institutions for submitting nominations.

Program Grants closed

  • Program Grants: 24 applications received

Submit your feedback on NHMRC Funding Agreement and Deeds of Agreement

NHMRC is proposing to vary the Funding Agreement and remaining Deeds of Agreement to increase the flexibility around the use of funds. NHMRC sent letters to institutions on 11 June and comments from the research community are now sought by COB 28 June 2013. Further information: NHMRC website.

Overview of Tripartite Agreement – Mentorship Workshop

This workshop was attended by almost 30 emerging and established Indigenous researchers from Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Highlights included presentations from Associate Professor Noel Hayman and Professor Sandra Eades. All three countries remain committed to building the research capacity of their Indigenous populations. Further information: NHMRC website.

View ‘Big Ideas for Action’ Research Translation Faculty videos

Fourteen Faculty Steering Groups have now met to start planning their ‘big idea’ and the priority action that NHMRC can implement. In coming weeks the steering groups will seek input from all Faculty members. Videos of workshop presentations: Session 1 and Session 2.


FOR YOUR INTEREST

Recent notices

Public Consultations

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

See full article...

May 2013

NHMRC Research Tracker - 31 May 2013

Key grant application dates 

The updated funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Track progress on Project Grants applications

  • 7467 external assessments accepted
  • 6830 external assessment reports received

Upload your Project Grant Applicant Responses (rebuttal)

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

Submit your Project Grants external assessments

External assessments are due 7 June 2013.

RGMS Outage 22-23 June

RGMS will be offline for 24 hours from 8am on 22 June until 8am AEST 23 June to perform essential system maintenance. Any questions regarding this outage should be directed to help@nhmrc.gov.au . We apologise for any inconvenience.

RGMS outage and Project Grants Applicant Response (rebuttal) period 

NHMRC assures applicants that the planned RGMS outage will not have an adverse impact on submission of responses. Timing for the release of assessor comments will be modified to ensure applicants will not be required to submit responses on 22 June.

View NHMRC’s plans to streamline peer review

Details about NHMRC’s Streamlining Application and Assessment Project are now on the NHMRC website. The project builds on the Evolutions in Peer Review Symposium by articulating NHMRC’s vision for improving its grant application and assessment processes.

View updated National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research

Paragraph 4.1.11 of the National Statement has been changed to reflect the updated spelling of ‘fetus’. Further information: NHMRC website.

View photos from NHMRC Tripartite Agreement – Mentorship Workshop

On 23-24 May, a workshop was held in conjunction with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the New Zealand Health Research Council. Presentations will be available soon. Photos are now on the NHMRC website.

Update on Research Committee Activities

On 16-17 May, RC met to discuss:

  • approaches to streamlining application and peer review processes
  • research aspects of Pandemic Preparedness
  • proposed revisions to the Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes
  • the development of a MoU between NHMRC and the Indian Council of Medical Research for collaborative research projects
  • funding recommendations from the third call of the 2012 Partnership Projects funding scheme
  • barriers to the conduct of clinical trials and possible mechanisms for improved NHMRC support.

RC is scheduled to meet a further two times before the end of the 2013.

Outcome from Women in Health Science Working Group meeting

On 15 May, the working group agreed to respond to the Academy of Science Gender Equity paper by outlining ways in which NHMRC can address gender equity issues in health and medical research.

Update on Australia-Republic of Korea research collaboration

NHMRC attended the second Australia-Republic of Korea Joint Committee on Science and Technology meeting at the on 20 May. Items discussed included the strengthening of science and technology engagement between the two countries. Further information: DIICCSRTE website.

Follow @NHMRC on Twitter

Researchers and RAOs are encouraged to follow @NHMRC for important updates. Further information: help@nhmrc.gov.au or 1800 500 983.

FOR YOUR INTEREST

Recent media releases and research notices

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

See full article...

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

See full article...

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

See full article...

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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