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February 2013

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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Research Tracker – 9 March 2012 edition

Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia: NHMRC resources page now available online

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 and submissions close on 30 March 2012.

A*STAR and NHMRC collaborative grant call on combating emerging infectious diseases

The joint A*STAR and NHMRC symposium on Combating emerging infectious diseases through integrative technology approaches was held on 27-28 February 2012. A joint funding call is currently being developed by A*STAR and NHMRC and will be announced on the NHMRC website.

Mental Health Targeted Call for Research (TCR) on Prevention of, and early intervention in, mental illness in children and young people

Up to $13 million over 5 years has been allocated to support a small number of projects to build evidence and translate evidence into improved mental health practice.

Over 140 applications were lodged before the “minimum data” cut-off date of 8 February 2012. Full applications must be submitted by 5pm AEST on 4 April 2012. New applications will not be accepted.

Direct Research Costs (DRC) on NHMRC grants and conference-related travel

Further to previous advice on the use of grant funds for travel (Research Tracker 16 December 2012), NHMRC would like to provide further advice in relation to the use of grant funds for travel related to presentation of research outcomes (i.e. at research conferences). 

As previously stated, researchers may incur travel expenses provided that the travel is directly related to achieving the objectives of the grant.

Where this is directly related to objectives of the funded grant, reasonable travel costs related to presenting papers at conferences is a legitimate direct research cost. Use of funds for travel, accommodation and meals must be in accordance with the travel guidelines of the relevant Administering Institution and NHMRC guidance on use of grant funds. Research-related travel (such as fieldwork) required to meet the objectives of the grant should generally be included in the initial application to NHMRC.

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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February 2012

NHMRC Research Tracker – 24 February 2012 edition

Revised policy on dissemination of research findings

As of 1 July 2012, published research outputs resulting from NHMRC funded research are to be placed in institutional repositories within 12 months of publication.

Developed by the Research Committee and Council of the NHMRC, in consultation with other institutions, this policy brings NHMRC into line with other international health and medical research funding agencies.

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 $5 million per year partnership between NHMRC, the Australian National Preventive Health Agency, NSW Health, Queensland Health and ACT Health. Applications close 11 April 2012.

Further information is on the NHMRC website.

Program Grants open 5 March 2012

All applications should be submitted through RGMS. Applications close 6 June 2012.
Further information is on the NHMRC website.

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Research Tracker – 10 February 2012 edition

NHMRC’s Ten of the Best Research Projects (2011) booklet launched 

Ten of the Best showcases some of the best NHMRC-funded research projects that may make a huge difference to the health of Australians in the coming years.

Seven of Australia’s finest researchers featured in NHMRC’s flagship publication, Ten of the Best, were in Canberra yesterday for its launch.
Visit the NHMRC website to view the publication or to watch the webcast of the event.

Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme (PdCCRS) round: now open

Applications for Cancer Australia’s PdCCRS are now being accepted. These applications are managed by NHMRC through its Project Grants scheme. All applications to the PdCCRS should be made through the NHMRC Research Grants Management System (RGMS), under the Project Grants scheme.

Applications close 14 March 2012. Further information is on the Cancer Australia website.

Call for new Partnership Centre on Prevention

NHMRC will shortly be issuing a new call for an Investigator Team for the second centre under NHMRC’s new Partnership Centres for Better Health program. The theme of the second centre is Systems Perspectives on Preventing Lifestyle-Related Chronic Health Problems. For updates please check the NHMRC website.

NHMRC CEO to visit Western Australia in February

Professor Warwick Anderson will be visiting Perth on 23 and 24 February and will be meeting with researchers and senior staff at the University of WA and other key institutions.

Reminder: Applications for Partnership Centre on cognitive decline due by 24 February

Further information about NHMRC’s first Partnership Centre, on Dealing with Cognitive and Related Functional Decline in the Elderly, is on the NHMRC website.

Reminder: Please update profile and CV – RGMS

NHMRC is currently receiving record numbers of applications across all its major funding schemes and also under its Targeted Calls for Research. Health and medical researchers are asked to update their profiles and CVs in RGMS, as this data is used by NHMRC to contact appropriate reviewers for all applications.

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January 2012

NHMRC Research Tracker - 27 January 2012 edition

Australia Day 2012 Honours

NHMRC congratulates all the members of the medical and scientific research community honoured on Australia Day for their contribution to the health and wellbeing of all Australians.

First Partnership Centre Call

Applications are now being accepted for the new NHMRC Partnership Centre Program on Dealing with Cognitive and Related Functional Decline in the Elderly. Applications close at 5pm (AEDST) on 24 February 2012.

Further information is on the NHMRC website.

Applications for Centres of Research Excellence closing 20 January 

Further information is on the NHMRC website.

Applications for Career Development Fellowship scheme now open 

Applications will close on 28 March 2012. Further information is on the NHMRC website.

A*STAR / NHMRC joint symposium in February

Registrations are now open for the A*STAR / NHMRC joint symposium on Combating Emerging Infectious Diseases through Integrative Technology Approaches.

This free symposium will be held in Singapore from 27 - 28 February 2012.
Speakers include:

  • Professor Mark von Itzstein - Carbohydrate recognition by influenza virus and implications in drug discovery.
  • Professor Edward Holmes - The Phylogenomics of Viral Infections.
  • Professor Matthew Cooper - Building an academic anti-infective pipeline
  • Dr Sebastian Maurer-Stroh - Bioinformatics as enabling technology for influenza surveillance.
  • Dr John Connelly - Systems Based Approach to Monitoring Vaccine Responses

Further information is on the NHMRC website.

Research Help Centre (RHC) extended operating hours: 30 January 2012 – 16 March 2012

RHC will be open 8am to 7pm (AEDST) Monday to Friday and 10am to 2pm Saturday. Further information is on the NHMRC website.

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NHMRC Research Tracker - 13 January 2012 edition

First Partnership Centre Call

Applications are now being accepted for the new NHMRC Partnership Centre Program on Dealing with Cognitive and Related Functional Decline in the Elderly. Applications close at 5pm (AEDST) on 24 February 2012. Further information is on the NHMRC website.

Reminder: Hendra Virus Urgent Call for Research (UCR) closing soon

The Hendra Virus UCR will close at 5pm (AEDST) on 18 January 2012. Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted. Further information is on the NHMRC website.

Reminder: Please commence Mental Health Targeted Call for Research (TCR) applications by 8 February

All applications for the Mental Health TCR must be commenced in RGMS by 5pm (AEDST) 8 February 2012. These applications must contain the minimum data to allow the NHMRC to start sourcing peer reviewers. Applications close 4 April 2012. Further information is on the NHMRC website.

Centres of Research Excellence close 30 January

Further information is on the NHMRC website.

A*STAR / NHMRC joint symposium in February

Registrations are now open for the A*STAR / NHMRC joint symposium on Combating Emerging Infectious Diseases through Integrative Technology Approaches.

This free symposium will be held in Singapore from 27 - 28 February 2012. Sessions include:
• TB biology
• Influenza biology
• Genomics
• Bioinformatics
• Integrating technology and biology.

Further information is on the NHMRC website.

Clarification of Requirements for Employment of CIAs

NHMRC recently clarified the requirements of the Administering Institution Policy in regards to employment of CIAs.

Further information is on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC newsletter December 2011

NHMRC CEO Warwick Anderson reflects on the major issues of the second half of 2011 in his December 2011 newsletter.

HoMER Framework for Monitoring document released

The Framework for Monitoring: Guidance for the national approach to single ethical review of multi-centre research is now available on the Human Research Ethics Portal.

The Framework for Monitoring document outlines best practice in the monitoring of multi-centre human research that has undergone a single ethical review. It complements the Research Governance Handbook: Guidance for the national approach to single ethical review already available on the HREP.

R&D Tax Incentive Implementation – Discussion Paper

The R&D Tax Incentive is the Australian Government’s principal measure to encourage investment in research and development. AusIndustry has recently released for public comment a discussion paper titled R&D Tax Incentive Implementation – realising effective compliance through guidance and education.

The paper is available on the AusIndustry website.

Reminder: NHMRC computer system outage 14 January

All NHMRC servers, applications and external services including RGMS and the NHMRC website will be unavailable from 2.30am (AEDST) on Saturday 14 January 2012 to 2.30am Sunday 15 January 2012. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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December 2011

NHMRC Research Tracker - 16 December 2011 edition

$114.2 million investment in health and medical research

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

NHMRC 75th anniversary scientific symposium presentations

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

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

Project Grants - applications

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

Career Development Fellowships - applications

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

Translation of Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships - applications

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

NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health - Partnership Projects

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

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

Access to “near miss” NHMRC applications

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

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

Use of NHMRC research funds for travel

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

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

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

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

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

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

Research Help Centre hours: December 2011 – March 2012

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

 

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Research Tracker - 02 December 2011 edition

NHMRC’s 75th Anniversary symposium

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

New Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowships

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

NHMRC Excellence Awards 2011

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

Acknowledgement of our 2011 Peer Reviewers

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

Targeted Call for Research on Mental Health

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

Further information is available on the NHMRC website

RGMS update

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

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

RGMS Consultative Groups

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

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

Funding schemes opening in December

Three schemes are opening in December:

•             Project Grants – 7  December to 14 March 2012

•             Research Fellowships – 12 December to 9 February 2012

•             Practitioner Fellowships – 12 December to 9 February 2012

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

Project Grants – key dates 2012

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

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

Interviews for Research and Practitioner Fellowships - key dates 2012

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

Correction to Career Development Fellowships opening date

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

Research Governance Handbook: now online

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

The Handbook is now available on our website.

Help Centre hours: December 2011 – March 2012

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

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

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