Recent developments and opportunities in the Boosting Dementia Research Initiative

Outcomes of the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research Grants Priority Round 1 – JPco-fuND Scheme announced

The Minister for Health, the Hon Sussan Ley MP has announced the outcomes of applications for the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research Grants Priority Round 1 – JPco-fuND scheme:

The Scheme provides support for Australian participation on international consortia funded under the European Union Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease (JPND) Call for Proposals: European research projects on neurodegenerative diseases: risk and protective factors, longitudinal cohort approaches and advanced experimental models (JPco-fuND).

Outcomes of the NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowships Scheme announced

The Minister for Health, the Hon Sussan Ley MP and the Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Senator Simon Birmingham have announced the outcomes of applications for the NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowships scheme:

The Scheme provides opportunities for postdoctoral researchers to undertake advanced training in the health, medical, fundamental sciences, social, economic and cultural fields relevant to dementia, in either Australia or overseas.

NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research established

NHMRC has engaged Alzheimer’s Australia to operate the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research.
Led by Professor John McCallum as Institute Director, with the guidance of a multidisciplinary expert advisory panel, the Institute will prioritise and coordinate dementia research in Australia, ensure integration with international research and drive translation of evidence into policy and practice.

Outcomes of the NHMRC Dementia Research Team Grants Scheme announced

The Minister for Health, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, has announced grant outcomes for the Dementia Research Team Grants scheme, which will provide support for teams of researchers to pursue collaborative research, promote effective translation of research, and develop capacity under a dementia research priority framework.

Final outcomes of NHMRC dementia research priority setting project

NHMRC has released outcomes from the second stage of the priority setting project to identify national dementia research and translation priorities.
The report identifies desired targets, milestones and outcomes for dementia research and translation priority areas identified in the first phase of the project, and will inform the strategic direction of the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research.

NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research Grants Priority Round 1 – JPco-fuND

The NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research is providing funding to support a small number of Australian-based researchers who are participating as external collaborators on international consortia under the European Union Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease (JPND) Call for Proposals: European research projects on neurodegenerative diseases: risk and protective factors, longitudinal cohort approaches and advanced experimental models (JPco-fuND).

The NNIDR Grants Priority Round 1 – JPco-fuND will provide merit-based funding for the Australian-based components of research where the transnational consortium has been favourably reviewed by the JPND.

Analysis of NHMRC funded dementia research and its outcomes

A summary report analysing NHMRC funded dementia research between 2003-2013 and the reported outcomes of that research.

Promotion of the NHMRC-ARC Joint Dementia Research Development Fellowships

The CEOs of NHMRC, ARC and the interim head of the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research have released an important notice regarding the importance of boosting the dementia research workforce. The notice is available below.

NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowships - Under Review

NHMRC and the Australian Research Council (ARC) have jointly established a new initiative to increase research capacity in dementia as part of the $46M ‘Building the workforce’ element of the Boosting Dementia Research Initiative.

The NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship Scheme will support the best early career dementia researchers and attract researchers from other fields. Fellows will undertake advanced training in the health, medical, social, economic and cultural fields relevant to dementia, in either Australia or overseas.

The scheme is inviting applications under a dementia research priority framework based on national and international strategies.

NHMRC Survey: Dementia research priorities - Closed

NHMRC’s survey on dementia research and translation priorities opened on Monday 3 November and will close at 5pm on 10th November 2014.

Input was sought from a diverse range of dementia stakeholders, including researchers, clinicians, consumers, service providers and policy makers.

The survey was part of the comprehensive priority setting project to identify dementia research and translation strengths and gaps in the Australian context, to inform the strategic research agenda of the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research.

Request for Expressions of Interest NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research - Closed

NHMRC is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from organisations to provide services for the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (the Institute). To view the REOI documentation and instructions on how to submit, go to https://tenders.gov.au.

Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research

In accordance with the Australian Government’s election commitment, NHMRC is providing $9 million over four years for the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research to scale up research focusing on the prevention and treatment of dementia.

The Centre is based within the Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland and will drive discoveries of basic disease mechanisms to facilitate development of therapies, tests and tools that will help to prevent and treat dementia in the Australian population and internationally.

NHMRC consultation: Dementia research priorities - Closed

NHMRC is undertaking a priority setting project to identify dementia research and translation strengths and gaps in the Australian context.

This will include a comprehensive consultation process, and input will be sought from a diverse range of dementia stakeholders including researchers, clinicians, patients, carers, policy makers and health and aged care providers.

The outcomes of this project will inform the new NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research strategic roadmap for research and translation by:

  • Providing a systematic understanding of the current state of dementia research and translation in Australia and internationally; and
  • Identifying priority areas of dementia research and translation, validated by a diverse range of dementia stakeholders.

The project will be undertaken by ThinkPlace consultancy. Stakeholders interested in participating in the priority setting consultation process are invited to register their interest by contacting Ms Aimee Reeves via email (Aimee.Reeves@thinkplace.com.au).

NHMRC Dementia Research Team Grants - Closed

In order to get important large scale research projects underway as quickly as possible a special round of NHMRC Dementia Research Team Grants opened on 8 August 2014. This Dementia Research Team Grants round is inviting applications in areas already identified as priorities nationally and internationally for dementia research. Successful Dementia Research Teams will be funded over five years to undertake innovative high quality research, promote effective translation of research into health policy and practice, build capacity in the health and medical research workforce, and provide opportunities to expand collaborations between research teams.

Dementia Key Stakeholder Forum - Closed

On 20 June 2014, NHMRC convened a Dementia Key Stakeholder Forum involving researchers, government representatives, clinicians and consumers in dementia and cognate disciplines to discuss the Australian Government’s Boosting Dementia Research initiative and seek ideas on how Australia could best direct its research efforts in dementia.