5 July 2024

Welcome to this special edition of Tracker.


New joint NHMRC-MRFF Advisory Committees and NHMRC Principal Committees announced

 New joint NHMRC-MRFF Advisory Committees and NHMRC Principal Committees announced.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) will work more closely under a new structure announced today.

The new advisory structure and committees will better harmonise and promote collaboration by key government funders in Australia’s health and medical research sector and make it easier for researchers to engage with funders.

Better alignment and coordination of the NHMRC’s Medical Research Endowment Account (MREA) and MRFF will achieve the best of both and strengthen Australia’s world-leading research capability to change and improve the health and lives of Australians.

A call for nominations to the committees listed below will open shortly, including new joint committees, and a number of existing committees with new joint responsibilities:

NHMRC Principal Committees

  • Research Committee - advises on the quality and scope of health and medical research in Australia, including the application of the MREA and the MRFF.
  • Australian Health Ethics Committee - advises on ethical issues relating to health and develop human research guidelines.

NHMRC-MRFF Joint Advisory Committees

  • NHMRC-MRFF Consumer Advisory Group - which will advise on consumer and community involvement in health and medical research, including on strengthening consumer involvement in MREA and MRFF grant programs.
  • NHMRC-MRFF Industry, Philanthropy and Commercialisation Committee - which will advise on industry and philanthropic involvement in health and medical research and strategies to foster greater research commercialisation.
  • NHMRC-MRFF Public Health and Health Systems Committee - which will advise on strategies for strengthening preventive health, public health, primary care and health services, and for embedding research translation in the Australian health system.
  • NHMRC-MRFF Indigenous Advisory Group - which will advise on health research involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and capacity building for health researchers who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Nominations are now open!

We are seeking nominations from individuals interested in the role of research in improving health outcomes for the Australian community, including but not limited to:

  • consumers and community members
  • industry representatives
  • philanthropy representatives
  • physicians and other clinicians
  • researchers in all areas of health and medical research and at all career stages.

Nominees may be asked to serve on more than one committee, noting that all committees will have a consumer representative/s and an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative/s.
A diagrammatic overview of the advisory committee structure is available to download.

To nominate please complete the online nomination form, noting that you will be required to upload a completed Curriculum Vitae and Declaration of Private Interests Form using the templates provided in the Downloads section on NHMRC's website.

Nominations will close Wednesday 31 July 2024 at 5:00PM AEST.


 Refer to the FAQs or contact NHMRC.appointments@nhmrc.gov.au for any other questions.

Access NHMRC's website for more information.