12 August 2019

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

Key application dates

Scheme Open Minimum data due Close
Partnership Projects PRC2 28 March 2019 31 July 2019  15 August 2019
MRFF International Clinical Trial Collaborations (ICTC) 2019 PRC2 28 March 2019 31 July 2019 15 August 2019
Partnership Projects PRC3 1 August 2019 20 November 2019 4 December 2019
MRFF International Clinical Trials Collaborations (ICTC) 2019 PRC3 1 August 2019 20 November 2019 4 December 2019
UKRI (MRC) Joint Call 5 August 2019 N/A 16 October 2019
Investigator Grants 2 October 2019 30 October 2019 27 November 2019
Development Grants 23 October 2019 20 November 2019 11 December 2019
Centres of Research Excellence 23 October 2019 20 November 2019 4 December 2019
Synergy Grants 26 February 2020 25 March 2020 22 April 2020
CTCS Grants 4 March 2020 1 April 2020 20 April 2020
Ideas Grants 11 March 2020 8 April 2020 6 May 2020

*NB schemes are in order of opening dates

Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants 2019 update

Application scoring is now complete. Not For Further Consideration (NFFC) lists have been generated and provided to panel members. Each panel member has the opportunity to rescue one application from the preliminary NFFC list if they believe it warrants discussion by the GRP.

Panels will meet face-to-face in Canberra from 26 August to 18 September 2019.

NHMRC sincerely thanks all panel members for their continuing support and involvement in the CTCS grant review process.

Ideas Grants 2019 update

Week 1 GRP meetings commence today 12th August 2019.

Week 2 GRP meetings commence 19th August 2019.

Week 3 GRP meetings commence 26th August 2019.

Assessments for week 4-6 GRPs were due in RGMS last Friday, and panel members will be notified about Not For Further Consideration lists this week. Panel members may each rescue up to one application if they believe it warrants full discussion at the GRP meeting.

Synergy Grants 2019 update

Stage One of the Synergy Grants peer review process is complete with 20 applications progressing through to Stage Two: Applicants not progressing have been notified. Stage Two, which is the assessment of Track Record, relative to opportunity, has commenced, with assessments due 14 August 2019.

Track Records have been allocated to multidisciplinary-based panels with approximately 18-21 track records per panel. Each Track Record will be assessed by up to five reviewers.

The panels have been formed to maximise suitability and minimise conflicts of interest for all Track Records while also adhering to NHMRC’s Grant Review Panel Membership Principles (state, gender, institution etc.).

For further details on the Synergy Grants peer review process, refer to the Synergy Grants 2019 Peer Review Guidelines available from NHMRC’s website.

Open MRFF grant opportunities

The MRFF International Clinical Trial Collaborations (ICTC) Grant Opportunity will close on 15 August 2019. Clinician researchers are invited to express their interest in assisting with the assessment of ICTC applications as a member of the peer review panel.

Please contact NHMRC via program.development@nhmrc.gov.au.

UKRI-NHMRC Built Environment and Prevention Research Scheme 2019 grant opportunity

NHMRC is providing up to $4 million of co-funding to support Australian researchers participating in the joint United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI)-NHMRC Built Environment and Prevention Research Scheme 2019 Grant Opportunity.

For further information visit NHMRC’s website.

NHMRC has released new guidance on PFAS in recreational water

The Guidance on per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in recreational water is an addendum to the Guidelines for Managing Risks in Recreational Water (2008). This advice aims to ensure the public is safe when using recreational sites such as lakes, rivers and beaches.

For more information please visit the Guidelines for Managing Risks in Recreational Water website.

Nominate to participate in Peer Review Panels for 2020

Researchers are invited to nominate themselves to be considered for appointment to NHMRC expert review panels.

Nominations are now open for:

  • Centres of Research Excellence
  • Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants
  • Development Grants
  • Ideas Grants
  • Investigator Grants
  • MRFF Clinical Trials Activity (RCRDUN and ICTC)
  • MRFF Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research
  • Partnership Projects
  • Postgraduate Scholarships
  • Synergy Grants

A guide to assist researchers in determining the most appropriate funding program(s) to which they might contribute their expertise and experience is available from NHMRC’s website.

Instructions on how to nominate within RGMS are contained in the RGMS User Guide – Assessment Processes available here.

Amended closing date for 2019 Partnership Projects Peer Review Cycle (PRC) 2

Due to a public holiday in the Brisbane area of Queensland (Royal Queensland Show Day) on 14 August 2019, the closing date for the 2019 Partnership Projects PRC2 has been extended. The new closing time and date is 5:00pm (AEST) Thursday 15 August 2019.

8th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation – registrations now open

The theme this year is "Research Translation in the digital age: harnessing the power of data and analytical technologies." Keynote and plenary speaker details, along with registration information, is now available.

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