12 March 2019

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

Key application dates

  • Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants – Applications close on 8 May 2019 with minimum data due on 10 April 2019.
  • Ideas Grants – Applications close on 8 May 2019 with minimum data due on 10 April 2019.
  • Synergy Grants – Applications close on 1 May 2019 with minimum data due on 17 April 2019.
  • MRFF Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research —Applications close on 10 April 2019.
  • Partnership Projects 2019 PRC1 – Applications close on 10 April 2019 with minimum data due 27 March 2019.
  • Partnership Projects 2019 PRC2 – Applications open on 28 March 2019.

2019 Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies, Ideas Grants and Synergy Grants opportunities

Funding opportunities for these schemes, with funding commencing in 2020, opened in RGMS on 6 March 2019.

Further details are available on GrantConnect and NHMRC's website. Please contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983 orvia email for further information or assistance.

2019 Ideas Grant scheme 

Applicants requiring assistance in application preparation should direct enquiries to their administering institution’s Research Administration Officer. Frequently asked questions (FAQs) on scheme policy will be collated and then responded to via the scheme’s FAQ document on GrantConnect.

Membership requirements for grant review panels will be reviewed following the minimum data due date and appointments will be confirmed shortly after. Please advise NHMRC as soon as possible of any changes to your availability for Ideas Grants peer review. 

Centres of Research Excellence Interviews

Applicants are reminded that they must advise NHMRC of any specific requirements for the scheduled interview weekvia email no later than 15 March 2019.

Interviews will be held over the following days: 

  • Clinical Research: 29 April - 1 May 2019
  • Population Health Research: 29 - 30 April 2019
  • Health Services Research: 29 - 30 April 2019.

NHMRC will consider all interview preference requests, however, we cannot guarantee that all requests will be accommodated. 

Partnership Projects 2019 funding with other organisations

In addition to partner organisations identified in the Grant Guidelines (section 4.4), applicants to Partnership Projects 2019 may select the following funding opportunities from the Department of Health. 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Obesity Prevention Research special initiative.This special initiative provides the opportunity for community organisations that are contributing to health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to develop a relationship with a researcher to strengthen the evidence in FASD and obesity research. For further information see Section 2.3 of the Partnership Projects 2019 Guidelines available via the Partnership Projects 2019 Grant Opportunity on GrantConnect.
  • MRFF Million Minds Mission. Applicants to this grant opportunity may be used to determine grant recipients under the MRFF Million Minds Mission. The Mission will support research to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients with mental health issues. Further information on the program, including funding and any additional assessment considerations, is available on the Department of Health website.

2018 peer review honour roll

An honour roll of peer reviewer panel members, community observers and external assessors who contributed to NHMRC peer review processes in 2018 is available on NHMRC’s website. NHMRC thanks all who participated.