14 January 2019

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

2019 Investigator Grant opportunity

The Investigator Grant scheme for funding commencing in 2020 opened in RGMS on 5 December 2018. Minimum data is due by 5:00pm AEDT on 16 January 2019. Applications close at 5:00pm AEDT on 6 February 2019.

Open MRFF grant opportunities

Partnership Projects Grant Opportunity

Partnership Projects 2019 will open on 16 January 2019. PRC1 minimum data is due on 27 March 2019.

  • 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 People to develop a relationship with a researcher in order to strengthen the evidence in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder 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.
  • Department of Health - MRFF Million Minds Mission. Applicants to this grant opportunity may be used to determine recipients under the MRFF Million Minds Mission. This 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.

Draft for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Advisory Committee Report

NHMRC’s ME/CFS Advisory Committee report is open for public consultation invites the public to provide their feedback on the draft report.

For further information visit NHMRC’s website.

NHMRC participation in the next e-ASIA call for research

Applications for NHMRC’s e-ASIA Joint Research Project (JRP) Program Grants scheme for funding in 2019 will open in RGMS on 18 January 2019. Information about eligible topics is available here.

A workshop for researchers to assist in developing collaborative research proposals for submission to the e-ASIA JRP health call is scheduled for 4-5 March 2019 in Singapore. Potential applicants to the JRP may be interested to attend.

NHMRC will continue to use RGMS for all schemes until further notice

NHMRC has received a number of queries about the timeframe for moving to Sapphire. For clarity, NHMRC will continue to use RGMS for all schemes until further notice. This includes submission of applications to the 2019 Ideas Grants, Synergy Grants and Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies grant opportunities. Applications for these schemes will open in RGMS on 6 March 2019.

Further information can be found on NHMRC’s website.

Sapphire development is continuing. NHMRC will maintain a cautious approach to its planned release date to ensure Sapphire provides the most intuitive experience for users. Prior notice will be given before the first scheme is opened in Sapphire.

Report on the activity of Human Research Ethics Committees and certified institutions for 2017

The activity report has been published and can be found on NHMRC’s website.

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