15 July 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  14 August 2019
MRFF International Clinical Trial Collaborations (ICTC) 28 March 2019 31 July 2019 15 August 2019
Partnership Projects PRC3 1 August 2019 20 November 2019 4 December 2019
Investigator Grants 2 October 2019 30 October 2019 27 November 2019
Synergy Grants 26 February 2020 25 March 2020 22 April 2020
CTCS Grants 4 March 2020 1 April 2020 29 April 2020
Ideas Grants 11 March 2020 8 April 2020 6 May 2020








Earlier application period for Development Grants 2020

NHMRC will be bringing forward the application dates for the Development Grants 2020 Round. Applications open on 23 October 2019 with minimum data due 20 November 2019. Applications close at 5PM AEDT 11 December 2019.

Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies 2019 update

Application scoring commenced on 28 June 2019 and will close 24 July 2019.

The 2019 Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies (CTCS) Grant Review Panels will meet face-to-face in Canberra from 26 August to 18 September 2019.

NHMRC sincerely thanks all panel members involved in the CTCS grant review process.

Ideas Grants 2019 update

Week 1-3 panel members are reminded that the deadline for submission of assessments in RGMS is COB 19 July 2019. Not For Further Consideration (NFFC) lists will be circulated to panel members the following week. Any applications that do not have the minimum number of assessments submitted by the deadline will be exempt from the NFFC process, and undergo full discussion by the panel at the GRP meeting.

Week 1-3 panel members are also reminded to submit their travel and accommodation preferences to NHMRC as soon as possible if they have not already done so.

Week 4-6 panel members commence assessments today, 15 July 2019. The deadline for submission of assessments in RGMS is COB 9 August 2019.

The 2019 Grant Review Panels will be held in Canberra for six consecutive weeks, commencing 12 August 2019.

Investigators Grants 2019 update

Funding recommendations are proceeding through approval processes with outcomes anticipated in August.

Panel members are reminded of the importance of confidentiality of the peer review process.

NHMRC would like to thank members for their assistance in completing the Investigator Grant panel member survey.

Partnership Projects 2019 PRC2 and PRC3 funding with other organisations

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

TCR outcome - Healthy ageing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

The aim of this targeted research is to address the need for rigorous, culturally-informed research that ultimately improves the health and experiences of ageing in older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This funding will support practical and innovative research into the best approaches to prevention, early intervention, and treatment of health conditions of greatest concern to ageing Indigenous communities.

View the full media release on NHMRC’s website.

Release of the Authorship Guide and the Management of Data and Information in Research Guide

NHMRC, along with the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Universities Australia (UA) recently released the Authorship Guide and the Management of Data and Information in Research Guide, which support the implementation of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (the Code).

NHMRC, ARC and UA are currently developing further guides to support the Code which are planned for release later in 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.

Australian Academy of Science opportunity for junior scientists

The Australian Academy of Science is calling for applications from junior scientists to travel in 2020 to the National Institute of Health in the USA.

More information available on the Australian Academy of Science’s website.