2 June 2020

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Postgraduate Scholarship applicants: new user account registrations
NHMRC’s Research Help Centre (RHC) is experiencing a very high volume of new user account registration requests for Sapphire.
Applicants to the Postgraduate Scholarship scheme who do not yet have a Sapphire account must lodge their user request form with RHC no later than 5pm AEST Tuesday 2 June 2020.  Failure to do so may result in their application not proceeding.

Applicants should allow up to 72 hours for account activation to occur.

NHMRC-National Institute for Health Research Collaborative Research Grants opportunity
NHMRC provides up to $3 million of co-funding to support Australian researchers participating in the United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment Programme.  For information on the 2020 commissioned research topics that NHMRC is considering supporting, visit GrantConnect.

Open MRFF grant opportunities
The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) – Coronavirus Research Response: 2020 COVID-19 Mental Health Research Grant Opportunity is currently open for applications.

The application due date for this grant opportunity is 13 July 2020, with Minimum data due on 1 July 2020.

Further information on MRFF grant opportunities can be found on NHMRC website

Clinicians and researchers are invited to express their interest in assisting with the assessment of MRFF applications as a member of a grant assessment committee. Register your interest via the NHMRC online portal.

Australia’s research response to COVID-19
NHMRC is seeking to understand the Australian contribution to research on COVID-19, including from NHMRC-funded researchers and others. We recognise that, in many cases, those contributions are enabled by research institutes and universities redirecting resources towards COVID-19-related research, as well as by the addition of new resources. To assist NHMRC to compile a comprehensive list of COVID-19 research, please tell us about your research project by completing the quick online form or contact us at: COVID-19advice@nhmrc.gov.au

Please note that completion of this form is not a substitute for grant variation obligations. Please note the FAQ for researchers seeking or managing NHMRC grants, specifically the information on varying your current grant.

Updates to the Australian immunisation handbook
NHMRC has approved amendments to the Australian Immunisation Handbook on the recommended use of pneumococcal vaccines, developed by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation.

Ideas Grants application dates
NHMRC Ideas Grant scheme dates for 2020 are as follows:

  • Round closes on Wednesday 10 June 2020

Key application dates

Funding scheme

Open date

Minimum data due

Applications close

GACD- Cancer Prevention Call




Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants




Ideas Grants




Special Initiative in Mental Health




2020 Partnership Projects PRC1




Postgraduate Scholarships




2020 Partnership Projects PRC2




*NB schemes are in order of opening dates

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