2 November 2020

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Open MRFF grant opportunities 

The following MRFF grant opportunities are currently open for applications.

  • 2020 COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Research Grant Opportunity
    The expression of Interest due dates for these grant opportunities are:
    • Round 2 closing date: 11 November 2020
    • Round 3 closing date: 10 March 2021
       
  • 2020 International Clinical Trial Collaborations
    The expression of Interest due dates for these grant opportunities are:
    • Round 1 due date: 11 November 2020
    • Round 2 due date: 03 March 2021
       
  • 2020 Mental Health Research Grant Opportunity

The application due date for this grant opportunity is 9 December 2020, with Minimum data due on 25 November 2020.

The Application due date for the following grant opportunities is 11 November 2020.

  • 2020 Medicinal Cannabis Clinical Trials Grant Opportunity
  • 2020 Silicosis Research Grant Opportunity
  • 2020 Primary Health Care Research Grant Opportunity
  • 2020 Rare Cancers Rare Diseases Unmet need – General

The application due date for the following grant opportunities is 03 February 2021, with Minimum data due on 20 January 2021.

  • 2020 Efficient Use of Existing Medicines Grant Opportunity
  • 2020 Maternal Health and First 2000 Days, Early Childhood, and Exercise and Nutrition Grant Opportunity
  • 2020 Childhood Cancer Research Grant Opportunity

Details on how to apply for MRFF grant opportunities and close dates are available on GrantConnect.

Further information on MRFF grant opportunities can be found on the 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.

Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants 2020
NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants 2020 scheme dates are as follows:

  • Minimum data due by 5:00pm AEDT Wednesday 4 November 2020. 
  • Round closes at 5:00pm AEDT Wednesday 25 November 2020.

Minimum data must be entered in Sapphire by the specified due date. The necessary minimum data fields for Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants 2020 are indicated in Sapphire by a blue flag. Applications that fail to satisfy this requirement will not be accepted and will be removed from the funding round.  
Applicants must complete the required fields with correct information. The use of placeholder text such as “text”, “synopsis” or “xx” etc. is not acceptable as minimum data.

Minimum data will assist NHMRC to confirm panel membership based on the spread of anticipated applications and recruit more peer reviewers in particular areas if required.

RAOs are not required to certify applications for the purpose of minimum data. Applications should only be certified once complete and ready for final submission.

Ideas Grants Peer Review Processes
NHMRC would like to thank the more than 600 Ideas Grants Peer Review Members for the time and energy they committed to the 2020 Ideas Grants peer review process.  Between them, they completed over 11,500 individual assessments. NHMRC is now working through the funding recommendations process in order to advise outcomes to the sector before the end of the year. This includes reviewing budget change recommendations made by peer reviewers, determining the top applications for funding based on the peer reviewers’ assessments, seeking the necessary approvals to award the proposed grants, and generating and releasing the outcome documentation to notify applicants and RAOs.

The Ideas Grants team will be circulating a survey shortly to capture peer reviewers’ feedback on the scheme and processes this year. We would greatly appreciate participation in the survey as it helps us to evaluate and consider process improvements. Should peer reviewers have any questions regarding the Ideas Grants processes in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact your panel secretariat.

Participation in Peer Review Panels for 2021 - Nominations closed 
The period for researchers to nominate themselves to be considered for appointment to 2021 NHMRC expert review panels through Sapphire closed Friday 30 October 2020. 

NHMRC is now reviewing the received nominations with a view to sending invitations for a number of schemes towards the end of the year.

If you have missed the self-nomination period but would still like to contribute to peer review in 2021, please ensure your Peer Review unavailability entry is up to date within your Sapphire profile.  This will allow NHMRC to identify available additional researchers when formulating panels in the lead up to peer review.
NHMRC would like to thank the research community for the overwhelming response during the nomination period and look forward to working closely with the sector throughout 2021 peer review.

Autism Assessment and Diagnosis Guideline: Case Study
NHMRC has published a new Impact Case Study about the NHMRC-approved National Guideline for the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders

More information is available on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC case studies are developed in partnership with health and medical research sector organisations. If your organisation would like to partner with NHMRC to produce a case study then please refer to our Guidelines for producing NHMRC Case Studies, and/or contact the case study team at research.policy@nhmrc.gov.au.

2020 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science Award Winner 
Congratulations to Professor Mark Dawson who has received the Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year as part of the 2020 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science. Professor Dawson is a clinician-scientist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and has been recognised for his pioneering research in the field of epigenetics and a range of ground-breaking discoveries that have revolutionised the understanding and treatment of blood cancers. NHMRC is pleased to be able to support Professor Dawson’s work through an Investigator and Ideas grant. Read more about the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.

Key application dates

Funding scheme

Open date

Minimum data due

Applications close

Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies

04-Mar-20

04-Nov-20

25-Nov-20

2020 Partnership Projects PRC2

30-Jul-20

18-Nov-20

02-Dec-20

MRFF -  2020 Rare Cancer Rare Disease and Unmet Need Grant Opportunity

02-Sep-20

28-Oct-20

11-Nov-20

MRFF International Clinical Trials Collaborations 20#1

02-Sep-20

28-Oct-20

11-Nov-20

MRFF - 2020 Silicosis Research Grant Opportunity

02-Sep-20

28-Oct-20

11-Nov-20

MRFF - 2020 Medicinal Cannabis Clinical Trials Grant Opportunity

02-Sep-20

28-Oct-20

11-Nov-20

MRFF - 2020 Mental Health Research Grant Opportunity

02-Sep-20

28-Oct-20

11-Nov-20

MRFF - 2020 Primary health Care Research Grant Opportunity

02-Sep-20

28-Oct-20

11-Nov-20

MRFF International Clinical Trials Collaborations 20#2

02-Sep-20

17-Feb-21

03-Mar-21

MRFF - 2020 COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Research Grant Opportunity  EoI#2

07-Sep-20

N/A

11-Nov-20

MRFF - 2020 Childhood Cancer Research Grant Opportunity

07-Oct-20

20-Jan-21

03-Feb-21

MRFF - Maternal Health and First 2000 Days, Early Childhood, and Exercise and Nutrition Grant Opportunity

12-Oct-20

20-Jan-21

03-Feb-21

Centres of Research Excellence

21-Oct-20

18-Nov-20

02-Dec-20

Development Grants

21-Apr-21

26-May-21

16-Jun-21

*NB schemes are in order of opening dates

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