20 May 2019

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

Key application dates

Ideas Grants 2019 update

A total of 2739 applications were submitted within the 8 May 2019 application deadline. Peer review is currently underway, the Ideas Grants 2019 Peer Review Guidelines can be found on NHMRC’s website. Peer Reviewer key dates are:

  • Declare Conflicts of Interest and spokesperson suitability: 15 - 31 May 2019.
  • Commence scoring by weeks 1-3 panels: 24 June -19 July 2019.
  • Commence scoring by weeks 4-6 panels: 15 July 2019 – 9 August 2019.

Development Grants 2019 application update

A total of 95 applications were submitted. Grant Review Panel meetings via videoconference are scheduled for 28 - 30 May 2019.

Investigator Grants 2019 update

All assessments have been completed and received for the 1,854 applications progressing through peer review. Discussion by exception panel meetings via videoconference are scheduled for 20 May – 31 May 2019.

Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies 2019 update

A total of 571 applications were submitted within the 8 May 2019 application deadline. Peer review will be underway shortly and the Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies 2019 Peer Review Guidelines can be found on NHMRC’s website. Peer Reviewer key dates are:

  • Declare Conflicts of Interest and spokesperson suitability: 22 May – 3 June 2019.
  • Scoring by panel members: 28 June -24 July 2019.

Early Career Researcher (ECR) and Research Administration Officer (RAO) panel observers for Ideas Grants

ECR and RAO observer allocations are currently being finalised for the Ideas Grant scheme. NHMRC has received a large number of nominations and will not be able to provide an opportunity to all. Those who we have been able to allocate a space will be notified shortly.

Updates to the Australian immunisation handbook

NHMRC has approved amendments to the Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition on the recommended use of pertussis vaccines in pregnant women. These amendments were developed by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation. Updates to the measles chapter have also been released by the Department of Health.

ANZSRC Review – public consultation

The Australian Research Council, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Statistics New Zealand and the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment are undertaking a joint review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC). Public consultation for the ANZSRC Review is now open. Submissions close on 7 June 2019; see the website for further information.

Reconciliation Day public holiday in the ACT, Monday 27 May 2019

Monday 27 May 2019 is the ACT Reconciliation Day public holiday and the office of NHMRC will be closed, including the Research Help Centre. Emails and voice messages will be answered on Tuesday 28 May 2019.

8th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation – calling for abstracts!

The call for abstracts for the Symposium to be held in Melbourne in November 2019 is now open. The theme for this year is "Research Translation in the digital age: harnessing the power of data and analytical technologies.” The Symposium will reflect on how we might more effectively optimise the use of health and medical research data to inform health care policy and practice. The Symposium is for anyone with an interest in ensuring that research contributes to knowledge and pragmatic outcomes in the most effective and efficient way. Abstracts are due 5pm (AEDT) 14 June, 2019.

Registrations now open for the Australian Dementia Forum 2019 - Shining a light on the impact of dementia research

The forum will be held in Hobart on 13-14 June 2019. It will examine how to maximise the impact and benefit of dementia research to the whole community - for people living with dementia, their families and carers and those at risk of dementia - through accelerated research translation.

Visit NNIDR’s website for more information and to register your attendance.

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