24 October 2018

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

NHMRC’s upcoming funding opportunity: Centres of Research Excellence

Applications open in RGMS on 24 October 2018 with minimum data due 21 November 2018. Applications close 5 December 2018.

Information about the 2018 Centres of Research Excellence grant program and the grant guidelines will be available on NHMRC’s website and GrantConnect on the opening date.

NHMRC’s upcoming funding opportunity (TCR) into Frailty and Hospital Care: Complex Health Needs

This Targeted Call for Research (TCR) aims to encourage research that addresses how frail persons can be supported to avoid hospitalisations, receive optimal care when admitted, and achieve the best health recovery outcomes, through integrated and coordinated in – and post-hospital interventions.

Applications open in RGMS on 31 October 2018 with minimum data due 16 January 2019. Applications close 30 January 2019.

The forecast opportunity is available on GrantConnect.

Further information can be found here.

MRFF grant opportunity: International Clinical Trial Collaborations

Applications opened in RGMS on 10 October 2018 with minimum data due 21 November 2018. Applications close 5 December 2018.

Further information can be found here.

MRFF upcoming grant opportunity: Million Minds Mission

Grant guidelines for the first tranche of funding under the MRFF Million Minds Mission will be made available in late 2018 and forecast on GrantConnect.

Further information on the Million Minds Mission is available on the Department of Health’s website.

Investigator grants guide to applicants and category descriptors

NHMRC are publishing a Guide to Applicants including Category Descriptors for the Investigator Grants scheme on GrantConnect this week.

This information will assist applicants to begin preparing their application in advance of the funding opportunity opening on 5 December 2018.

Update on Sapphire implementation

NHMRC is progressing development of the new grants management solution, Sapphire, which is a significant and complex project that is expected to deliver substantial benefits to applicants, assessors and Administering Institutions.

Recent testing identified some additional complexities that require resolution. As a result, NHMRC has decided to defer the planned October pilots to avoid any potential for disruption to applicants.

NHMRC’s cautious approach also reflects advice received from the research sector to minimise potential distractions from the implementation of the new grant program.

All new and existing grant schemes will be managed through RGMS until further notice. This includes CREs, Development Grants, TCRs and Investigator Grants.

Your researcher CV and Profile will continue to be managed through RGMS until further notice.

For more information about Sapphire, please visit NHMRC’s website.

Development Grants scheme: call for commercial assessor nominations

NHMRC’s Development Grants scheme is seeking early self-nominations from experts to participate as commercial assessors for applications in the 2019 round.

The Development Grants scheme opens for applications on 14 November 2018 and the peer review meetings are scheduled for late May 2019 via teleconference. If you have research commercialisation experience and would like to participate in the assessment process, please submit your nomination through the Development Grants self-nomination portal.

Call for submissions for recognition as a NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre (AHRTC) or Centre for Innovation in Regional Health (CIRH)

NHMRC anticipates calling for submissions from groups wishing to be accredited by NHMRC as an Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre (AHRTC) or Centre for Innovation in Regional Health (CIRH) in late October/early November 2018.

For more information please visit NHMRC’s website.

Regulation of therapeutic goods

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) protects the health and wellbeing of the community by regulating and monitoring all therapeutic goods that are distributed in Australia.

If you are conducting research related to a therapeutic good, the TGA offers a dedicated service, SME Assist, to help researchers, small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups that are developing new medicines and medical devices understand their regulatory and legislative obligations. It is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the pathways to market authorisation early in your research project by visiting SME Assist. Here you will find informative guidance articles, interactive decision tools and information about upcoming events that are targeted to those unfamiliar with regulation.

Subscribe to the SME Assist email list to stay up to date with the latest researcher and SME information from TGA.

Translating research into practice – What is actually contained in our food?

As a Senior Research Fellow with the Smart Foods Centre, Doctor Yasmine Probst focused her research on what is actually contained in our foods with an interest in dietary modelling and dietary assessment methodology.

Further information on her research can be found here.

The 7th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation – early bird registration ends this week

NHMRC is partnering with The Reward Alliance, an international network of funders, editors and researchers with a shared interest in ensuring value in health and medical research, to bring you this year’s NHMRC Symposium, ‘Ensuring Value in Research’.

Being held at The University of Sydney on 27-28 November 2018, the Symposium is open to anyone with an interest in ensuring value in health and medical research, whether they are researchers themselves or end users, to share their ideas, expertise and experience. All speakers are now confirmed.

The deadline for early bird registration is 26 October, 2018.

Information on registration, program and speakers can be found here.