23 September 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 PRC3 1 August 2019 20 November 2019 4 December 2019
MRFF International Clinical Trials Collaborations (ICTC) 2019 PRC3 1 August 2019 20 November 2019 4 December 2019
UKRI (MRC) Joint Call 5 August 2019 N/A 16 October 2019
MRFF Investigator Grants 2 October 2019 31 October 2019 27 November 2019
Investigator Grants 2 October 2019 31 October 2019 27 November 2019
Development Grants 23 October 2019 20 November 2019 11 December 2019
Centres of Research Excellence 23 October 2019 20 November 2019 4 December 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
Postgraduate Scholarships 15 April 2020 N/A 10 June 2020

*NB schemes are in order of opening dates

MRFF funded Investigator Grants

Applications for MRFF Investigator Grants will be submitted and peer reviewed through the 2020 NHMRC Investigator Grant round opening on 2 October 2019.

Grant Guidelines for this MRFF funding round are now available through a Forecast Opportunity on GrantConnect.

Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies (CTCS) Grant 2019 update

Grant review panel assessments for the CTCS grants are now complete. NHMRC sincerely thanks all panel members, Chairs and Community Observers for their support and involvement in the CTCS grant review process.

NHMRC also thanks Early Career Researchers and Research Administration Officers for attending the panel meetings as observers. Notification regarding CTCS applications deemed Not For Further Consideration (NFFC) will be released as soon as practicable.

Ideas Grants 2019 update

Six weeks of GRP meetings are now complete and funding recommendations are being prepared. Thirty-nine panels met in Canberra during the period of 12 August to 18 September 2019.

NHMRC would like to sincerely thank all panel members, Chairs and Community Observers who have participated in the GRPs. Your support is crucial to ensuring NHMRC funds the best research proposals and your professionalism and hard work over the course of the year is greatly appreciated.

Members are encouraged to provide feedback on peer review policy and processes via the 2019 Ideas Grants GRP Members’ Survey, which will be circulated shortly via email.

Notification regarding Ideas Grant applications deemed Not For Further Consideration (NFFC) will be released in the coming weeks.

Invitations to participate in Ideas Grants peer review in 2020 will start being sent from early October and continue into early 2020. We encourage interested researchers to nominate themselves for consideration for appointment to an Ideas Grants GRP in their RGMS CV & Profile.

Investigator Grants 2020 update

The 2020 Investigator Grant round is scheduled to open 2 October 2019. To help facilitate forward planning for the 2020 Investigator Grant round, NHMRC has published the Investigator Grants 2020 Eligibility Factsheet.

Additional details regarding the outcomes and peer review of the 2019 Investigator Grant round are available from the Investigator Grants 2019 Outcomes Factsheet and the New Grant Program 2019: Peer Review Factsheet.

Synergy Grants 2019 update

Discussion by exception panel meetings via videoconference are now complete and funding recommendations are being prepared.

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

NHMRC would like to thank all members for their assistance this year and encourage them to provide feedback on their experience by completing the Synergy Grant Panel Member survey, which will be circulated shortly.

Targeted Calls for Research (TCR) update

The deadline for community and professional groups to propose TCR topics through the Online Pathway for Cycle 2, 2019, has been extended to 31 October 2019.

Further information is available on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC CEO Presentation on Investigator Grants

NHMRC’s CEO, Professor Anne Kelso gave a number of presentations outlining the rationale for the New Grant Program and the key messages about the recently announced Investigator Grants.

Professor Kelso’s presentation on 6 September 2019 at the University of Melbourne, can be found under seminars and workshops on their website.

Commercialisation Self-Nomination Form

NHMRC is seeking Commercialisation Peer Reviewers for the Development Grants 2020 round. If you have research commercialisation experience and are interested in participating in the assessment process, please complete the Commercialisation Self-Nomination Form. The Development Grants team will endeavour to send out preliminary invitations in late 2019.

For information visit the NHMRC website.

Have your say on mitochondrial donation

NHMRC has started public consultation to obtain views from the Australian community on the social and ethical issues raised by mitochondrial donation.

Mitochondrial donation is a new assisted reproductive technology to help people avoid transmitting disease to their biological children. The Mitochondrial Donation Issues Paper provides information about mitochondrial donation and the related ethical and social issues.

There are many ways to have your say, including a written submission online or participating in webinars and other public forums.

For more information and to view the Issues Paper, visit NHMRC's website.

8th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation – early bird registrations is open

Early bird registrations for the 8th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation being held in Melbourne on 19-20 November close soon. The theme this year will be 'Research Translation in the digital age: harnessing the power of data and analytical technologies'.

Register now before the 18 October deadline.