24 September 2018

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

Centres of Research Excellence

2018 Centres of Research Excellence will open on 24 October 2018; minimum data is due 21 November 2018; and applications close 5 December 2018.

The 2018 Centres of Research Excellence grant guidelines will be available on GrantConnect closer to the opening date. At this stage we are planning to use Sapphire for some schemes opening in October, including CREs.

Further advice will be provided to RAOs and applicants shortly.

Self-nomination for NHMRC peer review panels in 2019

Researchers are now able to nominate themselves to be considered for appointment to NHMRC expert review panels for a number of 2019 schemes via RGMS. A guide to aid researchers in determining the most appropriate funding programs for their expertise and experience is available on NHMRC’s website. Self-nominations must be entered by Wednesday 17 October 2018.

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.

Project Grants outcomes

Not For Further Consideration (NFFC) outcomes were provided to applicants last week. Only NFFC’d applicants will have received the RGMS notification.

NHMRC participation in the next e-ASIA call for research

NHMRC will participate in the 2019 e-ASIA Joint Research Program (JRP) health call for research proposals in the specific fields of infectious diseases, cancer and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Participating countries in this call will be confirmed late November 2018.

Call details will be provided shortly, meanwhile please visit the e-ASIA website for general information on e-ASIA.

Targeted Calls for Research – submission of proposals

Submission of proposals for consideration and prioritisation of potential Targeted Calls for Research (TCRs) will close on 5 October 2018.

While submission of proposals occurs throughout the year, the review of these proposals occurs biannually. The deadline for the final submission date for review in cycle two is 5 October 2018.

Please see NHMRC’s website for more information relating to making a submission.

Primary results of an NHMRC supported trial show that aspirin does not prolong good health in the elderly

Results of the Aspirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPREE) trial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that for healthy older adults, a low-dose aspirin makes no significant difference to preventing heart attack or stroke, nor does it increase life expectancy or the average time spent in good health.

Please see NHMRC’s website for more information.

Registrations now open for the 7th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation

NHMRC will be 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 this year, the Symposium is for 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. More information can be found here.