25 February 2019

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

Key application dates

  • Synergy Grants—Applications open in RGMS on 6 March 2019. Applications close on 1 May 2019 with minimum data due on 17 April 2019.
  • Ideas Grants—Applications open in RGMS on 6 March 2019. Applications close on 8 May 2019 with minimum data due on 10 April 2019.
  • Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants — Applications open in RGMS on 6 March 2019. Applications close on 8 May 2019 with minimum data due on 10 April 2019.
  • Targeted Call for Research into Frailty in Hospital Care: Complex Health Care. Re-open to accept applications. Applications close on 21 March 2019 with minimum data due on 7 March 2019. Existing applications may be amended. New applications will be accepted. All applications will require resubmission.
  • Targeted Call for Research into Nutrition in Aboriginal and Torre Strait Islander Peoples—Applications close on 6 March 2019.
  • Targeted Call for Research into Per- and Poly-Fluoroalkylated Substances - Applications close on 1 May 2019 with minimum data due on 17 April 2019.

Medical Research Future Fund Targeted Health System & Community Organisation Research—grant opportunity (round 2) opening soon

The second round of the Medical Research Future Fund – Targeted Health System & Community Organisation Research grant opportunity will open soon for applications in RGMS and is forecast on GrantConnect.

Grant guidelines will be available on GrantConnect at the time of opening.

2019 Investigator Grant round – Update

Applications closed 6 February 2019, with 1,857 applications progressing to peer review.

Panel Member conflicts of interest (CoI) and suitability declarations for the 2019 Investigator Grants round were due 22 February 2019. Thank you to those panel members who have completed their declarations.

To ensure coverage of required expertise, applications have been grouped into large discipline clusters based on peer review areas provided by applicants. Following the CoI process applications from each cluster will be allocated to five person panels of approximately 30 applications. These panels will be established based on the declarations received by members.

For further details on the Investigator Grants peer review process, please see the Investigator Grants 2019 Peer Review Guidelines available from the NHMRC website.

Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants, Ideas Grants and Synergy Grants – Policy enquiries

In response to Research Administration Officer (RAO) feedback a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants, Ideas Grants and Synergy Grants policy will be collated and published on GrantConnect.

In the first instance, all policy clarifications should be directed to your relevant RAO. If further clarification is required, RAOs can contact NHMRC’s Research Help Centre (RHC) on 1800 500 983 or email.

Ideas Grants peer review membership

NHMRC will review its peer review membership requirements following the minimum data due date and confirm panel appointments shortly after. Please advise NHMRC as soon as possible of any changes to your availability for peer review.

Sapphire update

NHMRC is continuing to test 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.

For clarity, NHMRC will continue to use RGMS for all schemes until further notice.

NHMRC-ERC Implementing Arrangement call for expression of interest

NHMRC’s Implementing Arrangement with the European Research Commission (ERC) enables Australian researchers to work with ERC teams across Europe for a certain period during their grant.

Current ERC opportunities available for NHMRC-funded researchers can be found on the NHMRC’s website. Interested researchers can contact us for further details about a specific ERC team.

8th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation

This year’s Symposium will be held in Melbourne on 19-20 November 2019. The theme is “Research Translation in the digital age: harnessing the power of data and analytical technologies." The call for abstracts will open at the end of March 2019.

Plenary and keynote presentation videos as well as PowerPoint presentations from the 2018 NHMRC Symposium are now available.