23 August 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
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 Scholarship 15 April 2020 N/A 10 June 2020

*NB schemes are in order of opening dates

Reminder of confidentiality requirements - NHMRC peer reviewers

NHMRC peer reviewers are reminded of the importance of maintaining the confidentiality of NHMRC peer review, and how this confidentiality contributes to the fairness and robustness of peer review.

Peer reviewers must seek to maintain the confidentiality of all content they receive while undertaking peer review for the NHMRC.  They must not directly or indirectly disclose or make use of any confidential information made available to them during peer review.

This requirement for confidentiality covers general information about peer review outcomes that reviewers acquire as a result of their involvement, as well as information about specific grant applications.

For further information regarding your confidentiality requirements as an NHMRC peer reviewer, please refer to the relevant scheme’s Peer Review Guidelines, NHMRC’s Principles of Peer Review and the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2018.

Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies (CTCS) Grants 2019 update

Grant review panels are meeting face to face in Canberra from 26 August to 18 September 2019 to discuss and review applications. NHMRC sincerely thanks all panel members, Chairs and Community Observers for their continuing support and involvement in the CTCS grant review process.

Ideas Grants 2019 update

Two out of six weeks of Grant Review Panel (GRP) meetings are now complete. Fifteen panels met in Canberra during the period of 12 to 21 August 2019.

NHMRC would like to thank all panel members, Chairs and Community Observers who have participated in GRPs thus far. 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.

Upcoming Ideas Grants GRPs are outlined below:

  • Week 3 GRP meetings commence today 26 August 2019
  • Week 4 GRP meetings commence 2 September 2019
  • Week 5 GRP meetings commence 9 September 2019
  • Week 6 GRP meetings commence 16 September 2019

Running orders for coming weeks will be sent to panel members on the Monday before their GRP meets in Canberra.

All panel members are reminded to log into RGMS a week prior to your scheduled GRP meeting to ensure your password is current. If your password has expired, please contact the Research Help Centre (RHC) on 1800 500 983.

Amended minimum data date for 2020 Investigator Grants Peer Review Round

Due to the 2019 Research Administration Officer Seminar coinciding with the Investigator Grants minimum data date of 30 October 2019, the minimum data date has been extended. The new minimum data closing time and date is 5:00pm (AEDT) 31 October 2019.

Open MRFF grant opportunities

The MRFF International Clinical Trial Collaborations (ICTC) Grant Opportunity is currently open for applications.

Further information can be found on NHMRC’s website.

Clinician researchers are invited to express their interest in assisting with the assessment of ICTC applications as a member of the peer review panel. Please contact NHMRC via email.

United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme 2019 topics for funding in 2020

The NIHR has advertised 2019 funding calls for its Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme. NHMRC is considering supporting a number of topics under the NHMRC-NIHR Collaborative Research Grant Scheme.

Interested parties should refer to GrantConnect for further information.

European Union Horizon 2020 topics for funding in 2020

The EU has advertised the 2020 funding calls for its Horizon 2020 program. NHMRC is considering supporting a number of topics under the NHMRC-EU Collaborative Research Grant Scheme.

Interested parties should refer to GrantConnect for further information.

Applications for the 2019-2020 Indigenous Internship Program are now open

NHMRC offers opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in an undergraduate or Masters degree in a health or medical research related field to take up an internship in the agency.

The program provides a wide range of opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to gain insight into the work of NHMRC, as well as to enhance their educational experience through practical work experience.

To find out more see our Indigenous Internship Program information, which details eligibility and selection, as well as the terms and conditions of the program.

8th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation – registrations now open

Register now to attend the 8th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation in Melbourne. Details on keynote speakers, Professor Charles Friedman and Professor Miguel Hernan and other plenary speakers are available online.

International dementia research symposium comes to Australia

Registrations are now open for the AAIC Satellite Symposium in Sydney, 25-27 September. The Symposium will bring researchers from around the world together to explore emerging dementia science. The conference is a valuable opportunity for Australian researchers to network, stay updated on latest discoveries and strengthen the global research community. The NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research is pleased to be partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to help bring the AAIC Satellite Symposium to Oceania for the first time.

Visit AAIC Satellite Symposium’s website to register.

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