27 July 2020

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

Extended RGMS Outage 
The RGMS Database Server failed on Wednesday night (22 July). The failed hard drives have been replaced and data restoration is underway. NHMRC hopes to have RGMS restored to full capacity soon.

Australian Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines for Diabetes 
The Living Evidence for Diabetes Consortium (the developer) will release the draft Australian Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines for Diabetes for ongoing public consultation on 5 August 2020.

The developer will be seeking NHMRC approval of the guideline under section 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992.

The guideline is available for comment on the MAGIC authoring and publication platform (you will need to set up a MAGICapp account to provide comment).

Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Communication and Swallowing in Children Diagnosed with Childhood Brain Tumour or Leukaemia: Draft for Public Consultation 
University of Sydney (the developer) has released the draft Acute Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Communication and Swallowing in Children Diagnosed with Childhood Brain Tumour or Leukaemia for public consultation until Wednesday 12 August 2020.

The developer will be seeking NHMRC approval of the guideline under section 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992.

To access the guideline please go to the University of Sydney’s website 

Expected Grant Opportunity: Centres of Research Excellence in Dementia Research 
NHMRC is committed to providing specific funding opportunities for dementia research to leverage the significant advances generated by the $200 million Boosting Dementia Research Initiative from 2014-2019. 

NHMRC expects to offer a grant opportunity for three Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) in Dementia Research valued at $3 million each over five years (total $9 million). The prospective CREs would aim to build collaborative research capacity and focus on strategic research priorities identified in the NNIDR Strategic Roadmap for Dementia Research and Translation. It is expected that one of the prospective dementia CREs would have a specific Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health focus. 
The prospective CRE in Dementia Research grant opportunity would be additional to the Clinical Research, Health Services Research and Public Health Research streams offered through the CRE scheme.
Further information on the CRE grant opportunity for funding commencing in 2021 will be available on the NHMRC CRE and GrantConnect websites closer to the opening date. It is anticipated that the CRE grant opportunity will open for applications in late October 2020.
 

Ideas Grants Peer Review Processes 
NHMRC anticipates that declaration of conflicts of interest (COI) and suitability will commence shortly and will be due in August.

NHMRC is very appreciative of the willingness of the sector to make themselves available for peer review. Not everyone who expressed an interest can be appointed to participate, as membership requirements depend on the number and spread of applications received, as well as the outcomes of the Conflict of Interest and suitability survey.  NHMRC will confirm assessor appointments as soon as possible following the outcomes of the COI and suitability survey process.
 

Key application dates

Funding scheme

Open date

Minimum data due

Applications close

GACD- Cancer Prevention Call

01-Nov-19

N/A

30-Jul-20

Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants

04-Mar-20

04-Nov-20

25-Nov-20

2020 Partnership Projects PRC1

01-Apr-20

29-Jul-20

13-Aug-20

2020 Partnership Projects PRC2

30-Jul-20

18-Nov-20

02-Dec-20

*NB schemes are in order of opening dates

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