3 June 2019

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

Key application dates

Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies 2019 update

571 applications were submitted and peer review processes have commenced. T. Panel Member CoI and suitability declarations are due on 5 June 2019. Thank you to those panel members who have completed their declarations.

Scoring of applications by panel members will occur between 1 -24 July 2019.

For further details on the Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies peer review process, please see the Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies 2019 Peer Review Guidelines available from the NHMRC’s website.

Synergy Grants 2019 update

64 applications were submitted and peer review processes have commenced. Panel Member CoI and suitability declarations were due on 17 May 2019. Thank you to those panel members who have completed their declarations.

Taking into account CoIs and peer reviewer suitability, applications and peer reviewers will be assigned to three panels of approximately 15 members for stage one. Each panel will be multidisciplinary and consist of members across a range of broad research areas.

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

Ideas Grants 2019 update

Prospective Grant Review Panel (GRP) members were required to submit their CoI and spokesperson suitability declarations in RGMS by 31 May 2019.

Panel appointments will be made according to the information provided and confirmed between late June and mid-July.

NHMRC sincerely thanks everyone who has volunteered their expertise for Ideas Grant peer review.

Investigator Grants 2019 update

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

NHMRC-ERC Implementing Arrangement call for expression of interest

NHMRC’s Implementing Arrangement with the European Research Council (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 here.

Interested researchers can contact us for further details about a specific ERC team.

Release of the 2019 Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare

NHMRC has updated the guidelines in partnership with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care using an interactive ‘living guidelines’ model.

To access the guidelines visit MAGICapp.

NHMRC’s Research Quality Strategy (the Strategy) released

Ensuring the highest quality and value of NHMRC-funded research is a priority for NHMRC. The Strategy outlines the key areas NHMRC will focus on to provide guidance and support for good research practices throughout the research cycle.

Further information can be found on NHMRC’s website.

ANZSRC Review – public consultation

The Australian Research Council, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Statistics New Zealand and the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment are undertaking a joint review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC). Public consultation for the ANZSRC Review is now open. Submissions close on 7 June 2019; see the website for further information.

8th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation – only two weeks to go to submit your abstract!

The call for abstracts for the Symposium to be held in Melbourne in November 2019 is now open. The theme for this year is "Research Translation in the digital age: harnessing the power of data and analytical technologies.” The Symposium will reflect on how we might more effectively optimise the use of health and medical research data to inform health care policy and practice. The Symposium is for anyone with an interest in ensuring that research contributes to knowledge and pragmatic outcomes in the most effective and efficient way. Abstracts need to be submitted by 14 June, 2019.

Registrations now open for the Australian Dementia Forum 2019 - Shining a light on the impact of dementia research

The forum will be held in Hobart on 13-14 June 2019. It will examine how to maximise the impact and benefit of dementia research to the whole community - for people living with dementia, their families and carers and those at risk of dementia - through accelerated research translation.

Visit NNIDR’s website for more information and to register your attendance.

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