30 July 2018

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

Key application dates

  • Partnership Projects—2018 second call: minimum data is due Wednesday 1 August 2018. Applications close Wednesday 15 August 2018.
  • Partnership Projects—2018 third call: open for applications on Thursday 2 August 2018.

Grant guidelines for NHMRC’s new grant schemes are available

NHMRC is pleased to advise that the grant guidelines for the new Investigator, Synergy, Ideas and Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grant schemes are available on GrantConnect under forecast opportunities and can also be accessed via NHMRC’s website.

Investigator Grants will open for applications in December 2018 with Synergy, Ideas and CTCS Grants to follow in March 2019.

Peer review guidelines for the above schemes and their associated category descriptors will be available in due course.

To provide the sector with more information about the new grant program, fact sheets are available on NHMRC’s website.

Progress of Project Grant applications in Applicant Response Period 1

  • Week 1 Grant Review Panel (GRP) meetings commence on Monday 30 July 2018.

Progress of Project Grant applications in Applicant Response Period 2

  • Not for Further Consideration (NFFC) lists have been generated and provided to panel members.
  • Each panel member has the opportunity to rescue one application from the preliminary NFFC list if they believe it warrants discussion by the GRP.
  • Applications not on the final NFFC list will be discussed by a GRP.
  • Week 4 GRP meetings commence on Monday 20 August 2018. 

NHMRC’s new website

NHMRC is excited to deliver the release of a new BETA website for our users.

The website, developed in consultation with all our users includes:

  • funding finder to make it easier to find the grant that’s right for you
  • New search capability
  • Resources and publications that can be searched for in multiple ways
  • Content that has been rewritten to make it easier to understand
  • Information organised and sorted so you can find it fast.

To help us build the best possible website, we would like to hear your feedback whether good or bad. So please tell us what you think via the feedback tab on each page. You can access the site here

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.

In Focus: National collaboration to improve health in Australia 

Nine NHMRC-accredited centres have come together in a national alliance to improve the health of Australians. We asked Professor Helena Teede, recent President of the Australian Health Research Alliance (the Alliance), to explain what the Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres and Centres for Innovation in Regional Health do, and why. You can read the story here

NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research releases Involving consumers in research communique 

NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR) has released a communique on: Involving Consumers in Research towards Better Care Outcomes. The Communique articulates the vision, values, and purpose of the NNIDR in creating an environment where people with dementia, their carers and families and the wider public are actively involved across all stages and types of dementia research. The Communique is available here.