30 November 2020

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2021–2024 Triennium — Nominations Open

Nominations are being sought from people with appropriate expertise to participate on the NHMRC Council and Principal Committees for the 20212024 triennium.

The online nomination form and FAQs detailing NHMRC expectations of Members can be found at:


Completed nominations must be submitted online by Sunday 31 January 2020. Late and/or incomplete nominations will not be accepted.

Questions on the member nomination and selection process, not addressed in the FAQs, can be submitted to nhmrc.appointments@health.gov.au

Ideas Grant Funding Outcomes — UNDER STRICT EMBARGO

NHMRC has released the Ideas Grant funding outcomes under strict embargo today, Monday 30 November 2020.

CIAs and relevant RAOs will have been notified of outcomes via email once outcome documents are available in RGMS.

Due to the short timeframes NHMRC has been working to in order to release the Ideas Grant outcomes this year, all grant offers must be accepted by Wednesday 16 December 2020 or the offer may lapse.

Strict embargo remains until after the grants have been announced.

A definition of ‘under embargo’ can be found here.

Note that posting about grant outcomes on social media during this period constitutes a breach of embargo.

NHMRC is implementing modules of its new grant program, Sapphire, progressively. Grant round outcomes and post-award grant management are continuing to occur through RGMS until those modules are implemented in Sapphire.

Please contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983 or email help@nhmrc.gov.au for further information or assistance.

Confirmation of NHMRC’s 2021 Grant Program Dates

On Tuesday 4 August 2020, NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso advised the research sector via a Communique that NHMRC has adjusted scheme dates for the 2021 grant program, in consultation with Research Committee, in response to COVID-19 and that exact dates would be finalised later in the year.

Following further consultation with Research Administration Offices and the Australian Research Council, NHMRC are now able to confirm the following dates for the 2021 Grant Program.

Scheme

Applications open

Minimum data due

Applications
close

2021 Investigator Grants

3-Feb-21

3-Mar-21

31-Mar-21

2021 Synergy Grants

24-Feb-21

24-Mar-21

21-Apr-21

2021 Ideas Grants

10-Mar-21

7-Apr-21

5-May-21

2021 Postgraduate Scholarships

30-Jun-21

26-May-21

09-Jun-21

2021 Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants

30-Jun-21

28-Jul-21

25-Aug-21


Researchers are strongly encouraged to start planning their applications early. This includes new users registering for a SAPPHIRE account well in advance of the opening dates to update their profile and become familiar with the system. Information on how to do this is available on the Sapphire landing page or on the Sapphire internet page.

Partnership Projects 2020 PRC2 closing

Applications for Partnership Projects 2020 PRC2 will close at 5pm (ACT local time) Wednesday 2 December 2020.

Applicants are reminded that:

  • only applicants that completed minimum data by the 5pm ACT local time deadline on Wednesday 18 November 2020 can submit a full application
  • applications submitted after close of round will not be accepted.

Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) 2021 grant opportunity closing

Applications for the CRE 2021 grant opportunity will close at 5pm (ACT local time) Wednesday 2 December 2020.

Applicants are reminded that:

  • only applicants that completed minimum data by the 5pm ACT local time deadline on Wednesday 18 November 2020 can submit a full application
  • applications submitted after close of round will not be accepted.


Further information can be found on GrantConnect.

MRFF grant opportunities 2020 Mental Health Research Grant Opportunity

The application due date for this grant opportunity is Wednesday 9 December 2020.

Details on how to apply for MRFF grant opportunities and close dates are available on GrantConnect.

Further information on MRFF grant opportunities can be found on the NHMRC website.

Researchers, consumers, clinicians and health practitioners, as well as those in industry, policy or who manage health services are invited to express their interest in assisting with the assessment of MRFF applications as a member of a grant assessment committee.

Register your interest via the NHMRC online portal.

Partnership Projects 2020 PRC2 funding with other organisations

In addition to partner organisations identified in the Grant Guidelines (section 4.4), applicants to Partnership Projects 2020 PRC2 may select the following funding opportunity from the Department of Health.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Obesity Prevention Research special initiative. This special initiative provides the opportunity for community organisations that are contributing to health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to develop a relationship with a researcher to strengthen the evidence in FASD and obesity research.

Further information can be found on GrantConnect.

Public Call — What are the priority research areas in Indigenous health?

We would like to hear from you. NHMRC is asking for research priority areas in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, specifically where is there a significant research knowledge gap or unmet need.

Further details and submissions can be made here.

Ideas Grants Peer Review Survey

NHMRC thanks all members who completed the 2020 Ideas Grants Peer Review Survey. NHMRC appreciates feedback from peer reviewers, and survey responses will help inform future policy and process directions for the scheme.

Ideas Grants 2021 Peer Review Invitations

Thank you to those researchers who nominated themselves for consideration for participation in Ideas Grants next year as part of the recent self-nomination process. Expressions of interest invitations to participate in Ideas Grants peer review in 2021 will start being sent out from NHMRC from mid-December and continue into early 2021.

Sapphire Update

All researchers who intend to apply in a future grant opportunity and have not yet established an account in Sapphire need to activate or register for a Sapphire account. Information on how to do this is available on the Sapphire landing page or on the Sapphire internet page.

Chief Investigators are encouraged to plan ahead and ask their team members, including potential Associate Investigators, to request Sapphire accounts now in preparation to apply for upcoming schemes. Note that all Associate Investigators on a grant application must have an active Sapphire Account.

Guideline developers — we need your help to build a more informed picture of guideline impact in Australia!

NHMRC seeks the views of guideline developers on the impact of your guidelines: what does impact mean to you, how you collect or use impact data and how do you evaluate it?

For more information and to provide comment please go to: Do guidelines make a difference?

Australian antivenom saving lives: Case Study

This case study focuses on the work of the NHMRC-funded Australian Venom Research Unit (AVRU) and the impacts of its work.

More information is available on NHMRC’s website.

NHMRC case studies are developed in partnership with health and medical research sector organisations.

If your organisation would like to partner with NHMRC to produce a case study then please refer to our Guidelines for producing NHMRC Case Studies, and/or contact the case study team at research.policy@nhmrc.gov.au.

Key application dates

Funding scheme

Applications open

Minimum data due

Applications
close

Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies

04-Mar-20

04-Nov-20

25-Nov-20

2020 Partnership Projects PRC2

30-Jul-20

18-Nov-20

02-Dec-20

MRFF - Million Minds Mission - 2020 Mental Health Research Grant Opportunity

02-Sep-20

25-Nov-20

09-Dec-20

MRFF International Clinical Trials Collaborations 20.2

02-Sep-20

17-Feb-21

03-Mar-21

MRFF - Emerging Priorities and Consumer Driven Research Initiative - 2020 Childhood Cancer Research Grant Opportunity

7-Oct-20

20-Jan-21

03-Feb-21

MRFF Preventive and Public Health Research Initiative - Maternal Health and First 2000 Days, Early Childhood, and Exercise and Nutrition Grant Opportunity

12-Oct-20

20-Jan-21

03-Feb-21

MRFF Preventive and Public Health Research Initiative - 2020 Efficient Use of Existing Medicines Grant Opportunity

12-Oct-20

20-Jan-21

03-Feb-21

Centres of Research Excellence

21-Oct-20

18-Nov-20

02-Dec-20

Special Initiative in Human Health and Environmental Change

18-Nov-20

10-Mar-21

31-Mar-21

2021 Investigator Grants

03-Feb-21

03-Mar-21

31-Mar-21

2021 Synergy Grants

24-Feb-21

24-Mar- 21

21-Apr-21

2021 Ideas Grants

10-Mar-21

07-Apr-21

05-May-21

2021 Postgraduate Scholarships

30-Jun-21

12-May-21

09-Jun-21

Development Grants

21-Apr-21

26-May-21

16-Jun-21

2021 Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants

30-Jun-21

28-Jul-21

25-Aug-21

*NB schemes are in order of opening dates

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