8 April 2019

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

Key application dates

  • Partnership Projects 2019 PRC1 – Applications close on 10 April 2019.
  • MRFF Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research —Applications close on 10 April 2019.
  • Synergy Grants – Applications close on 1 May 2019 with minimum data due on 17 April 2019.
  • Targeted Call for Research into Per- and Poly-Fluoroalkylated Substances - Applications close on 1 May 2019 with minimum data due on 17 April 2019.
  • Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants – Applications close on 8 May 2019 with minimum data due on 10 April 2019.
  • Ideas Grants – Applications close on 8 May 2019 with minimum data due on 10 April 2019.
  • MRFF International Clinical Trial Collaborations (ICTC) – Applications close on 15 August 2019 with minimum data due on 31 July 2019.
  • Postgraduate scholarships – Applications open on 17 April 2019 and close on 12 June 2019.

CTCS, Ideas and Synergy Grants minimum data deadline

Applicants to the Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants and Ideas Grant schemes must enter the required minimum data in RGMS by 5:00pm AEST 10 April 2019.

Applicants to the Synergy Grant scheme must enter the required minimum data in RGMS by 5:00pm AEST 17 April 2019.

Researchers are recommended not to make any significant changes following the minimum data due date, as preliminary panel identification will already be underway. NHMRC will start to use the information collected from minimum data to identify the allocation of applications to the most appropriate Grant Review Panel. As such, changes may impact on the review of the application. Using placeholder text such as “text”, “synopsis” or “xx” etc. is not acceptable as minimum data.

Failure to meet these deadlines will result in an application not proceeding.

MRFF International Clinical Trial Collaborations (ICTC) grant opportunity

The MRFF International Clinical Trial Collaborations (ICTC) grant opportunity is currently open for applications. Further information is available on the NHMRC 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 to participate.

2019 Investigator Grant round – Update

Applications closed 6 February 2019, with 1,857 applications submitted and progressing to peer review.

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

The Conflict of Interest (CoI) processhas been completed and applications have been allocated to 59, five person expertise-based panels of approximately 25-35 applications.

These panels have been formed to maximise suitability and minimise conflicts of interest for all applications while also adhering to NHMRC’s Grant Review Panel Membership Principles (state, gender, institution etc.).

2019 Ideas Grants Grant Review Panel (GRP) membership

Membership requirements for Ideas Grants GRPs will be reviewed following the minimum data due date and appointments will be confirmed shortly after. NHMRC is conscious of calendar commitments and anticipate that meeting dates for GRPs will be finalised by the end of May. Please advise NHMRC as soon as possible of any changes to your availability for Ideas Grants peer review.

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.

NHMRC Institutional Annual Compliance Reporting

The NHMRC Institutional Annual Compliance Report template for 2018 reporting is available in RGMS. All NHMRC administering institutions are required to submit a report by the 30 April 2019.

Further information is available on the NHMRC website.

Revision and update of the clinical practice guidelines for surveillance colonoscopy

NHMRC has approved recommendations made in the clinical practice guidelines for surveillance colonoscopy. The guideline update was commissioned and funded by the Department of Health and developed by Cancer Council Australia. The guidelines provide information and recommendations for the appropriate use of colonoscopy in colorectal cancer prevention.

Pharmaxis case study

NHMRC has released a new case study showing how NHMRC funded researchers have commercialised their research and established a pharmaceutical company with an internationally recognised medical research program.

More information can be found on NHMRC’s website.

Submit an abstract for the 8th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation

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, across the entire range of research funded by NHMRC, 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.

Early bird 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.