8 October 2018

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

Key application dates

2018 Centre of Research Excellence: open for applications 24 October 2018; minimum data due 21 November 2018; applications close 5 December 2018.

Investigator grants guide to applicants and category descriptors

NHMRC anticipates publishing a Guide to Applicants including Category Descriptors for the Investigator Grants scheme in late October on GrantConnect.

This information will assist applicants to begin preparing their application in advance of the funding opportunity opening on 5 December 2018.

Self-nomination for NHMRC peer review panels in 2019

Researchers are now able to nominate themselves to be considered for appointment to NHMRC’s expert review panels for a number of 2019 schemes via RGMS. A guide to aid researchers in determining the most appropriate funding programs for their expertise and experience is available on NHMRC’s website. Self-nominations must be entered by 17 October 2018.

Development Grants: call for commercial assessor nominations

NHMRC’s Development Grants scheme is seeking early self-nominations from experts to participate as commercial assessors for applications received in the 2019 round. The Development Grants scheme opens for applications on 14 November 2018 and the peer review meetings are scheduled for late May 2019 via teleconference. If you have research commercialisation experience and would like to participate in the assessment process, please submit your nomination through the Development Grants self-nomination portal.

Regulation of therapeutic goods

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) protects the health and wellbeing of the community by regulating and monitoring all therapeutic goods that are distributed in Australia.

If you are conducting research related to a therapeutic good, the TGA offers a dedicated service, SME Assist, to help researchers, small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups that are developing new medicines and medical devices understand their regulatory and legislative obligations.

To familiarise yourself with the pathways to market authorisation early in your research project visit SME Assist and subscribe to their email list. Information such as guidance articles, interactive decision tools and upcoming events are available for those unfamiliar with regulation.

NHMRC approved digital Australian Immunisation Handbook

NHMRC’s Chief Executive Officer has approved the recommendations in the new digital version of the Australian Immunisation Handbook under section 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992. The Department of Health has now launched the digital version which is available here.

The digital handbook provides advice about vaccine preventable diseases and up-to-date recommendations on the use of vaccines in Australia.

NHMRC’s new website

NHMRC is excited to deliver the release of a new website. The website, developed in consultation with all our users includes:

  • A funding finder to identify relevant funding opportunities
  • New site search capability
  • Revised content to make it easier to understand

We have reorganised information and for this reason not all pre-existing links will work. We encourage the use of the search tool to find what you are looking for on the new website.

If you are having trouble finding relevant content please contact webrequest@nhmrc.gov.au and provide the old URL.

Visit the new website here.

The 7th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation – early bird registration ends 26 October 2018

NHMRC is 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 2018, the Symposium is open to 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. All speakers are now confirmed.

Information on the agenda and speakers can be found here.