8 October 2019

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

Key application dates

Scheme

Open

Minimum data due

Close

Partnership Projects PRC3

1 August 2019

20 November 2019

4 December 2019

MRFF International Clinical Trials Collaborations 2019 PRC3

1 August 2019

20 November 2019

4 December 2019

UKRI (MRC) Joint Call

5 August 2019

N/A

16 October 2019

MRFF Investigator Grants

2 October 2019

31 October 2019

27 November 2019

Investigator Grants

2 October 2019

31 October 2019

27 November 2019

Development Grants

23 October 2019

20 November 2019

11 December 2019

Centres of Research Excellence

23 October 2019

20 November 2019

4 December 2019

Synergy Grants

26 February 2020

25 March 2020

22 April 2020

CTCS Grants

4 March 2020

1 April 2020

20 April 2020

Ideas Grants

11 March 2020

8 April 2020

6 May 2020

Postgraduate Scholarships

15 April 2020

N/A

10 June 2020

*NB schemes are in order of opening dates

Ideas Grants 2019 update

Ideas Grants Outcomes

CIAs of applications deemed Not For Further Consideration (NFFC) were notified by email via RGMS on Monday 30 September. Only NFFC’d applicants received the RGMS notification.

An Application Assessment Summary containing numerical feedback will be made available in RGMS for these applications when outcomes for the round are released.

Ideas Grants Survey due 13 October

NHMRC thanks all members for their participation in this year’s Ideas Grants Grant Review Panels (GRP). Members are encouraged to provide their feedback in the 2019 Ideas Grants GRP Members’ Survey, which was circulated to members via email on Friday 27 September.

The survey will be available until 11:59pm AEDT Sunday 13 October.

Self-nomination for NHMRC peer review panels in 2020

NHMRC encourages interested researchers to nominate for Ideas Grants peer review in 2020 within their RGMS CV & Profile. A guide to aid researchers in determining the most appropriate funding schemes for their expertise and experience is available on the NHMRC website.

Investigator Grants 2020 update

The Investigator Grants 2020 round is now open for applications in RGMS.

Further details are available on GrantConnect and the NHMRC website.

In addition to the Investigator Grants 2020 Grant Guidelines, the following resources are available to assist applicants and RAOs prepare applications:

Invitations to participate in Investigator Grants peer review in 2020 will be sent mid-October.  NHMRC encourages members of the research community to contribute their expertise to the peer review process.

MRFF Investigator Grants

Applicants wishing to be considered for MRFF Investigator Grants can apply through the 2020 NHMRC Investigator Grants round which opened for applications in RGMS on 2 October 2019.

Grant Guidelines for the MRFF funding round are available through the scheme’s Grant Opportunity on GrantConnect.

Note: For the purpose of MRFF Investigator Grants, the definition of a clinician researcher is a health professional (including allied health professionals) who works directly with patients to do research on health and disease and to develop new treatments.

Targeted Call for Research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The Forecast Opportunity for the Targeted Call for Research (TCR) into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is now available on GrantConnect.

This TCR is anticipated to open for applications in RGMS in coming weeks.

Targeted Call for Research for National Network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers

The Forecast Opportunity for the Targeted Call for Research: National Network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers is now available on GrantConnect.

This TCR is anticipated to open for applications in RGMS in the coming weeks, for more detail please refer to NHMRC webpage.

Expressions of Interest to attend International Indigenous workshop

NHMRC invites Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers working in health and medical research to submit an Expression of Interest to attend a building and strengthening capacity workshop with First Nations researchers from Canada and New Zealand.

The workshop will be held from 2-4 December in Auckland, New Zealand and will bring together early career, mid-career and established researchers to discuss capacity and capability building, emerging and current leadership and strengthening the linkages between Australia, Canada and New Zealand.  Participants will also be encouraged to form mentor/mentee and supportive peer relationships with participants from other countries. 

NHMRC will fund up to ten researchers to attend the workshop. An Expression of Interest form can be found here

Responses are due by 4 November 2019 to mailto:pcic@nhmrc.gov.au.

Centres of Research Excellence (CRE)

The CRE 2020 grant opportunity will open in RGMS on 23 October 2019 and will be forecast on GrantConnect on 9 October 2019.

The naming convention for CRE grant opportunities has changed. As such, the 2019 CRE for funding commencing in 2020 round is now referred to as the CRE 2020 grant opportunity.

Key changes for the CRE 2020 grant opportunity are as follows:

  • All successful CRE applications will be awarded a fixed total budget of $2.5 million. Applicants are no longer required to submit detailed application budgets.
  • The CRE in Population Health Research stream has been renamed the CRE in Public Health Research to create consistency with NHMRC’s Broad Research Areas terminology. Renaming this stream does not affect the scope of research funded under the stream.
  • The applicant team interview has been removed from the peer review process.

Additional funding may be available to support health and medical research on the health effects of radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic energy (EME).

Information Paper about the implementation of the 3Rs in Australia released.

The 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of animal use) are part of Australia’s framework for the ethical, humane and responsible care and use of animals for scientific purposes. This paper provides information about the implementation of the 3Rs in Australia. It can be used to inform discussions about the subject and guide any recommendations for improvement.

Further information can be found on NHMRC’s website.

Public consultation on mitochondrial donation

NHMRC has started public consultation to obtain views from the Australian community on the social and ethical issues raised by mitochondrial donation.

Mitochondrial donation is a new assisted reproductive technology to help people avoid transmitting disease to their biological children.

Visit the NHMRC website to find out how to participate in the consultation and read the Mitochondrial Donation Issues Paper. You can also follow the consultation on Twitter.

Have your say on mitochondrial donation.

8th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation – early bird registrations close in two weeks

The deadline for early bird registrations for this year’s Symposium is 22 October 2019. The 8th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation is being held at the Pullman Albert Park in Melbourne on 19-20 November. The theme this year is 'Research Translation in the digital age: harnessing the power of data and analytical technologies'. The full program is now online.

Register now before the 22 October deadline.

Research Impact Project survey open now

Last year the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes established a Research Impact Working Group to develop a framework that will enable medical research institutes to measure how their research contributes to knowledge, society, health and the economy.

For the first phase of the project they are seeking stakeholder input through a Research Impact Survey.

This survey is now open and closes on 31 October 2019.

 

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