8 September 2020

Stay informed on major NHMRC activities and funding opportunities with our fortnightly email newsletter.

Open MRFF grant opportunities 
The following Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) grant opportunities are currently open for applications in Sapphire.

  • 2020 Mental Health Research Grant Opportunity
  • 2020 Silicosis Research Grant Opportunity
  • 2020 Medicinal Cannabis Clinical Trials Grant Opportunity 
  • 2020 Primary Health Care Research Grant Opportunity
  • 2020  Rare Cancers Rare Diseases Unmet need COVID-19 Grant Opportunity
  • 2020 Rare Cancers Rare Diseases Unmet need – General
  • 2020 International Clinical Trial Collaborations  - Round 1
  • 2020 International Clinical Trial Collaborations  - Round 2
  • 2020 COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Research – Round 2 

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.

Clinicians and researchers 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.

NHMRC Corporate Plan 2020–21
NHMRC has released its Corporate Plan for 2020–21, which covers the four years to 2023–24. The plan identifies major health issues likely to arise, how NHMRC will deal with these issues (including the continuing impact of COVID-19) and our strategy for health and medical research. The Corporate Plan is accessible on the NHMRC website

Release of a guide supporting the Code
NHMRC, together with the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Universities Australia (UA) recently released the Publication and Dissemination of Research Guide, which supports the implementation of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

This guide completes the suite of guides covering advice that was previously provided in Sections 2–8 of Part A of the 2007 Code. 

Tuberculosis control in South-East Asian region: Case Study 
NHMRC-funded research has contributed to regional improvements in tuberculosis detection, prevention and treatment, and has demonstrated the possibility of the rapid reduction in tuberculosis prevalence within Australia’s neighbouring countries.

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 Guidelines for producing NHMRC Case Studies, or contact the case study team at research.policy@nhmrc.gov.au.

European Research Council funding opportunities for Australian researchers 
EURAXESS Worldwide and the European Research Council (ERC) are hosting a one-hour webinar for researchers in Australia and New Zealand on 15 September at 5.00pm AEST (9:00am CEST) on ERC funding opportunities for potential applicants based outside Europe. Other times targeting other regions in the world are also available. The full program of webinars and registration links are available on the European Research Council website

Ideas Grants Peer Review Processes 
NHMRC thanks the peer reviewers who completed their Conflicts of Interest (COI) and suitability declarations. NHMRC appreciates the willingness of the sector to make themselves available for peer review and is currently working to ensure applications are assigned to the best possible assessors following the suitability and COI survey outcomes.  NHMRC is currently notifying assessors to confirm their appointments and which applications they have been assigned to assess. 

NHMRC will provide further updates to assessors in due course.

Key application dates

Funding scheme

Open date

Minimum data due

Applications close

Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies

04-Mar-20

04-Nov-20

25-Nov-20

MRFF 2020 COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Research EoI#2

15-Jun-20

N/A

11-Nov-20

MRFF 2020 COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Research EoI#3

15-Jun-20

N/A

10-Mar-21

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

02-Sep-20

28-Oct-20

11-Nov-20

MRFF - Emerging Priorities and Consumer Driven Research Initiative - 2020 Medicinal Cannabis Clinical Trials Grant Opportunity

02-Sep-20

28-Oct-20

11-Nov-20

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

02-Sep-20

28-Oct-20

11-Nov-20

MRFF - Primary Health Care Initiative - 2020 Primary Health Care Research Grant Opportunity

02-Sep-20

28-Oct-20

11-Nov-20

Centres of Research Excellence

21-Oct-20

18-Nov-20

02-Dec-20


*NB schemes are in order of opening dates

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