9 March 2021

Welcome to Tracker, NHMRC’s fortnightly newsletter with the latest information on major activities and funding opportunities

Science to Art 

The NHMRC Science to Art Award recognises outstanding imagery that has arisen from research funded by NHMRC.

Imaging is now an integral technology in medical research. These images are not only scientifically important but they can also be aesthetically powerful.

For more information about NHMRC 2021 Science to Art Award visit our website. 

NHMRC is also seeking nominations for its 2021 Biennial Awards.

These awards recognise outstanding leadership, innovation and sector contribution, and include the:

  • NHMRC Research Quality Award
  • NHMRC Consumer Engagement Award
  • NHMRC Ethics Award

For more information visit NHMRC Biennial Awards webpage.

Please share NHMRC Biennial Award Twitter posts with your networks to help spread the word. 

Ideas Grants 2021  - key application dates

The Ideas Grant scheme for funding commencing 2022 is scheduled to open 10 March 2021. Minimum data is due 7 April 2021 and applications close 5 May 2021.

You will need to use Sapphire to access and edit your profile and submit your application. If you anticipate applying for or being named on an Ideas Grant (including as an Associate Investigator), please register here to activate or register your Sapphire account well in advance of the Minimum Data deadline.

CEO communiqué

On 25 February 2021, NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso released a Communiqué outlining the peer review process for the 2021 Ideas Grant funding round. The Communiqué is available on the NHMRC website.

Synergy Grants 2021

Synergy Grants 2021 key application dates

The Synergy Grant scheme for funding commencing in 2022 is now open.

Further details regarding the scheme are available on GrantConnect and the NHMRC website.

In addition to the Synergy Grants 2021 Grant Guidelines, the following resources are available to assist applicants and RAOs prepare applications:

If you anticipate applying for or being named on an Investigator Grant (including as an Associate Investigator), please register here to activate or register your Sapphire account well in advance of the Minimum Data deadline on 24 March 2021.

Investigator Grants 2021 

Minimum data for the Investigator Grants 2020 round was due 3 March 2021. Full applications close 17:00 (AEST) (ACT Local Time) 31 March 2021.

At the close of Minimum Data, a total of 1,990 Investigator Grant applications had been created. Compliance checks are currently underway and the final number of applications progressing to round close will be published shortly.

Further details are available on GrantConnect and the NHMRC website.

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

MRFF Grant Opportunities 

The application due date for the following grant opportunities is 10 March 2021:

  • 2020 COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Research (Round 3)
  • 2020 Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission
  • 2020 Indigenous Health Research Fund
  • 2020 Paediatric Cancer
  • 2020 Improving Diagnosis of Cancers with Low Survival Rates

Applicants who intend to submit applications to the round should ensure that:

  • they have an active account or request access to Sapphire as soon as possible
  • any participating institutions they intend to list as part of their application are available in Sapphire. If a participating institution is not available, please email help@nhmrc.gov.au, include the URL and ask for it be added to the system.

Minimum data deadlines and application close dates are detailed in the key application dates table below.  Additional details on how to apply for MRFF grant opportunities is available on GrantConnect.  

Further information on MRFF grant opportunities can be found here.

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.

New and enhanced Sapphire dashboards 

Sapphire now allows RAOs to access new and enhanced dashboards to assist in the management of grant applications. Recent changes to Sapphire include:

  • A new CI – Application Count dashboard. This displays Chief Investigators listed on more than one application within a Grant Opportunity; and
  • Enhancements to the Application Status and Application Progress dashboards.

Further details of this and future updates to Sapphire are available on the NHMRC Sapphire – Recent Updates page.

Research Help Centre (RHC) and Sapphire access requests

Applicants who intend to submit or participate in an application for current or upcoming grant rounds should ensure that:

  • they have an active account, or request access to Sapphire as soon as possible
  • any participating institutions they intend to list as part of their application are available in Sapphire
  • if a participating institution is not available, please email help@nhmrc.gov.au, include the URL and request it be added to the system.

The RHC’s service standard is that every email or phone call is actioned or referred within two business days (exceptions may be applicable during peak periods).

Key application dates

Open

Funding scheme

Open date

Minimum data due

Applications close

MRFF - Emerging Priorities and Consumer Driven Research Initiative - 2020 Improving Diagnosis in Cancers with Low Survival Rates Grant Opportunity

14-Dec-20

24-Feb-2021

10-Mar-21

MRFF - Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission - 2020 Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Grant Opportunity

16-Dec-20

24-Feb-21

10-Mar-21

MRFF - Indigenous Health Research Fund - 2020 Indigenous Health Research Grant Opportunity

18-Dec-20

24-Feb-21

10-Mar-21

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

16-Dec-20

24-Feb-21

10-Mar-21

MRFF - 2020 COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Research Grant Opportunity (Round 3)

17-Mar-21

24-Feb-21

10-Mar-21

NHMRC e-ASIA 2021 Joint Research Program

1-Feb-21

1-Mar-21

29-Mar-21

2021 Investigator Grants

03-Feb-21

03-Mar-21

31-Mar-21

Special Initiative in Human Health and Environmental Change

18-Nov-20

10-Mar-21

31-Mar-21

Partnership Projects 2021 PRC1

13-Jan-21

24-Mar-21

7-Apr-21

MRFF - 2020 Neurofibromatosis Research Grant Opportunity

10-Feb-21

24-Mar-21

7-Apr-21

2021 Synergy Grants

24-Feb-21

24-Mar- 21

21-Apr-21

Upcoming

Funding scheme

Open date

Minimum data due

Applications close

2021 Ideas Grants

10-Mar-21

07-Apr-21

05-May-21

2021 Postgraduate Scholarships

14-Apr-21

12-May-21

09-Jun-21

Development Grants

21-Apr-21

26-May-21

16-Jun-21

Partnership Projects 2021 PRC2

25-Mar-21

28-Jul-21

12-Aug-21

2021 Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants

30-Jun-21

28-Jul-21

25-Aug-21

Partnership Projects 2021 PRC3

29-Jul-21

17-Nov-21

01-Dec-21

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