9 September 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 (ICTC) 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 29 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

MRFF funded Investigator Grants

As announced by the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, on 5 September 2019, the Government will invest $32 million over the next two years to support MRFF funded Investigator Grants.

Applications for this funding will be submitted and peer reviewed through the 2020 NHMRC Investigator Grant round opening 2 October 2019.

Please note that applicants who apply for an MRFF funded Investigator Grant will also be considered for an NHMRC Investigator Grant.

Grant Guidelines for this MRFF funding round are now available through a Forecast Opportunity on GrantConnect.

Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies (CTCS) Grant 2019 Update

Grant review panels are halfway through the process and will continue in Canberra through to 18 September 2019 to discuss and review applications. NHMRC sincerely thanks all panel members, Chairs and Community Observers for their continuing support and involvement in the CTCS grant review process. NHMRC also thanks Early Career Researchers and Research Administration Officers for attending the panel meetings as observers.

Notification regarding CTCS applications deemed ‘Not For Further Consideration’ (NFFC) will be released as soon as practicable following the conclusion of the Grant Review Panel period.

Ideas Grants 2019 update

Four out of six weeks of Grant Review Panel (GRP) meetings are now complete. Twenty-seven panels met in Canberra during the period of 12 August to 6 September 2019.

NHMRC would like to thank all panel members, Chairs and Community Observers who have participated in GRPs thus far. Your support is crucial to ensuring NHMRC funds the best research proposals, and your professionalism and hard work over the course of the year is greatly appreciated.

Upcoming Ideas Grants GRPs are outlined below:

  • Week 5 GRP meetings commence today 9 September 2019
  • Week 6 GRP meetings commence 16 September 2019

Running orders for coming weeks will be sent to panel members on the Monday before their GRP meets in Canberra.

All panel members are reminded to log into RGMS a week prior to your scheduled GRP meeting to ensure your password is current. If your password has expired, please contact the Research Help Centre (RHC) on 1800 500 983.

Notification regarding Ideas Grant applications deemed ‘Not For Further Consideration’ (NFFC) will be released as soon as practicable following the conclusion of the six week GRP period.

Investigator Grant Factsheets

The New Grant Program 2019: Peer Review Factsheet, is now available from the NHMRC website. The factsheet contains additional details regarding some of the key peer review processes of applications to the four new schemes of NHMRC’s new grant program (Investigator Grants, Ideas Grants, Synergy Grants and Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants).

To help facilitate forward planning for the 2020 Investigator Grant round, NHMRC has also published the Investigator Grants 2020 Eligibility Factsheet. Eligibility criteria for the Investigator Grants 2020 Grant Opportunity will be published as part of the Investigator Grant 2020 Guidelines closer to the scheme open date and when released, should be referred to as the definitive source of information.

Please note that an updated version of the Eligibility Factsheet, including a minor update to Appendix C, was published to the NHMRC website Friday 6 September.

The Investigator Grants 2019 Outcomes Factsheet, which provides a quick reference point to key statistics for the outcomes of the 2019 Investigator Grants round, is also now available.

Release of guides supporting the Code

NHMRC, together with the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Universities Australia (UA) recently released the Peer Review Guide and the Disclosure of Interests and Management of Conflicts of Interest Guide, which support the implementation of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (the Code).

NHMRC, ARC and UA are currently developing further guides to support the Code and these are planned for release later in 2019.

Guidelines for Guidelines

Following public consultation nine modules on the Guidelines for Guidelines website have now been updated.

These modules can be accessed on NHMRC’s website.

NHMRC Corporate Plan 2019–20

The NHMRC Corporate Plan 2019–20, covering the period 2019–20 to 2022–23, is now available on NHMRC’s website.

NHMRC accredited Translation Centres

NHMRC asked representatives of accredited Centres for Innovation in Regional Health and Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres to tell us how they are driving improvements in health services and clinical trials in Australia.

Watch the videos to hear what they had to say.

Public consultation on draft Guidance on Short Term Exposure Values

NHMRC is seeking public feedback on draft guidance that provides advice on the application of short term exposure values when managing risks from drinking water. Submissions will close 4pm (AEST) 14 October 2019.

For further information visit the public consultation website.

Applications for the 2019-2020 Indigenous Internship Program are now open

NHMRC offers opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in an undergraduate or Masters degree in a health or medical research-related field to take up an internship in the agency.

The program provides a wide range of opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to gain insight into the work of NHMRC, as well as to enhance their educational experience through practical work experience.

To find out more see our Indigenous Internship Program information.

8th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation – registrations now open

Details on the keynote and plenary session speakers in the program are now online. Register now to attend the Symposium before the early bird registration fees deadline. This year’s theme is 'Research Translation in the digital age: harnessing the power of data and analytical technologies.'

Dementia Research: Discovery, Innovation and Translation

Abstracts are now open for the Australian Dementia Forum 2020 in Adelaide, 31 May – 2 June 2020. The Forum will consider the discoveries and innovation achieved by Australia’s dementia researchers as well as look forward to the task of translating research outcomes into practice. Now in its fifth year, the Forum is a valuable opportunity for taking stock, and ensuring we retain and build the momentum towards prevention, risk reduction and cure, and towards better care outcomes for people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Further information including details on abstract submission can be found here.