4 December 2023

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

NHMRC 10 of the Best Fourteenth Edition Cover Image

NHMRC 10 of the Best - Fourteenth Edition: Out now! 

From delivering culturally safe maternity care for Aboriginal women, discovering, and developing better pain treatments, improving in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment methods, and harnessing the body’s own immune system to improving vaccines is just a little taste of what these stories are about.

NHMRC is pleased to release 10 of the Best – Fourteenth Edition which highlights completed projects that exemplify the high-quality research that is funded by NHMRC.

View 10 of the Best – Fourteenth Edition online.

NHMRC 10 of the Best Fourteenth Edition Cover Image

Dr Alastair Stewart recognised for outstanding achievement in health and medical research

Dr Alastair Stewart of Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute is a leading researcher for major antimicrobial drug development.

Recognised for his outstanding research achievements, Dr Stewart was awarded the 2023 Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research, as announced at the NHMRC Council dinner in Canberra on Wednesday 29 November 2023.

Read more about Dr Alastair Stewart and his recent accolade on NHMRC’s website.

Synergy Grants 2023 outcomes announcement

NHMRC welcomed the Synergy Grant 2023 outcomes announcement from the Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Mark Butler MP, in-conjunction with Assistant Minister for Indigenous Health, Senator the Hon Malarndirri McCarthy on Thursday 23 November 2023.

The announcement comprises $50 million of funding to support 10 outstanding health and medical research teams across Australia for the next 5 years.

The media releases for this announcement are available on NHMRC’s website.

The Synergy Grants 2023 Outcomes Snapshot summarises data by career stage, gender, broad research area, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research and researchers. View the snapshot on Synergy’s grant webpage.

2023 Postgraduate Scholarships funding outcomes announced

The Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Mark Butler MP, announced the funding outcomes for the 2023 NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships on Friday 1 December 2023.

Sixty outstanding health and medical graduates in their chosen fields will share in $9.8 million of grant funding to support their early research careers.

This funding announcement includes more than $7 million for new scholarships, plus an additional $2.8 million to increase scholarship stipends to $50,000 per year from 1 January 2024 for all new and existing NHMRC postgraduate scholars.

The media release for this announcement is available on NHMRC’s website.

Outcome data can be downloaded from the outcomes page.

Increase for NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships Scheme stipends

From 1 January 2024, all NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship stipends will be increased to $50,000 per annum (pro rata). This will apply to all current and new Postgraduate Scholarship holders.

Previously NHMRC’s Postgraduate Scholarships grant opportunity had offered three stipend amounts based on academic qualifications; the move to a single stipend value will improve equity across the scheme.

NHMRC will be implementing the increases to grants in the coming weeks, with the changes reflected in Sapphire.

Please email postaward.management@nhmrc.gov.au for enquiries.

Targeted Call for Research: Commercial determinants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health 2023 closing soon

Applications for the 2023 Targeted Call for Research: Commercial determinants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health close on Wednesday 13 December 2023 17:00 AEDT.

Further details on this grant opportunity are on NHMRC’s website and GrantConnect.

Please contact help@nhmrc.gov.au for further information.

Forecast Opportunities: International Collaborative Grant Opportunities 2024

NHMRC is considering participating in the 2024 e-ASIA Joint Research Program (JRP) 13th call for proposals in both the Health Research and Food and Health calls.

NHMRC is also considering participating in the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR) call on ‘Interventions Moving forward to Promote ACTion to counteract the emergence and spread of bacterial and fungal resistance and to improve treatments’.

For further details, refer to the forecast opportunities on GrantConnect.

Medical Research Future Fund – grant opportunities key dates

The following MRFF Grant Opportunity has a minimum data due date approaching:

Details on how to apply for MRFF grant opportunities and all MRFF close dates are available on GrantConnect. Applicants are reminded that only applicants who completed minimum data by the due date can submit an application. It is also the applicant’s responsibility to ensure they meet all eligibility requirements.


Applicants should ensure:


MRFF grant assessment committee self-nomination
Register your interest to become a member of a MRFF grant assessment committee.

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