1 July 2024

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


NHMRC Speaking of Science – International practice in translation of health and medical research

 The translation of health and medical research into health systems and care is critical to improving the health and wellbeing of patients and communities. Join us for a live panel discussion on research translation across the health and medical research sector, unpacking the lessons learned in the UK, Canada, and Australia as part of our Speaking of Science webinar series.

Hosted by NHMRC’s CEO, Professor Steve Wesselingh, you’ll hear from a live panel of international and national experts:

• Professor Tom Walley CBE MB BCh BAO (Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs at the University of Liverpool)
• Professor Martha MacLeod PhD, RN, FCAN, FNEI (Professor of Nursing and Health Science at the University of Northern British Columbia)
• Professor John Prins MBBS PhD FRACP FAHMS (Chair of the Australian Health Research Alliance and Executive Director of Health Translation Queensland).

With expertise in health partnerships, health systems, clinical practice, research translation and implementation, as well as Indigenous and rural health, our speakers will discuss how the translation of research into healthcare can improve the health and wellbeing of patients and the communities. They will also discuss the lessons learnt from research translation initiatives in the UK, Canada and Australia.

There will also be an opportunity ask questions of our guests with a Q&A session. You don’t want to miss this event!

Join us for this free webinar on Wednesday 24 July 2024 12:00 – 13:15 AEST.

Register for this webinar on Eventbrite here.

Image accessibility: NHMRC details for speaking of science international research translation practice with Professor Tom Walley, Professor Martha Macleod and Professor John Prins.

Invitation for public submissions: Australian Pregnancy Care and Postnatal Care guidelines

 The Living Evidence for Australian Pregnancy and Postnatal Care (LEAPP) consortium is seeking NHMRC approval under section 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992 for its Australian Pregnancy Care Guidelines and Australian Postnatal Care Guidelines.

Consultation on recommendations from both guidelines is now open until Friday 26 July 2024.

The draft Pregnancy Care living recommendations relate to the risk of preterm birth, including recommendations on cervical length measurement and the use of progesterone and cervical cerclage. Visit the Australian Pregnancy Care Guidelines and make a submission

The draft Postnatal Care living recommendations provide advice on postpartum bleeding (secondary postpartum haemorrhage). Visit the Australian Postnatal Care Guidelines to make a submission.

Find out more about the 5-year Australian Pregnancy and Postnatal Care Living Guidelines project on the LEAPP Guidelines website.

Deadline extended: Clearinghouse research and evaluation register submissions

 Have you received funding for research or evaluation focusing on First Nations mental health, suicide prevention or social and emotional wellbeing?

The Indigenous Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Clearinghouse maintains a register of relevant research and evaluation to encourage collaboration and reduce duplication. Projects meeting all of the criteria below will be assessed for inclusion:

• aimed at the First Nations population
• related to mental health, suicide prevention or social and emotional wellbeing
• commissioned or undertaken by your organisation
• currently underway or has been completed since 2015
• not already on the register.

Relevant research or evaluation projects can be submitted on AIHW’s website at any time, and if deemed suitable, will be included in the next Clearinghouse update.

Previously on Speaking of Science: International Men’s Health Week

 For the 30th anniversary of International Men’s Health Week (10–16 June 2024), NHMRC 'checked in' with Research Committee Members, Professor Doug Hilton AO, Professor Adrian Barnett, Professor Josh Vogel and Professor Raymond Chan to discuss the health challenges faced by men and boys and their experiences from a health and medical research perspective.

Hosted by our CEO, Professor Steve Wesselingh, this insightful discussion tackled topics such as exercise, diet, alcohol, social media, health checks and mental health.

Watch the International Men’s Health Week webinar on our website.

NHMRC/MREA – Grant opportunity key dates

 The following NHMRC/Medical Research Endowment Account (MREA) grant opportunities are now open:

NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies 2024

Applications for the NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies 2024 scheme opened on Wednesday 26 June 2024.

  • Key dates:
    • Minimum data is due by Wednesday 24 July 2024 17:00 AEST
    • Applications close on Wednesday 28 August 2024 17:00 AEST.

The following resources are available on GrantConnect:

• Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants 2024 Guidelines
• Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants 2024 Peer Review Guidelines
• Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants 2024 Grant Proposal Template.

The following NHMRC/MREA grant opportunities are closing soon:

2024 NHMRC Partnership Projects Peer Review Cycle 2 (PRC2):

The due date for NHMRC-approved administering institutions to submit partner waiver requests for applications in the 2024 Partnership Projects PRC2 is Wednesday 10 July 2024 17:00 AEST.

Please contact help@nhmrc.gov.au for assistance if required.

Key NHMRC grant program dates

  Please see the Funding schemes and calendar page.

Medical Research Future Fund – Grant opportunities key dates

 The following MRFF grant opportunities have opened for applications:

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.