1 November 2021

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

Record female representation on new NHMRC Council 

Welcome to Professor Caroline Homer AO, the new chair of NHMRC.

Minister for Health Greg Hunt last week announced the membership of the new Council which will play a key role in supporting the NHMRC in its mission of building a healthy Australia.

Membership of the Council brings together expertise in biomedical science, clinical and public health, nursing, health care training and the medical profession, as well as business and consumer perspectives, and expertise in the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Eleven of the 15 non-ex-officio members are women, a record in female membership of the Council.

The full list of Council members for the 2021-2024 Triennium is available on NHMRC’s website.

Ideas Grants 2021 

Ideas Grants Funding Recommendations
Funding recommendations are being finalised and progressed through the approvals process. 

The approvals process that NHMRC has been working through includes:

•    reviewing budget change recommendations made by peer reviewers
•    conducting an analysis to verify any outlier scores against the comments provided by assessors
•    determining the top ranked applications for funding based on peer reviewers’ assessments 
•    seeking the necessary approvals to award the proposed grants
•    generating the outcome documentation to notify applicants and RAOs.

NHMRC anticipates releasing the funding outcomes under embargo in November.

Correction - 2022 Ideas Grants Key Application Dates

On Monday 11 October an RAO alert was released announcing the 2022 NHMRC Funding schedule, there was an incorrect date for Ideas Grants minimum data.

The date shown was 9 April 2022.

The correct date is 6 April 2022.

This has been amended on NHMRC’s website.

Peer Review 

Update Your Peer Review Profile Now

NHMRC’s recruitment of the most suitable peer reviewers to the set of applications we receive relies on researchers ensuring that their Sapphire Profile is completed and up to date (particularly their ‘Peer Review Area’ and ‘Fields of Research’ sections). 

Please note that the ‘Fields of Research’ dataset has been updated to the new Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification 2020 which aims to improve coverage, coherence and consistency across the Fields of Research classification. 

NHMRC has also expanded the fields available in Sapphire to the full range of the classification. 

More details on the new classification system are available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics website. 

Please ensure that your Sapphire Profile is updated using the new range of codes available. 

2021 Partnership Projects Peer Review Cycle 3 (PRC3) 

The due date for NHMRC Approved Administering Institutions to submit partner waiver requests for applications in the 2021 Partnership Projects PRC3 is Wednesday 3 November 2021.

Please direct all enquiries to the NHMRC Research Help Centre via email.

Annual Report 2020–21

NHMRC has published its 2020–21 Annual Report outlining NHMRC’s work over the last financial year. The annual report contains information on NHMRC administration and performance, and a record of activities for the reporting period and can be downloaded from NHMRC's website

Consultation on NHMRC’s Open Access Policy

NHMRC has released a report with the results of the consultation on the proposed revisions to NHMRC’s Open Access Policy. 

NHMRC is committed to fostering the earliest and widest possible dissemination and use of publicly-funded research outputs and the proposed revisions focused on strengthening the policy to further facilitate open access. 

While NHMRC remains committed to revising its policy, we will not be making revisions for implementation from 1 January 2022 as originally planned. 

NHMRC is considering the feedback from the consultation as the policy is further refined and will continue communicating with key stakeholders in the sector as this process continues.

2020 Human Research Ethics Committees Activity Report 

NHMRC-registered Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) and NHMRC-certified institutions are required to submit an activity report to NHMRC each year. This information provides an overview of the Australian HREC system of ethical oversight of research involving humans, including the composition of HRECs and their processes for considering research proposals and monitoring approved research. The activity report for 2020 has now been published and can be found on NHMRC’s website.

Key application dates

Refer to the funding calendar on NHMRC's website.


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