12 February 2024

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

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$2.8 million awarded for Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) research

On Friday 9 February 2024, the NHMRC CEO, Professor Steve Wesselingh, announced the funding outcomes for the NHMRC-GACD: Non-Communicable Disease Prevention in Cities Funding Call 2023.

The NHMRC-GACD 2023 scheme focused on implementation research targeting chronic non-communicable disease risk factors associated with city environments in disadvantaged populations globally.

Read more about the funded projects on NHMRC’s news centre. For further information on upcoming GACD funding opportunities refer to the GACD website.

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Synergy Grants 2024 open

The Synergy Grants 2024 grant opportunity opened for applications on Wednesday 7 February 2024. 

Key dates:

• Minimum data due on Wednesday 6 March 2024 17:00 AEDT
• Applications close on Wednesday 3 April 2024 17:00 AEST

To assist applicants and RAOs in preparing applications, the following resources are available on GrantConnect:

• Synergy Grants 2024 Guidelines
• Synergy Grants 2024 Peer Review Guidelines
• Characteristics of high scoring Synergy grant applications

NHMRC’s 2024 Eligibility Web Tool is also available on the Eligibility webpage.

Dietary Guidelines Sustainability Working Group EOIs open

NHMRC is seeking individuals with suitable expertise to join the Dietary Guidelines Sustainability Working Group.

Sustainable diets (accessible, affordable and equitable diets with low environmental impacts) were identified as one of the priority areas during the prioritisation process for the Australian Dietary Guidelines review

The Working Group will provide advice on the strength and quality of evidence about sustainability and diets to the Dietary Guidelines Expert Committee.

The Expression of Interest (EOI) form is now available on NHMRC’s website.

EOIs are open from Monday 5 February 2024 9:00 AEDT until Tuesday 5 March 2024 15:00 AEDT.

NHMRC approved third party guidelines

On Friday 8 December 2023, the NHMRC CEO approved the recommendations of the following guidelines under section 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992:

• The Hypertension in Pregnancy Guideline is developed by the Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (SOMANZ).

The guideline provides evidence-based guidance for the identification, management, and prevention of hypertension in women who are at risk of hypertensive disorders in their pregnancy, at the antenatal period and beyond.

NHMRC Impact Case Study:  Rhesus immunisation in Australia

Haemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn (HDFN, also known as Rh Disease) can occur when a pregnant woman’s immune system produces antibodies that attack their fetus’ red blood cells (RBCs).

Once a major cause of fetal and newborn mortality, today HDFN is almost non-existent in Australia due to routine antenatal blood grouping and antibody screening, the use of prophylactic Rh D immunoglobulin and appropriate clinical management of parent and baby.

Guidelines, initially produced by NHMRC on behalf of the Department of Health and Ageing, have assisted with translation of the research on Rh D antibody screening and Rh D immunoglobin into clinical practice.

Read more in our Rhesus immunisation in Australia Impact Case Study.

Survey on researcher access to Australian public sector data

The Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) has launched an online survey to measure researcher access to Australian public sector data, to assess the gap between demand and supply. The survey results will inform priority areas for the development of relevant infrastructure and facilitate researchers in making best use of public sector data.

This anonymous survey will take around 10-15 minutes to complete and closes on Wednesday 28 February 2024.

All researchers, research managers or those supporting researchers who have requested access to Australian public sector data in the past 2 years are invited to complete the survey.

More details available on ARDC’s website.

Open tender for updated Clinical Practice Guidelines for People with Dementia

The Department of Health and Aged Care is seeking to establish a contract for updated Clinical Practice Guidelines and Principles of Care for People with Dementia that reflect current evidence and best practice in dementia care.

For more information including the scope of this work, supplier requirements and key dates, please visit Austender (ATM ID:  Health E23-315366).

Medical Research Future Fund – Grant Opportunities Key Dates

The following MRFF Grant Opportunities have opened for applications:

The following MRFF Grant Opportunity has a close 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:

  • their Sapphire account is active or access to Sapphire has been requested,
  • their organisation is an approved MRFF Eligible Organisation before the close date, and
  • any intended participating institutions are listed in Sapphire or request that a new participating         institution be added by emailing help@nhmrc.gov.au, including the institution's website address (URL) and ABN (if applicable).

MRFF Grant Assessment Committee Self Nomination
Register your interest to become a member of a MRFF grant assessment committee.

MRFF progress and final reports

MRFF progress and final reporting templates are available for MRFF grantees on NHMRC’s website.

These reports are required to be submitted offline and by email to: mrff.postaward@nhmrc.gov.au.

Please note the questions in the Sapphire report template are different to the questions in MRFF reporting.  You are required to complete the correct template for any MRFF reports completed in Sapphire and resubmit via email by Wednesday 28 February 2024.

Outstanding reports may have impact on future grant payments, or consequential action taken as per the MRFF Funding Agreement.

Due dates for reports can be found in Sapphire.

Speaking of Science – NHMRC webinar series coming soon

Get ready to welcome a symphony of knowledge and discovery.
Introducing NHMRC’s new monthly speaker series ‘Speaking of Science’ where the pulse of health and medical research comes to life.

Join us, and some of Australia’s leading and most respected health and medical professionals, to discuss research breakthroughs, insights, and innovations across the research spectrum of Basic Science, Clinical Medicine and Science, Health Services and Public Health.

Unlocking access to learning and networking opportunities within the sector, there will be something for everyone and we can’t wait to share this with you.

More details coming soon.

Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue AC CBE DSG (1 August 1932 – 4 February 2024)

It is with great sadness that we pay tribute to Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue AC CBE DSG, Yankunytjatjara woman, who died peacefully aged 91 on 4 February 2024.

Dr O’Donoghue will be remembered for her remarkable legacy and unwavering commitment to improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NHMRC extends our deepest condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues at the Lowitja Institute.