14 August 2023

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

Photo of Professor Yvonne Cadet-James, PCIC Chair with caption "We want to hear from you - what does Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research excellence look like?"

Indigenous Research Excellence Criteria Review – national consultation underway

NHMRC and the Principal Committee Indigenous Caucus (PCIC) invite you to contribute to the review of the NHMRC Indigenous Research Excellence Criteria (IREC)

Online consultations are now open and will close Friday 8 September 2023 17:00 AEST.

Upcoming workshops are in Adelaide, Melbourne, Cairns, Alice Springs, Darwin and Hobart.

Your contributions will inform recommendations for the improvement of IREC, to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research is of the highest scientific merit and is beneficial and acceptable to their communities.

You can contribute by:

  • attending a face-to-face workshop, led by our PCIC members,
  • read the discussion paper, and/or
  • make a submission via the online consultation form.

A webinar will also be scheduled and a date will be advised. Thank you to all the attendees of the workshops already held in Canberra and Sydney, Perth, including at the AIATSIS Summit and Lowitja Institute’s International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference.

To register for an event, read the discussion paper or make a submission visit NHMRC’s consultation page.

Photo: Professor Yvonne Cadet-James, Principal Committee Indigenous Caucus Chair

Contribute to the review of the Australian Dietary Guidelines

NHMRC is reviewing the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines to ensure they reflect the best available evidence.

We invite stakeholders including members of the public to submit high-quality systematic reviews for selected diet and nutrition related topics.  The systematic reviews will support the identification of existing evidence and gaps where additional research may be needed. This public call for evidence will supplement other literature scoping and evidence mapping work.

Submissions opened on Tuesday 1 August and will close on Friday 1 September 2023.

For more information or to make a submission, visit the Dietary Guidelines review webpage.

Targeted Call for Research: Ensuring the quality and safety of telehealth 2023 – minimum data due this week

Minimum data for the Targeted Call for Research (TCR): Ensuring the quality and safety of telehealth 2023 is due Wednesday 16 August 2023 17:00 AEST. Only applicants that meet minimum data requirements can submit a full application.

Applicants must complete the required fields with correct information. Use of placeholder text will not be accepted. Refer to Appendix B in Grant Opportunity Guidelines (via GrantConnect) for information on minimum data requirements.

Full applications close Wednesday 30 August 2023 17:00 AEST.

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

Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies 2023 grant scheme – closes next week

Applications for the Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies 2023 scheme will close next Wednesday 23 August 2023 17:00 AEST.

We encourage applicants to work closely with their RAOs well in advance of the due date.

Researchers listed on applications must have a Sapphire account. New account registrations must be submitted at least 72 hours prior to application close. The Research Help Centre will continue to respond to Sapphire-related enquiries until Wednesday 23 August 2023 13:00 AEST.

Further details are available on GrantConnect and NHMRC’s website. Please contact help@nhmrc.gov.au for assistance if required.

Partnership Projects 2023 PRC1 round close

Applications for Partnership Projects 2023 PRC1 will close on Wednesday 16 August 2023 17:00 AEST.

Applicants are reminded that:

  • only applicants that completed minimum data by Wednesday 26 July 2023 17:00 AEST can submit a full application
  • applications submitted after close of round will not be accepted.

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

#EndGenderBias – The National Women’s Health Advisory Council survey

The National Women’s Health Advisory Council wants to hear from women, experts and healthcare professionals to better understand the unique barriers and gender bias women face in Australia’s healthcare system.

The #EndGenderBias survey is part of a community consultation to help the Council develop recommendations to reduce gender bias and improve the health outcomes for women and girls in Australia.

Anyone can participate by submitting a written statement, audio recording or completing the survey. All options can be completed in 17 languages.

To participate in the survey visit the online portal.

The consultation closes on Friday 13 October 2023 AEDT.

Have you heard about application-centric peer review?

NHMRC is committed to quality in its peer review processes. Placing grant applications at the heart of the peer review process, the shift to application-centric peer review in NHMRC’s largest schemes has improved the matching of expertise for peer review and reduced the burden on reviewers, while retaining the rigour of independent peer review.

Information on improvements gained through application-centric peer review for the Investigator Grant scheme can be viewed via the application-centric infographic.

Airborne pollen and respiratory allergies: Case study

Allergic diseases cost the Australian economy about $30 billion per year in direct financial costs and lost wellbeing. Pollens are the most widespread allergen source globally.

In Australia, grass pollen exposure is a major trigger of seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and is linked to increases in hospital emergency department visits and admissions for asthma.

NHMRC-funded researchers working nationally have helped to reduce the health and socioeconomic burden of pollen-related allergic respiratory diseases by improving the monitoring of airborne pollen and public access to information on local pollen levels.

Read more about the impact of this research in the case study.

Key NHMRC grant program dates

Please see the funding schemes and calendar page.


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