15 August 2022

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

Funding increase builds expertise in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research

On International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, NHMRC was pleased to release the 2021 annual report card on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research funding.

The 2021 annual report card shows 206 active grants were funded with more than $58 million – 7.09 percent of the Medical Research Endowment Account (MREA) was invested in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research.

The report card shows funding for research to improve health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has exceeded NHMRC’s target by more than two percentage points of the total funding for health and medical research.

Find out more on the NHMRC News Centre.

NHMRC consultation on options to reach gender equity in the Investigator Grant scheme

On 15 July 2022, NHMRC released the Discussion Paper: Options to reach gender equity in the Investigator Grant scheme

Thank you to everyone who has joined us over the last two weeks for the forums to discuss gender equity in the Investigator Grant scheme. 

There are two events remaining on Tuesday 16 August 2022

  • John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU at 10:00 (AEST)
  • Online via Zoom at 12:30 (AEST)

Find more information and register for these sessions on the NHMRC News Centre

If you have been unable to participate in these events, you can still have your say. You can provide your feedback on the options by completing this survey, which will be open until Tuesday 16 August 2022 17:00 (AEST).

Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants 2022 closing

The close date for the 2022 Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants is Wednesday 24 August 2022 17:00 (AEST).

NHMRC strongly recommends applicants who have not submitted their applications work with their RAO and submit them as soon as possible.

Researchers listed on applications must have a Sapphire account. New account requests should be submitted at least 72 hours prior to application close. Any account activation processes started within 72 hours of the round close are not guaranteed to be actioned by NHMRC before close.

The Research Help Centre will continue to respond to technical enquiries (i.e. Sapphire-related enquiries) until Wednesday 24 August 2022 13:00 (AEST), and responses may be delayed during peak periods.

The Clinical Trials and Cohorts Studies Grants 2022 Guidelines and Peer Review Guidelines to support applicants are available on GrantConnect.

Please contact the Research Help Centre for further information or assistance.

Development Grants 2022 Peer Review Processes

Peer reviewers have started assessing applications in Sapphire with assessments due Friday 9 September 2022 17:00 (AEST)

For details regarding the peer review process, please refer to the Development Grants Peer Review Guidelines 2022. If peer reviewers have any questions about the assessment process, please contact your secretariat. All technical Sapphire enquiries should be directed to NHMRC's Research Help Centre.

NHMRC appreciates the willingness of so many experts making themselves available for peer review.

Investigator Grants

Investigator Grants Peer Reviewer Survey 

NHMRC would like to thank Investigator Grants peer reviewers for their assistance this year and for participating in the Investigator Grants Peer Reviewer Survey. The survey received 287 responses and helps us to inform improvements for future rounds. 

Funding recommendations

NHMRC is working through the funding recommendations process with a view to seeking Ministerial approval in coming weeks. NHMRC has conducted quality assurance of the 7,074 single summary statements and sought clarification from peer reviewers where required. NHMRC anticipates advising Investigator Grant outcomes by September. Peer reviewers are reminded of the importance of confidentiality of the peer review process. 

Ideas Grants

Ideas Grants Peer Review Processes 

Peer review of applications is now being finalised. To increase transparency and accountability of the peer review process, peer reviewers will have the opportunity to review de-identified comments provided by other reviewers on applications they also assessed.  

NHMRC will also perform an outlier score screening check following the completion of peer review to identify instances where a reviewer’s score significantly differs from the scores provided by other reviewers on an application. Where outliers are identified, NHMRC will review the comments provided by the reviewers to confirm they align with the scores given. In some cases, NHMRC will ask reviewers to review the assessment they provided to confirm accuracy.     

NHMRC would like to thank the over 800 Ideas Grants Peer Review Members for the time and valuable expertise they committed to the 2022 Ideas Grants peer review process.  

Ideas Grants Peer Review Survey 

The Ideas Grants team will be circulating a survey in the coming weeks to capture peer reviewers’ feedback on the scheme and processes this year. We greatly appreciate participation in the survey as it helps us to evaluate and consider process improvements. Should peer reviewers have any questions regarding the Ideas Grants processes in the meantime, please contact your secretariat. 

NHMRC Research Translation Long Weekend 2022

The call for abstracts for the 10th NHMRC Research Translation Symposium is open. The deadline for submission is Monday 29 August 2022 17:00 (AEST).  

Abstracts are invited on any topic relevant to research translation and the theme of Embracing Diversity. Authors submitting an abstract should nominate one of the following sub-themes when they submit their abstract: 

  • Knowledge mobilisation: making information usable and accessible 
  • Knowledge know-how: the skills and expertise needed to translate knowledge effectively 
  • Impact evaluation: assessing the change that could be attributed to a particular intervention, project, program or policy 
  • Implementation science: the methods used to promote the uptake of research findings.  

To submit an abstract, go to the Call for Abstracts webpage and follow the instructions. 

Medical   Research Future Fund - Grant Opportunities Key Dates

The following MRFF grant opportunities have Minimum Data due in August 2022:  

Only applicants who completed minimum data requirements can submit a full application. 

Nutrient  Reference Values Steering Group Advisory Committee

NHMRC is seeking nominations of experts to join the Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) Steering Group Advisory Committee. The Committee has been established to guide the revision of the NRVs for sodium, iodine, fluoride and Adequate Intake Values for all nutrients for infants. 

Members will be appointed based on their expertise in areas such as nutrition, micronutrients, end user needs, toxicology, public health, research, chronic disease and macronutrients/total diet. 

For more information about the application process visit the Committees advising on the review of Nutrient Reference Values page

NHMRC history available on NHMRC’s website

Since NHMRC’s activities commenced in 1937 it has made many significant contributions towards building a healthy Australia. 

An important new source of information on these contributions is now available via NHMRC's Corporate Plans and Annual Reports webpage. It includes links to NHMRC reports as far back as 1939, and these reports include information on NHMRC-funded research that has led to positive health impacts for Australians.

For example, a 1940 report describes work undertaken by Frank Macfarlane Burnet on the influenza virus that led to impacts outlined in the Influenza pandemics and their control Impact Case Study.

A 1971 report describes NHMRC-funded research on traffic injury and emergency medical services that led to the reduction of speed limits, as described in the Reducing speed, improving safety Impact Case Study.

You can find out more about NHMRC’s impacts from the NHMRC Impact Case Studies homepage.

If you would like to discuss partnering with NHMRC to document your organisation’s work within an NHMRC case study, please contact the Impact Case Studies team.   

Key application dates

Refer to the Funding schemes and calendar page.


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