15 January 2024

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

Embryo creation in scientific lab

Nominations closing soon: Embryo Research Licensing Committee

Nominations are sought from people with appropriate expertise to join NHMRC’s Embryo Research Licensing Committee (ERLC) for the 2024–2027 triennium.

ERLC licenses and regulates research activities that involve the use of excess assisted reproductive technology embryos, and the creation and use of human embryos created by other means. Their work includes licensing and regulating mitochondrial donation research and research into other innovative assisted reproductive technologies.

The nomination period closes on Friday 19 January 2024.

More information on member expertise requirements and the nomination process can be found on NHMRC’s website.

Embryo creation in scientific lab


Partnership Projects 2024 grant opportunity

The Partnership Project scheme will have three peer review cycles (PRCs) in 2024:

• PRC 1 applications close on Wednesday 3 April 2024
• PRC 2 applications close on Wednesday 7 August 2024
• PRC 3 applications close on Wednesday 27 November 2024.

Further details are available on GrantConnect.

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


NHMRC-JPIAMR 2024: IMPACT pre-proposal stage open

NHMRC is considering participating in the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR) call on ‘Interventions Moving forward to Promote ACTion to counteract the emergence and spread of bacterial and fungal resistance and to improve treatments (IMPACT)’.

The call is now open with pre-proposals due on Thursday 14 March 2024, and the following resources are available:

• Call text and the link to the online submission platform can be found on the IMPACT call page.
• A match-making tool has been created for applicants to facilitate networking and the creation of consortia.
• A webinar about the call will be held on Wednesday 24 January at 13.00 (CET). Please register for the webinar.

For further details, refer to the forecast opportunity on GrantConnect.


Determining whether an embryo model is regulated

NHMRC’s Embryo Research Licensing Committee (ERLC) has published guidance on determining whether research involving human embryo models requires a licence under the Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002 (RIHE Act) and Prohibition of Human Cloning Act 2002 (PHCR Act).

The guidance is available on NHMRC’s website.


NEW: NHMRC-approved third party guidelines

On 8 December 2023 NHMRC approved the recommendations of a new guideline under section 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992:

• The Australian Clinical Guideline for Physical Rehabilitation and Mobilisation in Adult Intensive Care Units developed by the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre at Monash University.

The purpose of the guideline is to provide intensive care clinicians with clear and evidence-based advice on the safe and appropriate use of physical rehabilitation and mobilisation as a treatment to aid patient recovery from critical illness.


UPDATED: NHMRC-approved third party guidelines

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

An Australian Living Guideline for the Management of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis v1.2 developed by the Australia and New Zealand Musculoskeletal Clinical Trials Network, the Australian Rheumatology Association and Cochrane Musculoskeletal. This new version contains four new recommendations that concern intra-articular steroid therapies, anaesthesia for joint injections, the use of foot orthoses, and oral versus subcutaneous administration of methotrexate.

Australian and New Zealand Living Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management developed by the Stroke Foundation. The new version upgraded one recommendation on the timing of anticoagulant therapy in the Management of Atrial Fibrillation section.

Australian Immunisation Handbook – Human Papillomavirus (HPV) chapter. The new version of this chapter included a move to a one-dose adolescent HPV vaccination schedule.


e-ASIA Workshop for the 13th Joint Call for Proposals

Prospective applicants for the e-ASIA Joint Research Program (JRP) 13th Joint Call for Proposals are invited to register for the “Discovering Synergies: Connecting People Across Asian Research Frontiers” online workshop on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 January 2024.

Registrations close on Monday 15 January 2024 at 9:00PM AEDT.

Australian researchers interested in Infectious Diseases (including antimicrobial resistance) are encouraged to attend.

The workshop will provide an outline of each call, country specific requirements and will provide opportunities to “pitch” project ideas to network and build collaborations in the east Asia region.

For further information visit the e-ASIA JRP webpage.

NHMRC is participating in the Health Research Call and the Food and Health Call. Further information at GrantConnect.