15 November 2021

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

$239 million investment in Australia health and medical research 

NHMRC welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt on 4 November 2021 at WEHI, of $239 million funding for 248 innovative research projects to help advance our understanding of a wide range of health and medical issues faced by Australians. 

Photo credit: WEHI

NHMRC CEO, Professor Anne Kelso, said the Ideas Grant scheme supports innovative and creative research and builds on Australia’s strong skills and international reputation in advanced health and medical research. 

“As always, the Ideas Grant scheme is highly competitive and delivers projects at the leading edge, many very early in the discovery process. We look forward to following the research funded today and seeing the outcomes from these important grants,” Professor Kelso said. 

To read more visit NHMRC’s website.  

Ideas Grants 2021 Post Award 

Outcomes of the 2021 Ideas Grants funding round are available from NHMRC’s Outcomes of funding rounds webpage.

All grant offers must be accepted in Sapphire no later than Tuesday 30 November 2021.

The Ideas Grant Factsheet provides key statistics on the 2021 Ideas Grant round outcomes as well as data from the 2019 and 2020 rounds. The Summary of Scores for Ideas Grants Applications document provides the breakdown of category and average scores for all three rounds of Ideas Grants.

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

2021 Partnership Projects Peer Review Cycle 3 (PRC3) 

Key dates for Partnership Projects 2021 PRC3:

Minimum data is due by 5:00 pm (AEDT) Wednesday 17 November

Applications close on Wednesday 1 December 2021.

Partnership Projects 2021 PRC3 funding with other organisations

In addition to partner organisations identified in the Partnership Projects 2021 Guidelines (section 4.4), applicants may select the following funding opportunity from the Department of Health.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Obesity Prevention Research special initiative. This special initiative provides the opportunity for community organisations that are contributing to health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to develop a relationship with a researcher to strengthen the evidence in FASD and obesity research.  For further information see section 2.3 of the Partnership Projects 2021 Guidelines available via the Partnership Projects 2021 Grant Opportunity on GrantConnect.

Please direct all enquiries to the Research Help Centre.

Research partnerships deliver better health outcomes in the Northern Territory 

NHMRC funding of $5.5 million announced last week will support five research projects through the NHMRC Partnership Project scheme, with an additional $8.2 million commitment from funding partners. 

Photo credit: Charles Darwin University

The funding announced jointly by the Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, Minister for Indigenous Australians, Ken Wyatt, and Minister for Regional Health, David Gillespie, includes two projects in the Northern Territory aimed at better health outcomes through culturally safe health care. 

Read more on NHMRC's website

Centres of Research Excellence 2022 

Key dates for Centres of Research Excellence 2022:

Minimum data is due by 5:00 pm (AEDT) Wednesday 17 November 2021.

Applications close on Wednesday 1 December 2021.

Minimum data fields are outlined at Appendix C to the Centres of Research Excellence 2022 Guidelines

Further information can be found on GrantConnect and NHMRC’s website. Please contact the Research Help Centre for further information or assistance.

Targeted Call for Research into Hearing Health 2021: Evidence-based support services 

Key dates for the Targeted Call for Research (TCR) into Hearing Health 2021: Evidence-based support services:

Minimum data is due by 5.00pm (AEDT) on Wednesday 24 November 2021.

Applications close on Wednesday 8 December 2021.

This TCR aims to support research that develops an evidence base for future policies, interventions and initiatives to support the Hearing Services Program.

Further details, including the Grant Guidelines, are available on GrantConnect. Please contact the Research Help Centre for further information or assistance.

Targeted Call for Research: Improving health of people with intellectual disability 

Key dates for the NHMRC Targeted Call for Research (TCR): Improving health of people with intellectual disability:

Minimum data is due by 5.00pm (AEDT) on Wednesday, 1 December 2021.

Applications close on Wednesday 15 December 2021.

The intended outcomes of this TCR are to improve the long-term health outcomes and quality of life of people with intellectual disability.

Further details, including the Grant Guidelines, are available on GrantConnect. Please contact the Research Help Centre for further information or assistance.

Transitional arrangements for grant management from RGMS to Sapphire 

NHMRC is working towards the launch of the final elements of the Post Award module of Sapphire in the coming months, pending final testing. The Post Award module will build on existing Sapphire application and assessment functionality that has been in production for more than 12 months. To date, the Research Grant Management System (RGMS) and Sapphire have been running concurrently. Implementation of the Post Award module will enable end-to-end capability in Sapphire by early 2022.  

From November 2021, some Post Award functionality will be unavailable in RGMS, including submission of variation requests, in preparation for the transfer of RGMS data to Sapphire. 

Interim post award arrangements for grants are as follows:

Offer Acceptances

  • All offers are to be accepted by 30 November 2021, with the exception of several MRFF offers to be accepted no later than 3 December 2021.

Grants that are currently in RGMS

  • Variation requests for grants currently in RGMS are to be submitted following the Grantee Variation Submission – November 2021 Update, using the Offline RGMS Grantee Variation Request Form available on NHMRC's website. Variation requests not submitted to NHMRC by 12 November 2021 will need to be resubmitted using this off-system process.
  • Scientific Reporting – CIAs can prepare Scientific Reports (Final and Progress Reports) in RGMS for NHMRC grants up to 19 November 2021. RAOs will need to submit Reports to NHMRC by 30 November 2021. Scientific Reports created but not submitted by 30 November 2021 will need to be recreated in Sapphire once the grant record has been migrated.  

Grants that are currently in Sapphire

  • Grants commencing 2022 that have been offered and accepted in Sapphire may have Variations submitted in Sapphire as soon as the grant offer has been co-signed by NHMRC.

MRFF grants

Nutrient Reference Values 

Seeking Committee members to guide development of Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand 
NHMRC is seeking 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.

Information about the Committee and application process is available on NHMRC’s website

Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science 

NHMRC would like to congratulate all the recipients of the prestigious Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science. The prizes are awarded for outstanding achievements in scientific research, research-based innovation, and excellence in science teaching.

This year’s recipients highlight the enormous contribution and excellence of our leading health and medical researchers:

PM’s Prize for Science – Professor Edward Holmes
Frank Fenner Life Scientist of the Year - Professor Sherene Loi
Prize for New Innovators - Associate Professor Michael Bowen
Prize for Innovation - Professor Tony Weiss

Image credit: Clockwise, Professor Sherene Loi - Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Professor Anthony Weiss, Associate Professor Michael Bowen, Professor Eddie Holmes – Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

Learn more about the recipients and their achievements by visiting the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science website.

Key application dates

Refer to the funding calendar on NHMRC's website.

Tracker 

Previous editions of Tracker are available on NHMRC’s website.

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