17 May 2021

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

National Network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers 

As announced as part of the 2021-22 Budget, the National Network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers has been established and will bring together unique skills across culture, knowledge and health research to address the health priorities of Indigenous communities.

Among Australia’s eminent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers to lead the new National Network are Dr Pat Anderson AO (The Lowitja Institute), Professor Alex Brown (University of Adelaide/SAHMRI), Professor Sandra Eades (Curtin University) and Professor Gail Garvey (Menzies School of Health Research).

The NHMRC National Network has been established with $10 million funding from the Australian Government as a major new initiative in NHMRC’s 10-year strategy to improve the health of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population (Road Map 3).

Read more about the Network on NHMRC’s website.

Also announced in the Budget were the outcomes of the NHMRC–NIHR Collaborative Research Grant scheme.

Read NHMRC’s CEO Professor Anne Kelso’s Budget statement to find our more.

Development Grants 2021

Minimum Data Deadline

Minimum data must be entered into Sapphire by 5:00pm (AEST) on 26 May 2021

Minimum data fields for Development Grants 2021 are outlined at Appendix D of the Development Grants 2021 Guidelines. NHMRC will use the information collected from minimum data to identify the allocation of applications to the most appropriate peer reviewers. Using placeholder text such as “text”, “synopsis”, “xx” or “Development Grant” etc. is not acceptable as minimum data. 

Failure to meet this deadline and minimum data requirements will result in the application not proceeding.

Further details are available on GrantConnect. Please contact the Research Help Centre via email help@nhmrc.gov.au for further information or assistance

MRFF Grant Opportunities

Upcoming key dates for MRFF grant opportunities

2021 Innovative Therapies for Mental Illness Grant Opportunity

Applications opened on 17 March 2021
Minimum data is due by 7 July 2021
Applications close at 21 July 2021

COVID-19 Health Impacts of Vaccination Schedules Grant Opportunity

Applications opened on 12 May 2021
Minimum data is due by 4 August 2021
Applications close at 18 August 2021

Rare Cancer Rare Disease and Unmet Need Grant Opportunity

Key application dates for Stream 2 are:
Applications opened on 12 May 2021
Minimum data is due by 23 June 2021
Applications close at 7 July 2021

Key application dates for Stream 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 are:
Applications opened on 12 May 2021
Minimum data is due by 4 August 2021
Applications close at 18 August 2021

International Clinical Trial Collaborations Grant Opportunity Round 1 (21.1)

Applications opened on 17 March 2021
Minimum data is due by 25 August 2021
Applications close at 8 September 2021

International Clinical Trial Collaborations Grant Opportunity Round 2 (21.2)

Applications open on 26 August 2021
Minimum data is due by 2 February 2022
Applications close at 16 February 2022

Applicants who intend to submit applications to MRFF grant opportunities should ensure that:

  • they have an active Sapphire account, or request access to Sapphire as soon as possible
  • the participating institutions they intend to list in their application are available in Sapphire
  • if a participating institution is not available, please email help@nhmrc.gov.au, include the URL and request it be added to the system.

Details on how to apply for MRFF grant opportunities and close dates are available on GrantConnect.

Further information on MRFF grant opportunities can be found on NHMRC's website.

Researchers, consumers, clinicians and health practitioners, as well as those in industry, policy or who manage health services are invited to express their interest in assisting with the assessment of MRFF applications as a member of a grant assessment committee. Register your interest via NHMRC's online portal.

Ideas Grants 2021

Applications Submitted at Close of Round

A total of 2,639 applications were submitted to the 2021 round. This is a decrease from 2,995 applications submitted to the 2020 round. 

Peer Review Processes

NHMRC is currently reviewing its peer review membership requirements following the close of round for Ideas Grants. NHMRC appreciates the involvement of the sector and the willingness of researchers who have made themselves available for peer review. 

Membership will depend on the number and spread of applications, as well as the results of the conflict of interest and suitability survey, which prospective members will be asked to complete in May. Final appointments will be made after this process.

Synergy Grants 2021

The Synergy Grants 2021 round closed for applications on Wednesday 21 April 2021 with 86 applications submitted, and progressed to peer review. 

Conflict of interest and suitability declarations are underway. Based on these declarations, a final group of peer reviewers will be selected prior to the commencement of Stage One assessments in early June 2021. 

Further details are available on GrantConnect and NHMRC’s website

Please contact the Research Help Centre via email at help@nhmrc.gov.au for further information or assistance. 

Sapphire update

Entering publication data into Sapphire 

Sapphire currently supports four methods to add publication data::

1.    Manually adding each publication entry individually
2.    Importing an EndNote Library
3.    Importing a RIS file
4.    Linking the ORCID ID to the Sapphire profile and importing selected ‘Works’.

When deciding which method to use, researchers should consider the following:

1.    If adding a large number of publications, an Endnote, RIS or ORCID import may be best.
2.    If importing an EndNote Library, it is important to refer to the tutorial and help resources available (see tutorial page Endnote Import Library entry) for more details.
3.    If importing from a RIS file, note there are specific date formats to be used with the DA RIS tag (see tutorial page Importing publications using a RIS file for more details) or you can use the PY RIS tag.
4.    If linking and importing ORCID records, please refer to the tutorial resources available (see tutorial page Adding ORCID to your Profile Tutorial and Link and Import ORCID records to a Sapphire Profile.

More information is available by contacting the Research Help Centre via email at help@nhmrc.gov.au.

Key application dates

Open

Funding scheme - open Open date Minimum data due Applications close 
2021 Postgraduate Scholarships 14-Apr-21 12-May-21 9-Jun-21
Development Grants 21-Apr-21 26-May-21 16-Jun-21
MRFF - Rare Cancer Rare Disease and Unmet Need - Stream 2 12-May-21 23-Jun-21 7-Jul-21
MRFF – 2021 Innovative Therapies for Mental Illness  17-Mar-21 7-Jul-21 21-Jul-21
Partnership Projects 2021 PRC2 25-Mar-21 28-Jul-21 12-Aug-21
MRFF - Rare Cancer Rare Disease and Unmet Need - Stream 1,3,4,5,6,7 12-May-21 4-Aug-21 18-Aug-21
MRFF - COVID-19 Health Impacts of Vaccination Schedules 12-May-21 4-Aug-21 18-Aug-21
MRFF – 2021 International Clinical Trial Collaborations (ICTC) Round 1 (21.1) 17-Mar-21 25-Aug-21 8-Sep-21

*NB schemes are in order of closing dates

Funding scheme - upcoming Open date Minimum data due Applications close
2021 Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants 30-Jun-21 28-Jul-21 25-Aug-21
Partnership Projects 2021 PRC3 29-Jul-21 17-Nov-21 1-Dec-21
MRFF - International Clinical Trial Collaborations (ICTC) Round 2 (21.2) 26-Aug-21 2-Feb-21 16-Feb-22

*NB schemes are in order of closing dates

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