19 April 2021

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

NHMRC’s Open Access Policy

Consultation: Proposed revisions to NHMRC’s Open Access Policy

NHMRC is seeking feedback about proposed updates to its Open Access Policy and Open Access Policy – Further Guidance, to:

  • remove the existing embargo period for open access availability of publications and publication metadata
  • adopt a rights retention strategy, which gives researchers the freedom to publish in their journal of choice, including subscription journals.

The proposed updates will align the Policy and Guidance with the growing national and international shift towards open access publishing.

Consultation documents are available on NHMRC’s website. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 5 May 2021.

Synergy Grants 2021

The Synergy Grant scheme will close at 5.00pm (ACT local time) on 21 April 2021.

Researchers listed on applications must have a Sapphire account. New account requests should be submitted as soon as possible and at least 72 hours prior to application close. Any account activation processes started within 72 hours of the round close cannot be 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 1.00pm (ACT local time) on 21 April 2021.

Further details are available on GrantConnect and the NHMRC website.

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

Ideas Grants 2021

Ideas Grants FAQ and Round Closing Dates

The final FAQ for NHMRC 2021 Ideas Grants scheme will be released no later than Wednesday 21 April 2021, two weeks prior to scheme closing date of Wednesday 5 May 2021.

Researchers listed on applications must have a Sapphire account. New account requests should be submitted as soon as possible and at least 72 hours prior to application close. Any account activation processes started within 72 hours of the round close cannot be 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 1.00pm (ACT local time), 5 May 2021.

Further details are available on GrantConnect and NHMRC's website.

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

Ideas Grants Minimum Data Compliance Checks

3064 applications were entered into Sapphire by the Ideas Grants Minimum Data deadline.  NHMRC is finalising compliance checks on the applications lodged. CIAs of applications that were non-compliant at Minimum Data will be notified via email.

Peer Review for Ideas Grants in 2021

Peer review for the Ideas Grants scheme is expected to run July-September 2021.  The CEO communique explains the changes to Ideas Grants peer review for the 2021 round.

The Ideas Grants 2021 Peer Review Guidelines are also available on NHMRC's website.

NHMRC is currently finalising membership requirements.

NHMRC appreciates the involvement of the sector and the willingness of researchers who have made themselves available for peer review. Not everyone who expressed an interest can be appointed to participate, as membership requirements depend on the number and spread of applications received, as well as the results of the conflict of interest and suitability survey results, which prospective members will be asked to complete in May. Final appointments will be made after this process.

New Grant Program Eligibility Resources

The following resources are available to assist RAOs conducting pre-submission eligibility checks and certification for applications submitted under NHMRC’s new Grant Program:

Please note it is the responsibility of the CIA to ensure they meet the eligibility requirements for concurrent research applications and/or grants before they submit an application and that they maintain their eligibility for the duration of the peer review period.

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

Development Grants 2021

The Development Grant scheme for funding commencing in 2022 is scheduled to open on Wednesday, 21 April 2021. Minimum data is due on Wednesday, 26 May 2021. The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 16 June 2021.

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

Guidelines International Network ANZ free webinar

The living guidelines approach – is it achievable and sustainable?

11.00am- 12.00pm (AEST) on Friday, 11 June

Keeping advice current is often one challenge for clinical guidelines. The ‘living’ guidelines approach aims to respond rapidly to important new evidence and ensure the recommendations are kept up to date. This free webinar will describe aspects of this emerging approach based on projects in stroke and diabetes management. Important lessons will be shared along with ongoing challenges and potential future opportunities.

Register here.


Key application dates

Open

Funding scheme

Open date

Minimum data due

Applications close

2021 Synergy Grants

24-Feb-21

24-Mar- 21

21-Apr-21

2021 Ideas Grants

10-Mar-21

07-Apr-21

05-May-21

2021 Postgraduate Scholarships

14-Apr-21

12-May-21

09-Jun-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 – 2021 International Clinical Trial Collaborations (ICTC) – Round 1

17-Mar-21

25-Aug-21

8-Sept-21

*NB schemes are in order of closing dates

Upcoming

Funding scheme

Open date

Minimum data due

Applications close

Development Grants

21-Apr-21

26-May-21

16-Jun-21

2020 NIHR Collaborative Research Grants – 2021 Funding Round 3

17-May-21

 

27-Jul-21

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

01-Dec-21

 

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