21 September 2020

Tracker is a fortnightly email newsletter that informs the Australian research community about major NHMRC activities and funding opportunities. 

Open MRFF grant opportunities
The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) - Clinical Trials Activity - RCRDUN Initiative - 2020 Rare Cancers, Rare Diseases and Unmet Need Covid-19 Grant Opportunity closes at 5PM ACT local time on 23 September 2020.

Further information can be found on the NHMRC website

Clinicians and researchers are invited to express their interest in assisting with the assessment of RCRDUN applications as a member of the grant assessment committee – tell us about your expertise on the NHMRC online portal.

Invitation to join the Australia New Zealand Guideline Network 
NHMRC invites healthcare professionals, academics, policy makers, funders and other stakeholders with an interest in evidence synthesis, guideline development, knowledge translation, outcome evaluation and implementation science to join the ANZ Guideline Network (anzguidelinenetwork.com), an initiative of the Guidelines International Network.

To join the network visit the ANZ Guideline Network website.

Ideas Grants Peer Review Processes 
Assessment allocations have been finalised and peer reviewers have now commenced assessing applications in RGMS. Please direct all RGMS technical and troubleshooting enquiries to the NHMRC Research Help Centre in the first instance, via email at help@nhmrc.gov.au

NHMRC appreciates the willingness of so many people to make themselves available for peer review.

Due to the very tight timeline that NHMRC is working to in order to have outcomes released as soon as possible, we are relying on peer reviewers to complete their assessments by the due date, 11 October, 2020.  NHMRC also encourages peer reviewers to submit their assessments in RGMS as soon as possible once they have reviewed an application, so that assessments can begin to be processed by NHMRC.  

InFocus: Improving kidney health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 
Kidney disease is a significant health priority for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.  Associate Professor Jaqui Hughes from the Menzies School of Health Research leads this cohort study which will describe the long-term changes in kidney function over 10 years and provide critical data to inform regional and national policy on identification and care of people with kidney disease. Read her story on NHMRC’s website.

Key application dates

Funding scheme

Open date

Minimum data due

Applications close

Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants




2020 Partnership Projects PRC2




*NB schemes are in order of opening dates