24 May 2022

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

$75.3 Million to Fund Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies

Dr Natalie Strobel and Associate Professor Dan McAullay stand in front of an Indigenous artwork

Photo supplied by Edith Cowan University. 

NHMRC has welcomed the announcement of more than $75.3 million to support 33 clinical trials and cohort studies.
This round of NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies is notable for the success of grants that will benefit health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

One such project is being led by Dr Natalie Strobel, Kurongkurl Katitjin Senior Research Fellow, and Associate Professor Dan McAullay, Director of Aboriginal Research, from Edith Cowan University. They received a NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies grant for their project ‘A primary care provider intervention to improve early child neurodevelopment in Urban Aboriginal children.’

NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso AO said the health and medical research sector greatly appreciated the contributions of all participants who take part in clinical trials and cohort studies.

Further information is available on NHMRC’s website.

Investigator Grants Peer Review Processes

Peer review of Investigator Grant applications started on Monday 16 May 2022 with assessments due by 17:00 AEST Friday 10 June 2022.

As part of NHMRC’s ongoing support to peer reviewers, Peer Review Mentors have been assigned to the 2022 Investigator Grant Scheme.

Investigator Grant peer reviewers should contact their secretariat if they would like to seek advice from a mentor.

The Peer Review Mentor video and CEO Webinar are available on the NHMRC website. Peer reviewers are strongly encouraged to view these training materials prior to commencing their assessments.

If peer reviewers have any questions about the assessment process, they should contact their secretariat. Technical Sapphire enquiries should be directed to NHMRC's Research Help Centre via email.

NHMRC has used declarations from over 553 peer reviewers and applied an application-centric approach   to allocate applications to maximise suitability and minimise conflicts for each application, as well as balancing assessment workloads. All applications have been allocated to peer reviewers who have declared either ‘Yes’ or ‘Moderate’ suitability for review.

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

Ideas Grants Peer Review Processes

A total of 2,194 applications were submitted to the Ideas Grants 2022 round.

Peer review processes will commence this week with potential reviewers declaring conflicts of interest (CoI) and suitability in Sapphire. For more information on the Ideas Grants peer review processes, the Ideas Grants 2022 Peer Review Guidelines can be found on NHMRC’s website.
Peer Review key dates are:

  • Week commencing 23 May 2022: peer reviewers declare interests and suitability against applications
  • Mid- late June 2022: peer reviewers assigned to applications (based on results of the CoI and suitability survey)
  • July- August 2022: peer reviewers review applications and submit scores and comments against Ideas Grant assessment criteria for each allocated application.

* The Ideas Grant peer review process and timelines are subject to change. NHMRC will notify peer reviewers of any timing changes.
Suitability Survey (Conflict of Interest)
Please make sure your Suitability Surveys (Conflict of Interest) are completed by Friday 3 June 2022. Any delays in completing these declarations may reduce the time allocated for peer reviewers to complete assessments.
Please notify NHMRC as soon as possible if you are not able to meet this deadline.
If you have any questions, please contact your secretariat. Sapphire enquiries should be directed to the Research Help Centre via email.

Synergy Grants 2022 Update

The Synergy Grants suitability survey and conflict of interest are now complete and Stage One assessments (Knowledge Gain and Synergy criteria) are underway. Stage One assessments are due Wednesday 8 June 2022.

Thank you to all peer reviewers who completed these declarations and attended the Synergy Grants 2022 peer reviewer briefing.

For further details on the 2022 Synergy Grants peer review process, please refer to the Synergy Grants 2022 Peer Review Guidelines available from the NHMRC website.

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

NHMRC Research Translation Symposium 2022

The annual NHMRC Research Translation Symposium is back! This year the Symposium will become the Research Translation Long Weekend and will be held from Thursday 17 November to 22 November 2022. It will be a hybrid event with a combination of keynote/ plenary, abstract and panel sessions to be held online, combined with in-person networking opportunities intended for each state and territory-where possible.

The theme will be ‘Embracing Diversity’, with the intention being to promote the translation of research that addresses equity and the decision-making needs of socially and economically disadvantaged communities.

Abstract submissions will be encouraged on the following sub-themes:

  • Knowledge mobilisation: making information usable and accessible
  • Knowledge know-how: the skills and expertise needed to translate knowledge effectively
  • Impact evaluation: assessing the change that could be attributed to a particular intervention, project, program or policy
  • Implementation science: the methods used to promote the uptake of research findings.

Key dates and other updates, including information on when and how to submit an abstract, will be published in Tracker and on the Research Translation Symposium site.

NHMRC’s Principal Committee Indigenous Caucus

PCIC members photographed in front of gum trees outside NHMRC's office building

NHMRC’s Principal Committee Indigenous Caucus (PCIC) provides advice on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and health research issues.

Welcome and thank you to the members of the committee for the 2021-2024 triennium and chair Professor Yvonne Cadet-James, who met for the first time in Canberra earlier in May.
From left to right:

  • Associate Professor Maree Toombs
  • Dr Sean Taylor
  • Professor Gail Garvey
  • Professor Catherine Chamberlain
  • Professor Yvonne Cadet-James (Chair)
  • Associate Professor Alwin Chong
  • Professor Yvette Roe
  • Dr Kalinda Griffiths

One of NHMRC’s long-standing priorities is to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health through research. This includes supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers and strengthening the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researcher workforce.

You can read more about the PCIC, its functions and members on NHMRC’s website.

Key Application Dates

Refer to the funding calendar on NHMRC's website.


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