25 September 2023

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

Dr Alastair Stewart holding award at Research Excellence Awards dinner

Research Excellence: Understanding membrane protein structures

“Scientists have devoted their efforts towards studying the structure of proteins. However, buried within the cell surface, ‘membrane proteins’ are notoriously difficult to access and study” – Dr Alastair Stewart, Head of Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute’s Structural Biology Laboratory.

Dr Stewart’s research focuses on the function of membrane proteins and how they interact with therapeutic drugs and drug transporters within the human body. Dr Stewart is determined to make therapeutic drugs more effective for Australians who require them to treat chronic diseases. 

“Beyond understanding what makes therapeutic drugs effective, this work will also shed light on how some drugs may be toxic unintentionally,” said Dr Stewart. 

Find out more about Dr Stewart’s research on NHMRC’s website.

Pictured: Dr Stewart at NHMRC’s awards in Canberra on 29 March 2023.

Investigator Grants 2024 – Now open

NHMRC is pleased to announce that the 2024 Investigator Grant round is open, and the application form is now available in Sapphire.

Key dates:

  • Minimum data is due Wednesday 11 October 2023 17:00 AEDT 
  • PhD census date is the close date for applications
  • Applications close Wednesday 8 November 2023 17:00 AEDT.

To assist applicants and RAOs in preparing applications, the following resources are available:

  • Investigator Grants 2024 Guidelines
  • Key Characteristics of Investigator Grant Applications
  • Investigator Grants 2024 Peer Review Guidelines
  • 2024 Eligibility Web Tool.

Further information can be found on GrantConnect and the Investigator Grant webpage.

NHMRC application-centric peer review process

Do you want to peer review Investigator Grants or Ideas Grants? Here’s how to ensure you get applications that best match your expertise.

If you are intending on participating in peer review for the 2024 round of Investigator Grants, NHMRC’s application-centric peer review process relies on up-to-date Fields of Research, Broad Research Areas, Keywords and Peer Review Areas data within your Sapphire profile (go to Peer Reviewer Information).

This will assist NHMRC to best allocate applications to the most suitable researchers and balance workloads across reviewers.