26 April 2022

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

A passion project to make the heart sing: Urban planning for healthier lives

In early April, to highlight this year’s World Health Day, the World Health Organization focused global attention on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create societies focused on well-being. 

We profiled Professor Billie Giles-Corti who says she was a “lone wolf” when she started her research career. 

But in 2022, the time has come for public discourse about the direct links between city planning and health. 

She is part of a global network making the connections between liveability and health outcomes.

Read more about her research on NHMRC’s website.

NHMRC-AMED 2022 Dementia Collaborative Research Scheme

NHMRC and the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) are pleased to invite applications for the NHMRC-AMED Dementia Collaborative

Research Scheme. The Grant Opportunity is open to early career researchers as lead Chief Investigator, for applications looking to further understand the many potential causes of dementia, modifiable lifestyle risk and protective factors that may prevent or delay the onset of dementia. Details on the call are available on the GrantConnect and NHMRC websites. 

NHMRC will accept applications from Australian researchers partnering with Japan-based teams from 09:00 (AEST) on 27 April 2022

Applications must be submitted via NHMRC’s Sapphire online grant management system by 17:00 (AEST) on 22 June 2022

Investigator Grants 2022 update 

The Investigator Grants suitability survey and conflict of interest processes are now complete. Thank you to all peer reviewers who completed these declarations.

As part of NHMRC’s ongoing support to peer reviewers, the Investigator Grants 2022 Peer Review Mentor video is now available on NHMRC’s website. Peer reviewers are strongly encouraged to view the video prior to commencing their assessments in early May.

In addition, NHMRC’s CEO, Professor Anne Kelso AO, will host a peer reviewer briefing webinar and Q&A session on Thursday 28 April 2022 from 12:30–14:00 (AEST).

This briefing will familiarise Investigator Grant peer reviewers with the peer review process and allow reviewers to ask questions on NHMRC’s peer review policy. Peer reviewers are encouraged to attend this briefing and are invited to ask questions relating to Investigator Grant peer review policy. Webinar details have been provided directly to peer reviewers.

Ideas Grants closing 

The close date for Ideas Grants is 17:00 (AEST) on Wednesday 4 May 2022.

NHMRC strongly recommends those applicants who have not already submitted their applications to work with their RAO to submit as soon as possible.

Researchers listed on applications must have a Sapphire account. New account requests should be submitted at least 72 hours prior to application close. Any account activation processes started within 72 hours of the round close are not 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 13:00 (AEST) on Wednesday 4 May 2022, noting that response times may be delayed in peak periods.

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.

Synergy Grants 2022 Round has closed 

The Synergy Grants 2022 round closed for applications on Wednesday 13 April 2022 with 69 applications submitted and progressing to peer review.
Potential peer reviewers will commence the process of completing their conflict of interest and suitability declarations within Sapphire shortly, ahead of assessments commencing in May.

Reminder for 2021 Institutional Annual Compliance Report 

Reminder that NHMRC is currently conducting the 2021 Institutional Annual Compliance Report (IACR) online survey.

NHMRC sent invitations via email to all Administering Institutions primary RAOs to complete the 2021 IACR survey, including an access link to the survey. Responses are due by 17:00 (AEST) 16 May 2022. If you have any questions on the survey or are a primary RAO at a NHMRC Administering Institution and have not received the email with the survey link, please email administering.institutions@nhmrc.gov.au.

Please note that all NHMRC Administering Institutions are required to answer all questions in the survey, even if the institution has not administered NHMRC funding in the reporting year.

Further information is available on NHMRC’s website.

Key application dates

Refer to the funding calendar on NHMRC's website.


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