28 February 2022

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

$21.9 million funds research partnerships that meet real-world health needs 

NHMRC welcomes Minister Hunt’s announcement last week of more than $5.6 million to fund the latest round of Partnership Projects.

Thank you to the more than 60 funding partners contributing an additional $16.3 million to ensure the research meets real-world needs, bringing the total to $21.9 million to support five projects that aim to:

  • enhance HIV prevention and treatment programs in Australia
  • scale-up point-of-care hepatitis C testing and treatment
  • develop a non-surgical alternative to hysterectomy for the treatment of endometrial cancer
  • improve protection for pregnant women and medically at-risk children from influenza and COVID-19
  • improve the independence and safety of older people living with dementia in care homes.

Find out more on NHMRC’s website.

2022 Partnership Projects Peer Review Cycle 1 (PRC1) 

The due date for NHMRC Approved Administering Institutions to submit partner waiver requests for applications in the 2022 Partnership Projects PRC1 is Wednesday 9 March 2022.

Please direct all enquiries to the NHMRC Research Help Centre.

CEO Communique webinar on Gender disparities in NHMRC’s Investigator Grant Scheme

Thank you to those who were able to attend the webinar on Gender disparities in NHMRC’s Investigator Grant Scheme.

The webinar will be held again this Thursday, 3 March, from 1200-1400 AEDT.

Please register your interest and read more in the CEO Communique available on NHMRC’s website.

Ideas Grants opening

The Ideas Grant scheme for funding commencing 2023 will open for applications on 9 March 2022

Minimum data is due 6 April 2022.
Applications close 4 May 2022.

You will need to use Sapphire to access or enter your CV and profile, and submit your application. 

If you anticipate applying for or being named on a grant (including as an Associate Investigator), please register here to activate or register your Sapphire account well in advance of the Minimum Data deadline.

Targeted Call for Research: Improving Indigenous maternal and child health in the early years 2022 Grant Opportunity

The Targeted Call for Research: Improving Indigenous maternal and child health in the early years 2022 Grant Opportunity will open for applications in Sapphire on 9 March 2022

This TCR addresses Closing the Gap targets two and four: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are born healthy and strong, and thrive in their early years.

A Forecast Opportunity regarding this funding call is available here. Grant guidelines and additional grant opportunity information will be available via the GrantConnect and NHMRC's website from 9 March 2022

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

Investigator Grants 2022 update

Minimum data for the Investigator Grants 2022 round was due 16 February 2022

Applications close 1700 AEDT Wednesday 16 March 2022.

At the close of minimum data, 1631 Investigator Grant applications had been created. 

Compliance checks are currently underway and the final number of applications progressing to round close will be published shortly. 

Further details about the Investigator Grants scheme are available on GrantConnect and NHMRC’s website.

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

Synergy Grants 2022 key dates

NHMRC is pleased to announce that the Synergy Grant scheme is now open. Synergy Grants support outstanding multidisciplinary teams of investigators to work together to answer major questions that cannot be answered by a single investigator.

The total amount of funding available for Synergy Grants 2022 is $50 million.

Key dates

Minimum data must be entered into Sapphire by 1700 AEDT 16 March 2022.
Applications close 1700 AEDT 13 April 2022.

Synergy Grants 2022 Guidelines and Synergy Grants 2022 Additional Resource are available on GrantConnect.

In addition, the following resources are available to assist applicants and RAOs with preparing applications:

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

NHMRC participation in the 2022 e-ASIA Joint Research Program

NHMRC is now accepting applications for the 2022 e-ASIA Joint Research Program 11th Health Research call in infectious diseases (and antimicrobial resistance).

Minimum data must be entered into NHMRC’s Sapphire online grant management system by 1700 AEDT 2 March 2022.

Full Applications must be submitted via Sapphire by 1700 AEDT 30 March 2022

Details on the Health Research call are available on the GrantConnect, NHMRC and e-ASIA websites.

MRFF grant opportunities 

Applications close on 2 March 2022 for the following Medical Research and Future Fund (MRFF) grant opportunities:

Applications close on 9 March 2022 for the 2021 Chronic Neurological Conditions grant opportunity. 

Applicants are reminded to check eligibility conditions carefully, including any limits on the number of times a person can be named as a CI for a specific grant opportunity. Applications are only accepted from approved MRFF Eligible Organisations.

For further details and a list of all opened MRFF grant opportunities refer to NHMRC’s website and NHMRC funding calendar

MRFF Grant Assessment Committee Self Nomination

Researchers, consumers, clinicians and health practitioners, as well as those in industry, policy or who manage health services are invited to express their interest in assisting with the assessment of MRFF applications as a member of a grant assessment committee.

Register your interest via NHMRC’s online portal.

Guidelines open for public consultation 

The following guidelines are seeking NHMRC approval and are open for public consultation:
Australian Opioid Deprescribing Guideline (University of Sydney) - Consultation opened 2 February and closes 3 April 2022.

Australian evidenced-based clinical practice guideline for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (Australian ADHD Professionals Association) - Consultation opens 7 March and closes 5 April 2022.

New recommendations for the Australian Living Guideline for the Pharmacological Management of Inflammatory Arthritis (Australia & New Zealand Musculoskeletal Clinical Trials Network) - Consultation opens 7 March and closes 10 April 2022. 

Public consultation comments should be directed to the guideline developers through the links above.

Key application dates

Refer to the funding calendar on NHMRC's website.


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