29 August 2022

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

NHMRC Research Translation Long Weekend 2022

Submit an abstract and join us for the 10th NHMRC Research Translation Symposium from Thursday 17 November to Tuesday 22 November 2022 (with a weekend break).

Deadline for abstracts has been extended to Monday 5 September 2022 17:00 (AEST).

Abstracts are invited on any topic relevant to research translation and the theme of Embracing Diversity. Please nominate one of the following sub-themes when submitting an abstract:

  • 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.

To submit an abstract, go to Call for Abstracts and follow the instructions.


We are pleased to be able to confirm that plenary presentations will be delivered by:

  • Professor Jeremy Grimshaw, The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Canada
  • Professor Jane Fisher, Monash University
  • Professor Lucy Montgomery, Curtin University
  • Dr Robert Terry, UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR)
  • Prof Nicole Pratt, University of South Australia
  • Dr Kalinda Griffiths, University of NSW
  • Associate Professor Odette Pearson, SAHMRI.

More speakers will be announced over the weeks ahead.

Plenary sessions

There will be eight plenary sessions livestreamed over the four days of the Symposium. Topics include:

  • Mobilising knowledge to improve equity in health outcomes
  • An equitable start to life: getting best practice into mother, infant and family care
  • Transforming how research is generated, valued and used
  • Open science, research translation, equity, and diversity.

Satellite events

Satellite events will be hosted by Symposium partners in capital cities and some regional locations across the country. More information on times and venues will become available in the following weeks. Watch this space for further updates.

NHMRC Progress Reporting update

MREA Progress Reporting

The Scientific Progress Report template has been updated to include additional questions and text fields for CIAs to expand on the information provided. This update also corrects a system error that caused the incorrect name to be listed as CIA in the report output. The updated template will apply to all pending Progress Report milestones. Where progress reports have already been submitted in the previous template, RAOs will be contacted directly if resubmission is required.

Medical Research Future Fund Progress Reporting

Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) progress report milestones moved to a due date of 30 September (as per NHMRC advice to Eligible Organisations sent 29 September 2021) are still showing in Sapphire with the milestone's original due date. These will be updated in Sapphire shortly. Reports for affected milestones can be submitted by the 30 September due date unless NHMRC has specifically advised the report is due earlier.

The MRFF Progress reporting template required to be used for all MRFF grants will also be available on the NHMRC website shortly and that these reports are required to be submitted offline to NHMRC via mrff.postaward@nhmrc.gov.au.

Overdue milestones

Some of the grants migrated from RGMS to Sapphire are still showing incorrect overdue milestones. This is due to a system error and grants are being updated to correct milestones. Incorrect milestone flags will have no impact on application submission or eligibility assessment for upcoming Grant Opportunities.

For further information visit NHMRC Post Award Update.

NHMRC Corporate Plan 2022–23

NHMRC has released its Corporate Plan for 2022–23. The plan presents our national strategy for health and medical research and includes our strategic and health priorities. It also outlines our key activities planned for 2022–23 and over the next four years.

View the NHMRC Corporate Plan 2022–23.

Ideas Grants Peer Review Processes & Peer Review Survey

Ideas Grants Peer Review Processes

Thank you to the 800+ Ideas Grants Peer Review Members for the time they committed to the 2022 Ideas Grants peer review process. They completed over 10,900 individual assessments for the 2,190 applications submitted to this year’s round.

Peer reviewers can review de-identified comments provided by other assessors until 4 September 2022. This will occur in parallel with NHMRC’s own outlier screening process being conducted.

NHMRC would also like to thank the Peer Review Mentors and Community Observers for their participation in the Ideas Grant peer review process.

NHMRC will be progressing through to funding recommendations including:

  • reviewing budget change recommendations made by peer reviewers
  • conducting an outlier analysis to verify any outlier scores against the comments provided by assessors
  • determining the top ranked applications for funding based on peer reviewers' assessments
  • seeking the necessary approvals to award the proposed grants
  • generating the outcome documentation to notify applicants and RAOs.

Ideas Grants Peer Review Survey

The Ideas Grants Heading of article with image over two lines team will be circulating a survey in coming weeks to capture peer reviewers' feedback. We appreciate participation in the survey as it helps us to evaluate and consider process improvements. In the meantime, please contact your secretariat if you have any questions regarding the Ideas Grants processes.

Australian Living Guideline for the Management of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Draft for Public Consultation

The Australia & New Zealand Musculoskeletal Clinical Trials Network (the developer) has released a draft guideline on the management of juvenile idiopathic arthritis for public consultation from Friday 19 August to Monday 19 September 2022. The developer will be seeking NHMRC approval of the guideline under section 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992.

To access the guideline and find out more about how to make a submission, please go to the Australian Living Guideline for the Management of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis website.

MRFF – Grant Opportunities' Key Dates

MRFF grant opportunity – minimum data due in August 2022

The following MRFF grant opportunity has minimum data due in August 2022:

Only applicants who complete minimum data requirements can submit a full application.

Grant opportunities closing during September 2022

The following grant opportunities close during September 2022:

For further details and a list of all MRFF grant opportunities refer to the funding calendar.

Details on how to apply for MRFF grant opportunities and close dates are available on GrantConnect.

Applicants who intend to submit applications to MRFF grant opportunities should ensure:

MRFF application eligibility criteria and compliance checking

Applications must address all eligibility and assessment criteria as set out in the guidelines.

Applicants must pay careful attention to Chief Investigator (CI) eligibility, including limits on the number of times a person can be named as a CI. Refer to the eligibility section of the relevant grant opportunity guidelines.

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. Register your interest via NHMRC's online portal.

Key application dates

Refer to Funding schemes and calendar.


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