29 November 2021

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

Special Initiative in Human Health and Environmental Change

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, announced NHMRC funding of $10 million for a national network to build resilience to the human health impacts of environmental change on 16 November 2021. 

This landmark funding will support the development of a multidisciplinary national research network that will contribute to Australia’s preparedness and responsiveness to human health threats from changing environmental conditions and extreme weather events.

The Healthy Environments And Lives (HEAL) Network is led by Professor Sotiris Vardoulakis, Professor of Global Health at the Australian National University, and includes 28 participating institutions across Australia. 

To read more visit NHMRC's website.

How Anne McKenzie went from ‘just a mum from Morley’ to consumer engagement champion 

Pioneering health consumer advocate Anne McKenzie AM was awarded NHMRC’s 2021 Biennial Consumer Engagement Award in recognition of an almost 30-year career during which she has helped thousands of Australian clinicians and researchers understand the value of listening to consumers.

"When I first dabbled with consumer advocacy in the early 1990s as a mum trying to speak up for my youngest daughter, who had been born with spina bifida, I didn’t even know what the phrase meant. I soon learned, however, that if I wanted to have a say and get the answers I wanted from clinicians and the health system, I would have to be persistent. 

“That refusal to take no for an answer has paid off. Three decades later – thanks to a lot of hard work and support from many, many others – I’m privileged to find I have become a sought-after voice when it comes to best practice consumer involvement in health and medical research.”

Read more about Anne McKenzie's work in Infocus on NHMRC's website

2021 Ideas Grants 

All Ideas Grant offers must be accepted in Sapphire by tomorrow Tuesday 30 November 2021.

Outcomes of the 2021 Ideas Grants funding round are available from NHMRC’s Outcomes of funding rounds webpage.

The Ideas Grant Factsheet provides key statistics on the 2021 Ideas Grant round outcomes as well as data from the 2019 and 2020 rounds. The Summary of Scores for Ideas Grants Applications document provides the breakdown of category and average scores for all three rounds of Ideas Grants.

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

2021 Partnership Projects Peer Review Cycle 3 (PRC3) 

Key dates for Partnership Projects 2021 PRC3:

Applications will close at 5 pm (AEDT) Wednesday 1 December 2021.

Applicants are reminded that:

  • only applicants who completed minimum data requirements by 5pm (AEDT) Wednesday 17 November 2021 can submit a full application
  • applications submitted after close of round will not be accepted.

Partnership Projects 2021 PRC3 funding with other organisations

In addition to partner organisations identified in the Partnership Projects 2021 Guidelines (section 4.4), applicants may select the following funding opportunity from the Department of Health.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Obesity Prevention Research special initiative. This special initiative provides the opportunity for community organisations that are contributing to health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to develop a relationship with a researcher to strengthen the evidence in FASD and obesity research. For further information see section 2.3 of the Partnership Projects 2021 Guidelines available via the Partnership Projects 2021 Grant Opportunity on GrantConnect.

Please direct all enquiries to the Research Help Centre.

Centres of Research Excellence 2022 

Key dates for Centres of Research Excellence 2022:  

Applications will close at 5 pm (AEDT) Wednesday 1 December 2021.

Applicants are reminded that:

  • only applicants who completed minimum data requirements by 5 pm (AEDT) Wednesday 17 November 2021 can submit a full application
  • applications submitted after close of round will not be accepted.

Further information can be found on GrantConnect and NHMRC’s website. Please contact the Research Help Centre for further information or assistance.

Targeted Call for Research into Hearing Health 2021: Evidence-based support services 

Key date for the Targeted Call for Research (TCR) into Hearing Health 2021: Evidence-based support services:

Applications will close at 5 pm (AEDT) Wednesday 8 December 2021.

This TCR aims to support research that develops an evidence base for future policies, interventions and initiatives to support the Hearing Services Program.

Further details, including the Grant Guidelines, are available on GrantConnect. Please contact the Research Help Centre for further information or assistance.

Targeted Call for Research: Improving health of people with intellectual disability 

Key date for the NHMRC Targeted Call for Research (TCR): Improving health of people with intellectual disability:

Applications will close at 5 pm (AEDT) Wednesday 15 December 2021.

The intended outcomes of this TCR are to improve the long-term health outcomes and quality of life of people with intellectual disability.

Further details, including the Grant Guidelines, are available on GrantConnect. Please contact the Research Help Centre for further information or assistance.

NHMRC Impact Case Study - Reducing speed, improving safety 

Road traffic injuries are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality globally and road crashes have a considerable cost for the community, especially for families trying to cope with the death or disability of a family member involved in a road crash. 

Through the Road Accident Research Unit (RARU) at The University of Adelaide – now the Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) – NHMRC-funded research led to reductions to speed limits and other innovations that have made important contributions to road safety in Australia.

Read more in Reducing speed, improving safety, an NHMRC case study, by visiting NHMRC’s website.

If you would like to discuss partnering with NHMRC to document your organisation’s work as an NHMRC case study, please contact the Impact Case Studies team.

Water Quality Advisory Committee 

Seeking expressions of interest from experts to join the Water Quality Advisory Committee 

NHMRC is seeking experts to join the Water Quality Advisory Committee. The role of the committee is to advise on water-related public health issues as requested by NHMRC, in particular priorities and quality of the evidence to inform the rolling review of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

The members of the Committee will be appointed based on their recognised expertise in one or more of the following fields: public health, evidence translation and methodology, guideline development, epidemiology, microbiology, toxicology, water chemistry, water recycling, surface water hydrology, groundwater hydrology, water quality risk assessment and risk management, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and consumer representation. 

Information about the Committee and expression of interest process is available on NHMRC’s website.

Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science 

Nominations are now open for the 2022 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.

The Prizes are Australia’s most prestigious awards for outstanding achievements in scientific research, research-based innovation, and excellence in science teaching. 

By recognising the impact or potential impact of someone’s work, recipients can showcase their scientific discovery, commercial ventures or teaching achievements on the national stage, and inspire the next generation to pursue a career in science.

Peers and colleagues of Australia’s outstanding scientists, research-based innovators and science teachers are urged to nominate them for the 2022 Prizes.

The Prizes are presented across seven categories, including five prizes for science and innovation and two prizes for science, mathematics, or technology teaching – awarding a total of up to $750,000 in prize money.

Nominations close on 10 February 2022 and can be made at either:

•    Prizes for Australian scientists and innovators
•    Prizes for Australian science educators

Key application dates

Refer to the funding calendar on NHMRC's website.

Tracker 

Previous editions of Tracker are available on NHMRC’s website.

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