3 June 2024

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

NHMRC Impact Case Study on childhood leukaemia 

Leukaemia is the most diagnosed cancer in children and the second most common cancer-causing death among children in Australia. NHMRC-funded researchers at the Children’s Cancer Institute developed minimal residual disease (MRD) testing, which can detect a single cancer cell among a million healthy cells. This allows clinicians to reliably assess a patient’s risk of relapse and tailor their treatment appropriately to eliminate the remaining cancer cells, with the intention of preventing relapse.

Read more in our Improving outcomes in childhood leukaemia impact case study.


NHMRC and the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) are considering a bilateral call through AMED’s Advanced International Collaborative Research Program - Adoption of Sustainable Partnership for Innovative Research Ecosystem (ASPIRE).

NHMRC intends to fund the Australian component of sustainable research partnerships between Australia and Japan.

Please refer to the forecast opportunity on GrantConnect.

Funding for innovations to replace, reduce and refine animal use

 NHMRC welcomes funding applications into the development and validation of models, methods, tools, and methodologies to replace, reduce and refine animal use in health and medical research. Proposals for funding must meet the specific criteria for the relevant scheme in NHMRC’s grant program, and must demonstrate a direct relationship with, or significance for, improvement in human health.

Information on the 3Rs ('replacement', 'reduction' and 'refinement') of animal use can be found on NHMRC’s website.

Learn more about emerging innovations in non-animal models on CSIRO’s website.

NHMRC Speaking of Science Series – International Men’s Health Week 2024 live panel 

Although Australian men have greater health and better life expectancy than men in other countries in the world, they do not always address health risk factors as effectively as they should. Evidence suggests that traditional masculine norms have stigmatised help-seeking behaviours and as a result, men can experience 70% more potential years of life lost, compared to women.

For the 30th anniversary of International Men’s Health Week, join NHMRC for a live panel discussion as part of our Speaking of Science webinar series.

Hosted by NHMRC’s CEO, Professor Steve Wesselingh, you’ll hear from a live panel of NHMRC Research Committee members including:

• Professor Doug Hilton AO (Chief Executive Officer, CSIRO)

• Professor Adrian Barnett (Professor of Statistics, Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation and Centre for Healthcare Transformation, Queensland University of Technology)

• Professor Josh Vogel (Perinatal Epidemiologist and Principal Research Fellow at the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program, Burnet Institute)

• Professor Raymond Chan (Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Flinders University).

Our panel will be discussing the health challenges faced by men, their experiences, how we can practically support men in keeping their health and wellbeing in check and everything in between!
Join us for this free webinar on Tuesday 11 June 2024 from 11:00am–12:00pm AEST.

Register for this webinar on Eventbrite here.

NHMRC/MREA – grant opportunities key dates

 The following NHMRC/Medical Research Endowment Account (MREA) grant opportunities will open soon:

NHMRC Investigator Grants 2025:
The Investigator Grant 2025 round will open for applications on Wednesday 19 June 2024.

  • Key Dates:
    • Minimum data due Wednesday 17 July 2024 17:00 AEST
    • Applications close Thursday 15 August 2024 17:00 AEST.

Both the Investigator Grants 2025 Guidelines and Peer Review Guidelines will be published on GrantConnect when the scheme opens.

 The following NHMRC/MREA grant opportunities are closing soon:

NHMRC Development Grants 2024:

Applications for the Development Grant scheme close on Wednesday 12 June 2024 17:00 AEST.

All applicants on an application must activate their profile in Sapphire before they can submit their applications. NHMRC may not be able to process requests for registrations and activations made less than 72 hours before the application close deadline. The Research Help Centre will continue to respond to any enquiries until Wednesday 12 June 2024 13:00 AEST.

NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship 2024 scheme 2024:

NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship 2024 scheme close on Wednesday 5 June 2024 17:00 AEST.

Further details are available on GrantConnect and NHMRC’s website.

Please contact  help@nhmrc.gov.au for further information.