30 January 2023

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

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Congratulations to recipients of Australia Day Honours 2023

We are delighted to see so many health and medical researchers and individuals who contribute to our sector recognised with Australia Day Honours this year. We join the nation in celebrating your contributions to human health.

Among the many familiar names on the list was Professor Warwick Anderson AO, the former CEO of NHMRC and Secretary-General of the Human Frontier Science Program Organization. Professor Anderson undertook these roles with great distinction and has made a lasting contribution to research in Australia and internationally.

Also recognised were Professor Melissa Little AC, Mr John Stubbs AM, Laureate Professor Clare Collins AO, Dr Kerryn Coleman PSM and Professor Gemma Figtree AM among many others. We thank them all for their involvement with NHMRC and their outstanding contributions to health and medical research.

Investigator Grants now open

NHMRC is pleased to announce that the 2023 Investigator Grants round is now open.

Investigator Grants support the research programs of outstanding investigators at all career stages by combining salary and research support into a single grant scheme.

This year’s round opened on Wednesday 25 January 2023.

  • Minimum data is due 22 February 2023 17:00 AEDT
  • Applications close 22 March 2023 17:00 AEDT

To assist applicants and RAOs in preparing applications, the following resources are available:

Further information about this grant opportunity can be found on GrantConnect.

Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD): Non-communicable disease risk factor prevention in cities call for applications 2023

NHMRC invites applications from Australian researchers for the GACD: Non-communicable disease (NCD) risk factor prevention in cities funding round.

This funding call is for implementation research focused on addressing NCD risk factors associated with city environments and related health inequities in low- and middle-income countries and/or in populations facing conditions of vulnerability in high-income countries.

Applications open in Sapphire 1 February 2023 and close 7 June 2023 17:00 AEST.

For further information about the funding and eligibility, please refer to the GACD website and GrantConnect.

Is your Sapphire profile up to date?

Researchers need to ensure that all fields in their Sapphire profile are completed and up to date.

Ensuring your profile is accurate, particularly the ‘Peer Review Area’ and ‘Fields of Research’ sections, will help us improve accuracy of expertise matching in peer review.

MRFF Grant Opportunities - Key Dates

The following Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Grant Opportunity is closing for applications: 

2022 Multiple Sclerosis Research - Streams 1 and 2 (GO5569)

  • Applications close 1 February 2023 at 17:00 AEDT

The following opportunities have upcoming minimum data deadlines:

2022 Assessment of High-Cost Gene Treatments and Digital Health Interventions (GO5815)

  • Minimum data is due 31 January 2023 at 17:00 AEDT 
  • Applications close 1 March 2023 at 17:00 AEDT

2022 Genomics Health Future Mission (GO5822)

  • Minimum data is due 1 February 2023 at 17:00 AEDT 
  • Applications close 22 February 2023 at 17:00 AEDT

2022 International Clinical Trial Collaborations Round 2 (GO5512)

  • Minimum Data is due 8 February 2023 at 17:00 AEDT
  • Applications close 22 February 2023 at 17:00 AEDT

Indigenous Health Research Fund - 2022 Indigenous Health Research (GO5832)

  • Minimum data is due 8 February 2023 at 17:00 AEDT
  • Applications close 1 March 2023 at 17:00 AEDT

Details on how to apply for MRFF grant opportunities and MRFF close dates are available on GrantConnect. Only applicants who completed minimum data can submit a full application.

Applicants should ensure:

MRFF Application Eligibility Criteria and Compliance Checking
Applicants must review and address all eligibility and assessment criteria set out in the guidelines, including limits on the number of times a person can be named as a CI on applications.

For applications submitted to the 2022 Indigenous Health Research grant opportunity, eligibility may relate to whether Chief Investigators are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent (refer to section 3.1 of the grant guidelines). All MRFF applicants are advised to ensure the relevant information is completed in their Sapphire Profile prior to submission.

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.

2023 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science: Nominations closing soon

Do you know a scientist or innovator making an impact in health and medical research? Nominate them for the 2023 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science before submissions close on 9 February 2023 17:00 AEDT.

The Prizes are Australia’s leading awards for recognising accomplishments in scientific research, research-based innovation and science teaching.

Your nomination provides a meaningful acknowledgement of your peer’s inspiring work and contribution to science and innovation.

Prize winners receive up to $250,000 in prize money as well as national and international recognition, helping them to advance their scientific discovery or commercial venture.

Nominate someone today and find out more on the Prizes for Australian scientists and innovators page.

Key application dates

Please see the Funding schemes and calendar page.


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