31 January 2022

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

Speech is a uniquely human skill many take for granted

Speech is a uniquely human skill. The ability to communicate underpins every aspect of our daily lives as humans. It is also something many take for granted.

Professor Angela Morgan is head of speech and language at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Professor of Speech Pathology at the University of Melbourne. 

Her work has contributed to identifying the ‘genes for speech’, understanding the causes of childhood speech disorders, and demonstrating that there is a genetic basis to severe speech disorders such as apraxia and that this condition is not always inherited. 

Professor Morgan was recognised with the Elizabeth Blackburn Investigator Grant Award (Leadership in Clinical Medicine and Science) announced last year. 

Read more from Professor Morgan about her work in InFocus on NHMRC's website.

Investigator Grants 2022 now open 

NHMRC is pleased to announce that its flagship Investigator Grant scheme is now open. Investigator Grants support the research program of outstanding investigators at all career stages by combining salary and research support into a single grant scheme. 

The total amount of funding available for Investigator Grants 2022 is $365 million.

Round open

The Investigator Grants 2022 round opened on Wednesday 19 January 2022. Access to Sapphire has been restored following the successful migration of basic grant data for all grants from RGMS to Sapphire and as such the Investigator Grants 2022 application form is now available.

Minimum data is due by 5.00 pm (AEST) 16 February 2022. Applications close at 5.00 pm (AEST) 16 March 2022.

Grant Guidelines and additional resources

The following resources are available on GrantConnect and NHMRC’s website to assist applicants and RAOs in preparing applications:

-    Investigator Grants 2022 Guidelines
-    Key Characteristics of Investigator Grant Applications
-    Investigator Grant 2022: factsheet
-    2022 Eligibility Web Tool
-    Investigator Grants 2022 Peer Review Guidelines

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

Update to the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines 2011 

Updates to radiological water quality advice have been published in the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines 2011. Sections of the Guidelines that have been updated are Chapter 7, part of Chapter 10, Information Sheet 2.2 and factsheets on radium, alpha and beta radionuclides, radon-222 and radiological aspects of the uranium factsheet. 

Details on the development of the guidance can be found in the accompanying Administrative Report.

MRFF grant opportunities 

Upcoming Key Dates for MRFF grant opportunities:

2021 MRFF International Clinical Trial Collaborations Grant Opportunity Round 2 (21.2) 

Key application dates are:

Status: Open for Applications
Minimum data is due by 5 pm (AEST) 2 February 2022
Applications close at 5 pm (AEST) 16 February 2022

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

- they have an active Sapphire account, or request access to Sapphire as soon as possible
- the participating institutions they intend to list in their application are available in Sapphire
- if a participating institution is not available, please email the Research Help Centre and include the URL and request it be added to the system.

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

Further information on MRFF grant opportunities can be found on NHMRC’s website.

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.

Key application dates

Refer to the funding calendar on NHMRC's website.


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