5 October 2021

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

Keep watching #NHMRCInvestigator

We wanted to hear directly from researchers about the important health problems they’re setting out to solve. So, we’ve been sharing short videos about some of the recently awarded Investigator Grants.

Find us @nhmrc on Twitter and National Health and Medical Research Council on Instagram, LinkedIn or Facebook and keep watching #NHMRCInvestigator to hear more about the range of research and the commitment from researchers setting out to find solutions to important health problems. 

Ideas Grants 2021 

Ideas Grants Funding Recommendations
Funding recommendations are being finalised and progressed through the approvals process. 
The approvals process that NHMRC is working through (following the completion of peer review) includes:

•    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.

NHMRC anticipates releasing the funding outcomes under embargo in November.

Ideas Grants Peer Review Survey

NHMRC thanks all members who completed the 2021 Ideas Grants Peer Review Survey. The survey received 509 responses and many more detailed comments. NHMRC is currently analysing this data and will use it to understand peer reviewer perspectives, evaluate the impact of changes to the 2021 processes and consider any possible future improvements. 

Nominate to participate in Peer Review for 2022

The self-nomination process for participation in 2022 peer review has now closed in Sapphire. 

Thank you to those researchers who nominated themselves for consideration to Ideas Grants peer review panels in 2022. NHMRC will commence sending Expressions of Interest to participate in Ideas Grants peer review from November-December. Researchers who missed the self-nomination process but would like to be considered for peer review can email the Research Help Centre.

Medical Research Future Fund – Grant Opportunities open for applications 

The following MRFF grant opportunities are open for applications:

MRFF - Australian Brain Cancer Mission – 2021 Glioblastoma Adaptive Global Innovative Learning Environment (GBM AGILE)

Status: Open for Applications 
Minimum data is due by 16 February 2022
Applications close on 2 March 2022

MRFF - Cardiovascular Health Mission (CHM) – 2021 Cardiovascular Health

Status: Open for Applications 
Minimum data is due by 9 February 2022
Applications close on 23 February 2022

MRFF - DAACM – 2021 Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care

Status: Open for Applications 
Minimum data is due by 2 February 2022
Applications close on 16 February 2022

MRFF - GHFM – 2021 Genomics Health Futures Mission 

Status: Open for Applications 
Minimum data is due by 2 February 2022
Applications close on 16 February 2022

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

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 that:

•    their organisation is an approved MRFF Eligible Organisation before the relevant application’s close date
•    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 help@nhmrc.gov.au, include the URL and request it be added to the system.

MRFF Application Eligibility Criteria and Compliance Checking

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

Applicants are requested to pay careful attention to Chief Investigator (CI) eligibility including limits that are in place on the number of times a person can be named as a CI on applications submitted to a grant opportunity. Please refer to the eligibility section of the relevant grant opportunity guidelines. To assist with this eligibility checking process, RAOs can access a CI Application Count Dashboard on Sapphire’s tutorial page (see Institution/Our Applications/CI - Application Count Dashboard).

Eligibility to Receive MRFF Funding Administered by NHMRC 

A new process has been implemented for applying for MRFF funding administered by NHMRC. In accordance with Section 24 of the Medical Research Future Fund Act 2015, only bodies of the following types are eligible to receive MRFF funding:

•    a medical research Institute
•    a university
•    a corporate Commonwealth entity
•    a corporation.

The new process allows organisations of the types listed above to be approved as an MRFF Eligible Organisation and then be eligible to apply for MRFF funding administered by NHMRC. For more information visit NHMRC’s website.

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.

Higher Education Research Commercialisation IP Framework 

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) is seeking feedback on a proposed Higher Education Research Commercialisation Intellectual Property (IP) Framework. DESE anticipates that this framework will provide a trusted foundation for collaboration and remove barriers to negotiation and commercialisation. NHMRC encourages members of the health and medical research sector to contribute their perspectives on the development of this IP Framework. The rationale, scope, and design elements of an IP Framework are outlined in a consultation paper with some optional discussion questions that may be used as a prompt to guide your submission. 

Please email your submission (of up to 1,500 words) to DESE at urcs@dese.gov.au

Submissions on the Higher Education Research Commercialisation IP Framework consultation paper will close at 10.00 am (AEST) 18 October 2021.

2021-2022 NIH Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research Course 

Registration for the 2021-2022 NIH Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR) course is now open! 
This free, self-paced, online course runs from September 1, 2021 to August 1, 2022. Graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, medical, dental, and pharmacy students, scientists, nurses, and other health professionals are encouraged to enrol now.
The IPPCR course is a lecture series from thought-leaders around the world covering: 

•    Study Designs, Measurement and Statistics
•    Ethical, Legal, Monitoring, and Regulatory Considerations
•    Preparing and Implementing Clinical Studies
•    Communicating research findings and other topics.
To register, please visit the IPPCR website or contact the course coordinator at ippcr2@mail.nih.gov.     

Call for submissions for recognition as an NHMRC Research Translation Centre


NHMRC has provided clarification in relation to Assessment Criterion 4. This clarification and any future clarifications will be published to the Health Research and Translation Centre page on NHMRC’s website.

Enquiries can be emailed to: AdvancedCentres@nhmrc.gov.au

Key application dates

Refer to the funding calendar on NHMRC's website.


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