6 November 2023

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

Professor Vaughan Macefield

Research Excellence: Microelectrode Recordings from the Vagus Nerve in Awake Humans

Professor Vaughan Macefield is the Professor of Neuroscience in the Department of Neuroscience at Monash University. Professor Macefield specialises in recordings from single nerve fibres via microelectrodes inserted into the peripheral nerves of awake human participants. He is also best known for successfully performing the first ever microelectrode recordings from the human vagus nerve.

Professor Macefield was the dual recipient of two NHMRC Research Excellence Awards – the 2022 Marshall and Warren Ideas Grant Award and the Marshall and Warren Innovation Award in recognition of his research into understanding the operations of the parasympathetic nervous system and most notably, the human vagus nerve.

Read more about Professor Macefield’s research on NHMRC’s website

Partnership Projects 2023 PRC2

Key application dates

  • Minimum data is due by Wednesday 15 November 17:00 AEDT
  • Applications close on Wednesday 29 November 2023 17:00 AEDT.

Applicants are reminded that:

  • Only applicants that completed minimum data by Wednesday 15 November 2023 17:00 AEDT can submit a full application.
  • Applications submitted after close of round will not be accepted.

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

2024 Investigator Grant applications closing soon

Applications for the 2024 Investigator Grant scheme close on Wednesday 8 November 2023 17:00 AEDT.

Peer reviewers are needed for the 2024 Investigator Grant round.

  • If you have received an invitation to peer review, please respond as soon as possible.
  • Prospective peer reviewers will be contacted in mid-November to complete conflict of interest and suitability declarations.

Further details about the scheme, including the 2024 Peer Review Guidelines are available on NHMRC’s website and GrantConnect.

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

Centres of Research Excellence 2024 – minimum data due soon

Minimum data for Centres of Research Excellence applications is due on Wednesday 15 November 2023 17:00 AEDT.

Applications close on Wednesday 29 November 2023 17:00 AEDT.

Applicants must complete the required fields with correct information. Use of placeholder text will not be accepted. More information is in the Grant Guidelines on GrantConnect

Failure to meet the minimum data requirements by the deadline will result in the application not proceeding. New applications cannot be started after the minimum data deadline.

Please email help@nhmrc.gov.au for assistance.

Invitation for Public Submissions: Australian Pregnancy and Postnatal Care guidelines

The Living Evidence for Australian Pregnancy and Postnatal Care (LEAPP) consortium is seeking NHMRC approval under section 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992 for new Australian Pregnancy and Postnatal Care Guidelines.

Australian Pregnancy and Postnatal Care Guidelines update the existing guidelines and add new guidelines for postnatal care.

Consultation for the first guideline module is now open. View the module and make a submission online.

Find out more about the five-year Australian Pregnancy and Postnatal Care Living Guidelines project on the LEAPP Guidelines’ website

Consultation on draft National Digital Research Infrastructure Strategy

The Department of Education is coordinating the development of a strategy for Australia’s National Digital Research Infrastructure (NDRI) as part of the 2021 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap.

Public consultation on the draft NDRI strategy closes on Monday 20 November 2023 10:00 AEDT.

For more information or to provide feedback, visit the consultation page

Medical Research Future Fund – Grant Opportunities Key Dates

The following MRFF grant opportunities have opened for applications:

The following MRFF grant opportunities have a close date approaching:

Details on how to apply for MRFF grant opportunities and all MRFF close dates are available on GrantConnect. Applicants are reminded that only applicants who completed minimum data by the due date can submit an application. It is also the applicant’s responsibility to ensure they meet all eligibility requirements.

Applicants should ensure:

MRFF grant assessment committee self-nomination
Register your interest to become a member of a MRFF grant assessment committee.

MRFF CEO Webinar – Thursday 23 November 2023
The Department of Health and Aged Care’s Health and Medical Research Office (HMRO) will host a webinar ‘From research plan to research proposal: Addressing MRFF priorities in grant applications’ on Thursday 23 November 2023 at 14:00 AEDT

HMRO’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Masha Somi, will be joined by MRFF expert advisory panel members and grant recipients for a practical workshop about how to address research priorities in grant applications. An opportunity to ask questions will follow. 

Register for the webinar here.