7 November 2022

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

$7.5 million for hearing health 

NHMRC welcomes the announcement from the Australian Government of almost $7.5 million in funding to support research focusing on improving hearing health outcomes and the wellbeing of those with a hearing impairment.

Nine projects have been funded, including a number that focus on improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s access to hearing health services.

Find out more about the Targeted Call for Research into Hearing Health 2021: Evidence-based support services on NHMRC’s news centre.  
 

2023 Key Dates - NHMRC & MRFF Grant Opportunities 

An indicative list of current and upcoming NHMRC and Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) grant opportunities with closing dates in 2023 is available on NHMRC’s website.

 

Targeted Call for Research (TCR): Loneliness, social isolation and chronic disease management 2022

Minimum data for the TCR: Loneliness, social isolation and chronic disease management 2022 is due by Wednesday 16 November 2022 17:00 (AEDT).

Full applications close on Wednesday 30 November 2022 17:00 (AEDT).

The intended outcome of the TCR into loneliness, social isolation and chronic disease management is to assist the development of evidence-based policies and programs for people experiencing loneliness and/or social isolation to manage their chronic disease.

Further details, including the Grant Guidelines, are available on the GrantConnect and NHMRC Find Funding webpages. Please contact the Research Help Centre for further information or assistance.
 

Centres of Research Excellence 2023

Minimum data for the Centres of Research Excellence 2023 grant opportunity is due by Wednesday 16 November 2022 17:00 (AEDT). 

Full applications close on Wednesday 30 November 2022 17:00 (AEDT).

Only applicants that complete minimum data requirements by the due date can submit a full application. 

Further information can be found on GrantConnect and NHMRC’s CRE webpage. Please contact the Research Help Centre for further information or assistance.

 

Improving long-term health outcomes for people with intellectual disability

NHMRC welcomes the announcement from the Australian Government of more than $5 million for four research projects to improve the long-term health outcomes of people with intellectual disability.

The research will develop the evidence base for future policies, interventions and other initiatives to improve the quality of life of people with an intellectual disability.

Find out more about this funding outcome on NHMRC’s website

 

2022 Partnership Projects Peer Review Cycle 3 (PRC3) 

Key application dates: 

  • Partnership Projects 2022 PRC3: minimum data due by Wednesday 16 November 17:00 (AEDT); applications close on Wednesday 30 November 2022 17:00 (AEDT).

Applicants are reminded that:

  • only applicants that completed minimum data by the due date can submit a full application
  • applications submitted after close of round will not be accepted.

Please contact NHMRC’s Research Help Centre for further information or assistance.
 

NHMRC and CHF Consumer Statement Workshop 

NHMRC and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) are convening a workshop to begin the review of the Statement on Consumer and Community Involvement in Health and Medical Research (2016)

The workshop will be held via Microsoft Teams on Tuesday 15 November from 13:00-16:00 (AEDT) and will include presentations by a number of speakers and an interactive discussion. Participation is open to all.

Register for the workshop via EventBrite
 

Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) - Grant Opportunity Updates 

The following MRFF Grant Opportunities are open for applications: 

2022 Genomics Health Futures Mission (GO5822) 

  • Minimum data is due 25 January 2023 at 17:00 AEDT 
  • Applications close 22 February 2023 at 17:00 AEDT

2022 Indigenous Health Research (GO5832) 

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

Preventive and Public Health Research Initiative – 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

The following MRFF grant opportunity has upcoming minimum data due:

2022 Multiple Sclerosis Research Grant Opportunity Stream 3-4 (GO5569)

  • Minimum Data due 16 November 2022 at 17:00 AEDT
  • Applications close 30 November 2022 at 17:00 AEDT

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 requirements can submit a full application.

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

•    their Sapphire account is active. If required, request access to Sapphire as soon as possible
•    their organisation is an approved MRFF Eligible Organisation before the relevant application’s close date 
•    participating institutions they intend to list in their application are available in Sapphire. If not, please request them to be added to the system via email to Research Help Centre, including the institution URL. 

MRFF Application Eligibility Criteria and Compliance Checking

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

Applicants must pay careful attention to Chief Investigator (CI) eligibility, including limits on the number of times a person can be named as a CI on applications. Please refer to the eligibility section of the relevant grant opportunity guidelines. 

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 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.
 

Two types of diabetes 

Next week is World Diabetes Day (14 November 2022). Diabetes is a major health issue that contributes significantly to the burden of disease in Australia. In 1951, NHMRC-funded researchers at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute demonstrated there are two major types of diabetes – type 2 and type 1. This distinction is based upon whether a person can or cannot produce their own insulin. 

This finding enabled future generations of researchers and clinicians to address each type separately, leading to improved treatments and health advice for those living with diabetes.

Find out more about this work from NHMRC’s Impact Case Studies homepage.

If you would like to discuss partnering with NHMRC to develop a case study, please contact the Impact Case Studies team.
 

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