9 August 2021

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

Learning from experience 

“It is an absolute privilege to be an assessor for the NHMRC,” says Professor Nick Talley. “It’s a role you learn a lot in, so you actually get a lot out of doing this as well as giving a lot to the research community.”

As Professor Rosalie Viney puts it: “As a peer reviewer, I think it’s really important to remember that you are also often a grant applicant and that you want your grant to be reviewed in a way that is fair and to bring that fairness to the way that you review other people’s grants.”

Quality, consistency and fairness are the common themes from the peer review mentors we spoke to for our short video on peer review for the Ideas Grants. 

Peer review mentors are independent senior researchers with experience conducting NHMRC peer review. Our mentors were asked to address some of the key questions and themes relating to Ideas Grants peer review and NHMRC peer review in general. They discuss the methods and practices they use for conducting effective independent peer review. 

The video covers topics including how to apply the category descriptors, assessing innovation and creativity, and applying the Indigenous Research Excellence Criteria.

The peer review mentor video is available on NHMRC's website.

Ideas Grants 2021

Ideas Grants Peer Review Processes

Peer review of applications commenced in Sapphire on Monday 12 July 2021 and assessments are due by Friday 13 August 2021.

NHMRC appreciates the willingness of so many people to make themselves available for peer review.

Peer reviewers are required to provide a brief justification of their score for each criterion, for each application they assess, which will be provided to applicants. This is in response to feedback from applicants that assessor comments are important and valuable for understanding the reasoning for application scores.

If peer reviewers have any questions about the assessment process, please contact your secretariat. Technical Sapphire enquiries should be directed to NHMRC's Research Help Centre via email.

Peer Review Mentors are available for the 2021 Ideas Grants Scheme to assist peer reviewers undertake their role assessing Ideas grants applications. Ideas Grant peer reviewers who would like advice from a mentor on assessing applications, interpretation of the category descriptors or procedural aspects of the peer review process should contact their secretariat.

Synergy Grants 2021 

Synergy Grants 2021 peer reviewers have finished their Stage Two assessments. NHMRC will advise applicants and their nominated Administering Institution’s RAO of the outcomes as early as possible.

Peer reviewers are reminded of the importance of ongoing confidentiality of the peer review process. 

NHMRC would like to thank all peer reviewers for their assistance this year and encourage them to provide feedback on their experience by completing the Synergy Grants 2021 Peer Reviewer survey, to be released in the coming weeks. 

For further details on the 2021 Synergy Grants peer review process, please see the Synergy Grants 2021 Peer Review Guidelines available from NHMRC’s website

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

Targeted Call for Research into Participation in Cancer Screening Programs 2021

The Targeted Call for Research (TCR) into Participation in Cancer Screening Programs 2021 will close at 5 pm (AEST) on 18 August 2021.

Applications must be submitted electronically using Sapphire.

Electronic submission requires Administering Institutions and all CIs on an application to register for an account in Sapphire. Applicants who are not registered can submit a new user request via the login page of Sapphire. 

NHMRC will continue to respond to enquiries until 1 pm (AEST) on 18 August 2021.

Further details, including the grant guidelines, are available on GrantConnect (GO4893) and NHMRC’s website.

Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants 2021 

Applications for the 2021 Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grant opportunity will close at 5 pm (AEST) Wednesday 25 August.
Applicants are reminded that:

•    only applicants who completed minimum data by 5 pm (AEST) Wednesday 28 July 2021 can submit a full application
•    applications submitted after close of round will not be accepted. 

The Grant Guidelines (including category descriptors) for the Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grant scheme are available on GrantConnect.

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

Partnership Projects Peer Review Cycle 2 (PRC2) 2021 

Applications for Partnership Projects 2021 PRC2 will close at 5 pm (AEST) on Thursday 12 August 2021.

Applicants are reminded that:

•    only applicants who completed minimum data by the 5pm (AEST) deadline on Wednesday 28 July 2021 can submit a full application
•    applications submitted after close of round will not be accepted.

Partnership Projects 2021 PRC2 funding with other organisations

In addition to partner organisations identified in the Partnership Projects 2021 Guidelines (section 4.4), applicants may select the following funding opportunity from the Department of Health:

•    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Obesity Prevention Research special initiative. This special initiative provides the opportunity for community organisations that are contributing to health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to develop a relationship with a researcher to strengthen the evidence in FASD and obesity research. For further information see section 2.3 of the Partnership Projects 2021 Guidelines available via the Partnership Projects 2021 Grant Opportunity on GrantConnect.

MRFF Grant Opportunities 

Upcoming Key Dates for MRFF grant opportunities:

MRFF – Rare Cancer Rare Disease and Unmet Need Grant Opportunity

Key application dates for Stream 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 are:
Status: Open for Applications
Minimum data was due by 4 August 2021
Applications close on 18 August 2021

Note: Applications for Stream 2 closed on 7 July 2021.

MRFF –  COVID-19 Health Impacts of Vaccination Schedules Grant Opportunity

Key application dates are:
Status: Open for Applications
Minimum data was due by 4 August 2021
Applications close on 18 August 2021

MRFF – International Clinical Trial Collaborations Grant Opportunity Round 1 (21.1)

Key application dates are:
Status: Open for Applications
Minimum data is due by 25 August 2021
Applications close on 8 September 2021

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

Key application dates are:
Applications open on 26 August 2021
Minimum data is due by 2 February 2022
Applications close on 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, include the URL and request it be added to the system.

Details on how to apply for MRFF grant opportunities and close 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.

European Union 2021 Horizon Europe topics for funding in 2022

The European Union (EU) has advertised the 2021 funding calls for its Horizon Europe program. NHMRC is supporting the following topics under the NHMRC-EU Collaborative Research Grant Scheme: 

•    HORIZON-HLTH-2021-STAYHLTH-01-02: Towards a molecular and neurobiological understanding of mental health and mental illness for the benefit of citizens and patients
•    HORIZON-HLTH-2021-ENVHLTH-02-02: Indoor air quality and health
•    HORIZON-HLTH-2021-DISEASE-04-01: Improved supportive, palliative, survivorship and end-of-life care of cancer patients
•    HORIZON-HLTH-2021-DISEASE-04-04: Clinical validation of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for treatment and care
•    HORIZON-HLTH-2021-DISEASE-04-07: Personalised medicine and infectious diseases: understanding the individual host response to viruses (e.g. SARS-CoV-2)
•    HORIZON-HLTH-2021-CARE-05-01: Enhancing quality of care and patient safety
•    HORIZON-HLTH-2021-TOOL-06-01: Smart medical devices and their surgical implantation for use in resource-constrained settings
•    HORIZON-HLTH-2021-TOOL-06-02: Next generation advanced therapies to treat highly prevalent and high burden diseases with unmet medical needs

Interested parties should refer to GrantConnect for further information.

Horizon Europe Launch in Australia & New Zealand

EURAXESS will host the launch of Horizon Europe in Australia and New Zealand via a virtual event on 24 August 2021, 5:00 – 6:30 PM AEST. The event will provide an overview of Horizon Europe to stakeholders and researchers interested in getting involved in the program. Visit Eventbrite for details & registration

NHMRC is supporting a number of call topics for Horizon Europe. For more information, please refer to NHMRC’s website.

NHMRC clinical guidelines portal

NHMRC's clinical guidelines portal will be decommissioned in late 2021 and new guidelines are no longer being added. 

We now encourage users looking for guidelines to visit the new Guidelines International Network library, which will include links to NHMRC approved guidelines. NHMRC is a proud member of the Guidelines International Network, a global network supporting evidence-based guideline development and implementation. 

The NHMRC guidelines in development register will continue to operate.

Key application dates

Refer to the funding calendar on NHMRC's website.

Tracker

Previous editions of Tracker are available on NHMRC’s website.

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