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Update – Changes to NHMRC 2020 Funding Schemes

Further to my message to the health and medical research sector on 19 March, NHMRC has been working hard and consulting with Research Committee and a number of peak stakeholder groups to develop a way forward in these very uncertain and challenging times.

  • Communique
  • 27 March 2020

Message from the CEO to the health and medical research sector

This is an uncertain time and we know many researchers are worried about the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on their research, grant applications and other professional activities over the coming months – on top of the concern we all share for family, friends and the wider community.

  • Communique
  • 19 March 2020

NHMRC Research Excellence Awards 2019

The annual National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Research Excellence Awards.

  • News
  • 13 March 2020

Australia's third centre for innovation in regional health recognises Northern Queensland's leadership in research based health care

Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre in North Queensland has become the third Centre for Innovation in Regional Health accredited by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

  • Media release
  • 10 March 2020

$4.8 million for collaborative health and medical research for all Australians

The Morrison Government is providing more than $4.8 million for research initiatives that will lead to improved health outcomes and preventative measures for conditions such as suicide prevention, gestational weight gain and low back pain.

  • Media release
  • 6 March 2020

Sapphire Launch

NHMRC is excited to announce the launch of the new NHMRC grant management solution, Sapphire. From today, researchers and RAOs will have access to view and update their profile information in Sapphire. Information on how to access Sapphire is available on the NHMRC Sapphire Website. 

  • News
  • 24 February 2020

$5.5 million for international research collaborations in human health

The Australian Government is investing $5.5 million in 10 ground-breaking medical research projects aimed at improving outcomes in mental health, dementia, aged care, cerebral palsy, diabetes and many more life-changing conditions.
  • Media release
  • 7 February 2020

Enterprise Agreement 2016-2019

National Health and Medical Research Council Section 24(1) Determination

  • Communique
  • 5 February 2020

RAO Alert - 24 January 2020

MRFF – Grant Assessment Committee expression of interest
  • 24 January 2020

Leveraging gluten challenge in coeliac disease to improve its diagnosis

Coeliac disease is a common autoimmune-like illness caused by gluten. The condition affects over 350,000 Australians, causing substantial morbidity, impaired quality of life and increased health care costs.

  • InFocus
  • 25 October 2019

Research aims to make glaucoma treatment easier and more effective

Glaucoma is a leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide, with an estimated 80 million people predicted to be affected by 2020.

  • InFocus
  • 24 October 2019

How different types of vegetables affect your cardiovascular health

Increasing vegetable intake is one of the cornerstones for cardiovascular health.

  • News
  • 9 October 2019

Delivering safe and effective medication management technology

Medication errors are widely recognised as a major cause of preventable harm and death worldwide, annually costing some $42B globally and $1.28B in Australia.

  • InFocus
  • 4 October 2019

Research to overcome treatment resistance in cancer patients

Study aims to understand why resistance occurs to Venetoclax when treating blood cancers

  • InFocus
  • 2 October 2019

Improving stroke care in regional and rural Australia

In Australia, there is an excess burden of stroke in regional and rural areas and patients do not have the same access to specialised care as in metropolitan areas.

  • InFocus
  • 26 September 2019

Connecting kids: Harnessing interpersonal connectedness to reduce suicide risk in youth

Youth suicide is a growing problem in Australia that has far-reaching effects on family, friends and the community.

  • InFocus
  • 24 September 2019

Over $2 million for research focusing on reducing lung and brain injury in premature babies

Being born preterm is the greatest cause of neonatal death worldwide, with survivors at a high risk of lung, cardiovascular and brain injury. Interventions around the time of birth can significantly improve outcomes of preterm infants, with life-long benefits

  • News
  • 23 September 2019

CEO Statement: New Grant Program

NHMRC’s New Grant Program commenced on 5 December 2018 with the opening of the Investigator Grant scheme.

  • Communique
  • 30 August 2019

Statement from NHMRC CEO

I refer to the article published in Business Insider on 9 July 2019 including suggestions from Professor Nikolai Petrovsky about where NHMRC directs its funding.

  • Communique
  • 10 July 2019

$5.6 million for research into healthy ageing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

The Morrison Government is investing more than $5.6 million in medical research focusing on healthy ageing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

  • Media release
  • 9 July 2019

Healthcare key to bridging determinants of health

“Capacity development is something I’m really passionate about and there is definitely a need for it” - Dr Odette Pearson.

  • News
  • 3 June 2019

Successful implementation of quit smoking programs

Behavioural scientist, Professor Billie Bonevski, made a career in research as she saw how many more people she could impact.

  • News
  • 31 May 2019

Making the maternal health system better for all women

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander maternal health, and rural and remote services are two key areas of research for Professor Caroline Homer.

  • InFocus
  • 23 May 2019

Detective work in cancer research

Professor Ross Hannan is a great detective of cancer research—finding and developing new cancer treatments for patients at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

  • InFocus
  • 26 April 2019


Budget outcomes 2019: The Australian Government #budget2019 sets out the economic and fiscal outlook for Australia. 

  • Communique
  • 3 April 2019

Keeping women in health and medical research

Today is International Women’s Day. NHMRC’s Women in Health Science Committee member, Professor Caroline Homer, discusses the importance of having more women involved in leadership, research, and education.

  • Video
  • 8 March 2019

Emerging female leader in cancer research

To celebrate International Women’s Day, NHMRC would like to acknowledge leading female researchers who are working to make a real difference to the health of all Australians.

  • InFocus
  • 8 March 2019

Goal to obliterate kidney disease

Compared to other Australians, Indigenous Australians are more likely to require dialysis support for severe end stage kidney failure, including at a younger age, and disproportionately affecting women.

  • InFocus
  • 5 February 2019

Supporting women who supports us

In 2011-2012, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were nearly ten times more likely to be in out-of-home care than non-Indigenous children. Many placements are with grandparents.1

  • InFocus
  • 22 January 2019

Kidney disease - reporting the right outcomes

An estimated 1 in 10 Australian adults (10%) - about 1.7 million people in 2011 - 12 - had biomedical signs of chronic kidney disease1

  • InFocus
  • 17 January 2019

Additional funding will boost Australia’s top female researchers

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding will again boost Australia’s top female researchers through an initiative first introduced in 2017.

  • 21 December 2018

Research provides further understanding into mosquito-borne viruses

Novel research could lead to drug and vaccine treatment of human diseases caused by mosquito-borne viruses.

  • InFocus
  • 19 December 2018

More than $500 million research boost to improve lives

The Australian Government will invest more than half a billion dollars in world-leading health and medical research that aims to improve the lives of all Australians.

  • 12 December 2018

What is actually contained in our foods?

Dietary change is a significant lifestyle factor in managing the epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Uncovering the details of effective dietary change requires accurate user friendly dietary assessment and advice tools.

  • Video
  • 15 October 2018

How can we better prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes?

Most people around the world with high blood pressure still go undiagnosed and untreated.

  • InFocus
  • 28 September 2018

Drug testing for better bowel cancer outcomes

Associate Professor Oliver Sieber is looking to improve outcomes for patients with bowel cancer.

  • Video
  • 19 September 2018

Dying cell links to autoimmunity

Professor Benjamin Kile has turned his attention to looking at the link between dying cells, the inflammatory response and autoimmunity. 

  • Video
  • 19 September 2018

Findings uncover exciting new intervention opportunities aimed at reducing the risk of dementia

By simply moving your body, your brain has the ability to change and re-organise its connections and potentially produce protective properties against many incurable diseases and conditions, including dementia.

  • InFocus
  • 18 September 2018

How the internet can help prevent dementia

Maintain Your Brain is a randomised controlled trial of multiple online interventions designed to target modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

  • InFocus
  • 18 September 2018

Music provides strong connections for people with dementia

Doctor Tamplim is using therapeutic singing groups to support people living with dementia. Music is the glue that brings people together and it’s cementing and supporting existing relationships.

  • Video
  • 11 September 2018

New program helping older Australians navigate a car-free life

The CarFreeMe program and resources aims to involve families and carers in the intervention process of driving cessation of people with dementia.

  • InFocus
  • 4 September 2018

Psychology in cancer patients

Professor Penny Schofield is a behavioural psychologist who has specialised in helping cancer patients. 

  • Video
  • 27 August 2018

It’s a clinicians duty

Respiratory failure due to chronic infection is an important health issue for people with cystic fibrosis.

  • InFocus
  • 23 August 2018

Supporting women to breastfeed

Breastfeeding infants exclusively to around six months, and continuing up to 12 months and beyond as solids foods are introduced, provides clear benefits for both the infant and the mother. Supporting women to continue to breastfeed is key to improving rates of breastfeeding.

  • InFocus
  • 3 August 2018

How our genes work in different cells

‘There are three billion base pairs of DNA in each cell. If you were to pull it out end to end, it would equal two metres of DNA, which has to fit inside the 3D nucleus of every cell in our body.’ 

  • InFocus
  • 3 August 2018

New Focus on First People’s Renal, Emotional Health, Cancer

The Australian Government has committed $23.2 million through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to 28 new projects, and has launched a NHMRC Road Map 3 to help chart the direction for Indigenous health and medical research investment over the next ten years.

  • Media release
  • 2 August 2018

Strengthening skills in the Torres Strait

Dr Felecia Watkin Lui is a Torres Strait Islander researcher working to strengthen skills in and understanding of knowledge translation. This will ensure that research is more accessible, relevant and has greater benefit to communities.

  • InFocus
  • 16 July 2018

Bridging the divide in research

Dr Misty Jenkins can be found in the lab, looking down a microscope at immune T cells. As a young Indigenous woman she was inspired by her role models to pursue a career in research.

  • InFocus
  • 16 July 2018

Health care to health research to inspire

As a nurse and midwife, Heather didn’t know much about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in Australia until she transitioned from working in health services to working in research 15 years ago.  

  • InFocus
  • 16 July 2018

Hints to reduce rates of diabetes

With increasing rates of diabetes in Australia, Professor Chris Nolan is trying to understand why the cells that secrete insulin malfunction and how they are affected by environmental stresses. Hints so far are these cells are hyper responsive to the stresses of poor lifestyle.

  • InFocus
  • 12 July 2018