We have published a wealth of information on Australian health and medical research, and on specific issues relating to Australian health and health care. These include statements, strategies, guidelines and other reports – all of which are publicly available.
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NHMRC’s Research Impact Track Record Assessment (RITRA) framework requires researchers to report on past research impacts in their applications for Investigator and Synergy Grants and requires peer reviewers to assess and score these reported impacts.
Implementation of this framework is intended to provide an incentive for researchers to consider future impact when planning and conducting research, ideally leading to an increase in the translation of NHMRC-funded research and improved public health.
The RITRA framework evaluation report describes the results of a process evaluation that sought to determine whether the RITRA framework has been implemented as intended.
The 42nd biannual report
The Direct Research Cost (DRC) Guidelines (Guidelines) set out the general principles that researchers, Research Administration Officers and Finance Officers should use to guide the appropriate allocation of NHMRC funds for salaries and stipends, and to determine whether expenses are DRCs for the NHMRC funded Research Activity.
Evidence review strategy for the review of the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines. A summary map of the evidence review process is available in the Downloads section.
10 of the Best NHMRC research projects – Fourteenth Edition describes 10 Australian health and medical research projects chosen from among the thousands of NHMRC-funded medical research projects underway in Australia.
The following data has been obtained from the 2019-2022 Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS) post-implementation review (PIR) surveys of peer reviewers. This document summarises key trends in these findings and details areas for improvement to better shape PGS peer review practices in the future.
The NHMRC Grantee Variations Policy details our policy on varying a grant. It includes how to submit a grantee variation request. Types of variations are also listed.
The NHMRC Corporate Plan 2023–24 presents our strategy for building a healthy Australia, across the strategic themes (purposes) of investment, translation and integrity of health and medical research. The plan also includes our strategic and health priorities, as well as our key activities planned for 2023–24 and over the next four years. The plan describes the operating context in which we work and outlines our performance criteria and targets for the next 4 years.
The key elements of our Corporate Plan 2023–24 are summarised in the Plan on a Page.
For the review of the evidence underpinning the Australian Dietary Guidelines
NHRMC opened a national consultation in 2023 to review the Indigenous Research Excellence Criteria (IREC). This discussion paper was produced to inform the review. It provides information on the IREC and lists the consultation questions.
The 41st biannual report.
The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2023) consists of a series of guidelines made in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992.
The purpose of this report is to provide a descriptive analysis of the scope and reach of the National Health and Medical Research Council's (NHMRC) international collaborations across all grant schemes over the past 10 years.
Developed through consultation with other Australian Government agencies, our Strategic Opportunities report outlines more specific and targeted initiatives that National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) could undertake to achieve the actions and goals set out in the International Engagement Strategy 2023–2026.
This information booklet provides guidance on how the Targeted Calls for Research (TCR) peer review process works, what is involved, and the role and responsibilities of consumer and community representatives (CCRs) on peer review panels.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) established the Research Translation Centre Initiative (the Initiative) in 2014 as a key mechanism for supporting the translation of health and medical research in Australia.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) engages with health consumer and community groups to identify community representatives, consumers and/or carers to participate in our committees, peer review processes, guideline development and public consultation.
10 of the Best NHMRC research projects – Thirteenth Edition describes 10 Australian health and medical research projects chosen from among the thousands of NHMRC-funded medical research projects underway in Australia.
The 40th biannual report
This consultation report provides the outcomes of NHMRC’s national consultation on options to reach gender equity in the Investigator Grant scheme.
The NHMRC Open Access Policy is underpinned by the principle that publicly-funded research should be shared openly and at the earliest possible opportunity. NHMRC supports the sharing of outputs from NHMRC-funded research including publications and data. The aims of the NHMRC Open Access Policy are to mandate the open access sharing and use of publications arising from NHMRC-funded research. The Policy also encourages open access to research data and requires that patents resulting from NHMRC funding be made findable through listing in SourceIP.
A PDF version of the Policy is available under 'Downloads'
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Corporate Plan 2022–23 presents our national strategy for health and medical research aligned with our three strategic purposes of investment, translation and integrity. The plan also includes our strategic priorities and health priorities and outlines our key activities planned for 2022–23 and over the next four years. In addition, the plan describes the operating context in which we work and our performance criteria and targets for the next four years
Our commitment to improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples covers all aspects of NHMRC’s responsibilities, as well as contributing to the Australian Government’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2021-2031.
This Discussion Paper: Options to reach gender equity in the Investigator Grant scheme (see Download section below) presents four options to offset the systemic disadvantage faced by women in health and medical research, as reflected in the attrition of female applicants with seniority in the Investigator Grant scheme.
The 39th biannual report
At the request of the Minister for Health and Aged Care, the National Health and Medical Research Council has undertaken a review of gain-of-function research in Australia.
The Executive Summary from the review report, and a copy of the full report, is available below.
The 38th biannual report
This report was initiated by NHMRC’s Health Translation Advisory Committee. It contains the results of three connected research projects conducted between 2018 and 2019 which NHMRC commissioned to better understand the career pathways of clinician researchers.
Report on qualitative research about career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clinician researchers
Clinician researchers are health professionals engaged in both patient care and research.
As such, they are uniquely placed to provide insights into their clinical practice and research, implementing evidence-based, best practice for their patients, and addressing clinically relevant problems through research.
The Health Translation Advisory Committee (HTAC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) have previously explored concerns related to clinician researcher career pathways through a research project undertaken by ORIMA Research in 20191; however only 1% of research respondents identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. As such, the NHMRC’s Principal Committee Indigenous Caucus (PCIC) and HTAC identified the need to undertake a project specifically with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clinician researchers, to better understand their specific career experiences, enablers and barriers, as well as supports required to attract and retain this audience as clinician researchers.
Clinicians who combine clinical practice with research are an increasingly important,
but poorly understood, strategic resource for the translation of research into practice. There is limited information available about the career pathways of clinician researchers, and the reasons why some clinicians leave or choose not to enter research.
The Investigating Clinician Researcher Career Pathways Project (the project) was initiated as a priority project by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Health Translation Advisory Committee (HTAC) during its 2015–2018 triennium. HTAC is a principal committee of NHMRC and provides advice to the CEO and Council of NHMRC on opportunities to improve health outcomes in areas including clinical care, public, population and environmental health and prevention of illness through effective translation of research into health care and clinical practice. The results of the project will assist HTAC in making recommendations to the CEO on the training and career pathways for clinician researchers.
The NHMRC Corporate Plan 2021–22 presents our national strategy for health and medical research aligned with our three strategic purposes of investment, translation and integrity. The plan includes updated strategic priorities and health priorities and outlines our planned key activities in 2021–22 and over the next four years. The plan also describes the operating context in which we work and our performance criteria and targets for the next four years.
The 37th biannual report
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health evidence-practice policy gap reports
10 of the Best NHMRC research projects – Twelfth Edition describes 10 Australian health and medical research projects chosen from among the thousands of NHMRC-funded medical research projects underway in Australia.
The 36th biannual report
This page provides access to the full guidelines and the underlying evidence base.
A plain English summary and resources to help you apply the guidelines in daily life are available on alcohol health advice.
The guidelines provide health professionals, policy makers and the Australian community with evidence-based advice on the health effects of drinking alcohol. The guidelines aim to help individuals make informed decisions about drinking alcohol. The guidelines are also intended to form the evidence base for policy making and educational materials.
The NHMRC Corporate Plan 2020-21 covers the four years to 2023-24. In line with legislated requirements, it identifies major health issues likely to arise, how NHMRC will deal with these issues (including the continuing impact of COVID-19) and our strategy for health and medical research. It also details the key activities NHMRC will undertake to achieve our purposes, and the operating context in which we work, comprising: environment, capability, risk oversight and management, and organisations NHMRC cooperates with to achieve our purposes.
The 35th biannual report
Measuring up 2018 is a five-year bibliometric analysis of the scientific publication output of Australian health and medical research, focusing on research funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
This Report from NHMRC’s Research Quality Workshop on 30 July 2019 outlines key messages, activities and initiatives within the research sector, and potential opportunities for collaboration to ensure the conduct of high quality research. Outcomes from the workshop will inform NHMRC’s ongoing activities to ensure the highest quality in NHMRC-funded research.
NHMRC’s Policy on Recognition acknowledges the role of Partners who support NHMRC in health and medical research. It sets out a strategy to recognise current and potential NHMRC Partners and how Partners recognise NHMRC.
Payment of participants in research: information for researchers, HRECs and other ethics review bodies
NHMRC has developed advice that is designed to provide information for researchers and reviewers of research to assist in decision-making about when payment of participants in research is ethically acceptable.