6. Selection

The NHMRC will establish a GRP under the auspices of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992 (Cth) (the NHMRC Act) to assess applications.

The GRP will include experts with appropriate expertise to:

  • review applications against the Programme Assessment Criteria detailed in section 3, using the category descriptors (Attachment A);
  • review applications addressing Indigenous health areas against the Programme Assessment Criteria and the Indigenous Research Excellence Criteria as set out in section 6.3 of the NHMRC Funding Rules 2016;
  • assess suitability of applications to be considered for DFAT funding;
  • review budgets to ensure value for money; and
  • provide a ranked list of applications with recommendations for funding.

 NHMRC may seek additional advice on any grant application if required.

 Issues not relevant to the Programme Assessment Criteria and budget will not be considered.

Following peer review, NHMRC will seek advice from its Research Committee and Council on the allocation of expenditure for the Programme based on the scores and ranked list provided by the GRP. In accordance with the provisions of the NHMRC Act, the CEO makes recommendations (as advised by Research Committee and Council) to the Minister with portfolio responsibility for NHMRC to expend relevant money from the MREA.

For further information on the peer review process, see the Guide to NHMRC Peer Review 2016 incorporating the Northern Australia Tropical Disease Collaborative Research Programme-specific Peer Review Guidelines.