The aim of this scheme was to support the best emerging dementia researchers and attract scientists into dementia research from other fields, such as neurobiology, immunology, chemistry, bioengineering, information and communications technology, genomics, epidemiology and cell and vascular biology.
NHMRC and the Australian Research Council (ARC) launched a joint NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowships Scheme on 8 January 2015 as part of the ‘Building the workforce’ element of the Boosting Dementia Research Initiative.
The aims of the scheme were to support the best emerging dementia researchers and attract scientists into dementia research from other fields, such as neurobiology, immunology, chemistry, bioengineering, information and communications technology, genomics, epidemiology and cell and vascular biology.
This joint NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowships Scheme provides opportunities for postdoctoral researchers to undertake advanced training in the health, medical, fundamental sciences, social, economic and cultural fields relevant to dementia, in either Australia or overseas.
Successful Fellows will also be an integral part of the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR) and will contribute to the Institute’s goals to expand dementia research in Australia, ensure better integration with international research and form a focus for rapid translation of evidence into policy and practice.
Applications were peer reviewed by expert panels against the dementia priority framework based on national and international strategies spanning primary prevention, secondary prevention, treatment, and quality of life and care.
Clarification regarding use of the research implementation, consultation and outreach loading
NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship packages include a research implementation, consultation and outreach loading of $10,000 pa. As detailed in the Scheme-specific Funding Rules and the Schedule to the Funding Agreement, this allowance is provided specifically for the purpose of enabling Fellows to participate in NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR) activities. These activities may include, but are not limited to:
- attending NNIDR symposia
- attending workshops and meetings arranged by the NNIDR
- conducting supplementary research, participating in collaborative activities and/or providing additional reporting as required by the NNIDR, and
- contributing to the evaluation of elements of the Boosting Dementia Research Initiative.
Any unspent portion of this allowance may be spent on Direct Research Costs (DRCs) as per the DRC Guidelines.
Clarification regarding Personnel Support Packages
Personnel Support Packages (PSPs) awarded under the NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship scheme may be used flexibly in accordance with the provisions of a Research Support Scheme and grant schedules. PSPs are accordingly not restricted to being spent on salaries, and can be used to fund Direct Research Costs (DRCs).
RAOs should note that PSP amounts appear under ‘Project Costs’ in grant schedules, but are included as a “Salary” component in RGMS for payment purposes. Salary payments may accordingly be more than the Fellow’s salary, and DRC payments less, than indicated in schedules.
Funding outcomes were announced by the then Minister for Health, the Hon Sussan Ley MP on 19 October 2015.