NHMRC-A*STAR Joint Call for Research in Novel Molecular Mechanisms of Obesity and Metabolic Diseases in Singapore and Australia

In September 2011, NHMRC signed an agreement with A*STAR to promote and encourage research and development activities amongst researchers from Singapore and Australia. This agreement was renewed in 2014 to continue the collaborative relationship.

Under this agreement, collaborations are facilitated through convening a joint symposium and joint international calls for research. In March 2015, the second joint NHMRC/A*STAR symposium focussing on novel molecular mechanisms of obesity and metabolic diseases was held to stimulate new ways of thinking to find solutions to this global health issue.

The symposium provided a platform for researchers from both countries to share their latest research and aid collaboration. Symposium attendees gained insights into new and emerging science behind the human biology of obesity under four key themes: genetics, epigenetics, neurology and microbiomes.

Following on from the workshop, this call has been developed jointly by NHMRC and A*STAR.

This joint call is for research into novel molecular mechanisms of obesity and metabolic diseases.

The specific objectives of the joint call are to:

  • generate new knowledge that will lead to novel approaches to manage metabolic diseases and obesity to translate into policy and practice
  • foster co-investment with international partners in research programs of joint interest that will involve researchers based in Singapore and Australia
  • increase the level of scientific skills and technological capabilities between Singapore and Australia
  • build further collaborations between Singapore and Australian researchers.

Apply for funding

The NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) must be used to access/update your profile and CV and to submit your application. As this joint grant call is utilising NHMRC’s RGMS, the Chief Investigator A (CIA) and Administering Institution will need to be Australian and the lead Singapore CI must be listed as CIB.

If they have not already done so, applicants are advised to obtain an RGMS log on and commence their profile and CV. Applicants who are not yet registered in RGMS, should contact the Research Help Centre by emailing help@nhmrc.gov.au for more information. A complete application must consist of the following:

  1. Completion of Parts A and B of the application form (including the joint Grant Proposal pdf); 
  2. The relevant information in your RGMS profile and CV.

Prior to submission of an application for funding, applicants need to ensure they have:

  • read all relevant reference material,
  • liaised with their Administering Institution to identify any specific requirements that the Institution might have.

Singaporean applicants wishing to make contact with NHMRC must do so via their Australian CIA and relevant Research Administration Officer (RAO) in the first instance.

Further information on RGMS can be found on the NHMRC website.

Key Dates

25 January 2017 Applications open in NHMRC’s RGMS
1 March 2017 Minimum data due
22 March 2017 Applications close
18-28 May 2017 Approximate rebuttal period for applicants’

All applicants are required to commence their application and provide the specified minimum data in RGMS by Wednesday  1 March 2017 by 2.00 pm Singapore Time (SGT)/5.00 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) to allow the NHMRC to start sourcing reviewers with appropriate expertise.  Applications initiated after this date will not be accepted.

Documentation to Apply

Documentation to apply to the NHMRC/A*STAR Joint Call for Research must be read in conjunction with the:

Research Classifications Guides including Broad Research Area, Fields of Research and NHMRC Keyword ⁄ Phrases

Applications in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Well-being

Applicant Response (Rebuttal) Dates

Information on the Applicant Response (Rebuttal) is available in Section 3 of the NHMRC/A*STAR Joint Call for Research scheme-specific Peer Review Guidelines.

How to go about completing and submitting your rebuttal and authorising an RAO to submit rebuttal comments on your behalf: see Section 5.2 Research Grants Management System User Guide – Assessment Processes.

Further information

If you require more information, direct your inquiry to your RAO in the first instance. If you require assistance and are unable to satisfy your concern by seeking assistance through your Administering Institution.

Contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983, or email help@nhmrc.gov.au.