Targeted Call for Research: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder affects individuals across the breadth of the Australian community. NHMRC is opening a targeted call for research (TCR) into fetal alcohol spectrum disorder on 14 December 2012. Consistent with the Australian Government’s commitment to Indigenous Health with Closing the Gap, research funded under the targeted call will need to be highly relevant to the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Outcomes of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Targeted Call for Research

The Hon. Peter Dutton, Minister for Health, has approved NHMRC’s funding recommendations for the recent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Targeted Call for Research. Three grants totaling $2,776,784 have been awarded funding.

Archived information

Aims and Objectives

Road Map II and the aims of NHMRC in running this scheme

Applicants should note that, in order to meet the objectives of Road Map II, the aims of NHMRC in running this Targeted Call for Research (TCR) are to:

  • Support appropriate methods of effective policy and program delivery in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health;
  • Promote collaboration, networking and partnerships in research through targeted intervention and evaluation research;
  • Create partnerships with service providers, in particular the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Services sector; and
  • Build the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers and thereby grow the current research workforce.

The Objectives of the Research Supported by this TCR

This TCR provides support for research with a primary focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (NHMRC’s Priority Research Area of Indigenous Health).

The research must involve human participants. This TCR does not support research programs that are only (solely) laboratory based research, including animal-based research or research based on animal models.

The objectives of the research include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • To understand the multiple factors that contribute to FASD;
  • To evaluate the impact on FASD of current programs and interventions;
  • To determine which interventions are more likely than others to be successful;
  • To develop and test new interventions to tackle the determinants of FASD;
  • To develop and test new models of service delivery and clinical management to address FASD;
  • To investigate the practicalities of implementing and maintaining interventions; and
  • To understand longer-term outcomes (in relation to education, justice, health and employment) for children and adults affected by FASD.

The desired outcomes from the research are to provide an evidence base to support the development and implementation of culturally appropriate programs and interventions to address the problem of FASD.

Apply for Funding

(Note: This round closed on 10 April 2013)

The NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) must be used to access/enter your CV and Profile, or submit an Application.

Applicants who are not yet registered on RGMS, should contact the Research Help Centre on for more information.

A complete Application must consist of the following:

  1. Completion of Parts A and B of the application form
  2. The relevant information in your RGMS Profile and CV
  3. The uploaded PDF Document containing your Detailed Background and Research Plan, including Track Records for each Chief Investigator, and if relevant, Career Disruption details.

Prior to submission of an application for research funding, applicants are to ensure they:

  • read all relevant reference material; and
  • liaise with their Administering Institution to identify any specific requirements that the Institution may have.

Key dates

The key dates for this Targeted Call for Research are as follows:

  • 14 December 2012 – Applications Open
  • 10 April 2013 at 15:00 hours AEST – Applications Close

Documentation to apply for this Targeted Call for Research

  1. Funding Rules