Want to know how NHMRC Grant Review Panels work?

Our aim is to do all we can to ensure peer review processes are rigorous and that grants are assessed in a way that is fair, independent and impartial. To do this requires the efforts of hundreds of researchers to conduct peer review. It is no simple task, and NHMRC is grateful every year for the ongoing commitment of our best researchers.

To provide some insight of NHMRC GRPs, the 2014 GRP induction video is now available online.  The video is designed to provide applicants, panel members and others with information on how applications are assessed both in the lead up to and at the GRP meetings. 

Also available is a written summary of the GRP process for each application. It has been provided to all GRP members, Chairs and Assistant Chairs.

To improve and simplify our peer review processes, this year there have been a few changes, including:

  • The Not-For-Further-Consideration (NFFC) process will include the least competitive 50% of applications, not the bottom third.
  • External Assessors have provided written assessments but not scores.
  • The Final Ranking process at the end of the GRP meeting will no longer be used.  This has been replaced by the daily reconciliation process.
  • The NFFC process will apply to all non-competitive (Category 1-3) applications on the Indigenous Grant Review Panel (IGRP).

For more information, NHMRC's presentation to GRP members will also be streamed live on the NHMRC website on Monday, 11 August, with a copy of the presentation available shortly afterwards.1

High quality peer review is essential to ensure that Australia funds the best and brightest researchers, and that our research continues to improve the health of all Australians. I encourage all GRP members, and others interested in the NHMRC grant selection process to watch this short video and to read the summary of the GRP processes.

Professor Warwick Anderson AM
Chief Executive Officer, NHMRC

1 The webcast is available as on-demand video here.