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CEO Diary - Funding announcement statistics – 9 November 2015

The Minister for Health has today announced $630 million in NHMRC funding to support 836 new research grants. Below is a list of key statistics and figures regarding Project Grants and the broader funding announcement. A full list of outcomes is available on the NHMRC website. Funded rate for all schemes announced on 9 November 2015: 15.6% Total Project Grant funding: $419,719,973 ($419,982,953 last year) Total number of Project Grant applications – 3758 (3700 last year) Number of...

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The future of the NHMRC

Read an article on the future of the NHMRC written by CEO Professor Anne Kelso and published in the Australian Society of Medical Research newsletter. ASMR Newsletter - October 2015 (PDF, 1.2MB)

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Interview with International Innovation - Levelling the field

NHMRC CEO, Professor Anne Kelso, talks about steps NHMRC is taking to improve gender equity in health and medical research in Australia. Interview with International Innovation (PDF, 356KB)

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Interview with International Innovation - Stimulating health research

In her first interview with International Innovation magazine, NHMRC CEO, Professor Anne Kelso, talks about how NHMRC is seizing new opportunities and dealing with the challenges of the health and medical research sector. Interview with International Innovation (PDF 855KB)  

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2015-16 Budget Update

I am pleased to provide you an update on key announcements in the 12 May 2015 Federal Budget related to Health and Medical Research. Developing Northern Australia — positioning the north as a leader in tropical health The Government will provide $15.3 million over four years to invest in research into exotic disease threats to Australia and the region. $6.8 million over four years will be provided to the National Health and Medical Research Council to support research into tropical diseases,...

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CEO Diary – some thoughts on my last day at the desk

As I pack up my desk on my last day as NHMRC’s Chief Executive Officer, I am flooded by thoughts about the last nine years, as well as the future ahead. My first thought is of thanks - thanks to the thousands and thousands of peer reviewers who serve on GRPs and write reviews each year. Without you, NHMRC can’t do its job. It’s mostly thankless work, but a type of mutual obligation (and check out our thanks to all peer reviewers on our website including some special stars...

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Reducing burden and supporting women’s careers

Reducing the reporting burden on researchers In recent years, NHMRC has made considerable efforts to streamline the application process and reduce the burden on researchers applying for NHMRC grants. Next week, we will introduce streamlining initiatives aimed at reducing the burden on researchers once they have received funding from NHMRC.  As of April 1:  Researchers will no longer be required to complete a progress or midterm report using the current forms - instead they will be...

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CEO Diary August 2014 – January 2015

CEO Key External Engagements for August 2014 1 - Meeting with Dr Smith and Professor Kearney, PHRN 7 - Strengthened Export Controls Steering Group Meeting 12 - National Press Club Event (Melbourne) Conversation on Medical Research 14 - CPMC Meeting, Sydney 18 - Cooperative Research Centres Committee meeting 20 - Speaker at Australian Science-Industry Exchange 22 - Queensland Institutes of Health Research – Directors Meeting 24 - Speaker at the Society for Reproductive Biology, Annual...

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Have your say – RGMS performance and early triage

RGMS usability RGMS statistics showed that last year, applicants spent 40% less time on average in RGMS compared to 2013. This follows NHMRCs streamlining efforts which led to the removal of a lot of fields from Project Grant application forms. We hope that the reduction in administrative side of applications has helped but of course, this is just one part of applying to NHMRC and most time is spent developing and honing the Research Proposal. RGMS software has also been upgraded for this year...

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Health and medical researchers for the future - what does Australia need?

Right now, thousands of health and medical researchers across Australia are at their desks, developing applications to the NHMRC. At the same time, new and continuing PhD students are considering their future careers. Australia has never before had a policy discussion on the nation’s  needs for health and medical researchers, but the time has come to think seriously about how best to use Australia’s talent.  This a personal perspective on the role of Australia’s...

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