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Thoughts on peer review at the end of 2014 GRPs

This week marks the end of this year’s Grant Review Panels (GRP) here in Canberra, an epic month-and-a-bit that draws on the time and expertise of hundreds of researchers to peer review thousands of applications. Next, NHMRC’s Research Committee and Council will consider the year’s peer review processes and begin to finalise policies for the year ahead. Peer review is about spending public money responsibly. The people of Australia provide the funding through their taxes, via...

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Webcast: Grant Review Panel Briefing (Monday 11 August)

NHMRC's presentation to Grant Review Panel members was streamed live on Monday 11 August from 9:00AM. A copy of the presentation is available via the following link. Watch the presentation on-demand here Please note the Player Requirements information below if you have trouble viewing the presentation. For more information on how NHMRC Grant Review Panels work, I encourage you to watch the following short video and to read the summary of the GRP processes. Watch the NHMRC Grant Review...

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New data set for comment: Project Grant outcomes by institution

Each year NHMRC publishes extensive data of our grant outcomes, including by gender, institution, national health priority area and many more (see also our annual Funding Facts Book). However, we recently received requests from Universities to provide more comprehensive feedback to help them understand their performance relative to others. In response we have prepared the following data set to complement the already publically available data. NHMRC 2013 Project Grant Outcomes (PDF, 228KB...

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Building scale, scope and excellence in research and translation

Collaboration between researchers, heath care professionals and the private sector is essential if Australia is to get the most out of its public investment in health and medical research.  Increasingly, collaboration between institutions has become ever more essential to, it we are to maximise resources in pursuit of health benefits from research. We can learn much about how to foster this collaboration in Australia by looking at those who already do it well. The international powerhouses...

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Celebrating Indigenous health research during NAIDOC Week

To celebrate NAIDOC Week (6-13 July), NHMRC staff met yesterday to recognise the contribution of Indigenous Australians to our country, and to health and medical research in particular. As well as hearing from the fantastic Indigenous artist Greg Joseph, we were lucky enough to be joined by Indigenous health researcher Sean Taylor. Sean is a descendent from the Dowareb tribe from Mer Island in the Eastern Torres Straits and is currently completing his Doctorate of Public Health at James Cook...

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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...

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Healthy, wealthy and affordable: How research can improve Australia’s health system

Medical Research Week and the Federal Budget have stimulated me to think more about how medical research can be used better to restrain health care costs and also to generate national wealth to support the health system. Restraining health costs Can we use health and medical research better? Can we harness research not only to discover new ways of preventing, and treating ill health, but also to restrain the escalating costs of health care? We all want the best health care for ourselves and...

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Congratulating NHMRC Research Excellence Awardees

NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson AM congratulates the 2013 NHMRC Research Excellence Awardees in the Career Development Fellowships and Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowships categories.

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Promoting Research Excellence in Australia

An interview with Professor Warwick Anderson AM, CEO NHMRC, published in the May 2014 issue of International Innovation magazine. Promoting Research Excellence in Australia (PDF, 1.43MB)

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Gender equity in Australian health and medical research

NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson and Dr Saraid Billiards, Director of Project Grants, discussed NHMRC's efforts and future actions to improve gender equity in Australian health and medical research. Watch the video on NHMRC's YouTube Channel

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CEO Diary – February to March 2014

CEO Key External Engagements for February 20143 – Panel on science communication with Professor Aidan Byrne, CEO of the Australian Research Council at the Australian Science Communicators national conference, Brisbane6 – Population Health Research Network Review Panel meeting, Sydney7 – Meeting with Department of Education on EU 2020 and the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy10 – Population Health Research Network Review Panel meeting, Melbourne11...

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Additional commentary on the outcomes of the 2014-15 Federal Budget for NHMRC

I am pleased to provide an update on key announcements in the 13 May Federal Budget related to the National Health and Medical Research Council. The Government is providing additional funding for two budget measures: Boosting dementia research ($200.0 million) The Australia Government will provide an additional $200 million over five years to boost Australia’s dementia research capacity. NHMRC ($174M), working in close collaboration with the Australian Research Council ($26M), will fund a...

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Outcomes of the 2014-15 Federal Budget for NHMRC

I am pleased to provide an update on key announcements in the 13 May 2014-15 Federal Budget related to the National Health and Medical Research Council. NHMRC will receive additional funding for two budget measures: Boosting dementia research ($174.0 million) as part of the Australian government’s commitment to provide $200M for dementia research Simplified and consistent health and medical research ($9.9 million) that includes improving our research grants management systems and further...

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Q+A: 2014 Project Grants Peer Review

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) received 3810 Project Grant applications for funding this year – a 2.7% decrease on last year. This is the first decrease in application numbers since 2006. We will convene 37 Grant Review Panels (GRP) between 28 July and 5 September involving approximately 500 panel members, Chairs and Assistant Chairs and many thousands of external reviewers. The Project Grants scheme is NHMRC’s largest funding scheme, and in 2014 we have improved and...

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Partnership Projects for funding commencing in 2014

NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson discusses the outcomes of the latest Partnership Projects funding round (Third Call for 2013 for funding commencing in 2014). View the Media Release: $11.4 Million for Health and Medical Research

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Australia’s response to the threat of antimicrobial resistance

Presentation by Professor Warwick Anderson AM at 'Towards a Global Research Agenda for AMR', the launch of the JPIAMR Strategic Research Agenda. Australia’s response to the threat of antimicrobial resistance - powerpoint slides (PDF, 392KB) Professor Warwick Anderson AM Chief Executive Officer, NHMRC

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Crossing the bridge – working to translate research into health policy and practice

NHMRC recently held a meeting with Chairs of the NHMRC Research Translation Faculty Steering groups. The text below is an edited version of my introductory comments. The NHMRC Research Translation Faculty is unique in the world. I wouldn’t want you to think that we are making it up as we go along, but we really are in unchartered waters. I thank the Steering group Chairs and the couple of thousands of colleagues who are members of our Faculty and are contributing to this. We’re...

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Measuring the Impact of Research — Not Just a Simple List of Publications

This article originally appeared in the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) March 2014 newsletter. Ever improving citation performance. NHMRC has been conducting rigorous analyses of the citation performance of Australian health and medical research publications since the early 1990s. We released the latest version of this regular bibliometric analysis in mid-February (Measuring up 2013). The latest report covers publications from 2005 to 2009. Understanding bibliometric analyses is...

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What is the Future?

Presentation to the Cardiovascular Clinical Trials in Australia and New Zealand conference on 19 October 2012. What is the Future? (PDF, 1.3MB)

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How we deal with alleged research misconduct: NHMRC - The Conversation

Article by Professor Warwick Anderson AM, CEO NHMRC, as published online via The Conversation, 16 August 2013. How we deal with alleged research misconduct: NHMRC

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CEO Research Newsletter - Winter 2012

This newsletter covers: a major new initiative to involve NHMRC funded researchers in our research translationactivities, (Research Translation Faculties progress in the yearly application funding round our review of Program Grants changes to Dora Lush Biomedical Scholarships our forthcoming call for Advanced Health Research Centres continuous application opportunities for Partnerships for Better Health Project Grants a summary of how NHMRC invests in strategic research priorities a...

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Interview with MJA Insight

NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson was interviewed for an article by MJA Insight on the topic of research enrolments and clinical trials. See full article

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Open Letter to the Research Community from Warwick Anderson, CEO NHMRC - 11 March 2011

I have wanted to provide you with as much information as possible about RGMS since its problems in January and February and the disruptions to your preparation of applications to NHMRC.  I understand that many of you will want to understand more about these circumstances and to have an assurance that NHMRC will be able to maintain the recent improvements in RGMS performance. I have provided below an account of what happened over the period of disruption in January and February, including...

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Research Translation Faculty Symposium: How the Research Translation Faculty will work

Transcript of a speech given at the innaugural NHMRC Research Translation Faculty Symposium, Melbourne, 24 October 2012. Firstly, I want to thank all of you for joining the Faculty. This is a huge initiative for the NHMRC, which will transform the way we work, so we’re all very excited about it. As Faculty members, particularly with around 2,500 people, the main way of communicating and collaborating on Faculty projects will be using the Faculty website that my office has been building....

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CEO's presentation to the Clinical Research Excellence Conference (CRX08)

CEO's presentation to the Clinical Research Excellence Conference (CRX08), Brisbane, 8 August 2008 (PPT, 5.9MB)

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Launch of the Australian Dietary Guidelines and the Infant Feeding Guidelines

Address by Professor Warwick Anderson AM Chief Executive Officer, National Health and Medical Research Council Monday 18 February 2013 Office of the NHMRC, Canberra ACT Listen to an audio recording of the launch address Check against delivery Today, NHMRC launches its Australian Dietary Guidelines.  These guidelines provide the scientific advice for healthier Australian diets. Preparation The guidelines are an update of the 2003 guidelines and have been long in the revision. NHMRC has...

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CEO newsletter April 2007

Meeting tomorrow’s health challenges In this month's CEO Newsletter, Warwick Anderson reflects on the NHMRC's new Strategic Plan There has never been a time when health research has been better poised to tackle human health problems and to stimulate the creation of new industries. We understand the fundamental biological mechanisms of life at a depth much more profound than even a decade ago, we understand the influence of the social and physical environment on health much...

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NHMRC Submission to the Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia

NHMRC Submission to the Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia - March 2012 (PDF, 1.5MB)

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2013 NHMRC Report to the Australian Health and Medical Research Community

On 4 December 2013, NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson delivered his 2013 NHMRC Report to the Australian Health and Medical Research Community via a webcast. Key issues that will be discussed: 2013 funding announcements - trends and strategies 2014 funding round – what’s new? Early career researchers, and women in science Evaluating outcomes of research Declaration on Research Assessment (DoRA) Research misconduct and the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. View...

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Economic benefits of health and medical research – a discussion paper (9 September 2011)

This discussion paper focuses on the economic benefits to Australia from public investment in health and medical research. Economic benefits of health and medical research – a discussion paper (PDF, 451KB)

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