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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Interview with International Innovation magazine

NHMRC CEO, Professor Warwick Anderson, talks about the current and future challenges for Australia’s health system and the role NHMRC is playing to address these. Interview with International Innovation magazine (PDF, 353KB)

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Australia’s Health and Wealth: Why Medical Research Matters - Innovation Series keynote address

Presentation to the Innovation Series event 'Improving Lives through Innovation - developing a healthy future for Australia', 21 August 2013. Presentation Australia’s Health and Wealth: Why Medical Research Matters. Professor Warwick Anderson AM 21 August 2013 (PDF, 788KB) Video Video of this presentation is available on the Innovation Series website.

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NHMRC Report June 2011

NHMRC CEO, Professor Warwick Anderson recently visited the University of Newcastle to hold an information and feedback session. This was the last of this series of presentations. It is expected that the 2011-2012 series of talks will begin late November. NHMRC Report - Warwick Anderson June 2011 (PDF, 1.8MB)

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Allegations concerning Dr Sarah Laurie

Recent media and web based commentary has concerned allegations, originally published in the blog Croakey, about Dr Sarah Laurie of the Waubra Foundation conducting human research without ethical approval. Australians expect that those conducting research adhere to the highest ethical standards.  These ethical standards are set out in NHMRC’s National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (National Statement).  Given the significance of these ethical standards,...

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Research Translation Faculty Symposium: A vision for research translation at NHMRC

Transcript of a speech given to open the inaugural NHMRC Research Translation Faculty Symposium, Melbourne, 24 October 2012. The Minister for Health, the Hon Tanya Plibersek, sends her apologies. She indicated to me at last week’s grant announcements that she is at one with the goal of the Research Translation Faculty and that she looks forward to hearing about the outcomes of today’s symposium. NHMRC’s new Research Translation Faculty is a major strategic initiative for...

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A Summary of Peer Review for Project Grants 2011

Professor Warwick Anderson has prepared a discussion paper on the steps involved in peer review for project grants this year. On behalf of the NHMRC he thanks the thousands of researchers who have completed their peer review assessments. NHMRC has been working to improve the information available to applicants, assessors and GRP members about the processes involved in peer review in 2011, particularly for Project Grants. A Summary of Peer Review for Project Grant Applications to NHMRC 2011 (...

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NHMRC Submission to the Review of the National Innovation System

On 22 January 2008, the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr, announced a wide ranging review of Australia's national innovation system. NHMRC Submission to the Review of the National Innovation System

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CEO newsletter November 2007

Download CEO's newsletter - november 2007 CEO's newsletter November 2007 (PDF, 13.8KB) CEO's newsletter November 2007 (DOC, 28KB) Working to improve Australia's health Australian health and medical researchers are working to build a healthier Australia. This country has many reasons to be proud of our researchers' accomplishments, including three Nobel Prizes for work done here, but health remains one of our biggest challenges. It lies at the core of...

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Supporting Australian Health and Medical Research

Presentation to the Universities Australia Pro and Deputy Vice Chancellors-Research Meeting (22 July 2010) by Warwick Anderson, AM, CEO, NHMRC. Supporting Australian Health and Medical Research - 22 JULY 2010 (PDF, 1.4MB)

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CEO Diary - November 2013 to January 2014

CEO Key External Engagements for November 2013 5: Meeting with Prof Harding, DVC-R ANU 5: Welcome Reception for the Third EU-AU Workshop on Research Infrastructure 6: Meeting with Dr Octavi Quintana Trias, Director for the European Research Area, European Commission 7: Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges meeting, Melbourne 11: Department of Industry CRC Interviews 13: Research Australia Awards 14: Department of Industry CRC Meeting 18: Speaker at the Kolling Institute, New Horizons...

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Research Newsletter June 2009

Download CEO's newsletter CEO's newsletter - June 2009 (PDF, 34KB) CEO's newsletter - June 2009 (Word, 40KB) Seeking your views NHMRC has released a discussion paper A draft National Strategy for Medical Research and Public Health Research. This paper sets out our plans for the support of health and medical research over the 2009-2012 triennium. We look forward to your comments and inputs. We have also released the following three independent reports that played a major...

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CEO - Research Newsletter 30 July 2010

Progress report on application assessments in 2010 round. Project Grants NHMRC would like to thank all those researchers who have, agreed to provide external assessments of Project Grant applications (over 5400 as of 27th July, 2010). External assessments are crucial to NHMRC’s annual consideration of grant applications for projects. The 2010 Grant Review Panels begin to sit next week, in our Canberra Offices from (2 August and 10 September). Thirty five panels will assess the 3344...

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