NHMRC Research Tracker - 11 December 2015

Key application dates

  • Centres of Research Excellence: Minimum data due 16 December
  • Development Grants: Minimum data due 20 January 2016
  • NHMRC - NIH BRAIN Initiative Collaborative Research Grants: Applications close 20 January 2016
  • Partnership Projects: Applications for Peer Review Cycle #1 open 20 January 2016
  • Practitioner Fellowships: Applications close 3 February 2016
  • Research Fellowships: Applications close 3 February 2016
  • Project Grants : opens in RGMS 13 January 2016

The funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

RGMS has opened for NHMRC – NIH BRAIN applications

Funding is being offered for up to five years for NIH BRAIN applications involving Australian researchers. Further information  is available on the NHMRC website.

2015 Centres of Research Excellence Second Round for Funding in 2016 – Clarification

The Chief Investigator (CI) Time Commitment section of the Grant Proposal is no longer required for applications to this second round of CREs for 2015.

Applicants are no longer required to identify the “NHMRC research time” dedicated to their application. Research time spent on other NHMRC grants and a brief description of their role should be incorporated in the response to CRE assessment criteria in the Grant Proposal. Details of other grants held (or to be held) may also be included within the CI Track Record section of the Grant Proposal.

Project Grants: 2016 policy documentation now available

Further information can be found on the NHMRC website.

For some hints and tips on grantspersonship, refer to the Grantspersonship presentation

Development Grants

NHMRC is trialling a new peer review process in the Development Grant Scheme only. For more information about the changes refer to the Frequently Asked Questions document on the NHMRC website.

Applicants should be aware that research track record will be based on the period 2011 to round close.

Update on Project Grants Assigners Academy and Grant Review Panel (GRP) membership

Preliminary invitations have been sent to potential Academy and GRP members. NHMRC is analysing responses in line with predicted requirements. Additional invitations may be sent as needed.

25% of invitees are yet to respond. The deadline for response has been extended to COB Monday 14 December 2016.

Dementia Research Development Fellowships: use of loading

NHMRC has received a number of enquiries regarding the research implementation, consultation and outreach loading. NHMRC’s expectations regarding use of this loading are detailed in the scheme-specific Funding Rules and the Schedule to the Funding Agreement, and summarised on the NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowships webpage.                                        

Clarification on Project/Program multiple grant eligibility

Successful Program Grant applicants in 2016 will not be required to relinquish Project Grants. Instead, they will be required to submit a grant variation request for any Project Grants they will not be eligible to hold concurrently with the Program Grant.

Northern Australia Tropical Disease Collaborative Research Initiative

Information available on the NHMRC website, including details on the recent NHMRC Tropical Disease Research Stakeholder Workshop.

Use of the H-index in applications

Policy on the use of citation metrics (such as H-index) has been clarified for the 2016 application round (NHMRC Funding Rules 2016, section 10.3). Peer reviewers will be briefed on the limitations of using citation metrics in isolation. Refer to section 4.8 of the Guide to NHMRC Peer Review 2016 for further clarification.

Research Committee activities update

On 20 November, Research Committee met to discuss:

  • Funding Recommendations;
  • Strategic Review of NHMRC Programs;
  • Draft NHMRC International Engagement Strategy;
  • Research Committee Work Plan; and
  • Feedback on the NHMRC Fellowship Consultation.

Research Committee will next meet on 24 & 25 February 2016.


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