NHMRC Research Tracker – 9 December 2016

NHMRC Seasonal Shutdown

Please note that NHMRC will be closed for business from COB 23 December 2016 until 3 January 2017.

Public consultation on the review of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (the Code) 

Submit your feedback on the draft revised Code and the draft Guide to investigating and managing potential breaches of the Code.  Listen to the online webinar to hear more about the new approach. 

Structural Review of NHMRC’s Grant Program: Public Consultation Submissions

NHMRC CEO, Professor Anne Kelso, thanks individuals and organisations for their time and careful consideration in providing feedback on the review. An update about the review progress is available on the NHMRC Website.  The submissions can be viewed in full on the NHMRC Consultation Portal

Research Help Centre 

If you have a query for the Research Help Centre between Monday 19 December 2016 and Monday 9 January 2017 please email your query to help@nhmrc.gov.au rather than phoning. 

RGMS Update – One step RAO certification

NHMRC has streamlined the RAO certification/submission process within RGMS for all current and future application rounds.

Detailed instructions on completing the new process  are available from Chapter 6 of the RAO User Guide – Applying for Grants, available online.

Please contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983 or email for further information.

Update your profile and CV data in RGMS 

With schemes opening soon in RGMS, please update your RGMS profile and CV. For information on how to update your RGMS profile and CV please go to Section 4.2 of the Introduction to RGMS User Guide.

PCIC had its fourth meeting for the triennium on 1 December 2016 and discussed: 

  • Structural review of NHMRC’s grants program
  • Research Translation in Indigenous health
  • Dementia and Indigenous health 
  • Guidelines in Managing Risks in Recreational Water
  • Values and Ethics Guidelines and the Keeping Research on Track document
  • Tripartite Agreement in international Indigenous health 
  • Torres Strait Islander health and medical research.

Boosting Dementia Research Grants Update 

Scheme documentation for the Boosting Dementia Research Grants Scheme Priority Round 1 is now available online.

This Round opened on Wednesday 23 November 2016 and minimum data requirements are due in RGMS on Wednesday 18 January 2017. Applications for the scheme will close on Wednesday 8 February 2017.

Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellowship Update 

Scheme documentation for the Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellowships is available online.

This scheme opened on Wednesday 23 November 2016 and minimum data requirements are due in RGMS on Wednesday 18 January 2017. Applications for the scheme will close on Wednesday 8 February 2017.

Update: Research priorities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health – Targeted Call for Research

NHMRC CEO, Professor Anne Kelso, would like to thank all individuals and organisations that provided submissions during the consultation period, from July to September 2016.  About 66 submissions were received covering a range of topics.  The Principal Committee Indigenous Caucus (PCIC) considered the submissions and provided a short list of recommendations to Research Committee (RC).  

RC accepted PCIC recommendations and the ONHMRC are now implementing the outcomes.  We anticipate the opening of a TCR in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in 2017.  

Update on Project Grant Review Panel (GRP) membership

Preliminary invitations have been sent to potential GRP members. NHMRC is analysing responses in line with predicted requirements. 
60.4% of GRP invitees are yet to respond. The deadline for responses is COB Wednesday 14 December 2016. Additional invitations may be sent as needed.

Key application dates

Early Advice - EU Joint Programme - Neurodegenerative Diseases Research (JPND) 2017 call 

The NHMRC is working with the JPND on its next funding call for Multinational Research Projects for Pathway Analysis across Neurodegenerative Diseases. The call is expected to open in early 2017. Funding for Australian participation in this call will be limited to applications with a substantive focus on Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.     

NHMRC Joint Grant call with A*STAR, Singapore – opening early 2017 

Information on the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) Singapore and NHMRC Joint Call for Research on Molecular Mechanisms of Metabolic Diseases is now available.  

2016 NAFOSTED-NHMRC Joint Networking Symposium for Health and Medical Researchers

Outcomes from the 2016 NAFOSTED-NHMRC Joint Networking Symposium for Health and Medical Researchers held in Hanoi on 29 November 2016 are available.