NHMRC Research Tracker—10 March 2017

The National Ethics Application Form (NEAF) has been replaced by the Human Research Ethics Application (HREA)

From Friday 31 March 2017, users will no longer be able to create new proposals using NEAF. Users can access their NEAF accounts to copy or export any proposal data they wish to keep up until Friday 30 June 2017. The NEAF website will be decommissioned on Friday 30 June 2017 and users will no longer have any access to NEAF. NEAF proposal data will not be retained.

Researchers who generate and submit applications to Australian public hospital HRECs as part of the jurisdictional National Mutual Acceptance scheme can continue to use Online Forms . A transition to the HREA for these public hospitals is anticipated to occur in mid to late 2017. More information about HREA is available from the website.

Revised Fluoride Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) for infants and young children in Australia and New Zealand

Updates to the guideline recommendations for fluoride for 0-8 year olds were approved by the CEO of the NHMRC on 21 November 2016, under Section 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992.

This is the outcome of a partial review by the Australian Government Department of Health of the existing NRVs for fluoride, which were published by the NHMRC in 2006. Further information is available online.

Key grant application dates for 2017

  • Partnership Projects—2017 First Call: minimum data due Wednesday 29 March 2017. Applications close Wednesday 12 April 2017
  • Partnership Projects—2017 Second Call: open for applications Thursday 30 March 2017.

CEO statement for International Women’s Day

Advancing gender equity in funding schemes is a priority for NHMRC. The CEO, Professor Anne Kelso has issued a statement on gender equity to mark International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8 March 2017. 

Centres of Research Excellence—applicant response (rebuttal) period

The rebuttal period for Centres of Research Excellence commences on Friday 17 March 2017. Applicants will have until 23:59pm (AEDT) on Monday 27 March 2017 to submit their response in RGMS.

EU Joint Program—Neurodegenerative Diseases Research (JPND) 2017 call

Priority Round Details for the Boosting Dementia Research Grants Scheme Priority Round 2: JPND Call for Multinational Research Projects for Pathway Analysis across Neurodegenerative Diseases are now available on the NHMRC website.

Please refer to the JPND website for Call information.

Applying for a Project Grant?

Applications close at 5pm (AEDT) Wednesday 15 March 2017. Applicants are reminded:

  • only those applicants that submitted minimum data by Wednesday 15 February 2017 can proceed to developing a full application
  • late submission of applications will not be accepted
  • to review their eligibility to apply before finalising their application using the Project Grants scheme-specific documentation on the NHMRC website.

Targeted Calls for Research Online Pathway

NHMRC has created an online pathway for community and professional groups to submit proposals for research topics that may be progressed as a Targeted Call for Research. The pathway is open for submissions all year with proposals reviewed bi-annually.

Eligible proposals will be prioritised and considered by NHMRC’s Research Committee. The final submission date for review in Cycle 1 2017 is Friday 7 April 2017. Refer to the NHMRC website for further information.

Project Grants Assigners Academy and Grant Review Panel (GRP) Membership update

NHMRC has assigned applications to peer review areas based on the minimum data submitted by applicants. NHMRC is currently refining Academy and GRP membership requirements. Membership of the Academy and GRPs will be finalised after the Project Grants round has closed.

Research Help Centre—extended hours

The Research Help Centre is open extended hours—9:00am until 7:00pm—until Tuesday, 14 March 2017 leading up to Project Grants close.

Canberra Day public holiday

The Canberra Day public holiday is on Monday 13 March 2017. Research Help Centre staff will remain on duty to respond to enquiries on that day, however staffing will be limited. If contacting the Research Help Centre, please email your query rather than phoning. Staff will respond to queries as soon as possible.

Empowering women, everywhere!

A 28-year-old neuroscientist was included in the science and healthcare category of the Forbes 30 under 30 Europe list and is the only Australian named in any of the 10 categories. To support International Women’s Day, NHMRC interviewed this amazing woman, Dr Natalie Matosin. Read her story here.