NHMRC Research Tracker—14 July 2017

Outstanding researchers recognised at NHMRC’s Research Excellence Awards

Exceptional researchers in the fields of infectious disease, autoimmunity, chronic pain and Parkinson’s disease are among the Australian researchers honoured at NHMRC’s Research Excellence Awards held on Wednesday 12 July 2017. Find out more about the awards, the winners and their contributions to medical research.

NHMRC recognises leadership in research and evidence based health care and training

A further three groups have been recognised as NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres:

  • Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners
  • Western Australian Health Translation Network
  • Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise.

Two groups have also been recognised under the new NHMRC Centres for Innovation in Regional Health initiative:

  • NSW Regional Health Partners
  • Central Australia Academic Health Science Centre.

Implementation of NHMRC’s new grant program

The implementation of NHMRC’s new grant program is progressing with Research Committee working through the details of some of the grant streams. More information will be available soon via Tracker and on the NHMRC website.​

MRFF—Lifting Clinical Trials and Registries Capacity Grant Program

NHMRC and the Department of Health are working to finalise the Lifting Clinical Trials and Registries Capacity Grant Program, announced in the 2017 Budget, as part of the first disbursements under the Medical Research Future Fund. NHMRC anticipates opening the call by the end of August 2017. Further information on the grant program is available in the Fact Sheet on Health’s website.

Draft Public Statement on Water fluoridation and human health in Australia

Public consultation on the draft NHMRC 2017 Public Statement: Water fluoridation and human health in Australia is now open. Further information available here. 

Learn more about the 2017 Project Grants Peer Review Process

Grant Review Panel (GRP) videos providing a brief overview of the 2017 Project Grants peer review process are available on the NHMRC website.

Progress of Project Grants applications for weeks 1-3

  • Week 1 GRP meetings commence on Monday 31 July 2017
  • Not For Further Consideration (NFFC) lists have been generated and provided to panel members to review
  • Panel members are preparing for the GRP meetings.

Progress of Project Grants applications for weeks 4-6

GRP members are rescoring following submission of Applicant Responses (rebuttal). 

Assigners Academy survey

The Assigners Academy has completed its duties for the 2017 Project Grants scheme. NHMRC thanks all members for their assistance this year and encourages them to provide feedback by completing the circulated survey.

Cancer Research UK’s Grant Challenge

Cancer Research UK’s Grand Challenge provides cancer research grants to international, multi-disciplinary teams, and is open for applications until Thursday 12 October 2017. Please refer to the Grand Challenge website for further information.

NHMRC—National Institute for Health Research Collaborative Research Grants opportunity

NHMRC is providing up to $3 million of co-funding to support Australian researchers participating in the United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment Programme. The commissioned research topic available to Australian researchers is 17/24 (primary research) Topiramate for post-traumatic stress disorder. Further information is available on the NHMRC website.

Translator of knowledge to drive change in Indigenous communities

Life expectancy is ten years less for Indigenous children born between 2010 and 2012. As a research fellow, Dr Yvette Roe aims to use mix-methods and Indigenous methodology to conduct better research and refine health services to improve birthing outcomes— threading together the narrative and the clinical outcomes. Read Yvette’s story here.

Blood testing to monitor cancer

More than 12,000 Australians are diagnosed with blood cancers—such as leukaemia and lymphoma each year—meaning monitoring and treatment decision-making is more important than ever. Associate Professor Sarah-Jane Dawson, her husband Professor Mark Dawson and a team of clinicians are working together to develop a liquid biopsy—a simple blood test—as an alternative to invasive bone marrow or lymph node tissue biopsies to monitor blood cancers. Read their story here.