NHMRC Research Tracker—19 May 2017

NHMRC to announce changes to its grant funding program

On Thursday 25 May 2017, the Minister for Health and Sport and the NHMRC CEO will announce changes to NHMRC’s grant program. A live stream will be available for the public to view. 

Review of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research ethics guidelines

Public consultation on revised ethical guidelines for research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities has opened. 

Road Map 3 Consultations

NHMRC is conducting workshops around the country to assist in the development of Road Map 3—A strategic framework for improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health through research. Clinicians, researchers, community members and policy makers are welcome. Places are limited—if interested, please contact NHMRC.

The workshops will be held in:

  • Adelaide—Friday 19 May
  • Darwin—Tuesday 30 May
  • Sydney—Friday 9 June
  • Perth—Thursday 15 June
  • Brisbane—Friday 16 June
  • Melbourne—Friday 23 June, and
  • Thursday Island—Monday 17 July.

For those who can’t attend these workshops, an online survey is available to contribute.

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

Public consultation on the Code has closed. Further information and regular updates on the review are available online.

Key grant application dates for 2017

  • Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships—close for applications Wednesday 31 May 2017.

Submit your Project Grant External Assessments

External Assessments for Project Grants are due by 5:00pm AEST Friday 9 June 2017 unless otherwise indicated. Please note that assessor names are disclosed to non-conflicted GRP members, but not to applicants.

NHMRC aims to obtain two written assessments from external assessors for each application. To facilitate receipt of invitations, researchers should ensure that the contact details listed in their RGMS profile are up-to-date.

Individual Project Grant Applicant Response period allocations now available

Further information available online.

Project Grants Applicant Response (rebuttal) process

  • The first of the two periods when assessor comments will be released will be 5-16 June 2017
  • The exact date for when assessor comments will be released will depend on when NHMRC has received Spokesperson and External Assessor reports for an application
  • Applicants will be notified by email (sent from RGMS) when their assessor comments are available. Emails are sent to the preferred email address listed in the CIA’s RGMS profile
  • Applicants will have up to 10 calendar days to lodge their rebuttal.

Project Grants Early Career Researcher (ECR) and Research Administration Officer (RAO) observers for GRPs

ECR and RAO nominations have been confirmed. Institutions have been notified and successful candidates will be contacted with further information shortly.

Targeted Call for Research into Depression, Anxiety and Suicide Among Elderly Australians

The minimum data deadline of Wednesday 17 May 2017 has passed. Applications close at 5:00pm AEST on Wednesday 31 May 2017. Further details are available online.

Targeted Call for Research into Dementia in Indigenous Australians

Raise awareness of the Laws and Regulations that apply to ethics review and research governance

Research involving individuals who lack decision-making capacity presents a number of ethical and legal challenges for researchers and Human Research Ethics Committees. These challenges are compounded for multi-jurisdictional studies. Today NHMRC published a Report on Consent and Guardianship Laws in Australia and a series of practical, jurisdiction-specific and plain-English guides/checklists to consent and guardianship laws, for use by HRECs and researchers. The Report and jurisdiction guides/checklists are located online.

NHMRC/A*STAR Joint Call for Research Applicant Response Period

NHMRC aims to release assessor comments for rebuttal between 18-28 May 2017. Applicants will be allowed up to 10 days to submit their response via RGMS. Further details are available on the NHMRC website and in Section 3.1.8 of the scheme-specific Peer Review Guidelines.

Submit an abstract for the 6th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation

The call for abstracts for the Symposium (Brisbane, November 2017) will close Friday 9 June 2017. The theme is ‘The Butterfly Effect—Translating Knowledge into Action for Positive Change’. Co-hosted by NHMRC and The Lowitja Institute, the Symposium’s focus is on action needed to improve the health and wellbeing of Australia’s First Peoples through effective translation of health, wellbeing and medical research into policy and practice.

No-needle flu vaccine

With the risk of a human pandemic on the rise, research into new and better methods of delivering the influenza vaccine couldn’t come soon enough. Professor Leslie Yeo and his team at RMIT University are on their way to revolutionising how vaccinations are delivered by developing a portable device—using a DNA-based flu vaccination that you inhale—and that will mean no more needles. Read Professor Yeo’s story here.