NHMRC Research Tracker—2 June 2017

The National Ethics Application Form (NEAF) has been replaced by the Human Research Ethics Application (HREA)

Users can access their NEAF accounts to copy or export any proposal data up until Friday 30 June 2017. The NEAF website will be decommissioned on Friday 30 June 2017 and 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 is anticipated to occur mid to late 2017.  More information available here.

Key grant application dates for 2017

  • Postgraduate Scholarships—close for applications Wednesday 7 June 2017
  • Targeted Call for Research (TCR) into Dementia in Indigenous Australians—minimum data due in RGMS 5:00pm (AEST) Wednesday 28 June 2017
  • TCR into Dementia in Indigenous Australians—closing date for applications 5:00pm (AEST) Wednesday 12 July 2017. Further details are available on the NHMRC website.

Individual Project Grant Applicant Response period allocations

The applicant response period for each application is now listed online. Please note that the designated period for applicant response release cannot be changed.

Project Grants Applicant Response (rebuttal) process

  • The periods for release of assessor comments are 5 June–16 June and 26 June–4 July 2017.
  • The exact date 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.
  • Applicants that have any concerns with assessor reports or their applicant response must notify NHMRC within the applicant response period, to enable prompt consideration.
  • Please note that NHMRC considers an uploaded rebuttal to be final and rebuttals will be made available to panel members as soon as they are submitted.

Public Consultation: A Framework for NHMRC Assessment and Funding of Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies

Submit your comments on the proposed Framework for NHMRC Assessment and Funding of Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies discussion paper by Friday 14 July 2017.

International Clinical Trials Day

Visit the Australian Clinical Trials website to see what activities were held across Australia in celebration of the occasion for 20 May 2017.

NHMRC has launched further improvements to AustralianClinicalTrials.gov.au, including a series of clinical trials ‘real stories’ videos of health care providers. Also resources highlighting Australia’s capacity and international competitiveness as a destination to conduct clinical trials such as new Search for an Australian Clinical Trials Site functionality and a clinical trial tool kit. 

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.