NHMRC Research Tracker—21 April 2017

Ethical guidelines on the use of assisted reproductive technology in clinical practice and research, 2017

On 20 April 2017, the CEO of NHMRC issued the updated Ethical guidelines on the use of assisted reproductive technology in clinical practice and research, 2017.  More information.

Update on Principal Committee Indigenous Caucus (PCIC) activities

PCIC had its fifth meeting for the triennium on Thursday 23 March 2017 to discuss:

  • Work on capacity building activities
  • Research translation in Indigenous health
  • Research priorities—targeted calls for research (TCRs)
  • Progress on developing Road Map 3.

NHMRC’s Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was also launched by Associate Professor Kelvin Kong.

Research Fellowships and Practitioner Fellowships 2017

Initial review outcomes for Research Fellowships and Practitioner Fellowships will be available in RGMS by Friday 28 April 2017.

Targeted Calls for Research (TCR)

Open calls—2017 TCR documentation is now available online.

Update on the Project Grants Peer Review process

  • Assigners’ Day will be held virtually on Thursday 27 April 2017. Assigners Academy members have completed their conflict of interest declarations and have been provided with application assignments.
  • NHMRC is currently refining weeks 1 to 3 Grant Review Panels and assigning applications to the most appropriate spokespersons.

Key application dates

  • Targeted Call for Research into dementia in Indigenous Australians
  • Targeted Call for Research into depression, anxiety and suicide among elderly Australians

Applications for the above schemes opened in RGMS on Wednesday 19 April 2017.

Falling Walls Lab Australia (Australian Academy of Science)[PE6] 

Applications are open for researchers, postdocs, students, entrepreneurs, engineers and innovators to attend Australia’s Falling Walls Lab in 2017, hosted by the Australian Academy of Science. 25 eligible contestants will be invited to participate, with one winner to attend the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin on Wednesday 8 November 2017.

Please refer to the Australian Academy of Science and the Falling Walls Lab for further information.

Meeting of the Women in Health Science Working Committee

The Women in Health Science Working Committee met on Tuesday 11 April to provide advice to the CEO on how NHMRC can advance gender equity. A summary of the discussion is online.

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

The call for abstracts for the Symposium (Brisbane, November 2017) is now open. 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.