NHMRC Research Tracker—24 February 2017

Structural Review of NHMRC’s Grant Program—nearing completion

The Structural Review Expert Advisory Group (EAG) met in December 2016 to refine its advice to the CEO on a possible alternative grant program structure (model). This advice has been assisted by the extensive feedback from consultation with stakeholders. A summary of the public consultation feedback is now available.

NHMRC Research Committee and NHMRC Council will provide advice to the CEO in February/March 2017, for her consideration.

Once the review is finalised, we will advise of the outcomes. Any changes to NHMRC’s grant program would be supported by comprehensive implementation and transition arrangements. We will provide a further update on the review in April 2017.

NHMRC Translating Research into Policy and Practice (TRIPP) Forum Report

NHMRC TRIPP Forum was held in May 2016.  It brought together key Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers and stakeholders to discuss research translation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.  A report of the forum is now available.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers encouraged to apply to NHMRC People Support schemes

NHMRC wants to strengthen the capacity and research excellence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers by encouraging applicants to apply to NHMRC schemes. NHMRC has many people support funding schemes to provide salary support or scholarships for health and medical researchers.

Further details can be found on the NHMRC website or you can email. Having a discussion with your Research Administration Officer and previously successful grant holders may also be useful in providing you with guidance.

Key application dates

  • Project Grants—applications close 5pm (AEDT) Wednesday 15 March 2017.
  • Project Grants minimum data deadline—the minimum data deadline of Wednesday 15 February 2017 has passed. Late submissions will not be accepted. 
  • Project Grants—New Investigator and Cancer Australia Young Investigator Eligibility Form Application Process. Submissions closed Wednesday 25 January 2017. RAOs have been notified of the outcomes.
  • Closure of Career Development Fellowships applications—Career Development Fellowship applications will be closing at 5pm (AEDT) Wednesday 8 March 2017. All applications must be submitted online through RGMS. Applicants are reminded that late submission of applications will not be accepted.

Project Grants—Assigners’ Day 2017

Assigners’ Day will be held virtually on Thursday 27 April 2017. Travel to Canberra will not be required.  Further details will be provided once Assigners Academy membership is confirmed.

Institutional Annual Compliance Report—due 30 April 2017

The Institutional Annual Compliance Report template for 2016 reporting is available in RGMS. All Administering Institutions are required to submit a report.

NHMRC/A*STAR Joint Call for Research—minimum data close

Applicants are reminded that minimum data requirements for the NHMRC/A*STAR Joint Call for Research in Novel Molecular Mechanisms of Obesity and Metabolic Diseases in Singapore and Australia are due in RGMS by 5pm (AEDT) Wednesday 1 March 2017.

See the NHMRC/A*STAR Joint Call for Research scheme-specific Funding Rules for full requirements. Applications that fail to satisfy this requirement will not be accepted.

Research Help Centre—extended hours

The Research Help Centre will commence extended hours on Tuesday 7 March 2017 for the week 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.

Australia—Vietnam Researcher Exchange Program

Expressions of interest are invited from Australian universities and research institutes to participate in the 2017 Australia—Vietnam Researcher Exchange Program led by the Department of Education and Training at the Australian Embassy Hanoi to strengthen the science and innovation partnership between Australian and Vietnamese researchers and institutions.

Approximately 14 Australian and Vietnamese researchers will receive a grant of up to AU$5,000 each to support exchanges of two to four weeks duration between May and December 2017. 

Please contact Ms Ngo Phuong Linh for further information, noting EOIs may only be submitted through institutions not individual researchers.

Taking a leap into the research world

A strong passion for improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes, stemming from experiencing her family’s own health issues, is the driving force behind Courtney Ryder’s health and medical research career.  Read Courtney’ story online.