NHMRC Research Tracker—7 April 2017

Structural Review of NHMRC’s Grant Program

An update on the Structural Review from the CEO  is available online.

Updated NHMRC CEO Statement—Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes)

On Monday 3 April 2017, the CEO of NHMRC issued an updated statement on e-cigarettes. This replaces the 2015 statement and reflects recently published evidence. See the NHMRC website.

Key grant application dates for 2017

  • Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships—applications opened on Wednesday 5 April 2017.
  • Partnership Projects—2017 First Call: applications close Wednesday 12 April 2017.
  • Partnership Projects—2017 Second Call: now open for applications.
  • Postgraduate Scholarships—open for applications Wednesday 12 April 2017.

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 will be provided with application assignments ahead of Assigners’ Day.
  • Week 1 to 3 Super panel members have completed their conflict of interest declarations.
  • The 2017 GRPs will be held at NHMRC’s Canberra office for six consecutive weeks, from Monday 31 July to Friday 8 September 2017.

Updated RGMS User Guides now available

Assigner Processes User Guides for use by Assigners Academy members and the Assessment Processes User Guide for use by assessors, applicants and RAOs have been updated and are available on the NHMRC website.

Targeted Calls for Research Online Pathway

NHMRC has created an online pathway for groups to submit proposals for research topics that may be progressed as a Targeted Call for Research. It is open for submissions all year with proposals reviewed bi-annually. Eligible proposals will be prioritised and considered by NHMRC’s Research Committee.

The final submission date for Cycle 1 2017 is today, Friday 7 April 2017. Proposals received in Cycle 1 will be reviewed against the criteria outlined in the Framework for Identification and Prioritisation of Targeted Calls for Research.

The final submission date for review in Cycle 2 2017 is Friday 6 October 2017. Refer to the NHMRC website for further information.

NHMRC Targeted Calls for Research Opening

NHMRC will open two Targeted Calls for Research on Wednesday 19 April 2017.

One call for research will be focused on dementia in Indigenous Australians, conducted in conjunction with NHMRC’s National Institute for Dementia Research. A second call will be focused on depression, anxiety and suicide among elderly Australians, conducted in partnership with beyondblue.

The funding rules for each call will be released when the rounds open. Further information will be available over the coming weeks.

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 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.

Chance leads an Indigenous woman into a health and medical research career

With an extensive background in health spanning some 40 years, Professor Yvonne Cadet-James is a Gugu Badhun woman from North Queensland, who became involved in research during her nursing career. While she started as a nurse at just 16, her involvement in research began much later through an unexpected opportunity. She shares her story with NHMRC’s In Focus.