NHMRC Research Tracker—8 September 2017

2017-18 NHMRC Indigenous Internship Program applications now open

NHMRC’s Indigenous internship program provides a wide range of opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to gain insight into the work of NHMRC, as well as to enhance their educational experience through practical work experience.

There are limited places for internships available in our Canberra and Melbourne offices. For more information about the internship, eligibility and how to apply.

We want to know more about you

NHMRC is looking to better communicate with our target audiences through the various platforms that we now have available.

We’d appreciate you filling out our quick survey about how you receive, access and use information from NHMRC. This will better inform us how we can provide you with the information you want and when and where you want it.

Australian Dementia Forum 2017

The NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research’s Australian Dementia Forum 2017 will be held on 15-17 October 2017 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Forum will bring together dementia researchers to discuss the latest research breakthroughs. For more information and to register.

NHMRC Corporate Plan 2017–2018

The NHMRC Corporate Plan 2017–2018, covering the period 2017–18 to 2020–21, is now available.

NHMRC to create new panel of evidence, methodological, evaluation and writing expertise

This panel will continue to help NHMRC and other agencies develop evidence-based health advice and resources. This will open to market in October 2017 via an RFT.

Potential suitable tenderers are encouraged to:

The current panel was renewed in 2013 and expires May 2018.

Update on Project Grants Grant Review Panels (GRPs)

Six weeks of GRPs have concluded. 37 panels met from Monday 31 July 2017 to Friday 8 September 2017.

NHMRC anticipates that Not For Further Consideration (NFFC) outcomes will be available in RGMS from Wednesday 13 September 2017. Only NFFC’d applicants will receive the RGMS notification.

Project Grants GRP members’ survey

NHMRC sincerely thanks all members for their participation in this year’s Project Grants GRPs. Members are encouraged to provide feedback on peer review policy and processes in the 2017 Project Grants GRP Members’ Survey, which will be circulated shortly via email. 

Targeted Call for Research into Depression, Anxiety and Suicide in Elderly Australians—applicant response (rebuttal) process

  • Assessor comments will be released to applicants for review and response from Tuesday 5 September 2017.
  • 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 10 calendar days to lodge their rebuttal, which must be submitted in RGMS by the time and date specified in the letter.
  • Comments provided in the Assessors’ Report are not an indication of the final outcome of the application.
  • 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. 

Development Grants scheme—call for commercialisation assessor nominations

NHMRC is seeking early self-nominations from experts to participate as commercialisation assessors for applications in the 2018 Development Grants round. The scheme opens for applications on Wednesday 15 November 2017 and the peer review meetings are scheduled for late May 2018 via teleconference. If you have research commercialisation experience and would like to participate in this important peer review process, please email through your nomination to development.grants@nhmrc.gov.au.

Further information on the Development Grants schemes

Register now for the 6th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation co-hosted with the Lowitja Institute

The theme for this year’s symposium is ‘The Butterfly Effect: Translating Knowledge into Action for Positive Change'. The Symposium will bring relevant expertise to the business of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research translation and put forward Indigenous perspectives that inform the most effective policies and programs. The Symposium will be held in Brisbane on 14-15 November 2017. Early bird registrations close Friday 20 October 2017.