NHMRC Tracker —13 March 2018

MRFF Low Survival Cancers and Diseases (LSCD) Grant Opportunity

The MRFF Low Survival Cancers and Diseases (LSCD) Grant Opportunity opened on Wednesday 7 March 2018 and closes on Wednesday 18 April 2018. Minimum data is due on Wednesday 4 April 2018.

NHMRC approves national guidelines on pregnancy care

NHMRC has approved the Clinical practice guidelines: pregnancy care developed by the Australian Government Department of Health for health professionals who provide antenatal care.

The guidelines include new recommendations on healthy weight for pregnancy, routine hepatitis C testing and vitamin D testing.

Supplementary guidance for safety monitoring and reporting in clinical trials

NHMRC has released supplementary guidance on safety monitoring and reporting in clinical trials. These documents provide guidance on the use of data safety monitoring boards, risk-based management of clinical trials and reporting serious breaches of the protocol or good Clinical Practice.

 The supplementary guidance can be found on NHMRC’s website.

Partnership Projects Special Initiative

In 2018, a Special Initiative in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is being offered through Partnership Projects with support from the Department of Health. The Special Initiative provides the opportunity for community organisations that are contributing to health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to develop a relationship with a researcher in order to strengthen the evidence in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and obesity research. 

Please see Section 9 of the Partnership Projects scheme-specific funding rules available via the Partnership Projects Grant Opportunity on GrantConnect.

NHMRC-NAFOSTED Joint Call for Collaborative Research Projects

NHMRC-NAFOSTED Joint Call for Collaborative Research Projects will be closing in RGMS at 5:00pm (AEDT) on Wednesday 14 March 2018 and in NAFOSTED’s OMS at 9:00pm (AEDT) on Wednesday 14 March 2018. All applications must be submitted to NHMRC via RGMS, and to NAFOSTED via OMS. Applicants are reminded that late submissions will not be accepted.

Applying for a Project Grant?

Applications close at 5:00pm (AEDT) on Wednesday 14 March 2018. Applicants are reminded:

  • that only those applicants that submitted minimum data by Wednesday 14 February 2018 can proceed to completing a full application
  • that late submission of applications will not be accepted
  • to review the Project Grants scheme-specific documentation by visiting NHMRC’s website.

2018 Assigners Academy and Project Grants Grant Review Panel (GRP) membership update

NHMRC has assigned applications to peer review areas based on the minimum data submitted by applicants. NHMRC is currently refining Academy and GRP membership requirements. Membership will be finalised this month.

Reminder for HRECs and certified institutions—submit your annual report by 11 May 2018

Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) and certified institutions are required to submit annual reports to NHMRC. You can access the 2017 annual report form using the link provided by ORIMA Research on Monday 12 February 2018. For further information, see NHMRC’s website.

US Alzheimer’s Association scientific chair to speak at Australian Dementia Forum 2018 

NHMRC National Institute of Dementia Research is proud to announce that Dr Rachel Whitmer, chair of the US Alzheimer’s Association International Conference Scientific Committee, and Research Scientist at Kaiser Permanente in California, will be a keynote speaker at the Australian Dementia Forum Cooperation, Collaboration and International Connections. This event is being held at the Sydney Masonic Conference Centre, 4-5 June 2018. Dr Whitmer leads a laboratory of population-based science in brain ageing, focusing on ethnoracial, early life and vascular influences on dementia risk.

Registrations are now open for the Australian Dementia Forum 2018. Early bird registrations close Monday 23 April 2018.

Submit an abstract for the 7th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation

The call for abstracts for the Symposium to be held in Sydney in November 2018 is now open. The theme for this year is ‘Ensuring Value in Research’. This year, NHMRC will be partnering with The Reward Alliance, an international network of funders, editors, researchers and other stakeholders with a shared interest in ensuring value in health and medical research. The Symposium is for anyone with an interest in ensuring that research contributes to knowledge and pragmatic outcomes in the most effective and efficient way.