Multidisciplinary and multi-institution research is often the key to scientific advancement. NHMRC supports collaborative approaches to health and medical research. We facilitate collaborative networks and international research partnerships, and researchers can explore opportunities to work with NHMRC or use our facilities.
Guided by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Corporate Plan, NHMRC will endeavour to support collaborative approaches to health and medical research internationally, including:
- connecting, supporting and encouraging links with researchers in health and non-health related disciplines,
- supporting a full breadth of health and medical research through international research partnerships, and
- engage in collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches to solving health problems.
NHMRC International Engagement Strategy
Within the framework of the Corporate Plan, the NHMRC has established a strategy for prioritising new and existing activities with our international partners.
The NHMRC International Engagement Strategy 2020-2023 outlines NHMRC’s approach to working with our international partners over the three year period.
The Strategy identifies four key principles for international engagement:
- collaborate to address research gaps, build capacity and increase impact
- marshal international research expertise and resources
- engage with and contribute to international health research policy agendas, and
- participate in Australia’s science diplomacy effort
NHMRC Agreements – Research Funding
NHMRC provides assistance to Australian researchers to participate in collaborative research projects with international researchers through both bilateral and multilateral arrangements. You can read more about this on the Collaborative Health Research page.
Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH)
The overarching goal of the global alliance is to accelerate progress in medicine by encouraging widespread access to genomic and clinical data by developing a common framework of international technical, operational and ethical standards needed to ensure the interoperability of genomic research platforms in a secure and responsible manner.
The global alliance will work to:
- bring together the research, clinical, and disease advocacy communities and the private sector to support and promote the responsible sharing of genomic data and
- collaborate with interested parties to create an information platform that is open and accessible, and provides common standards, formats and tools to stakeholders in the genomic research community.
NHMRC’s membership on the GA4GH provides Australia with an opportunity for international collaboration and information sharing of genomic and clinical data to help unlock potential advancements in medicine and science.
Global Genomic Medicine Collaboration (G2MC)
G2MC is a collaboration among global leaders in the implementation of genomic medicine in clinical care. Arising from the 2014 Global Leaders in Genomic Medicine Summit, the purpose of G2MC is to identify opportunities and foster global collaborations for enabling the demonstration of value and the effective use of genomics in medicine. Engaging multiple stakeholders across the globe, the G2MC group, under the auspices of the Roundtable on Genomics and Precision Health, seeks to improve global health by catalysing the implementation of genomic tools and knowledge into health care delivery globally.
Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness (GloPID-R)
GloPID-R is the only alliance of its kind to bring together research funding organizations on a global scale to facilitate an effective and rapid research of a significant outbreak of a new or re-emerging infectious disease with epidemic and pandemic potential.
NHMRC is a member of two GloPID-R working groups. The Data Sharing Working Group aims to develop strategies and principles to expedite sharing of data during a public health emergency and the Response Plan Working Group is developing a Response Plan which includes complementary practical tools and solutions.
- facilitate the exchange of information
- address scientific, legal, ethical and financial challenges
- implement a ‘One Health’ approach with close cooperation between human and animal health researchers
- establish a strategic agenda for research response
- connect infectious disease research networks
- actively involve developing countries.
NHMRC’s membership on GloPID-R provides Australia with an opportunity for international collaboration and information sharing in preparation for an outbreak of a new or emerging infectious disease health threat.
Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is the apex body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research.
NHMRC and ICMR signed a Memorandum of Understanding on research collaboration in February 2016.
Tripartite Agreement on International Indigenous Health Research
The NHMRC, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) are committed to working both within and between their agencies to improve the health of Indigenous Peoples – the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada, the Māori people in New Zealand and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia. In December 2017, the agencies renewed their commitment to work together for another five years on mutual Indigenous health research priorities. This is the third five-year agreement which builds on a relationship from 2002.
View the Media release - May 2018.
2019 Tripartite Agreement International Indigenous Workshop
A building and strengthening capacity workshop with First Nations peoples was held in New Zealand in December 2019. One of the objectives of the partnership is to strengthen the capacity and capability of Indigenous health and medical researchers.
Building and strengthening the capacity of Indigenous researchers is a key focus of the agreement.
The International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS)
ICLAS is an international scientific organisation dedicated to advancing human and animal health by promoting the ethical care and use of laboratory animals in research worldwide.
Membership of ICLAS allows NHMRC to work with international organisations such as the World Health Organisation and the World Veterinary Association, to ensure world-wide improvements in the ethical and humane use of animals in research.
Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)
The Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) is Japan’s national body to promote integrated research and development in the field of medicine, from basic research to clinical trials.
NHMRC and AMED signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in October 2018. NHMRC is working with AMED to advance the development of research cooperation in health and medical research between Japan and Australia.
NHMRC and AMED are currently planning a joint workshop in mid-late 2021 to explore further opportunities for bilateral cooperation.
European Research Council (ERC)
The European Research Council is the premier European funding organisation for excellent frontier research. ERC’s mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence.
NHMRC and ERC signed an Implementing Arrangement in October 2018. The arrangement aims to help NHMRC-funded researchers join ERC supported research teams in Europe (for a period when possible) or work remotely during their grant and enables the exchange of ideas and experiences in cutting-edge science.
Project abstracts are now available for the ERC Implementing Arrangements call for Expression of Interest 2020. NHMRC-funded researchers can apply to work with European research teams. For more information about the latest ERC opportunities available, see this list (See 'Downloads' section) and contact ERC for further details.
For further information on the implementation Arrangement, see the FAQs.
If you take up this opportunity please let us know by emailing the following details to email@example.com:
- ERC team you are collaborating with
- Project name
- Length of collaboration.