NHMRC opened a Targeted Call for Research (TCR) into Wind Farms and Human Health on 24 March 2015 and closed for applications on 6 May 2015. In funding research under this TCR, NHMRC intends to stimulate the research required to build a robust body of evidence to establish whether there are direct adverse health effects from exposure to wind turbine emissions. The aim of this TCR is to support the development of an evidence-based understanding of the effect of wind farms on human health.
The funded research will contribute to a better understanding of the effects on human health from exposure to wind turbine emissions. The funding can assist in the development of policy and public health recommendations regarding wind turbine development and operations in Australia.
Outcomes of the Wind Farms TCR
The NHMRC Information Paper: Evidence on Wind Farms and Human Health, released February 2015, summarises the current body of evidence and states that “internationally, there is little research evidence regarding the health effects of wind farms. Over 4,000 papers were identified in the reviews and, of these papers, only 13 studies were found that considered possible relationships between wind farm emissions and health outcomes. Only one of these studies was conducted in Australia. Following the comprehensive assessment of the evidence obtained from the independent reviews and additional information provided by expert review and public consultation, the body of direct evidence was found to be small and of poor quality.” 1
“Examining whether wind farm emissions may affect human health is complex, as both the character of the emissions and individual perceptions of them are highly variable. After careful consideration and deliberation, NHMRC concluded that there is currently no consistent evidence that wind farms cause adverse health effects in humans. This finding reflects the results and limitations of the direct evidence and also takes into account parallel evidence on the health effects of similar emissions from other sources.”2
“Given the poor quality of current evidence and the concern expressed by some members of the community, there is a need for high quality research into possible health effects of wind farms, particularly within 1,500 metres (m).” 3
“Further evidence is needed to explore the relationships between noise at varying distances from wind farms and effects such as annoyance, sleep and quality of life. Research is also required to investigate the broader social and environmental circumstances that may influence the reporting of health effects in people living near wind farms.” 4
“Gathering sufficient quality evidence in these areas may assist governments and planning authorities to make evidence-based decisions regarding wind farm policy, planning and development. Wider engagement and participation, including by the community, in the various stages of research would be beneficial in ensuring that research is appropriately targeted to the community’s areas of concern.” 5
1NHMRC Information Paper: Evidence on Wind Farms and Human Health, page 1
2NHMRC Information Paper: Evidence on Wind Farms and Human Health, page 1
3NHMRC Information Paper: Evidence on Wind Farms and Human Health, page 1
4NHMRC Information Paper: Evidence on Wind Farms and Human Health, page 25
5NHMRC Information Paper: Evidence on Wind Farms and Human Health, page 25
Apply for funding
The NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) must be used to access/update your CV and profile and to submit your TCR application. If they have not already done so, applicants are advised to gain an RGMS log on and commence their CV and profile.
Applicants, who are not yet registered on RGMS, should contact the Research Help Centre on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A complete TCR application must consist of the following:
- Completion of Parts A and B (including the Grant Proposal pdf) of the application form; and
- The relevant information in your RGMS profile and CV
Prior to submission of an application for TCR funding, applicants need to ensure they have:
- read all relevant reference material; and
- liaise with their Administering Institution to identify any specific requirements that the Institution might have.
The key dates for the Wind Farms TCR application round are as follows:
|24 March 2015||Applications open in RGMS|
|15 April 2015 at 5:00pm AEST||Deadline for entering minimum data requirements in RGMS|
|6 May 2015 at 5:00pm AEST||Applications close in RGMS|
Documentation to Apply for the Wind Farms TCR
It is recommended that prospective applicants read the call-specific Funding Rules in the first instance to ascertain if their research proposal would fit the scope, aims and objectives of the call. The call-specific Funding Rules provide information specific to each call, including the call-specific objectives, critical dates, assessment criteria, eligibility rules and funding details.
The following supporting documents provide additional information about the NHMRC TCR scheme, and must be read in conjunction with the call-specific Funding Rules:
- the NHMRC Funding Rules 2015, incorporating the Funding Rules for NHMRC’s Targeted Calls for Research (TCR) Programme, which set out the rules, objectives and other considerations relevant to NHMRC funding and the TCR scheme
- the Guide to NHMRC Peer Review 2015, incorporating the Targeted Calls for Research scheme-specific Peer Review Guidelines, which provide additional information about NHMRC’s peer review processes; and
- the NHMRC Advice and Instructions to Applicants 2015, incorporating the Targeted Calls for Research scheme-specific Advice and Instructions to Applicants, which provide guidance to assist researchers and Administering Institutions with preparing and submitting applications.
User Guides and Templates for Application Development
Research Classification Guides including Broad Research Area, Fields of Research and NHMRC Keyword ⁄ Phrases
Applications in Indigenous Health and Well-being
If you require more information, direct your inquiry to your Research Administration Office in the first instance.
If you require assistance and are unable to satisfy your concern by seeking assistance through your administering institution: