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“NHMRC support for research translation” - Presentation

Presentation by Professor Anne Kelso AO, NHMRC's Chief Executive Officer on “NHMRC support for research translation” to the First Australian Psychological Society Congress, Session 8G: Research Translation: Implications for Psychological Scientists and Practitioners, 16 September 2016, Melbourne. Full presentation (PDF, 864KB)

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Reconciliation Week 2016

NHMRC has a long history of working to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  Reconciliation is an important part of the culture and goals of our agency. National Reconciliation Week celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. This year’s theme Our History, Our Story, Our Future, encourages us to consider the place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories...

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Science on the Swan, 3 May 2016

Presentation by Professor Anne Kelso AO, NHMRC Chief Executive Officer at the Science on the Swan Conference titled “The changing landscape of medical research: the funders dilemma”, Perth, 3 May 2016. Full presentation  (PDF, 2MB)

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ASID Annual Scientific Meeting - 22 April 2016

Plenary presentation by Professor Anne Kelso AO, NHMRC Chief Executive Officer to the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases Annual Scientific Meeting titled “Responding to present and future infectious disease threats: a funder’s perspective” Launceston, 22 April 2016. Full presentation (PDF, 2.4MB)

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Department of Health, 30 March 2016: NHMRC - strategic issues, opportunities and collaborations

Presentation by Professor Anne Kelso AO, NHMRC Chief Executive Officer to the staff of the Commonwealth Department of Health titled “NHMRC - Strategic Issues, Opportunities and Collaboration”, Canberra, 30 March 2016. Full presentation (PDF, 3.8MB)

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Research Australia University Roundtable - The NHMRC in 2016

Presentation by Professor Anne Kelso AO, NHMRC Chief Executive Officer to the Research Australia University Roundtable titled “The NHMRC in 2016”, Sydney, 17 March 2016. Full presentation (PDF, 532KB)

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CEO Diary - Funding announcement statistics – 9 November 2015

The Minister for Health has today announced $630 million in NHMRC funding to support 836 new research grants. Below is a list of key statistics and figures regarding Project Grants and the broader funding announcement. A full list of outcomes is available on the NHMRC website. Funded rate for all schemes announced on 9 November 2015: 15.6% Total Project Grant funding: $419,719,973 ($419,982,953 last year) Total number of Project Grant applications – 3758 (3700 last year) Number of...

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The future of the NHMRC

Read an article on the future of the NHMRC written by CEO Professor Anne Kelso and published in the Australian Society of Medical Research newsletter. ASMR Newsletter - October 2015 (PDF, 1.2MB)

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Interview with International Innovation - Levelling the field

NHMRC CEO, Professor Anne Kelso, talks about steps NHMRC is taking to improve gender equity in health and medical research in Australia. Interview with International Innovation (PDF, 356KB)

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Interview with International Innovation - Stimulating health research

In her first interview with International Innovation magazine, NHMRC CEO, Professor Anne Kelso, talks about how NHMRC is seizing new opportunities and dealing with the challenges of the health and medical research sector. Interview with International Innovation (PDF 855KB)  

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2015-16 Budget Update

I am pleased to provide you an update on key announcements in the 12 May 2015 Federal Budget related to Health and Medical Research. Developing Northern Australia — positioning the north as a leader in tropical health The Government will provide $15.3 million over four years to invest in research into exotic disease threats to Australia and the region. $6.8 million over four years will be provided to the National Health and Medical Research Council to support research into tropical diseases,...

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CEO Diary – some thoughts on my last day at the desk

As I pack up my desk on my last day as NHMRC’s Chief Executive Officer, I am flooded by thoughts about the last nine years, as well as the future ahead. My first thought is of thanks - thanks to the thousands and thousands of peer reviewers who serve on GRPs and write reviews each year. Without you, NHMRC can’t do its job. It’s mostly thankless work, but a type of mutual obligation (and check out our thanks to all peer reviewers on our website including some special stars...

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Reducing burden and supporting women’s careers

Reducing the reporting burden on researchers In recent years, NHMRC has made considerable efforts to streamline the application process and reduce the burden on researchers applying for NHMRC grants. Next week, we will introduce streamlining initiatives aimed at reducing the burden on researchers once they have received funding from NHMRC.  As of April 1:  Researchers will no longer be required to complete a progress or midterm report using the current forms - instead they will be...

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CEO Diary August 2014 – January 2015

CEO Key External Engagements for August 2014 1 - Meeting with Dr Smith and Professor Kearney, PHRN 7 - Strengthened Export Controls Steering Group Meeting 12 - National Press Club Event (Melbourne) Conversation on Medical Research 14 - CPMC Meeting, Sydney 18 - Cooperative Research Centres Committee meeting 20 - Speaker at Australian Science-Industry Exchange 22 - Queensland Institutes of Health Research – Directors Meeting 24 - Speaker at the Society for Reproductive Biology, Annual...

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Have your say – RGMS performance and early triage

RGMS usability RGMS statistics showed that last year, applicants spent 40% less time on average in RGMS compared to 2013. This follows NHMRCs streamlining efforts which led to the removal of a lot of fields from Project Grant application forms. We hope that the reduction in administrative side of applications has helped but of course, this is just one part of applying to NHMRC and most time is spent developing and honing the Research Proposal. RGMS software has also been upgraded for this year...

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Health and medical researchers for the future - what does Australia need?

Right now, thousands of health and medical researchers across Australia are at their desks, developing applications to the NHMRC. At the same time, new and continuing PhD students are considering their future careers. Australia has never before had a policy discussion on the nation’s  needs for health and medical researchers, but the time has come to think seriously about how best to use Australia’s talent.  This a personal perspective on the role of Australia’s...

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Tribute to Emeritus Professor Donald Metcalf AC

It was with great sadness that I learned about the passing of Emeritus Professor Donald Metcalf. Professor Metcalf was a highly respected researcher whose discovery of, and work on, colony stimulating factors (CSFs) have saved millions of lives worldwide. His breakthrough work on CSFs began in the 1960s. Since CSFs were approved for clinical application in the early 1990s, they have been widely used to boost the immune system of patients undergoing chemotherapy. Professor Metcalf was devoted to...

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NHMRC peer review – debunking the myth of mates funding mates

In an article in yesterday’s Australian, David Uren alleged that ‘the distribution of NHMRC funds needs to be reformed before the pot is fattened.’ He continued, saying that ‘The peer-review process used by the National Health and Medical Research Council too easily descends into mates funding mates.’ Although our records show that Mr Uren has no personal experience in the NHMRC grant application or assessment process, it is important for us all to recognise that...

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A better way - NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres

NHMRC’s ambition to recognise and support strong collaboration in research translation in the health system took another step this week with our international panel interviewing 8 shortlisted candidates for recognition as Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres. Applications for recognition covered most of Australia, showing the high level of national enthusiasm for this concept. Major progress towards realising NHMRC’s vision was very evident in the eight centres...

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Healthy, wealthy and affordable

Transcript of the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute 2014 Derrick-Mackerras Lecture, 21 October 2014. Transcript Each of us in this room, every one of us, has benefited from health and medical research. Our vaccinations in childhood – or maybe you’ve had the Hep B jab as an adult. I’ve had pneumococcal vaccine; probably some of you have as well. Some of you will be on hypertension control drugs, some of you will be like me; on a statin. Some of you will have been...

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Getting ready for the 2015 Project Grants funding round - applying for funding when success rates are low

It’s that time of the year. Christmas looms, university exam marking has been in full swing and many researchers are already thinking about their Project Grant applications for 2015. Funding rules for 2015 will be available shortly and RGMS itself will open for Project Grant  applications a little later than normal, once it has been thoroughly tested following its recent upgrade. When funding rates are low and the competition for funding is so hot, many researchers will be wondering...

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Translation, translation, translation

Plenty of low hanging fruit – NHMRC’s Research Translation Symposium I have written often about the potential for research to reduce the costs of health care especially a great deal of health services and clinical research funded by NHMRC. This was demonstrated in abundance at NHMRC’s Research Translation Faculty Symposium in Melbourne last week. This is an arm in the Virtuous Cycle that must be strengthened. While some research may indeed make health care more expensive (but also more...

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NHMRC’s leadership role in ethics of research involving humans

In Finland this week, a ceremony was held to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Declaration of Helsinki. The Declaration is one of the most important documents in the history of human research ethics and is widely considered the landmark document governing the conduct of clinical research.  Most of the practices that were of grave concern in 1964 are happily rare today. However, researchers and participants now face new ethical dilemmas with the development of new technologies and...

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October grant announcements

Here are some statistics about the grants announced on 17 October 2014 by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Health in Sydney. Project grants Total project grant funding: $419,982,953 ($423.5 million last year) Number of grants funded – 553 (646 last year) Total funded rate – 14.95% (553 out of 3,700) Total number of CIs on funded grants – 1998Of all CI applicants, 1378 were women, 2321 men Category scores for funded grantsCategory 7 - 1 Category 6 - 315 Category 5 - 235 (13.95% of the...

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CEO Diary – April to July 2014

CEO Key External Engagements for April 2014 1 – CEO Roundtable: New Insights into the Biology of Obesity 3 – Meeting with Professor Hugh McDermott and Linda Peterson, Bionics Institute 4 – Meeting with John Tuckwell, Senior Adviser Trade, Economics and Agriculture Research and Innovation Delegation of the European Union to Australia 5 – Presentation – The Rebecca L. Cooper Medical Research Foundation Dinner 8 – NHMRC Indigenous Capacity Building Forum 9...

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Building a healthier nation

An interview with Professor Warwick Anderson AM, CEO NHMRC, published in the October 2014 issue of International Innovation magazine. Building a healthier nation (PDF, 708KB) In the same edition of International Innovation is an interview with Dr Saraid Billiards, Director of Project Grants at NHMRC, about women in science. Exacting change (PDF, 5.9MB)

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Thoughts on peer review at the end of 2014 GRPs

This week marks the end of this year’s Grant Review Panels (GRP) here in Canberra, an epic month-and-a-bit that draws on the time and expertise of hundreds of researchers to peer review thousands of applications. Next, NHMRC’s Research Committee and Council will consider the year’s peer review processes and begin to finalise policies for the year ahead. Peer review is about spending public money responsibly. The people of Australia provide the funding through their taxes, via...

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Webcast: Grant Review Panel Briefing (Monday 11 August)

NHMRC's presentation to Grant Review Panel members was streamed live on Monday 11 August from 9:00AM. A copy of the presentation is available via the following link. Watch the presentation on-demand here Please note the Player Requirements information below if you have trouble viewing the presentation. For more information on how NHMRC Grant Review Panels work, I encourage you to watch the following short video and to read the summary of the GRP processes. Watch the NHMRC Grant Review...

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Building scale, scope and excellence in research and translation

Collaboration between researchers, heath care professionals and the private sector is essential if Australia is to get the most out of its public investment in health and medical research.  Increasingly, collaboration between institutions has become ever more essential to, it we are to maximise resources in pursuit of health benefits from research. We can learn much about how to foster this collaboration in Australia by looking at those who already do it well. The international powerhouses...

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New data set for comment: Project Grant outcomes by institution

Each year NHMRC publishes extensive data of our grant outcomes, including by gender, institution, national health priority area and many more (see also our annual Funding Facts Book). However, we recently received requests from Universities to provide more comprehensive feedback to help them understand their performance relative to others. In response we have prepared the following data set to complement the already publically available data. NHMRC 2013 Project Grant Outcomes (PDF, 228KB...

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