1 July 2019

Tracker is a fortnightly email newsletter that informs the Australian research community about major NHMRC activities and funding opportunities.

Key application dates

2020 New Grant Program: application dates for major schemes

After receiving feedback from the sector, NHMRC has set the open, minimum data and close dates for the following major grant schemes in 2020.

Scheme Open Minimum data due Close
Investigator Grants 2 October 2019 30 October 2019 27 November 2019
Synergy Grants 26 February 2020 25 March 2020 22 April 2020
CTCS Grants 4 March 2020 1 April 2020 29 April 2020
Ideas Grants 11 March 2020 8 April 2020 6 May 2020





Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies 2019 update

The peer review process has begun. Application scoring commenced on 28 June 2019 and will close 24 July 2019.

The 2019 Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies (CTCS) Grant Review Panels will meet face-to-face in Canberra from 26 August to 20 September 2019.

NHMRC sincerely thanks all panel members involved in the CTCS grant review process.

Ideas Grants 2019 update

Membership of week 1 to 3 panels has been finalised and panel members have been notified of their spokesperson allocations. The deadline for submission of assessments in RGMS is COB 19 July 2019.

Membership of week 4 to 6 panels and spokesperson allocations are currently being finalised. Panel members can expect to be notified of their allocations on 15 July 2019.

NHMRC sincerely thanks everyone who has volunteered their time and expertise to submit conflict of interest and suitability declarations and provide assessments for Ideas Grants applications.

Investigator Grants 2019 update

Discussion by exception panel meetings via videoconference are complete and funding recommendations are being prepared.

Panel members are reminded of the importance of confidentiality of the peer review process.

NHMRC would like to thank all members for their assistance this year and encourage them to provide feedback on their experience by completing the Investigator Grant Panel Member survey.

Evaluation of NHMRC’s grant program

An evaluation framework has been established to measure the impact of NHMRC’s restructured grant program. This framework, developed by RAND Corporation Australia, provides a range of possible metrics and NHMRC will work with its Principal Committees to determine what to measure now and longer term.

Further information, including the evaluation framework, is available here.

Updated process for granting Administering Institution status

NHMRC has revised its process for granting Administering Institution (AI) status, which is required for institutions that want to administer NHMRC funding. Current AIs do not need to re-apply. Institutions wanting to apply for AI status should complete and submit the AI application form.

NHMRC has also updated the gender equality policy requirements with which all AIs are required to comply. The wording of the requirements has been updated to reflect contemporary language. In line with NHMRC’s Gender Equality Strategy 2018–2021, an additional requirement about supporting environments that are free from bias, discrimination and sexual or other harassment has also been added.

Direct Research Costs guidelines updated

NHMRC Direct Research Costs (DRC) Guidelines provide guidance on expenditure of NHMRC funds. These guidelines have recently been revised to align with NHMRC’s new grant program.

The updated guidelines apply to all new expenditure commitments from NHMRC grants.

Stakeholders should familiarise themselves with the updated guidelines.

Draft clinical practice guidelines for keratinocyte cancer

Cancer Council Australia (the developer) has released the draft Clinical Practice Guidelines for Keratinocyte Cancer for public consultation until the 8 July 2019.

The developer will be seeking NHMRC approval of the guideline under section 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992.

To access the guideline and provide comment please visit the Cancer Council website.

8th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation – Last day to submit your abstract!

Today is the last day that you can submit your abstract for the 8th Symposium to be held in Melbourne in November 2019. Submit yours now.

The theme this year is "Research Translation in the digital age: harnessing the power of data and analytical technologies." Keynote and plenary speaker details, along with registration information, is now available.