23 April 2019

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

Key application dates

Heavy traffic through the Research Help Centre close to the closing dates of grant opportunity rounds

The Research Help Centre (RHC) is experiencing a significant increase in enquires close to the closing dates of grant applications. Applicants are encouraged to prepare ahead of the closing date and to contact their RAO in the first instance if they are requiring assistance.

To ensure that your enquiry can be met by the RHC please allow up to 72 hours for a response.

Applicants are reminded that Synergy Grants closes at 5.00pm (AEST) on 1 May 2019. All policy enquiries about this scheme should be submitted to NHMRC by COB 23 April 2019. Ideas Grants and Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants close at 5.00pm (AEST) on 8 May 2019. All policy enquiries about these schemes should be submitted to NHMRC by COB 30 April 2019.

Only applicants that completed minimum data can submit a full application. Applications submitted after close of round will not be accepted.

Scheme application numbers 

A total of 3,153 applications met minimum data requirements for Ideas Grants. For Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies, 669 applications met minimum data. NHMRC is very appreciative of the willingness of the sector to make themselves available for peer review and for their patience as we work through how to deal with this large volume of applications.  

NHMRC is currently revising membership requirements for these schemes and anticipates that those who have expressed interest will be approached to provide their conflict of interest and suitability declarations in RGMS in mid-May. Final panel appointments will be contingent on the results of these surveys, as well as the number and spread of applications submitted to NHMRC by close of the rounds on 8 May 2019.

ANZSRC Review – public consultation

The Australian Research Council, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Statistics New Zealand and the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment are undertaking a joint review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC). Public consultation for the ANZSRC Review is now open. Submissions close on 7 June 2019; see the website for further information.

NHMRC Institutional Annual Compliance Reporting

Thanks to all institutions who have already completed the Institutional Annual Compliance Report template for 2018 in RGMS. All NHMRC administering institutions are required to submit a report by 30 April 2019. Further information is available on NHMRC’s website.

Submit an abstract for the 8th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation

The call for abstracts for the Symposium to be held in Melbourne in November 2019 is now open. The theme for this year is "Research Translation in the digital age: harnessing the power of data and analytical technologies". The Symposium will reflect on how we might more effectively optimise the use of health and medical research data, across the entire range of research funded by NHMRC, to inform health care policy and practice. 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.

Early bird registrations now open for the Australian Dementia Forum 2019 - Shining a light on the impact of dementia research

The forum will be held in Hobart on 13-14 June 2019. It will examine how to maximise the impact and benefit of dementia research to the whole community - for people living with dementia, their families and carers and those at risk of dementia - through accelerated research translation.

Visit NNIDR’s website for more information and to register your attendance.