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AAMRI e-news July 2019 –


1. AAMRI news

AAMRI happy election commitments met as MRFF receives $7.8 billion

The $7.eight billion commitment to the Medical Analysis Future Fund (MRFF), introduced in June, is the most important single funding made to Australian medical research. In the course of the federal election medical research institutes have been eager to see the coalition affirm their promise to completely fund the MRFF, and the injection of funds is nice news for the sector.

“We congratulate the Government in prioritising medical research and honouring their election promise to the MRFF,” stated AAMRI President Elect Professor Jonathan Carapetis. Read the complete media launch on our web site.

AAMRI submission to the draft Nationwide Medical High quality Registry (CQR) Strategy

Working with our members AAMRI has put forward a submission to the draft national technique for CQRs. AAMRI’s submission states there are opportunity for a nationwide strategy to offer general path, shared encourage studying between CQRs (both nationally and internationally) and to make sure that Australia has the CQRs it needs to satisfy the well being challenges of the longer term.

Our submission highlights the necessity for the position of researchers to be higher recognised throughout the draft Strategy, as it is researchers that interrogate CQRs and unlock much of their worth. Learn the complete submission on our website.

Member news

2019 AAMRI Conference – save the date

The 2019 AAMRI Convention will take place on 27 and 28 November 2019 at the Hyatt Lodge Canberra. Please save the date in your diary and we look ahead to seeing you there.

AAMRI Member Networks

AAMRI operates quite a lot of member networks in key enterprise areas that debate points, share ideas and community at an annual event.

Easy methods to be a part of

AAMRI’s employees networks connect skilled employees at AAMRI member institutes with their counterparts to debate widespread challenges and points dealing with the medical analysis sector. There are at present 5 lively AAMRI employees networks – HR, IT, Analysis Governance, Research Technique and Analysis Administration Officers (RAO). Networks for philanthropy and authorized counsel are underneath improvement. For info on AAMRI Networks, upcoming network events and learn how to be a part of, go to the AAMRI web site.

AAMRI’s Analysis Governance and Analysis Technique Networks (pictured above)

The annual workshop for AAMRI’s Research Governance and Research Technique Networks was held at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute on 29-30th Might. Over 80 professional employees from 29 medical research institutes around the nation came collectively for two days of discussions on key sector issues together with managing research knowledge, getting ready for the up to date Code of Conduct, navigating the funding panorama and methods to guage analysis influence.

2.  Government replace


Expenditure on Youngsters in the Northern Territory

The Australian Government has requested the Productivity Fee to conduct a research into government expenditure within the Northern Territory on youngsters and household providers aimed toward preventing harm to youngsters. The Fee will look at ways to improve these funding arrangements and the providers they deliver. Initial submissions are due by Wednesday 10 July, 2019.

Session Paper on the Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Providers 2020-21

The Unbiased Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) has launched its Consultation Paper on the Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Providers 2020-21. IHPA’s Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Providers is revised and revealed annually. It outlines the rules, scope and methodology adopted by IHPA to find out the Nationwide Environment friendly Worth and the National Environment friendly Value Determinations for Australian public hospital providers for the precise monetary yr. Public consultation will close on Monday, 15 July 2019.

Indigenous Evaluation Strategy

The Australian Government has asked the Productiveness Fee to develop a whole-of-government analysis strategy for policies and packages affecting Indigenous Australians, to be used by all Australian Authorities businesses. The Fee may also assessment the efficiency of businesses towards the technique over time. Initial submissions are due by Friday 23 August 2019.

Royal Commission into Aged Care High quality and Safety – second background paper released

The Royal Commission into Aged Care High quality and Security launched its second Background Paper on 02 Might as part of the Royal Fee’s work. The Royal Commission invites members of the general public and institutions to make submissions to the Royal Fee. They may continue to simply accept submissions till at the least the top of September 2019.

Personalised medical units

The International Medical System Regulators Forum as consulting on definitions and regulatory pathways for Regulatory Authorities to think about within the regulation of medical units which might be meant for individual sufferers. Feedback are being sought on a draft steerage doc. Submissions are due by 24 July 2019.

3.  Sector news

Nationwide Preventive Health Technique announced

In June it was announced by Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt, that an Australian Preventive Well being Strategy is to be established. Mr Hunt made the announcement firstly of the PHAA’s Public Well being Prevention Convention. We’ll maintain members up to date with the consultation dates when they’re posted.

Government accepts stillbirth report suggestions

The Authorities has accepted the recommendations made by the Senate Choose Committee on Stillbirth Analysis and Schooling Report. The Government has agreed to, or agreed in precept to all the suggestions, and their response embrace creating a National Stillbirth Action and Implementation Plan, investing in stillbirth research, creating greatest apply, culturally applicable assets for well being professionals and fogeys and families, and working with States and Territories to make enhancements in several key areas. Extra info may be found within the Minister’s media release.

Australian Greens announce new portfolio obligations

The Australian Greens have introduced up to date portfolios, as determined at Monday’s assembly of the Australian Greens Celebration Room. The complete listing might be seen on their website.

Funding announcements:

See our MRFF part under for details on current MRFF funding announcements.

4.  NHMRC update

2020 New Grant Program: software dates for main schemes

After receiving suggestions from the sector, the NHMRC has set the open, minimum knowledge and close dates for the following main grant schemes in 2020.

Scheme Open Minimum knowledge due Shut
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
Concepts Grants 11 March 2020 8 April 2020 6 Might 2020

Updated course of for granting Administering Establishment status

NHMRC has revised its course of for granting Administering Institution (AI) status, which is required for establishments that need to administer NHMRC funding. Current AIs don’t have to re-apply. Establishments wanting to apply for AI standing ought to full and submit the AI software type.

Direct Research Costs tips up to date

NHMRC Direct Research Costs (DRC) tips have been revised to align with NHMRC’s new grant program and provide steerage on expenditure of NHMRC funds. The updated tips apply to all new expenditure commitments from NHMRC grants and funding requests in NHMRC purposes.

NHMRC – Partnership Tasks

This funding scheme offers funding and help to create new alternatives for researchers and policy makers to work together to outline research questions, undertake research, interpret the findings and implement the findings into policy and follow. Extra details on the Partnerships Tasks on the NHMRC web site. For this round, purposes shut on 14 August 2019 with minimum knowledge due 31 July 2019.

NHMRC Authorship Information and the Management of Knowledge and Info in Research Information

To help researchers and establishments, NHMRC, Australian Research Council (ARC) and Universities Australia (UA) developed the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Analysis 2018. To help the implementation of the 2018 Code, NHMRC, ARC and UA are creating a set of guides, two of that are the Authorship Information and the Administration of Knowledge and Info in Research Guide.

5.  MRFF replace

Funding announcements:

Genomics Health Futures Mission – Flagships – Pathogen Genomics – deadline extended

The $106 million Flagships stream types a part of the GHFM and can be delivered over 9 years from 2019-20 to 2027-28 by means of numerous rounds. Because of the federal election in Might, the appliance round has been delayed and now closes 5pm ACT local time, 12 September 2019. This grant alternative is the first spherical of the Flagships stream. Grants range from $1-10 million for a most size of four years.

MRFF International Medical Trial Collaborations (ICTC) Program

The ICTC Grant Opportunity will present help for Australian analysis groups to conduct medical trial research in collaboration with worldwide counterparts. This program has a steady software process. For this round, minimal knowledge due 31 July 2019, purposes close 15 August 2019.

Register on GrantConnect to obtain MRFF funding alerts

MRFF funding alternatives are advertised by way of GrantConnect. Ensure you register so that you obtain the newest funding updates.

MRFF funding alternatives

We’ve made a useful table that will help you hold monitor of what funding schemes are open and where to go for further info.

6.  Different funding & award alternatives

2020 CSL Centenary Fellowships

The CSL Centenary Fellowships for early-mid career medical researchers are high-value awards obtainable to Australians who want to continue a profession in medical analysis in Australia. Two particular person five-year $1.25 million fellowships are awarded each calendar yr. Purposes close on the 31 July 2019.

Falling Walls Lab Australia – purposes now open

The Australian Academy of Science invites purposes from postdocs and college students, entrepreneurs, engineers and innovators to present at Falling Walls Lab Australia. 15 candidates can be selected to participate, each giving a three-minute presentation on their analysis, enterprise mannequin or initiative based mostly on the idea ‘Which walls will fall next?’. The winner could have their travel bills and attendance paid for to attend the Falling Partitions Convention in Berlin 8–9 November. Purposes close 9am (AEST) 11 July, 2019.

2019/2020 Fulbright Future Scholarships – Open till July 15

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission will double the number of scholarships on supply this yr, by way of a brand new program of scholarships funded by way of a beneficiant personal donation. Australian medical researchers, scientists and practitioners have the prospect to take their work to the U.S, out there to postgraduate students, PhD researchers, teachers, postdocs, and professionals. Awardees will receive funding for full tuition/visiting researcher expenses at a U.S. institution of their selection, as well as travel and dwelling costs. Purposes close 15 July 2019.

2019 Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation

Two 2019 Victoria Prizes for Science & Innovation, value $50,000 each, shall be awarded to outstanding science leaders: one for Life Sciences and one Physical Sciences. Purposes shut 5pm, 17 July 2019.

Metcalf Prizes for Stem Cell Analysis

Annually, the Nationwide Stem Cell Basis of Australia awards and celebrates two exceptional mid-career stem cell researchers with the Metcalf Prizes for Stem Cell Research. The Metcalf Prizes, each value $50,000, are awarded to at least one male and one female stem cell researcher, working in Australia, between 5-10 years past their PhD or MD (research-based). Purposes close Monday 29 July 2019.

2020 HOT NORTH Early Profession Fellowship and Profession Improvement Fellowship

HOT NORTH presents aggressive analysis funding of $77,950 (ECF) and $92,070 (CDF) for 1-year Fellowships targeted on Northern Australia and the region and aligned with the five HOT NORTH analysis themes: pores and skin well being, respiratory well being, antimicrobial resistance, continual illnesses, and vector borne and rising illnesses. Purposes close 16 August 2019.

Purposes open for visit to the National Institutes of Well being in the USA by a junior scientist

The Australian Academy of Science invites purposes from junior scientists to visit the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in america of America in 2020. The deadline for purposes is 9 am (AEST) Friday 13 September 2019.

2020 Australia Harvard Fellowships are Open

These Fellowships primarily goal to convey outstanding senior Harvard researchers to Australia to share their information with Australian researchers. Return visits by Australian researchers who’ve beforehand hosted Harvard researchers can also be permitted. Purposes shut 09 October 2019.

7.  Studies and assets

Nationwide Strategic Action Plan for Ache Administration

Launched in June, the Motion Plan was developed by Painaustralia with federal authorities funding and proposed eight key objectives in its imaginative and prescient for 2021. It can be read online in full – here.

2019 Strategic Roadmap for Dementia Analysis and Translation

The NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR) 2019 Strategic Roadmap for Dementia Research and Translation was launched in June on the Australian Dementia Discussion board in Hobart. Learn the media launch online here.

2019 Sector Competitiveness Plan

MTPConnect has launched their 2019 Sector Competitiveness Plan (SCP). MTPConnect launched their first SCP in 2016; a basis plan for the MTP sector and MTPConnect. They revealed an replace in 2018 and now, as part of a strategy of annual assessment, they’ve released their 2019 plan which captures the evolving nature of the sector.

IP Australia issued two research papers on how Australia’s IP methods are used

IP Australia has launched two economic research papers which give new proof for a way Australia’s mental property (IP) methods are used. The first research explores the extent to which Australia’s commerce mark register is cluttered with out-of-use or overly broad trade marks. The second research reveals which Australian industries make intensive use of registered design rights, and the way Australia’s design financial system compares to those of our worldwide peers.

From the Australian Institute of Well being and Welfare

eight.  Occasions, conferences & training opportunities

Strategies for Success: Implementing Gender Workforce Targets in STEMM – 25 July 2019 (Sydney)

This one-day symposium is bringing collectively the STEMM workforce to workshop obstacles and share solutions to the issues round attaining gender fairness targets.

The Politics of Mental Health – Sydney 22 July 2019 & Melbourne 23 July 2019

Half of all Australians will experience psychological ill-health of their lifetime. The prevalence of mental illness in young individuals is on the rise. The World Health Group confirms that melancholy will overtake heart disease because the number one explanation for disease burden worldwide by 2030. A panel of specialists and politicians shall be sharing concepts on what might be completed to enhance mental health service provision and the psychological health outcomes of all Australians. Alastair Campbell might be joined by Professor Patrick McGorry, Christopher Pyne, Dee Madigan (Melbourne solely), and Helen Christensen (Sydney only).

ACTA International Medical Trials Conference – 2-5 October 2019 (Sydney)

The Australian Medical Trials Alliance have released their Program of Australian and International specialists. Early chook registration closes 31 July, 2019.

The ACTA International Medical Trials Conference abstract deadline has been prolonged to Monday eight July to permit those that have been unable to make the unique deadline to submit.

eighth Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation – abstracts open – 19-20 November 2019 (Melbourne)

The decision for abstracts for the Symposium is now open. The theme for this yr is “Research Translation in the digital age: harnessing the power of data and analytical technologies”. The Symposium supplies a platform for NHMRC’s group of researchers and others with an interest in the creation and use of research proof, to share info and experiences, and to be challenged by new concepts or approaches.

14th World Congress on Inflammation, 15-19 Sept, 2019 (Sydney) – EOI open

Plenary speakers, program themes and abstract submission dates now out there on the web site. Conference flyer additionally out there to obtain.

Australian Delegation to the MedTech Conference – 23 September 2019 (Boston)

MTPConnect invitations the Australian medical know-how sector to hitch the Australian delegation to The MedTech Conference – 23-25 September 2019 in Boston, MA. MTPConnect need to showcase outstanding progressive medical applied sciences, Australia’s unique capabilities, and construct invaluable connections into international markets. They’re providing registration at AUD$1,000 (together with GST). Please notice that this doesn’t embrace registration to the MedTech Conference, lodging or air fares, nevertheless reductions are available – read extra.

Molecular Approaches to Malaria 2020 – 23-27 February (Victoria)

The Molecular Approaches to Malaria Conference (MAM) 2020 shall be held subsequent yr in Lorne, Victoria. The conference will take place over a span of 5 days from Sunday 23 February – Thursday 27 February 2020. MAM 2020 will function leading specialists in the subject whereas providing opportunities for younger researchers and scientists from malaria endemic nations to showcase their research by means of chosen talks and posters from submitted abstracts. Early Hen registration is now open for the conference and have to be paid in full by 30 September 2019.

Coaching opportunities

New pilot program – Australian Postgraduate Research (APR) Intern

Over the subsequent four years, APR.Intern will bear a nationwide enlargement putting 1,400 new analysis internships into business from 2017 to 2020 in collaboration with 19 universities nationwide. A brand new Australian Authorities rebate of 50% on the price of a typical 5 month PhD internship of $26okay, is now obtainable to all small-to-medium and enormous enterprises, in addition to authorities businesses, solely by way of the APR.Intern program. The first full spherical of Block Internships is planned to open for purposes later this yr.