AAMRI e-news May 2019

AAMRI e-news May 2019

3rd May, 2019


May 2019

In this issue

  1. AAMRI news – Tracking Federal Election campaign commitments
  2. Government update – consultations underway
  3. Sector news –  major funding announcements
  4. NHMRC update – Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies grant opportunity
  5. MRFF update – Genomics Health Future Mission
  6. Other funding & award opportunities – Fellowships, travel grants and scholarships
  7. Reports & resources – Amendments to the Gene Technology Regulations
  8. Events, conferences & training opportunities – Earlybird rate for AusMedtech expires 03 May

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1. AAMRI news

As we draw closer to the Federal Election, we will be keeping you informed of key annoucements, commitments and news via our e-newsletters and twitter feed.

2019 Federal Election – campaign commitments

We’ve had various medical research funding announcements from all parties. The Liberals have outlined their vision for the MRFF over the next decade, Labor have made new pledges for cancer research, and the Greens have recently put out their science policy. We’re keeping track of all the medical research and health election commitments made by the major parties in the lead up to the Federal Election on our website where you can check out the latest pledges from the main parties.

AAMRI Election Statement

We are working to hard to have our Election Statement at the front of all candidates and politicians minds in the lead up to the Federal Election. Thank you to all our Members who helped spread the word by sharing our media release, the animation (see below) and Election Statement.

We will continue campaigning on behalf of the sector and keep you posted on key announcements.

Member news

2019 AAMRI Convention – save the date

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

AAMRI Member Networks

AAMRI operates a variety of member networks in key business areas that discuss issues, share ideas and network at an annual event.

AAMRI Research Governance & Research Strategy Workshop, 29-30 May 2019

The 2019 AAMRI Research Governance & Research Strategy Workshop is the annual networking event for two AAMRI Staff Networks – the Research Governance Network and the Research Strategy Network. This is a free AAMRI event for professional staff working at our member medical research institutes. The workshop will be held 29-30 May in Melbourne at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. Registrations for the event are now open. You can read more about the workshop on our website, or register here.

How to join

AAMRI’s staff networks connect professional staff at AAMRI member institutes with their counterparts to discuss common challenges and issues facing the medical research sector. There are currently five active AAMRI staff networks – HR, IT, Research Governance, Research Strategy and Research Administration Officers (RAO). For information on AAMRI Networks, upcoming network events and how to join, visit the AAMRI website.

2.  Government update 



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. Please contact Peter Thomas if you are interested in contributing to AAMRI’s submission.

Implementation of the National Science and Research Priorities – discussion paper now available

The ARC is examining its implementation of the National Science and Research Priorities and associated Practical Research Challenges under the National Competitive Grants Program. It has published a brief Discussion Paper setting out the scope of the review, and providing a number of questions to guide discussion. Submissions are now open and will close at 11.59pm on Thursday, 16 May 2019. Please contact Peter Thomas if you are interested in contributing to AAMRI’s submission.

Building Our Innovation Economy – Advance Queensland Strategy (Draft)

Have your say on the new Advance Queensland Strategy (Draft). All responses received will shape the Queensland Government’s next Advance Queensland Strategy, scheduled for release later this year. Public consultation closes on 15 May 2019.

Consulting on building the evidence on primary health care

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is developing a National Primary Health Care Data Asset to gain a better understanding of the patient’s journey and experiences within the healthcare system, including their reason for an encounter with a clinician, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes. Interested parties can provide a formal submission up to 30 May 2019 through the AIHW’s Consultation Hub.

Artificial Intelligence: Australia’s Ethics Framework

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is seeking your views on a discussion paper to inform the Government’s approach to AI ethics in Australia. The discussion paper was developed by CSIRO’s Data61 and designed to encourage conversations about AI ethics in Australia. Submissions close 31 May 2019.

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

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety released its second Background Paper on 02 May as part of the Royal Commission’s work. The Royal Commision invites interested members of the public and institutions to make submissions to the Royal Commission. They will continue to accept submissions until at least the end of September 2019.

3.  Sector news

Funding announcements:

See our MRFF section below for details on recent MRFF funding announcements.

4.  NHMRC update

NHMRC – Partnership Projects

This funding scheme provides funding and support to create new opportunities for researchers and policy makers to work together to define research questions, undertake research, interpret the findings and implement the findings into policy and practice. It has a continuous application process. More details of the NHMRC website.

Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies 2019 Grant Opportunity

The objective of the Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants 2019 opportunity is to support high-quality clinical trials and cohort studies that address important gaps in knowledge, leading to relevant and implementable findings for the benefit of human health. Closes 08 May 2019.

Ideas Grants 2019

The expected outcomes of the Ideas Grant are: innovative and creative research, funding of researchers at all career stages, and
funding any area of health and medical research from discovery to implementation. Closes 08 May 2019.

NHMRC Participation in the next e-ASIA call for research

The NHMRC e-ASIA Joint Research Program scheme (NHMRC-e-ASIA JRP scheme) will support Australian participation and collaboration in leading international collaborative research through the e-ASIA Joint Research Program. Application close 14 May 2019.

Postgraduate Scholarships for funding commencing in 2020

The NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships scheme funds successful applicants to attain a research based postgraduate degree (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Research Masters Degree). The objective of the Postgraduate Scholarship scheme is to support outstanding graduates early in their careers so they can be trained to conduct health and medical research that is internationally competitive. Closes 12 June 2019.

5.  MRFF update

Register on GrantConnect to receive MRFF funding alerts

All MRFF funding opportunities are advertised through GrantConnect. Make sure you register so you receive the latest funding updates.

Recent MRFF funding announcements

MRFF funding opportunities

There’s been a steady stream of MRFF funding announcements over the last few months. We’ve made a handy table to help you keep track of what funding schemes are open and where to go for further information.

Genomics Health Futures Mission – Projects Grant Opportunity

The new Genomics Health Futures Mission (GHFM) is now open for Australian researchers. Grants are $100k to $5 million over three years. This grant opportunity is the first round of the Projects Grant and the Ethical, Legal and Social Issues Research Grant streams. Closes 5pm ACT local time, 31 May, 2019.

Genomics Health Futures Mission – Flagships – Pathogen Genomics

The $106 million Flagships stream forms part of the GHFM and will be delivered over nine years from 2019-20 to 2027-28 through a number of rounds. This grant opportunity is the first round of the Flagships stream. Grants range from $1-10 million for a maximum length of four years. Closes 5pm ACT local time, 11 July 2019.

6.  Other funding & award opportunities

Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme (PdCCRS) 

The PdCCRS is Cancer Australia’s innovative annual national research project grants funding scheme which brings together government and other funders to collaboratively fund cancer research in identified priority areas in Australia. Experienced investigators as well as Early Career Researchers with less than 7 years post-PhD or post-MBBS are eligible to apply. Closes 5pm ACT local time 15 May, 2019. 

Cancer Institute NSW Fellowships

The Cancer Institute NSW Fellowships are now open for applications for Early Career Fellowships (<5 years post-doctoral) and Career Development Fellowships (5-10 years post-doctoral). Both schemes are open to full time researchers and to clinician researchers (minimum 60% research time). Closing date 12 noon, 16 May 2019.

2019 Australia-China Young Scientists Exchange Program (YSEP) applications now open

YSEP funds an annual exchange of Australian and Chinese early to mid-career researchers in the fields of science, technology and medicine. It is open to researchers in academia / research institutes and to researchers in business / industry.  Australian participants travel to China during 28 October-9 November 2019. Participants’ travel, accommodation and associated living costs will be covered by the program. Details will be available on the Applied website. Closes 9am (AEST) 20 May, 2019.

AMP Tomorrow Fund

The AMP Tomorrow Fund is now calling for applications. Once again, it is open to individuals of all ages and abilities – including health and medical researchers. Grants of up to $100,000 can cover a range of activities including training, travel and equipment, living expenses and research. The AMP Tomorrow Fund website’s Tips and tools section includes FAQs and useful resources such as downloadable posters, fact sheets and a sample application. The site also features profiles on past AMP Tomorrow Makers, as well as short videos. Closing date 4pm 27 May 2019.

Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellowship

Georgina Sweet Award for Women in Quantitative Biomedical Science provides up to three awards of $25,000 – each will be made each year to Australian female researchers who demonstrate excellence in the area of quantitative biomedical science. Applications for this year’s award are now open will close on May 31 2019.

They also feature a Georgina Sweet Travel Support for a Female Keynote Speaker in Quantitative Biomedical Science – up to three awards of $3,000 each are available each year to support the attendance of a female keynote speaker at an Australian conference.  Applications are open at any time until awards have been allocated for the year.

Australian Academy of Science 2020 awards now open

Nominations and applications are open for the 2020 Australian Academy of Science awards. Central to the purpose of the Academy is the recognition and support of outstanding contributions to the advancement of science. Closing date for research conference and lecture funding, research awards and travelling fellowships – 01 June 2019.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation 2020 Investigator Initiated Research Scheme

The NBCF Investigator Initiated Research Scheme will support the salary (if requested) and research costs (or portions thereof) of outstanding investigators with a vision to expand the scale and scope of breast cancer research in Australia. Closing date 5pm Monday 3 June 2019.

Research Australia Awards – Nominations now open

As the national peak body for health and medical research, these prestigious awards are the celebration of the outstanding efforts and achievements of individuals and teams who drive and support the opportunities that health and medical innovation bring to each and every one of our lives. Visit their website for a full list of categories. Nominations close COB Friday, 05 July 2019.

Funding available for Women’s Leadership Development

Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s health sector. The initiative is providing women with grants of between $3,000 – $7,000 to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs. The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for health sector women; however the funding is strictly limited and has to be allocated prior to the end of this financial year. Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to 07 June 2019.

Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Grants

The CRC support medium to long term industry-led collaborations to solve industry problems and deliver tangible outcomes. There is no minimum and maximum grant amount. Grants to date have ranged between $7 million and $75 million, depending on the scope and complexity of the project. Closes 01 July 2019.

2019/2020 Fulbright Future Scholarships – Open until July 15

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission will double the number of scholarships on offer this year, via a new program of scholarships funded through a generous private donation. Australian medical researchers, scientists and practitioners have the chance to take their work to the U.S, available to postgraduate students, PhD researchers, academics, postdocs, and professionals. Awardees will receive funding for full tuition/visiting researcher expenses at a U.S. institution of their choice, as well as travel and living costs. Applications close 15 July 2019.

7.  Reports and resources

Women in STEM Decadal Plan

The Women in STEM Decadal Plan is now available – it outlines one vision and six opportunities for all organisations across the STEM ecosystem to harness and guide their own implementation strategies. The six opportunities are leadership and cohesion, evaluation, workplace culture, visibility, education and industry action. The implementation stage now begins. You can download the Women in STEM Decadal Plan now.

Update – National Clinical Trials Governance Framework and NSQHS Standards

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) has developed the draft National Clinical Trials Governance Framework (the Governance Framework), on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Health and all state and territory health departments. This is a first step to a nationally consistent accreditation approach for health service organisations undertaking clinical trials.

Advancing Women in STEM Strategy

The government’s strategy for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) aims to increase gender equity in STEM education and careers. New STEM initiatives funded through the 2019-20 Budget include an additional $1.8 million over the next three years to support the ongoing operations of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative. An additional $1.5 million over three years will support a digital awareness program to show young Australian women the importance of STEM to their future. These initiatives build on the $4.5 million allocation in the 2018-19 Budget which included support for the work of Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith as the Women in STEM Ambassador, and the development of a Girls in STEM Toolkit.

2019 Amendments to the Gene Technology Regulations 2001

After extensive consultation, the Technical Review has concluded with the Legislative and Governance Forum on Gene Technology (the Forum) approving amendments to the Gene Technology Regulations 2001. Amendments have been made to the Gene Technology Regulations to make the legal position of genome editing clearer. The amendments will commence in three stages which you you can read about on the Office of Gene Technology Regulator website.

From the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

8.  Events, conferences & training opportunities

AusMedtech 2019, 14-15 May 2019 (Melbourne) – earlybird expires Friday, 03 May

Register for AusMedtech 2019 by close of business this Friday 3 May to save $100 per registration, on both member and non-member rates. After this, late-registration rates will apply.

8th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation – abstracts open – 19-20 November 2019 (Melbourne)

The call for abstracts for the Symposium 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 provides a platform for NHMRC’s community of researchers and others with an interest in the creation and use of research evidence, to share information and experiences, and to be challenged by new ideas or approaches.

Australian Dementia Forum 2019 – Shining a light on the impact of dementia research – 13-14 June 2019 (Hobart)

The theme for the 2019 Forum, Shining a light on the impact of dementia research, will examine how best 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. Call for abstracts is open, if you have an idea, experience or story to share, you are invited to submit an abstract for a presentation, poster, or roundtable discussion from 19 November 2018.

2019 Women and Heart Disease Forum, 19 June 2019 (Sydney)

This biennial forum hosted by the Heart Foundation will bring together health professionals from a wide range of disciplines to try and improve heart health outcomes for women.

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

The Australian Clinical Trials Alliance have released their Program of Australian and International experts. Key dates – Abstract submission closes 24 June 2019, Early bird registration closes 31 July 2019. Abstract submission for the ACTA International Clinical Trials Conference 2019 is closes 24 June 2019.

Australian British Health Catalyst (ABHC) 2019 – 8-11 July 2019 (London, UK)

The Australian British Health Catalyst (ABHC) is designed to facilitate and promote the exchange of ideas and experience in healthcare in Australia and the UK. With a focus on integrated healthcare in a digital world, participants will be healthcare leaders in Government, technology and research experts, public health administrators, private health executives, academics and innovators. You can download the programme from their website.

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

Plenary speakers, program themes and abstract submission dates now available on the website. Conference flyer also available to download.

Training opportunities

Short courses @ JBI (Adelaide)

The Joanna Briggs Institute offers a range of education and training courses for clinicians, managers, educators, academics and students from the fields of nursing, allied health, medicine, information science and the health sciences. Currently open for registration are: Clinical Leadership Program, Evidence-based Clinical Fellowship Program and GRADE Workshop.

New pilot program – Australian Postgraduate Research (APR) Intern

Over the next four years, APR.Intern will undergo a national expansion placing 1,400 new research internships into industry from 2017 to 2020 in collaboration with 19 universities nationwide. A new Australian Government rebate of 50% on the cost of a typical five month PhD internship of $26k, is now available to all small-to-medium and large enterprise, as well as government agencies, exclusively through the APR.Intern program. The first full round of Block Internships is planned to open for applications later this year.