AAMRI e-news November 2019

AAMRI e-news November 2019

7th November, 2019

In this issue

  1. AAMRI news – VicAAMRI Budget Submission focussing on Indirect Costs
  2. Government update – Consultations currently open
  3. Sector news –  Global talent program fast tracking permanent residency
  4. NHMRC update – New targeted calls for research
  5. MRFF update – ICTC & Investigator grants key dates
  6. Other funding & award opportunities – Jian Zhou Medal nominations open
  7. Reports & resources – Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality & Safety Interim Report
  8. Events, conferences & training opportunities – Catalysing Gender Equity 2020

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1. AAMRI news

VicAAMRI update

VicAAMRI Budget Submission

This budget, the Victorian chapter of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (VicAAMRI) is calling on the State Government to strategically invest in the medical research sector by providing an additional $20 million per year to cover the gaps in research funding.

You can read more about this in our media release, and also view our animation below explaining indirect costs and the need for additional funding. You can support our efforts and help us spread the word on Twitter.

Budget Submission: 
Life Changing – VicAAMRI budget submission 2020-21

Media Release
VicAAMRI: life changing research and finding the funds for indirect costs

Explained: indirect costs and why we are asking for an increase of $20 million dollars for the Operational Infrastructure Support Program in the next Vic Budget.

AAMRI Members

The Research Impact Project

Last year AAMRI established a Research Impact Working Group to develop a framework that will enable medical research institutes to measure how their research contributes to knowledge, society, health and the economy. The first phase fo the project consists of a Research Impact Survey, which has been extended to close this Friday, 08 November. We are now recruiting for Phase 2 of the Project, if you would like to participate, please read below and register your interest.

Phase 2 – How can research impact be developed and improved?
Developing a Framework for Understanding the Impact of Research

The second phase of the Project will involve AAMRI member medical research institutes participating in a Delphi process (up to four rounds) to build on the knowledge from Phase 1 and co-develop the framework for identifying and measuring research impact. Any questions can be email to researchimpact@aamri.org.au.

2019 AAMRI Convention – last chance to register

The 2019 AAMRI Convention will take place in just a few weeks on 27 and 28 November 2019 at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra. This year we will be analysing the big issues facing the sector, and dedicating more time to member discussion and the development of AAMRI strategy and policies.

We will be joined by the Chief Executive of the NHMRC, Professor Anne Kelso AO, as well as Professor Sir John Savill (Executive Director of the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health, and former Chief Executive of the UK Medical Research Council). The guest speaker for the AAMRI Dinner will be the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, and the guest speaker for the AAMRI President’s Breakfast will be the Shadow Minister for Health, the Hon Chris Bowen MP. See the agenda for further details.

AAMRI Submissions

Impact of new accountancy standards on research grants

In this submission AAMRI outlines the difficulties facing the research sector because of differing interpretations of a new accountancy standard, AASB15, including its impact on how to recognise grant revenue on time. AAMRI recommends that the standard be changed to provide the clarity the sector needs, as well as delaying its implementation until there is agreement on how the standard should be interpreted.

MRFF Stem Cell Therapies Mission Roadmap Submission

The Draft Roadmap outlines the high-level plan for the $150 million Stem Cell Therapies Mission. AAMRI has provided comments on the draft and has recommended the mission also include activating endogenous regenerative pathways; use competitive funding processes; and provide opportunities for blue-sky ideas that have the potential for translation at a later stage.

Welcome new AAMRI Members

Ear Science Institute

Established in 2001, the Ear Science Institute is an independent not-for-profit organisation. The Institute is an active and committed education and training organisation, with robust and dynamic links between researchers and clinicians. Ear Science Institute Australia’s research has two main areas of activity; basic research and clinical research. Read more about the Ear Science Institute on their website.

Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health

Across its three overarching themes – Developing Well, Living Well, and Ageing Well – the Turner Institute works side by side with communities to build resilient, healthy brains early in life and to develop tools to promote healthy lifestyles and maintain brain health as we age. The institute is part of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. Read more about the Turner Institute on their website.

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.

Fundraising and Philanthropy Inaugural Event – Feb 2020

One of AAMRI’s newest Member Networks has now locked in their inaugural event in Sydney early next year. The group are creating a exciting agenda for the day, covering key topics and also developing the strategic direction for the group. If your institute is not already involved, please contact Aimee Sanderson at AAMRI to join – all welcome with an interest in Fundraising and Philanthropy.

How to join our Networks

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 eight active AAMRI staff networks – HR, Research Governance, Research Strategy, IT, Research Administration Officers (RAO), Philanthropy & Fundraising, Legal Counsel and Finance. For information on AAMRI Networks, upcoming network events and how to join, visit the AAMRI website.

2.  Government update 


Self-Testing In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices (IVDs) Regulation Review

The TGA is seeking comments as to whether the Therapeutic Goods (Excluded Purposes) Specification 2010 continues to serve a useful and necessary purpose in prohibiting supply of certain self-testing IVDs for serious diseases. Closes 22 Nov 2019.

Guidelines for Advertising a Regulated Health Service

The National Boards and AHPRA are carrying out a public consultation on the Guidelines for advertising a regulated health service. The review is to make sure the guidelines are as contemporary, relevant and effective as possible. Closes 26 Nov 2019.

Effective approaches to prevention, diagnosis and support for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

The Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs referred an inquiry into effective approaches to prevention and diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and strategies for optimising life outcomes for people with FASD to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by June 2020. Closes 29 Nov 2019.

NHMRC public consultation on mitochondrial donation

The Australian Government has asked NHMRC to consult with the Australian community on the possible introduction of mitochondrial donation into clinical practice. There are two public forums coming up in November 2019, one in Sydney on Monday, 11 Nov from 5:30-7pm, and one in Melbourne on Monday, 18 Nov from 5:30 – 7pm.  Closes 29 Nov 2019.

Consultation on Issues Paper – Implementing Recommendations of the Third Review of the Gene Technology Scheme: Phase 1

Recognising the importance of ongoing consultation to inform implementation of the recommendations arising from the Third Review of the National Gene Technology Scheme (the Review), an Issues Paper to inform three key priority areas has been developed. Closes 29 Nov 2019.

National Consultation on the draft Severe (Third and Fourth Degree) Perineal Tears Clinical Care Standard

This consultation looks to review and update the procedures to help women who suffer from these severe tears during childbirth and providing better services to those it has long lasting effects upon. Closes 11:59pm, 08 Dec 2019.

Accelerating R&D in NSW

The NSW Government is inviting submissions from organisations and individuals in the R&D space in NSW to address how to get the most of our of the NSW Government’s R&D activity as well as support and improve it. Closes 13 Dec 2019.

Supervised Practice Framework

National Boards (excluding psychology and pharmacy) and AHPRA are carrying out a public consultation on the proposed Supervised practice framework as part of their project to enable a consistent, responsive and risk-based approach to supervised practice across the National Scheme. Closes 17 Dec 2019.

2020-21 Pre-Budget Submissions

The Government is calling for submissions from individuals, businesses and community groups seeking their views regarding priorities for the 2020-21 Budget. The Pre-Budget Submission Process for the 2020-21 Budget closes 20 Dec 2019.

Mental Health Productivity Commission draft report – submissions invited

This is a draft report prepared for further public consultation and input. The Commission will finalise its report after these processes have taken place. The Commission welcomes post-draft submissions from interested parties by 23 Jan 2020.

3.  Sector news

Global Talent Program – offers fast tracked permanent residency

A new, specialised high-skilled migration scheme that will offer fast-tracked permanent residency to 5,000 people a year. Under the new program, highly skilled migrants in selected industries, including science, will receive a fast-tracked process to permanent residency in Australia.

Important information from Dept of Education for institutes undertaking research in Indonesia

Substantial new penalties are coming into effect in Indonesia for foreign researchers undertaking research without a permit. The requirement for a permit is not new but the increased financial penalties are. To assist with obtaining the correct visa, the Department of Education has produced a guide on how to obtain a permit.

Funding announcements:

New appointments:

4.  NHMRC update

Partnership Projects PRC3

This scheme allows applicants to apply at any time during the year rather than through just one annual round, to allow researchers and partner organisations to develop timely collaborations. For this round, minimum data is due 20 Nov, close 04 Dec 2019.

Centres of Research Excellence 2020

The objective of the CRE scheme is to improve health outcomes and promote or improve translation of research outcomes into policy and/or practice. Minimum data due 5pm (AEDT), 20 Nov 2019, closes 5pm, 04 Dec 2019.

Development Grants 2020 for funding in 2021

The objectives of the Development Grant scheme are to increase, facilitate and expedite the translation of health and medical research outcomes through to commercialisation. Minimum data due 5pm (AEDT), 20 Nov 2019, closes 5pm, 11 Dec 2019. Development Grants 2020 is now open for applications in Sapphire.

NHMRC Targeted Call for Research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

The intended aims are to develop a scientifically valid, evidence-based understanding of the pathophysiology and aetiology of ME/CFS. Minimum data closes 5pm (AEDT), 15 Jan 2020, closes 5pm, 29 Jan 2020.

Cochrane Round 8 Funding Program Guidelines 2019

The funding program will support one overarching organisation, to be known as Cochrane Australia, and at least six Australian based Cochrane Review Groups. Closes 5pm (ACT local time), 16 Dec 2019.

5.  MRFF update

MRFF International Clinical Trial Collaborations (ICTC) Program

The ICTC Grant Opportunity will provide support for Australian research teams to conduct clinical trial research in collaboration with international counterparts. This program has a continuous application process. For this round, applications are now open and minimum data is due 20 Nov 2019.

MRFF Investigator Grants

$32m will be available from the MRFF for Investigator Grants for early to mid career researchers who can demonstrate experience turning research into positive outcomes for patients. Timed to coincide with the next round of NHMRC Investigator Grants, applications close on 27 Nov 2019.

BioMedTech Horizons Program – round 3 application open

Expressions of interest are now open for grants of up to $1m to support development and commercialisation of cutting-edge new medical devices to address unmet clinical needs. Closes 5pm (AEDT), 16 Dec 2019.

Register on GrantConnect to receive MRFF funding alerts

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

MRFF funding opportunities

We’ve made a handy table to help you keep track of what funding schemes are open and where to go for further information.

MRFF upcoming opportunities

6.  Other funding & award opportunities

Industrial Transformation Training Centres for funding commencing in 2020

The scheme fosters close partnerships between university-based researchers and other research end-users to provide innovative Higher Degree by Research and postdoctoral training, for end-user focused research industries that are vital to Australia’s future. Closes 5pm (ACT local time), 11 Dec 2019.

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs for funding commencing in 2020

The Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme engage Australia’s best researchers to develop collaborative solutions to Industrial Transformation Priorities and to train the future research workforce. Closes 5pm (ACT local time), 11 Dec 2019.

The Jian Zhou Medal – nominations open

The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences has launched its first honorific award, the Jian Zhou Medal, which will be awarded annually to a rising star of Australian health and medical science. Closes 30 April 2020.

7.  Reports and resources

2019 Professional Scientists Employment & Remuneration Report

The Report released on 30 Oct by Professional Scientists Australia and Science & Technology Australia shows that base salaries paid to professional scientists increased by an average 2 per cent over the past 12 months, slightly out-pacing inflation.

Australia’s Life Sciences Sector Snapshot 2019

A new sector ‘snapshot’ has revealed momentous growth in the Australian life sciences sector over the past two years. The research confirmed that there is a 12 per cent growth in the number of organisations, and a five per cent growth in employees. The Sector Snapshot 2019 was commissioned by AusBiotech.

Australia Speaks! 2019 Opinion Poll

Research Australia have presented the results from this year’s Optinion Poll, asking Australian’s what they think about various matters around health and medical research.

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Interim Report: Neglect

According to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality & Safety’s media release, the Report has found the aged care system fails to meet the needs of its older, vulnerable, citizens. You can make submissions based on the report, open until April 2020, details on their website.

NHMRC Annual Report 2018-19

This report contains information on NHMRC administration and performance, and a record of their activities for the reporting period 2018 – 2019.

From the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

8.  Events, conferences & training opportunities

Research Australia 2019 Health & Medical Research Awards, 14 Nov (Melbourne)

Research Australia’s health and medical research Awards are an opportunity to shine a light on those who work tirelessly to make incredible discoveries and advancements to improve the health of the nation and the world.

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

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. The Program is now available online.

PHRN 10 Year Anniversary Symposium ‘Australia’s Data Future’ – 21 Nov 2019 (Sydney)

Celebrate the Population Health Research Network’s 10 Year Anniversary. Six outstanding Australians will challenge and stimulate attendees to consider the future of Australia’s publicly funded data. What should we use data for, how should we use it and who should we trust to use it. Standard tickets from $110.

Collaboration for Industry Impact Workshop – 25 Nov 2019 (Canberra)

Developed by the Cooperative Research Centres Association and Collabforge, this workshop will combine practical bid-creation content with a deep dive into the theory and practice of collaboration. $750 for non-members, $550 for members and attendees.

Society for Ambulatory Assessment Conference – 15-18 Jan 2019 (Melbourne)

The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers with expertise in Ambulatory Assessment, involving the use of methods to assess the ongoing behaviour, physiology, experience and environmental aspects of people in naturalistic or unconstrained settings.

Catalysing Gender Equity 2020 – 20-21 Feb 2020 (Adelaide)

The Australian Academy of Science, in collaboration with SAGE, invites you to save the date for Catalysing Gender Equity 2020, a two-day outcome-driven conference guided by the Women in STEM Decadal Plan. Event and dinner registrations will open 25 November 2019.

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

The Molecular Approaches to Malaria Conference 2020 will feature leading experts in the field while providing opportunities for young researchers and scientists from malaria endemic countries to showcase their research through selected talks and posters from submitted abstracts.

Save the Date: GAP2020 conference – 11-13 May 2019 (Melbourne)

For the first time, Peter Mac will proudly host GAP2020 next year. It is a global forum for the exploration of impactful, innovative ideas and research that underpin the effort to eradicate cancer. GAP2020 is a unique opportunity to hear from experts from Peter Mac and MD Anderson, along with national and international guests.

Dementia Research: Discovery, Innovation and Translation – Abstracts now open – 31 May – 2 June 2020 (Adelaide)

The Forum will consider the discoveries and innovation achieved by Australia’s dementia researchers as well as look forward to the task of translating research outcomes into practice.

Training opportunities

Micro-credentials in medicine and public health at the University of Sydney

Applications are open for a suite of new Sydney Professional Certificates curated for life-long learners in the medical industry. Micro-credentials range from biostatistics to qualitative health research. Explore Sydney Professional Certificates.