AAMRI e-news January 2020

AAMRI e-news January 2020

15th January, 2020

In this issue

  1. AAMRI news – AAMRI Network news
  2. Government update – Consultations currently open
  3. Sector news –  Funding announcements
  4. NHMRC update – Release of the Supervision Guide
  5. MRFF update – New funding rounds and grants announced
  6. Other funding & award opportunities – Bridgetech Program now open
  7. Reports & resources – National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
  8. Events, conferences & training opportunities – The Science on the Swan 2020 Conference

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1. AAMRI news

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 Networking Event – 20 Feb 2020
Program now available

One of AAMRI’s newest Member Networks is having their inaugural event next month in Sydney. The draft Program is now available, and includes presentations from industry experts, networking and round table discussions. If your institute is not already involved, please contact AAMRI to join the network.

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.

Save the date – AAMRI 2020 Convention, 25-26 November

To be held in Canberra at the QT, more details to come as we launch our new revised format.

2.  Government update 


Current barriers to patient access to medicinal cannabis in Australia

The committee will be examining the appropriateness of the current regulatory regime, the suitability of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme for subsidising access to products and the training and education of doctors in relation to treatments. Closes 17 Jan 2020.

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.

2020-21 Pre-Budget Submissions – closing date extended

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 now closes on 31 January 2020.

New international development policy

This policy will drive the Government’s international development efforts in support of security, stability, prosperity and resilience in the Indo-Pacific. Submissions are to be a max of five pages, lodged via email, and close on 31 Jan, 2020.

Draft of Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification

The ARC, ABS, New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Stats NZ have published a consultation draft of proposed revisions to the ANZSRC classifications. Closes 10 Feb 2020.

NHMRC Public Consultation: Guidelines for Guidelines

NHMRC is currently seeking comment on the following draft modules: Engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in guideline development, and Training. Closes 20 Feb 2020.

Reducing the health risks from drinking alcohol

The NHMRC has released newly revised guidelines on reducing health risks from drinking alcohol. The draft guidelines are open for public comment until 24 February 2020.

Export of therapeutic goods from Australia

The TGA is seeking comments from interested parties on an update to guidance for export of medicines from Australia and export certification for medical devices. Closes 3 Feb 2020.

Cancer Australia Lung Cancer Screening enquiry

The enquiry is being held to investigate the feasibility for a national lung cancer screening program for people at high risk of lung cancer. Closes 17 Feb 2020.

Select Committee on Autism

In November 2019, the Senate resolved to establish a Select Committee on Autism to inquire into and report on the services, support and life outcomes for autistic people. The closing date for submissions is 14 April 2020.

3.  Sector news

EOI – program to form a Health Studies National Data Asset

The Health Studies Australian National Data Asset (HeSANDA) program seeks to create a distributed data asset from the data outputs of health research projects (explicitly but not exclusively from the NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies – CTCS – program). This asset is designed to support further research, meta-analysis, and clinical guideline development – more on their website.

New South West Medical Research Centre Announced

The collaboration, led by Western Sydney University and Walker Group will be named the Lang Walker Macarthur Medical Research Centre.

Funding announcements:

4.  NHMRC update

Release of the Supervision Guide

In December 2019 the NHMRC released the Supervision Guide, which supports the implementation of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. It is available for download on their website.

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 15 Jan 2020, closes 29 Jan 2020.

NHMRC Targeted Call for Research: National Network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers

This TCR aims to bring together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research groups and their support networks to create a structure that builds capacity and improves the capability of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers. EOI’s now open, closes 12 Feb 2020.

5.  MRFF update

Medical Research Future Fund website

The new MRFF website has now been refreshed, and you are now able to access up to date information about the Fund from www.health.gov.au/mrff. Also of note is:

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.

Upcoming opportunities closing soon:

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.

Funding announcements:

6.  Other funding & award opportunities

BridgeTech Program

The BridgeTech Program is unique in its industry-led medical technology expertise and integration into venture capital and global medtech networks and its ability to share specific, detailed and practical know-how. Closes 31 Jan 2020.

Women in Leadership Awards 2020

These awards recognise and champion women, at different stages of their careers, who have made outstanding contributions to advancing the biotechnology, medical technology and pharmaceutical sector. Open to members of the BioMelbourne Network, nominations close 11 Feb 2020.

Asahi Kasei Pharmaceutical: Open Innovation Program 2020

This program is an open innovation platform started in 2016 to recruit candidates for research collaborations related to drug discovery. They will accept a broad range of proposals from around the world based upon their program criteria on their website. Closes Feb 26 2020.

2019 David Syme Research Prize

The Australia-wide prize recognises the best original research in Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Geology produced in Australia during the past two years (1 Jan 2018 – 31 Dec 2019). Worth approx $8,900, closes on 29 April 2020.

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

Report: Australia-India Economic Growth

New research by MTPConnect and Asialink Business highlights the growing opportunities for future-focused Australian medical technologies businesses in India.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, 2018-19

A survey released in December by the ABS shows sustained improvement in the national smoking rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. More available on their website.

From the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

8.  Events, conferences & training opportunities

The Science on the Swan 2020 Conference – 17-19 May 2020, (Perth)

Based in WA the theme for 2020 is Driving Translational Research – Embedding Research and Innovation in Health Care. Key dates – abstracts close 25 Feb, early bird registration opens 28 Jan and closes 17 March 2020.

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.

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.

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.

Save the date:

  • Clinical Trials 2020: National Tribute and Awards Ceremony –  20 May 2020 (more details to come)