AAMRI eNews August 2018

AAMRI eNews August 2018

2nd August, 2018


August 2018

In this issue

  1. AAMRI news – AAMRI Annual Convention & Dinner
  2. Government update –  IP Consultation now open
  3. NHMRC & ARC updates – Updated: National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human research
  4. MRFF update – Online submissions for priorities consultation close soon
  5. Sector news –  Funding updates and appointments
  6. Reports & resources – New reports from AIHW
  7. Funding & award opportunities – Research Australia deadline extended and other opportunities
  8. Events, conferences & training opportunities – Data management webinar

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1. AAMRI news

AAMRI Annual convention & Dinner

Registration now open: 2018 AAMRI Annual Convention & Dinner – Event Information & Registration, 26-27 November (Canberra)

The 2018 AAMRI Annual Convention will be held on 26-27 November at Hotel Hyatt Canberra, with the Annual Dinner held in the Great Hall at Parliament House.
The AAMRI Annual Convention is a free, member only event consisting of strategy meetings, networking opportunities, AAMRI’s Annual Dinner at Parliament House and AAMRI’s AGM. Register now.

AAMRI submissions:

Proposed Changes to Defence Trade Control Act

AAMRI recently submitted a response to the Department of Defence’s proposal for changes to the Act that could severely impact on international research collaboration. The proposal outlines unprecedented powers to regulate research and the legitimate exchange of knowledge, without justification or consultation with the research sector first. Thank you to all members who raised the issue with AAMRI and contributed to media. You can read our media release, and also our submission on our website.

Draft Treasury Law Amendment (Research and Development Incentive) Bill 2018

Following multiple reviews of the R&D tax incentive the Government announced major changes to how the program will work in the future. Importantly for the medical research sector, as part of these changes the Government announced that clinical trials would be exempt from the new $4m expenditure cap. Read our submission on the AAMRI website.

2.  Government and policy update 

Government Resources Devoted to Research And Experimental Development (R&D)

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released the latest data on Government resources devoted to R&D. During the 2016-17 financial year, expenditure on R&D performed by Australian government organisations was $3,279m. Commonwealth government organisations contributed $2,139m (65%), and state and territory government organisations contributed $1,140m (35%), to total government expenditure on R&D. Read more on the ABS website.


Consultation on the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2018

You are invited to comment on the proposed amendments to intellectual property laws, which include amending the inventive step requirement in Australian patents and Crown use of patents and designs. Submission due by 31 August 2018.

New Framework For Workforce Strategy (WA)

Western Australians are invited to have their say on a State-wide workforce framework to enhance the development of organisations in the mental health and alcohol and other drug sectors. The consultation period will close on 29 August 2018. 

3. NHMRC & ARC updates

Dates now available for the NHMRC Grant Program

National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) – Updated 2018

In June the NHMRC issued a revision to Section 3 of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, 2007 and consequential changes to Section 5, the Glossary and the Index. (see training section for webinar available on this topic).

4.  MRFF update

Note: all grants are listed in the Funding & award opportunitiessection below.

MRFF funding updates:

Online Submissions Open for MRFF Priorities Consultation Discussion Paper

The Australian Medical Research Advisory Board (AMRAB) has begun consulting on the new MRFF Priorities which will take effect from November this year. This consultation will inform the development of the second set of MRFF Australian Medical Research and Innovation Priorities from 2018-2020. The discussion paper is now available for comment, and public forums will be held in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth – Register here. Comments must be received by 31 August 2018.

5.  Sector news

Funding updates:


  • At the Brien Holden Vision Institute Yvette Waddell has been appointed the CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute and Amanda Davis the CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation.

6.  Reports and resources

From the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

7.  Funding & award opportunities

Closing soon

$22m over five years for a Biomedical Translation Bridge program

Set up to fund and nurture early stage health and medical research ventures to reach proof-of-concept stage with potential to attract further capital and support. Applications close 5pm AEST 21 August 2018.

Motor Neurone Disease Research Institute of Australia’s grants

Applications are invited for the Betty Laidlaw Prize 2019, postdoctoral fellowships, innovator grants and a collaborative travel grant. Applications close 6pm AEST Friday 31 August 2018.

Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) Grants

The CRCNA has the capacity to commit up to $4.6m for research collaborations in 2018/19. They are seeking collaborations to develop new technologies, products and services which address industry issues in Northern Australia within the areas of Agriculture and food, Northern Australian Health Services Delivery and Traditional Owner-led agribusiness or health business development. EOI close – 5pm AEST on Friday 7 September 2018.

Funding Grants for Women’s Leadership Development

Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is providing women working in the sector with grants to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs. Expression of Interest close 7 September 2018.

Australia-Harvard Fellows

The Australia-Harvard Fellowship takes the form of a donation to a qualified Australian institution and covers the cost of travel and subsistence, allowing an Australian researcher to bring a Harvard counterpart to this country for lengthy scientific collaboration. Closing date September 10, 2018.

Call for applications for Australia-India EMCR Fellowships 2018-19

The EMCR Fellowships provide support (up to A$16,500) for Australian researchers to travel to India and work with leading researchers at major Indian science and technology. Deadline for applications is 9am (AEST) Wednesday 12 September 2018.

Snowdome Foundation: Call for translational research grant applications in blood cancer

The Snowdome Foundation is partnering with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to fund two US$600,000 translational research grants. Snowdome’s mission is to accelerate next-generation treatments for Australian blood cancer patients. Applicants must submit their Letter of Intent by 31 August 2018, closing date 5pm (ACT local time) 12 September 2018.

Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases  – applications open 

The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) fifth call for applications is now open. The call focuses on scaling-up evidence-based interventions at the population level for the prevention or management of hypertension and/or diabetes. Applications close on 10 September 2018.

Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy Domestic PhD scholarships (3)

This includes one PhD scholarship, one Master of Research Year 2 plus PhD Bundle Scholarship and one Master of Research Year 2 Top Up Scholarship. All offered on a full-time basis. Closes 31 October 2018

NHMRC-European Union Collaborative Research Grants scheme

The NHMRC-EU Collaborative Research Grants scheme provides a contribution to Australian institutions and researchers who are participating in leading international collaborative research that has been selected for funding through Horizon 2020. Closes 5pm (ACT Local time) 30 October 2019.

8.  Events, conferences & training opportunities


Data management in the revised National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research – Wed 5 Sept 12:30 – 13:00 AEST

The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) has recently been updated, most significantly with a fully revised section 3. Section 3 now has several recommendations around management of data throughout the research lifecycle. NHMRC Expert Advisor Jeremy Kenner and ARDC Research Data Specialist Kate LeMay will discuss these new requirements.


7th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation – 27/28 November 2018, Sydney

The theme this year will be “Ensuring Value in Research”, exploring how researchers can ensure that the right questions are being chosen from the start, that studies are necessary and well-designed, and that results are reported in a fashion that is unbiased and widely useable. Early bird registration deadline: 26 October 2018.

Public Lecture

Public Lecture: Optimising Mobile Health Interventions – 14 August 2018, Melbourne

Hosted by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) and Statistical Society of Australia. Join Professor Susan Murphy (Harvard University) as she discusses how data collected through mobile apps can transform the way that we tailor and deliver healthcare treatments.


Introduction to health economic evaluation – 03 August 2018, Sydney

Hosted by Macquarie University, this course will introduce attendees to key concepts used in the economic evaluation of health care interventions and programs, and how this information can inform policy decisions.

Designing Economic Evaluations Alongside Clinical Trials – 18 September 2018, Sydney

Run in collaboration with The University of Melbourne and hosted by Macquarie University, this one-day course will provide an overview of cost effectiveness analysis and examples of economic evaluations that have been conducted of trials.

Incorporating Health Economics Into Grant Applications – 19 September 2018, Sydney

Run in collaboration with The University of Melbourne and hosted by Macquarie University, this course will provide an overview of the health economics components that go into grant proposals and provide practical assistance in writing the health economics paragraphs of the grant.