AAMRI eNews – June 2018

AAMRI eNews – June 2018

7th June, 2018


June 2018

In this issue

  1. AAMRI news – Research Inquiry, Federal budget
  2. Government update – Response to productivity commission inquiry
  3. NHMRC & ARC updates – Webinar on new grant program now available
  4. MRFF update – Three $6.1m grants awarded
  5. Sector news –  $150m for cardiovascular research in NSW
  6. Reports & resources – Genomics Health Futures 10 year plan
  7. Funding & award opportunities – CSL fellowships now open
  8. Events, conferences & training opportunities – 3rd Health Innovation and Research Symposium

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1. AAMRI news

Inquiry into Funding Australia’s Research

AAMRI’s response:

A House of Representatives’ inquiry has been launched into funding Australia’s research. AAMRI has shared a draft submission with members, as well as suggested discussion points to shape your own submission.

We encourage all members to join us in submitting a written response.

Submissions addressing the terms of reference are due by Saturday, 30 June 2018.

2018-19 Federal Budget summary

AAMRI has put together a summary and breakdown of the budget as well as a media release, both available on our website.

The highlights of the Federal Budget were the multiple Medical Research Future Fund announcements, with new funding areas announced and significant funds committed. From now until 2020-21 around $2 billion will be expended on new projects in a wide range of areas including genomics, research translation, brain cancer, clinical trials, plus many other areas.

Government’s Research Infrastructure Investment Plan

Released last month, the Government’s Research Infrastructure Investment Plan, gives the sector a much welcome long-term (10 year) commitment to ensuring Australian researchers have the tools they need to make new discoveries in medical research. You can read AAMRI’s media release.

2.  Government and policy update 

Policy update

Government’s response to ISA’s 2030 Plan

The Government tasked Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) to develop a strategic plan for the Australian innovation, science and research system out to 2030. The response was released last month, key outcomes include $1.9 billion over 12 years in additional long-term funding for national research infrastructure; $500 million over 10 years in the Genomics Health Futures Mission; and an additional $4.5 million over four years to support women in science.

Framework to guide the secondary use of My Health Record system data

The framework defines how data on the My Health Record system can be used for research and public health purposes while preserving privacy and security of data in the system.

Response to Productivity Commission Inquiry into Data Availability and Use

The Government’s response outlines a $65m invest over the forward estimates to reform the Australian data system and introduce a range of measures to implement the Productivity Commission’s recommendations.


Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Groups

The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority has released a consultation paper for the Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Groups classification Version 10.0 for public comment, open now until 5pm (AEST) Friday 8 June 2018.

National Strategic Approach to Maternity Services

You are invited to comment on the initial design of a National Strategic Approach to Maternity Services, submissions are now open and close 18 June 2018.

Parliamentary inquiries

Inquiry into Funding Australia’s Research

A House of Representatives’ inquiry has been launched into funding Australia’s research (see top of this newsletter). Submissions addressing the terms of reference are due by Saturday, 30 June 2018.

Stillbirth Research and Education

The Senate Select Committee on Stillbirth Research and Education are seeking submissions to consider the future of stillbirth research and education in Australia. The closing date for submissions is 29 June 2018.

3. NHMRC & ARC updates

UPDATE: NHMRC webinar on peer review for its new grant program – recording now available

From 2019 the new NHMRC grant program will include four major schemes: investigator grants, ideas grants, synergy grants, and strategic & leveraging grants. The slides and presentation from the NHMRC webinar are now available on the NHMRC website.

Competencies for Australian Academic Clinical Trialists

NHMRC, in conjunction with Australian Clinical Trials Alliance, has developed core competencies for Australian Academic Clinical Trialists. The Competencies are intended to be used in the development of detailed curricula and training courses by universities, Colleges and other registered training organisations.

4.  MRFF update

A series of $6.1m grants from the MRFF have been awarded to:

Western Australian Health Translation Network to fast-track research results into disease prevention, better treatments and improved patient health.

Melbourne Academic Centre for Health Research, building on an earlier $2.22m MRFF grant, this will enable the Centre to build on research work it has undertaken in relation to asthma, retinal photography and artificial intelligence, the degeneration of muscles, and precision medicine for epilepsy sufferers.

Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre, also building on an earlier $2.22m MRFF grant, this will allow the Centre to continue work in data linkage, women’s and children’s health, cancer, diabetes, infections, heart disease and many more areas of health.

5.  Sector news

Funding updates:


6.  Reports and resources

Genomics Health Futures — A 10 Year Plan

From the Department of Health, the report includes the vision, focus, governance, funding and outcomes for genomics.

National Healthy Skin Guideline

The inaugural National Healthy Skin Guideline is designed to help healthcare providers easily diagnose, treat and prevent skin infections, especially in First Nations communities.

From the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare:

7.  Funding & award opportunities

CSL seeking 2019 fellowship applicants

The CSL Centenary Fellowships for early-mid career medical researchers are high-value awards available to Australians who wish to continue a career in medical research in Australia. Two individual five-year $1.25 million fellowships are awarded each calendar year. Applications must be submitted by 31 July 2018.

Closing soon

Bridging Grants

Australian researchers and businesses can now apply for up to $50,000 to help expand their work overseas, under the latest round of Global Connections Fund Bridging Grants. Eligibility testing must be completed by 14 June 2018, and once approved final applications must be in by 28 June 2018.

NHMRC: Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases Trials Program

The NHMRC is participating in a Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases Request for Applications on the scale-up of interventions for the prevention, or detection and management of hypertension and/or diabetes in lower and middle income countries. Minimum data is due in RGMS by 20 June 2018, and applications close on 15 August 2018.

GSK Award for Research Excellence

Nominations for GSK’s Award for Research Excellence are now open, providing the winner with an $80,000 grant to support their research journey. Open until 2 July 2018.

Nominations open for 2018 Research Australia Health and Medical Research Awards

Nominations can include both individuals and organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to delivering a better quality of life and stronger economy for all Australians. Nominations close 9am Monday 23 July 2018.

NHMRC: Boosting Dementia Research Grants Scheme Priority Round 4

This grant aims to provide assistance to Australian researchers to participate in multinational collaborative research projects that have been recommended for funding under the European Union Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease. Applications close 5pm, (ACT local time) 25 July 2018.

NHMRC: Targeted call for research into debilitating symptom complexes attributed to ticks

This TCR aims to support research that addresses the question – what is the epidemiology of DSCATT and how can it be effectively diagnosed, managed and treated? Applications close 5pm (ACT local time) 25 July 2018.

NHMRC: Targeted Call for Healthy Ageing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Opening 20 June 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.

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.

Advanced Manufacturing Early Stage Research Fund (AMESRF)

The AMESRF is a four-year $4 million funding initiative designed to boost innovation, skills and employment in advanced manufacturing. The intent is to support small-scale and pilot research projects in advanced manufacturing, and benefit smaller firms and early stage research. Applicants can submit an EOI at any time throughout the year.

8.  Events, conferences & training opportunities

Save the date: AAMRI Annual Convention, 26 & 27 November 2018

More details to come.

Free events

Framework to Action – WHO on Universal Health Coverage in the West Pacific (NSW)

Dr Vivian Lin, Director, Health Systems, WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific, will present a global overview of the 13th General Program of Work and plans for implementation in the Western Pacific Region. To be held at The George Institute for Global Health on Tuesday, 12 June 2018 from 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm (AEST).

EMBL Director General Professor Iain Mattaj presents ‘Life science research to tackle societal challenges: EMBL’s perspective’ (VIC)

Hosted by EMBL Australia and Monash BDI, Prof Mattaj will address EMBL’s role and contribution in developing new research methods and tools to ultimately tackle global societal challenges. Professor John Carroll, Director of the Monash BDI, will then lead a Q&A discussion on the importance of organisations like EMBL advancing biomedical research. Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne, Wednesday, 13 June, 6.15pm-7.15pm.


3rd Health Innovation and Research Symposium (QLD)

The theme for the Symposium is Volume to Value where they will explore the new approach of measuring value in terms of patient outcomes, experience of care, efficient and effective care. The Call for Abstracts has been launched with abstracts closing at midnight, Friday 15 June.


Network Meta-Analysis Course (NSW)

This is an Oxford University course on How to understand, appraise and write a Network Meta-Analysis. The three day course is led by A/Prof Andrea Cipriani with Prof Georgia Salanti and Prof Toshi Furukawa. These researchers have led methodological developments in the field and have published some of the most important NMAs in recent years. Places are limited to 30 participants and is held 2-4 November 2018