AAMRI Update: NHMRC Structural Review submission and MRFF grows

AAMRI Update: NHMRC Structural Review submission and MRFF grows

26th August, 2016

In this update:

  • AAMRI’s submission to the NHMRC Grant Program Review
  • An injection of funding for the MRFF
  • Australia India Strategic Research Fund – new grant round

AMMRI response to the Structural Review of the NHMRC’s Grant Program Consultation Paper

AAMRI has put forward its response to the Structural Review of NHMRC’s Grant Program Consultation Paper. Notable highlights of AAMRI’s submission include:
  • a move towards seven-year Enhanced Fellowship Awards
  • ideas grants where assessment is weighted toward the significance of the research proposal
  • strict limits on the number of grant applications researchers can make
  • new ways to better support researchers who have needed to take a career break, and
  • special grant streams targeted at mid-career researchers to help them transition to research leadership positions.

AAMRI would like to thank its members for their input in developing this consultation response. A media release as well as a copy of the AAMRI submission are available on the AAMRI website.

$1.3 Billion injected into the Medical Research Future Fund
A milestone was reached today when the Government’s investment in the medical research Future Fund topped over $4.4 billion. A payment of $1.3 billion into the fund today means the fund is well to achieving its initial target capitalisation of $20 billion. AAMRI welcomed this milestone in a media release.

Australia India Strategic Research Fund – new grant round
The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon Greg Hunt MP has announced the latest grants round of collaborative research projects under the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF).

Grants of up to $1 million (exclusive of GST) per project will be provided over a maximum of three years. The programme supports joint projects between Australian and Indian researchers, preferably with an industry or other end-user partner, to collaborate on projects with a clear path to end use. Applications are open from 24 August to 19 October 2016.

The department will hold information sessions during 19–29 September 2016 in most State and Territory capitals. Interested stakeholders are encouraged to register for an information session online. The programme guidelines and application instructions provide details on eligibility and assessment criteria, including specific requirements for applying in this grants round.

In addition to the project grants, the AISRF will also support a number of early and mid-career researcher fellowships. Application information is available on the Australian Academy of Science website.