AAMRI e-news | August 2022

AAMRI e-news | August 2022

12th August, 2022


In this issue

  1. AAMRI news – New AAMRI CEO announced
  2. Government update –  Independent review into the ARC
  3. Sector news – CSIRO opens National Vaccine Lab
  4. NHMRC update –  NHMRC Consultation: reaching gender equity in the Investigator Grant Scheme
  5. MRFF update – MRFF Consumer Reference Panel
  6. Funding and award opportunities – Latest closing dates
  7. Reports and resources – AIHW releases 2022 report card on Australians
  8. Events and courses –  Bionics Institute Innovation Lecture

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1. AAMRI news

AAMRI announces new CEO Dr Saraid Billiards

We are pleased to welcome Dr Saraid Billiards as AAMRI’s new Chief Executive Officer. A highly regarded leader, policy maker and researcher, Dr Billiards brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to AAMRI. Read more on our website.

VicAAMRI sees promise in new Victorian Health and Medical Research Strategy

The Victorian branch of AAMRI welcomes the Victorian Government’s new Victorian Health and Medical Research Strategy: 2022-2032, which will support the state’s medical research workforce to deliver more life changing and lifesaving innovations. The Hon Jaala Pulford MP launched the strategy on 25 July, and outlined the four focus areas: talent, collaboration, big ideas and generating outcomes.

AAMRI Convention 29 & 30 November 2022

We are pleased to confirm that the AAMRI Convention and Dinner will take place on 29 & 30 November 2022. The AAMRI Convention will feature two full days of sessions focussing on the most pressing policy and operational issues facing the medical research institute sector. The venue for the AAMRI Convention will be QT Hotel, Canberra. More details to be sent through shortly.

2.  Government update

Independent review into the ARC

The Minister for Education, the Hon Jason Clare MP, announced an independent review of the role and function of the Australian Research Council (ARC), with a particular focus on the governance framework and reporting mechanisms.


National guideline for supporting the learning, participation, and wellbeing of autistic children and their families in Australia

The national practice guideline is seeking NHMRC approval and is open for public consultation. Public consultation comments should be directed to the guideline developer on the AustismCRC website. Closes 29 Aug 2022.

The NHRMC consultation, Reaching Gender Equity in Investigator Grants, is currently open and details are below in the NHRMC section

3.  Sector news

CSIRO opens National Vaccine Therapeutics Lab

The new $23.1 million national lab in Melbourne will bolster the nation’s ability to produce vaccines and drug treatments onshore. The facility was completed with funding from the Federal and Victorian Governments.

ARC Research Hub launched to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance

The Research Hub will receive $4.9 million in ARC funding over a 5-year period under the latest round of the Industrial Transformational Research Program (ITRP), with an additional $6.9 million in cash and in-kind contributions from participating organisations.

Victorian mRNA Innovation Hub launched

The Hub is a partnership between the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, the University of Melbourne and Monash University. The Labor Government is investing $5.4 million through the mRNA Victoria Activation Program (mAP) towards the $9.1 million project which will support a total of 27 Victorian researchers.

Seer Medical establishes Global HQ in Melbourne with investment from Breakthrough Victoria

Breakthrough Victoria will invest in Seer Medical, Australia’s largest provider of epilepsy diagnostic services, to support the company’s expansion in overseas markets.

Australian Cancer Plan engagement hub

Cancer Australia has launched a new Australian Cancer Plan engagement hub – an interactive website to stay up to date with the development of the first Australian Cancer Plan.

ACT new health research and innovation strategic plan

The plan “Better together: A strategic plan for research in the ACT health system 2022-2030” sets out the Government’s vision for research to be driven by their health workforce to improve the health and wellbeing of their community.

Funding awarded:

New appointments:

4. NHMRC update

NHMRC consultation: reaching gender equity in the Investigator Grant scheme

If you have been unable to attend one of the online forums around Australia to have your say, then the Survey on Options to Reach Gender Equity in the Investigator Grant Scheme is still open, and will close 3pm AEST 16 Aug 2022.

The NHMRC 2021 report card on funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research

NHMRC’s annual report card on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research funding in 2021 shows that 206 active grants were funded with more than $58 million – 7.09 percent of the Medical Research Endowment Account.

NHMRC Research Translation Symposium 2022  – 17-22 Nov 2022

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Monday 29 Aug 2022 – more details on the call for abstracts on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC Biennial Awards – Closes 28 Oct 2022.

Is COVID impacting your NHMRC/MRFF funded research?

The NHMRC and the MRFF have put in place measures to help assist researchers whose research has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Further information is available on the NHMRC website or in the latest MRFF newsletter.

5.  MRFF update

Medical Research Future Fund Consumer Reference Panel

The Consumer Reference Panel advises the CEO of the Health and Medical Research Office on strategies for strengthening consumer involvement in the MRFF. The Panel’s details are on the MRFF website, as well as interviews from panel members about their consumer priorities for the MRFF.

Subscribe to the MRFF newsletter

To stay updated about MRFF-related changes, you can review the previous editions of the MRFF newsletter and subscribe to their email list.

6.  Funding and award opportunities

Victorian COVID Vaccines Collection (VC2) Seed Grants

There are four $50k grants on offer for use of specimens from the VC2, with preference given to EMCR applicants. Closes 09 Sept 2022.

WA’s Co-Funding Partnership Program – the Co-FPP is open continuously.

Superstars of STEM program, closes 15 Aug 2022.

NSW Health Hyperemesis Gravidarum Research Grants Program, closes 23 Aug 2022.

NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants 2022 for funding mid-2023, closes 24 August 2022.

MRFF – 2021 BioMedTech Incubator, closes 25 Aug 2022.

2022 Research Australia Health and Medical Research Awards, deadline has been extended to 26 Aug 2022.

MRFF CTAI and EPCDRI – 2022 Pancreatic Cancer Research Grant Opportunity, minimum data stream 1, 24 Aug 2022, closes 07 Sept 2022.

MRFF – Stem Cell Therapies Mission – 2022 Stem Cell Therapies Grant Opportunity, minimum data 24 Aug, closes 07 Sept 2022.

MRFF – 2022 Australian Brain Cancer Research Infrastructure grant opportunity, minimum data 24 Aug 2022, closes 07 Sept 2022.

MRFF – 2022 Cardiovascular Health grant opportunity, minimum data 24 Aug 2022, closes 07 Sept 2022.

MRFF – Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission – 2022 Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Grant Opportunity, minimum data 24 Aug 2022, closes 07 Sept 2022.

MRFF 2022 National Critical Research Infrastructure Grant Opportunity, closes 7 September 2022.

MRFF – EPCDR Initiative – 2022 Mitochondrial Donation Pilot Program Grant Opportunity, minimum data 31 Aug, closes 14 Sept 2022.

2023 MND Research Australia grants round are now open and include:

  • Daniel McLoone $1 million Major Research Initiative (2023-26), closes 29 Sept 2022
  • Daniel McLoone MND Research Prize (2023-24), closes 31 Aug 2022
  • Postdoctoral research fellowships (2023-2025), closes 31 Aug 2022
  • Innovator Grants, closes 31 Aug 2022

MTP Connect – round 2 of the Clinical Translation and Commercialisation Medtech program, opens 09 Sept, closes 07 Oct 2022.

NHMRC Targeted Call for Research: Involving cultural, ethnic and linguistically diverse communities in dementia research. To be released July – Dec 2022.

Register with GrantConnect to receive notifications when new opportunities open.

7.  Reports and resources

AIHW releases 2022 report card on the health of Australians

The report shows that Australia is generally a healthy nation compared with similar countries. However, the report highlights key health challenges facing Australia, including the prolonged impact of COVID, the health of First Nations peoples, mental health and chronic disease.

8.  Events and courses

KCA Annual Conference, Commercialisation 4.0 – 1-2 Sept 2022, VIC

The conference will feature workshops and sessions with leading industry speakers exploring Commercialisation 4.0 themes. There will also be a pre-conference workshop taking place on Wednesday 31st August titled ‘Valuing IP’ which may of on Interest.

Bionics Institute Innovation Lecture, 8 Sept, 6pm, Melbourne Museum

Join leaders in Australian medical technology at the inaugural Innovation Lecture event.

Inaugural Translate 2022 conference – 6-7 Oct, QLD

The conference will bring together biomedical researchers, clinicians and the MedTech and clinical trial industries to form new connections and forge new pathways into the clinic.

AAHMRS Annual Meeting – 13-14 October – VIC

The Academy’s flagship annual event is back in an in-person format for the first time in three years.

Save the date – Research Australia’s Annual Health and Medical Research Awards – 08 December 2022, Melbourne

More details to come.