AAMRI e-news | Dec 2021

AAMRI e-news | Dec 2021

8th December, 2021


In this issue

  1. AAMRI news – Australia’s missing link: a national health and medical research strategy
  2. Government update – NSW’s 20 year R&D Roadmap
  3. Sector news – Women-led medical research to be prioritised in Vic
  4. NHMRC update – Ideas Grants 2021 Post Award
  5. MRFF update – 2021-2026 MRFF Strategy and Draft Priorities
  6. Funding and award opportunities – Medal for Outstanding Female Researcher
  7. Reports and resources – Open Research Toolkit
  8. Events and courses – Sydney Cardiovascular Symposium

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1. AAMRI news

Professor Kathryn North AC appointed as new AAMRI President

We are delighted to announce that at our AGM on 25 November, Professor Kathryn North AC took over as President of AAMRI. Professor North is Director of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and brings an impressive career worth of passion and dedication to the presidency. Read the full media release on our website.

AAMRI 2022 Convention – save the date 08-09 March 2022

After consultation with our members, we delayed our 2021 Convention and will be holding it in two parts in 2022, in March and then November. Read more here.

Australia’s missing link: a national health and medical research strategy

Launched at our AGM, AAMRI has released a White Paper highlighting the need for an overarching national health and medical research strategy. The White Paper maps out the need for a coordinated approach to the administration of government funded research. Read the media release here, and the full White Paper here.

AAMRI news (cont.)

Media release: AAMRI thanks Minister Hunt, a true champion of medical research

The Hon Greg Hunt MP has announced that he will step down from politics at the next election. AAMRI sincerely thanks him for his strong support for medical research since appointed to the role in 2017. Read the full media release here.

AAMRI Member Networks

AAMRI operates a variety of member networks in key business areas that discuss issues, share ideas and come together at events.

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 eleven active AAMRI staff networks – HR, Research Governance, Research Strategy, IT, Research Administration Officers (RAO), Philanthropy & Fundraising, Operations Network, Legal Counsel, Finance, COVID-19 and the newest network for Research Impact (launched on December 02). For information on AAMRI Networks, upcoming network events and how to join, visit the AAMRI website.

2.  Government update


Have Your Say on NSW’s 20 Year R&D Roadmap & R&D Matchmaking Platform

This is the first time such a roadmap has been developed and will frame R&D investment attraction as well as the NSW Government’s investment and activities. There is a survey to complete, closing 10 Dec 2021.

Residential aged care accommodation design standards consultation

The Australian Government is developing new residential aged care accommodation design standards and consultation discussion papers. Feedback due 17 Dec 2021.

Statutory Review of the Mental Health Act (2014) – WA

A discussion paper has been prepared as a tool to assist you in providing feedback, as well as multiple ways to make a submission. Closes 31 Jan 2022.

Inquiry into childhood rheumatic diseases

The Committee welcomes your views on any or all of the attached terms of reference, depending on your areas of interest and expertise. Closes 04 Feb 2022.

Provision of general practitioner and related primary health services

This inquiry and report refers specifically to provision of general practitioner and related primary health services to outer metropolitan, rural, and regional Australians. The report will be submitted at the last sitting day in March 2022.

New reports tabled

3.  Sector news

Breakthrough Victoria invests in new biotech incubator in Melbourne’s Biomedical Precinct

The incubator, the first project to receive funding from Breakthrough Victoria, is the brainchild of a consortium of CSL, the University of Melbourne and WEHI and will be located within the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct.

Women-led medical research to be prioritised in new Victorian funding round

The new mRNA Victoria Research Acceleration Funds and the 2021 round of the Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund will both provide extra weighting for grant applications received by women-led projects and those in which women make up at least half of the research team.

$10m from MRFF for Australia’s first young stroke service

$10 million from the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund will see the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health lead delivery of Australia’s first young stroke service. The project aims to deliver faster, personalised clinical care and longer-term support for young people aged 18-45 living with stroke.

$10m national network to build resilience to environmental change

The Australian Government is providing $10 million to establish a multidisciplinary national research network that will contribute to Australia’s preparedness and responsiveness to health threats from changing environmental conditions and extreme weather events.

Victoria makes Australia’s first mRNA Vaccine Candidate

Victorian scientists and manufacturers have created Australia’s first mRNA COVID-19 vaccine candidate – Australia’s first ever mRNA drug product – in just five months, enabling clinical trials to begin in the new year.

Additional funded research projects following ARC Appeals process 

The ARC will support an additional six research fellowships projects under previously announced schemes, following the conclusion of the ARC’s appeals process.

3D Medical Printing expanded in Victoria

Personalised medical devices will be made in Victoria due to new support from the State Government to expand a 3D medical manufacturing facility in Port Melbourne.

Appointments and departures:

Funding announcements:

4.  NHMRC update

Ideas Grants 2021 Post Award 

Outcomes of the 2021 Ideas Grants funding round are available from NHMRC’s Outcomes of funding rounds webpage.

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

New 2021-2026 Medical Research Future Fund Strategy & Draft Priorities

The Australian Medical Research Advisory Board (AMRAB) has released a new 5-year strategy for the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF). The MRFF legislation requires a strategy to be developed every five years, and the document – known as the Australian Medical Research and Innovation Strategy 2021-26 – sets out the vision, aim and strategic direction for the MRFF.

Review of the MRFF Million Minds Research Mission – complete the online survey

The MRFF are currently seeking feedback on the Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission via an online survey. Further information about the review and your involvement can be found at https://www.millionmindsmissionreview.uts.edu.au/.

Funding announced:

  New publications issued:

MRFF grant opportunities calendar

See what MRFF grant opportunities are open and what their status is. You can also track MRFF opportunities through AAMRI’s own calendar.

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

Nominate now: Medal for Outstanding Female Researcher

Nominations are now open for the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences’ Medal for Outstanding Female Researcher. The medal was established by the Academy as part of a commitment to promote and advance diversity and inclusion in health and medical sciences. Nominees and nominators do not need to be Fellows of the Academy. Nominations close 27 Feb 2022.

NHRMC Targeted Call for Research 2021 – Improving health of people with intellectual disability, closes 15 Dec 2021.

Round 5 of the Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund, closes 17 Dec 2021.

mRNA Victoria Research Acceleration Fund, closes 17 Dec 2021.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022, closes 10 Jan 2022.

Vic Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research – Recipients of the five category awards receive $5,000, and an additional $15,000 is granted to the Premier’s Excellence award winner, closes 17 Jan 2022.

MRFF Research Data Infrastructure initiative – 2021 Research Data Infrastructure grant opportunity, closes 08 Feb 2022.

2022 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, closes 10 Feb 2022.

ARC STEM Research Linkage Projects for funding applied for in 2021, closes 16 Dec 2021.

MRFF – TBIM and EPCDRI – 2021 Traumatic Brain Injury Grant Opportunity, $4m available. Minimum data 25 Jan, closes 09 Feb 2022

MRFF – Emerging Priorities and Consumer Driven Research Initiative– 2021 Chronic Musculoskeletal Conditions in Children and Adolescents Grant Opportunity. Minimum data 02 Feb, closes 16 Feb 2022.

MRFF – Clinical Trials Activity Initiative – 2021 International Clinical Trial Collaborations Grant Opportunity. Minimum data 02 Feb, closes 16 Feb 2022.

MRFF – Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission – 2021 Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Grant Opportunity. Minimum data 02 Feb, closes 16 Feb 2022.

MRFF – Genomics Health Futures Mission – 2021 Genomics Health Futures Mission Grant Opportunity. Minimum data 02 Feb, closes 16 Feb 2022.

MRFF – CRR – 2021 COVID-19 Treatment Access and Public Health Activities Grant Opportunity. Minimum data due 09 Feb 2022, closes 23 Feb 2022.

MRFF – Primary Health Care Research Initiative – 2021 Primary Health Care Research Grant Opportunity. Minimum data 09 Feb, closes 23 Feb 2022.

MRFF Stem Cell Therapies Mission – 2021 Stem Cell Therapies grant opportunity. Minimum data due 09 Feb, closes 23 February 2022.

MRFF – Cardiovascular Health Mission – 2021 Cardiovascular Health Grant Opportunity. Minimum data 09 Feb, closes 23 Feb 2022.

MRFF – Australian Brain Cancer Mission – 2021 GBM AGILE Grant Opportunity. Minimum data 16 Feb, closes 02 March 2022.

NHMRC-CIHR Healthy Cities Implementation Science Team Grant Scheme 2021 for funding in 2022, closes 29 April 2022.

Expressions of interest open for Australia’s first, $40m MRFF-backed national biotech incubator, CUREator. To be announced in early 2022.

Register with GrantConnect to receive notifications when new opportunities open.

7.  Reports and resources

Open Research Toolkit

The Toolkit contains information, resources and good practice examples related to all aspects of open research, including policy, governance, pathways and processes.

Performance audit – Administration of the Research and Development Tax Incentive

Two recommendations were made to IISA and Industry, aimed at improving processes around advance findings and examinations, and one recommendation was made to the ATO relating to establishing monitoring and reporting arrangements for its compliance activities.

Touch down: Report on Australia’s space industry released

Recommendation 20 of the report reads: The Committee recommends that the Australian Government examine ways to better support and coordinate space medicine research, training and development to ensure that the translational benefits of aerospace medicine can be applied on Earth.

ABS: Provisional Mortality Statistics Jan 2020 – Aug 2021

Provisional deaths data for measuring changes in patterns of mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery period.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) reports

8.  Events and courses

Sydney Cardiovascular Symposium – Remodelling and regeneration – 9-10 Dec 2021 (online and free)

Virtual 2 day event which attracts the best and brightest of cardiovascular researchers, with a focus on EMCR’s on Thursday 9th. Hear from Prof Eduardo Marbán (Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center) and Prof Ralf Adams (Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine) and more.