Targeted Calls for Research & Special Initiatives

A Targeted Call for Research (TCR) or Special Initiative is often a one-time solicitation for grant applications to address a specific health issues that will stimulate or greatly advance research in a particular area of health and medical science that will benefit the health of Australians.

Boosting Dementia Research Grants - National Dementia Network (Round 3)

Important Dates:

  • Minimum Data: 5.00 pm AEST Wednesday 11th October 2017
  • Draft applications due to RIC: 10:00 am Wednesday 18th October 2017
  • Final applications due to RIC: 10:00 am Wednesday 1st November 2017

NHMRC has allocated funding to support a multidisciplinary, national team to establish and maintain a National Dementia Network under PR3. The objective of the Network is to improve the lives of people with dementia, as well as accelerating translation of interventions to treat and prevent dementia beginning with establishing and maintaining a national dementia registry as a national resource. Up to $18 million will be provided by NHMRC to support a National Dementia Network via PR3. Funding is available over five years.
Information about the scheme can be found on NHMRC webpage. Applicants must refer to NHMRC Funding Rules and NHMRC Advice and Instructions as well as NHMRC Scheme Specific Advice and Instructions the NHMRC scheme specific Funding Rules, Peer Review Guidelines and Grant Proposal template to be downloaded via Grant Connect (GO ID: GO498) (link is external and requires log in)

Notice of Intent: It is mandatory to submit a UOM Notice of Intent for NHMRC schemes and this should be done ASAP to ensure you receive communications / updates during the round. This must be done by the following NOI link

Authority to Submit Form: Mandatory - Submit with your final application to RIC

Contact: Anna Giannios, nhmrc-project@unimelb.edu.au

Targeted Call for Research into Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from Early Life to Young Adults

Important Dates: OPENING SOON

  • Applications open in RGMS: Wednesday 15th November 2017
  • Minimum Data: 5.00 pm AEDT Wednesday 24th January 2018
  • Draft applications due to RIC: 5:00 pm Wednesday 17th February 2018
  • Final applications due to RIC: 5:00 pm Wednesday 31st January 2018

This TCR aims to provide funding for rigorous, culturally-informed research into maintaining and improving the SEWB and mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants, children, adolescents and young adults, and fostering wellness.

This opportunity is currently 'forecasted' however Grant Guidelines and information on how to apply is available via Grant Connect (GO ID TBC).

Notice of Intent: It is mandatory to submit a UOM Notice of Intent and this should be done ASAP to ensure you receive all communications and updates during the round.

Contact: ric-majorinitiatives@unimelb.edu.au

Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Antimicrobial Resistance Targeted Call for Research (AMR-TCR)

Important Dates:

CLOSED: Applications closed 4 October 2017. Outcomes are expected in December 2017.

This competitive grant opportunity aims to stimulate research on novel and innovative methodologies, such as genomics, to determine antimicrobial resistance profiles and transmission within, to and from residential aged care facilities. This knowledge will assist in the promotion and development of optimal and appropriate antimicrobial use in residential aged care facilities. Grant Guidelines and information on how to apply is available via Grant Connect (GO ID: GO417).

Contact: Sophie Cleaves, nhmrc-project@unimelb.edu.au, 9035 4878

Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Lifting Clinical Trials and Registries Capacity (LCTRC) Grant Opportunity

CLOSED: Applications closed 4 October 2017. Outcomes are expected in December 2017.

This competitive grant opportunity will stimulate clinical trial and registry activity with priority to be given to under-researched health priorities, such as rare cancers and rare diseases. Novel and innovative trial designs and recruitment strategies and the application of precision medicine will also be encouraged under this grant opportunity. Grant Guidelines and information on how to apply is available via Grant Connect (GO ID: GO440)

Contact: Sophie Cleaves, nhmrc-project@unimelb.edu.au, 9035 4878

Targeted Call for Research into Dementia in Indigenous Australians

CLOSED: Applications closed 12 July 2017 and no further application rounds have been announced

This TCR aims to support culturally appropriate research aligned to at least one of the NNIDR’s five priority themes (prevention, assessment & diagnosis, intervention & treatment, living with dementia, care), which will directly improve the health of, and health care for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians at risk of developing or currently living with dementia, and their families and carers. As such, research proposals will be expected to have a strong translational focus.

A total of $10m has been allocated to support a small number of collaborative research team. Funding will be available for any period of up to five years over the period of 2018-2022.

Targeted Call for Research into depression, anxiety and suicide among elderly Australians

CLOSED: Applications closed 31 May 2017 and no further application rounds have been announced

This TCR aims to support research that addresses the question: How can the rates and impacts of depression, anxiety and suicide among elderly Australians living in the community and/or in residential aged care services be reduced?

Researchers may address this question with regard to prevention or detection and management, and may focus on depression, and/or anxiety and/or suicide. The research must include human participants aged 65 years and older. Particular emphasis should be given to those aged 75 years and older, including men aged 85+, who have disproportionately high rates of suicide.

A total of $5m has been allocated to support a small number of collaborative research team. Funding will be available for any period of up to five years over the period of 2018-2022.

Dementia Research Development Fellowships (NHMRC/ARC)

CLOSED: Applications closed 15 March 2015 and no further application rounds have been announced

Strategic, Urgent and Targeted Calls for Research. NHMRC and the Australian Research Council (ARC) have worked together to establish a new initiative to increase research capacity in dementia as part of the ‘Building the workforce’ element of the Boosting Dementia Research Initiative. Fellowships will be provided over four years and include a project component of up to $250,000, funded by the ARC, to support research costs.

Dementia Research Team Grants

CLOSED: Applications closed 8 October 2014 and no further application rounds have been announced

Strategic, Urgent and Targeted Calls for Research. Occasionally, the NHMRC may announce schemes to address particular health issues. The Dementia Research Team Grants Scheme is part of the Boosting Dementia Research Initiative. Dementia Research Team Grants will provide support for teams of researchers over five years to pursue collaborative research, promote effective translation of research, and develop capacity under a dementia research priority framework.