Northern Australia Tropical Disease Collaborative Research Programme

Critical Dates

**THIS SCHEME IS CLOSED AND NO FURTHER APPLICATION ROUNDS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED**

24 February  2016

Applications open in RGMS

4 March 2016

NOI deadline for registration of intent

9 March 2016

Draft (1) application to RIC

16 March 2016
5pm AEDT

Minimum data due in RGMS

21 March 2016

Draft (2) application to RIC

30 March 2016

Final Certified application to RIC

5pm AEST 6 April 2016

Applications close in RGMS

Early May 2016

Applicants submit Applicant Response (rebuttal) to Assessors Reports

Week commencing 23 May 2016

Anticipated Peer Review (videoconference) week

Critical dates for the application and opening and closing period, and assessment and peer review processes are the same for both the NHMRC and DFAT grants.

Minimum Data

Minimum data must be entered in Research Grants Management System (RGMS) by 5pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) on the specified due date to allow the NHMRC to start sourcing suitable assessors. Applications that fail to satisfy this requirement will not be accepted. Applicants are also reminded to complete the recommended fields below with correct information. Using placeholder text such as “text”, “synopsis” or “xx” etc. are not acceptable as minimum data.

Minimum data for the Programme consists of the following:

  • A-PA Home (specifically the Administering Institution, Application Title and Synopsis);
  • A-RC Research Classification;
  • A-RT Research Team and Commitment including the names of team members if known (note: team members may be added or deleted after the minimum data deadline until the close of applications at 5pm on 6 April 2016 Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)); and
  • B-FOC Funding Organisation and Consent (specifically NHMRC and/or DFAT funding)

Note: Failure to meet this deadline will result in the application not proceeding

Overview

The Northern Australia Tropical Disease Collaborative Research Programme (the Programme) will support innovative high quality teams to undertake research into the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of tropical disease that translate research findings into outcomes for health in Australia and the region.  The Programme will build strong collaborations, new research capability and capacity in the health and medical research workforce, and promote effective translation of this research into health policy and practice.

This investment is part of a broader Government strategy to build Australia’s primary research capacity and support the development of Northern Australia as outlined in the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia (link is external) , released on 18 June 2015. Funded through the NHMRC under the ongoing direction of a Scientific Advisory Panel, the Programme will be a geographically diverse network linking across more than one institution. A physical presence in Northern Australia is expected for significant components of the team.

In the context of tropical disease research, the specific objectives of the scheme are to:

  • support the conduct and development of innovative, high quality, collaborative research;
  • promote effective commercialisation and translation of research into health policy and/or practice;
  • foster and build capacity in the health and medical research workforce; and
  • provide opportunities to expand and improve collaborations between research teams.

The primary objective of the Programme is to support a single, multidisciplinary, nationally focussed team who will establish a collaborative network (involving key institutions, existing national and international networks researching tropical diseases, and other relevant bodies) to progress innovative high quality research into the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of tropical diseases in Northern Australia. The funded team will develop a strategic framework for tropical disease research in Northern Australia and the region, drawing on inputs from policy makers.

In particular, the Programme’s research should be directed towards the following outcomes:

  • long term partnerships that translate research findings into outcomes for health nationally and internationally;
  • developing and extending widespread collaborative networks, in Australia, the region and internationally;
  • building new tropical health research capacity, including early career researchers and Indigenous researchers;
  • identifying and addressing tropical health research and health system gaps, such as the need for public health and health services research (to inform a tropical disease research strategy);
  • developing a strong evidence base to inform health policy and/or practice that minimises the health and economic impact of tropical diseases at a national and international level;
  • potential for securing partnerships and leveraging funding; identifying and exploring commercialisation opportunities; and
  • identification of future risks in the region.

Applications will not be considered that address:

  • individual state or territory focussed tropical disease response research; or
  • research that does not have a “strong footprint” in Northern Australia; or
  • research without a strong and demonstrable translational link to the health system;
  • research that duplicates current investments; or
  • research focused on development of infrastructure (for example, databases).

It is critical that applicants demonstrate a strategy that encompasses transitioning to funding self-sufficiency at the conclusion of this funding Programme.

Funding

The NHMRC has established a separate arrangement with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to align the Northern Australia Tropical Disease Collaborative Research Programme with the DFAT Tropical Disease Research Regional Collaboration Initiative. This arrangement will allow applicants to apply for separate funding from DFAT under the Tropical Disease Research Regional Collaboration Initiative.

This initiative, part of the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia suite of tropical health measures, aims to strengthen collaboration between Australian research institutions working in tropical health with world class international and regional health research institutions and regional partners. The DFAT initiative is intended to complement the objectives of the NHMRC Northern Australia Tropical Disease Collaborative Research Programme.
Applicants can choose whether to apply for funding only from NHMRC or DFAT, or both. Applications for NHMRC funding must comply with all NHMRC funding criteria. Applicants seeking funding from DFAT must also comply with any additional, specified criteria from DFAT, which may include identified policy parameters or eligibility requirements and use of funding.

Relevant information including objectives, assessment criteria and eligibility criteria is available on the DFAT website.

Critical dates for the application opening and closing period are as specified on the NHMRC website. If applicants are applying for DFAT funding only, they will be exempt from the specific eligibility criteria found in NHMRC Funding Rules 2016, Section 7.

Level and Duration of Funding

  • $6 million over 4 years via NHMRC
  • $2 million over 2 years via DFAT

How to apply

  1. Submit a Notice of Intent (NOI)

    The Notice of Intent (NOI) should be completed by 4 March 2016 to provide RIC with CIA contact details. Upon submitting an NOI, Major Initiatives will arrange a meeting with you to discuss your proposal. Queries for NHMRC Northern Australia Tropical Disease Collaborative Research Programme should be sent to Michelle Kendall at ric-majorinitiatives@unimelb.edu.au
  2. Notify your Faculty Research Support Office.

    Notify your Faculty Research Support Office of your intention to submit.

  3. Review the NHMRC funding documents

    Consider the Funding Rules, Instructions to Applicants and other requirements from the Supporting Documents to get an understanding of the scheme and scope of your research program.

  4. Review the DFAT funding documents

    Review DFAT guidelines and templates from the Supporting Documents.

Supporting documents

NHMRC & DFAT

  1. For the NHMRC Northern Australia Tropical Disease Collaborative Research Programme, review the NHMRC Scheme Specific Funding Rules 2016, NHMRC Advice and Instructions to Applicants 2016 and Guide to NHMRC Peer Review 2016.NHMRC link

  2. For the DFAT Tropical Disease Research Regional Collaboration Initiative Competitive Aid Grant and its respective guidelines. DFAT website

Contacts

Questions and primary email
ric-majorinitiatives@unimelb.edu.au

Key Contact

Contact
Michelle Kendall
Email
kendall@unimelb.edu.au
Phone
T: +61 3 8344 4385

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