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Public consultation on the Structural Review of NHMRC’s Grant Program

Closed on Thursday, 25 August 2016, 11:59pm (AEDT). Submissions are no longer being accepted.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) invites you to comment on the Structural Review of NHMRC’s Grant Program.

NHMRC awards new grants worth around $800 million each year from the Medical Research Endowment Account (MREA). Feedback from the research sector indicates that the work required to prepare and evaluate the high numbers of grant applications that will not be funded is placing an unsustainable burden on applicants and peer reviewers. Concerns have also been raised that many researchers, especially those at early and mid-career stages, are becoming discouraged from pursuing research and that there are disincentives to exploring new areas of research.

To address these challenges, an over-arching review of NHMRC’s grant program is being undertaken to determine whether the suite of funding schemes can be streamlined and adapted to current circumstances, while continuing to support the best Australian research and researchers for the benefit of human health. The review is being undertaken by the Office of NHMRC with the assistance of an Expert Advisory Group.

A consultation paper has been prepared for public comment. It describes the case for the review, possible alternatives to the existing grant program structure, with information about the existing grant program and the scope of review provided in Attachments A and B.

Information about the review, including public forums that will be held during the consultation period, is available on the NHMRC website.

Individuals or organisations are invited to respond to the consultation questions, by lodging a written submission via the online method (see below) using the template provided.

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Consultation date

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Opening date: 
Thursday, 14 July 2016 - 9:00am
Closing date: 
Thursday, 25 August 2016 - 11:59pm
Extension: 
Please note that for some NHMRC consultations no extensions will be given. Where extensions are available you will need to contact the project officer using the contact details at the bottom of this page. However, in order for NHMRC to extend the date of a submission you will need to have created an account and started a submission.
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