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Current and Emerging Issues for- NHMRC Fellowship Schemes submission

ID: 
19
Step 2 - Personal Details
First Name: 
Rupert
Last Name: 
Leong
Step 3 - A. Some questions for you
1. Which of the following best explains your interest in NHMRC’s fellowship schemes: (select ONE only): 
I am currently working in the health and medical research sector
2. If you are a health and medical researcher, which of the following descriptions best classifies your research? (select ONE only): 
Clinical science – please complete the next two questions
3. If you are a health and medical researcher, which of the following best describes the main source of funding that supports your salary? (select ONE only): 
NHMRC Scholarships and/or Fellowships
Step 3 - B. Consultations questions
Question 1: How should NHMRC’s funding balance between research grants and fellowships be adjusted as the total number of Project Grants available falls progressively over the next few years?: 
They are separate. How are project grants disadvantaged if their funding duration has been guaranteed to be increased to 4-5 years? Fellowships provide translational benefits to the community so the population would be most upset if their numbers are not increased. Fellowships are value for money. Billions of dollars of oncology research results in negligible improved survivals.
Question 2: To increase the turnover of NHMRC Research Fellows, should these schemes be seen as ‘up and out schemes’, whereby Fellows wishing to reapply can only do so at a higher level?: 
Yes
Question 3: Are there too many Fellowship levels? Does this structure impede the career progression of rapidly rising stars in health and medical research?: 
No. How do you expect lower level to compete with higher?
Question 4: Noting the implications outlined in the Issues paper, should NHMRC extend the duration of Early Career Fellowships to more than 4 years and Career Development Fellowships beyond 5 years (to 7 or 10 years)?: 
No. Although it would have benefited me personally, I was encouraged to aim for Practitioner Fellowship.
Question 5: Should NHMRC identify and support strategic priority areas in order to build capacity for the future? What else should be done to support women and increase participation and success by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers?: 
I don't believe in discriminating funding.
Question 6: Is there a better solution to encouraging diversity in careers than those based on years post-PhD?: 
By not prioritising funding to very specific areas.
Question 7: Should employing institutions be expected to provide more certainty to their employees than now? : 
Yes
Question 8: Would this be achieved if NHMRC required institutions to commit to one or more years of ongoing support for researchers exiting from NHMRC Fellowships? : 
Then these institutions would not want researchers! How about cost sharing 1 year at 50;50
Question 9: Should this be restricted to Early Career and Career Development Fellows?: 
No. To anyone demonstrating benefit to institutions and nHMRC.

Page reviewed: 28 January, 2016