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Current and Emerging Issues for- NHMRC Fellowship Schemes submission

ID: 
33
Step 2 - Personal Details
First Name: 
Traude
Last Name: 
Beilharz
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): 
Basic 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): 
institutional funds (possibly derived from multiple sources).
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?: 
Early and Mid career scientists are incresingly at risk, since many such researchers depend on such grant funding for retention in the sector There needs to be an increase in the fellowship scheme
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?: 
I think the up and out schemes are dangerous, because where do they out to? there simply isn't a place for even a fraction of all the Future Fellows ( for eg) to go.
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
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)?: 
Yes
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?: 
Yes: Areas such as Bioinformatics and advanced High-throughput technological training and development are critical, but poorly supported in Australia. The plight of women and other minorities is dire. The relative to opportunity is laughable. The one year of maternity for example is the easy part of being a mother. It is the next five years of day-care, illness, lack of travel etc.. that causes havoc with a woman's career.
Question 6: Is there a better solution to encouraging diversity in careers than those based on years post-PhD?: 
I don't know
Question 7: Should employing institutions be expected to provide more certainty to their employees than now? : 
Yes. currently institutions have a crash and burn mentality, each year recruiting new talent but then failing to support them to a level that makes real success and impact possible. The result is that the only way such new researchers can succeed is by working in pyramid systems where they 'look' as though they are succeeding but never become truly independent and the mega teams get bigger and more powerfull.
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? : 
This would help.
Question 9: Should this be restricted to Early Career and Career Development Fellows?: 
No

Page reviewed: 28 January, 2016