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Current and Emerging Issues for- NHMRC Fellowship Schemes submission

ID: 
36
Step 2 - Personal Details
First Name: 
Adam
Last Name: 
Vogel
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?: 
Do not decrease the already inadequate fellowship schemes.
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?: 
No. There needs to be some stability for high performing researchers within specific fields. Possibly allowing for allocation of fellowships for some clinical disciplines that are traditionally pushed out by fields within biomedicine with differing outputs.
Question 3: Are there too many Fellowship levels? Does this structure impede the career progression of rapidly rising stars in health and medical research?: 
Rapidly rising stars can apply for schemes beyond what would be expected given their time post PhD. Evidence of this process is seen in some scientists who skip some levels of the highly competitive CDF scheme.
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)?: 
possibly.
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?: 
women who have had children require additional support. Women without children are in the same boat as men without children
Question 6: Is there a better solution to encouraging diversity in careers than those based on years post-PhD?: 
not sure
Question 7: Should employing institutions be expected to provide more certainty to their employees than now? : 
they need to be compensated by the federal government if providing additional support, above and beyond the current infrastructure monies
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? : 
maybe
Question 9: Should this be restricted to Early Career and Career Development Fellows?: 
why?

Page reviewed: 28 January, 2016