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Public Consultation on the NHMRC Draft Principles of Peer Review submission

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Heart Foundation
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23 January 2013




Strategic Research Cluster

National Health and Medical Research Council

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Feedback for Public Consultation on the NHMRC Draft Principles of Peer Review


We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on the excellent paper prepared by the National Health and Medical Research Council on the Principles of Peer Review.


The Heart Foundation is one of the largest not-for-profit organisations dedicated to reducing premature death and suffering from heart, stroke and blood vessel. One of the key activities of the Heart Foundation is to support world-class cardiovascular research in Australia through provision of research funding, and peer review is an integral part of this activity to ensure that Heart Foundation funds are distributed to best effect.


The consultation paper prepared by the NHMRC thoroughly considers the factors that are fundamental to successful administration of peer review. It is a well prepared document that outlines not only the important principles of the peer review process for the administrator but also for all parties involved in the system. However, I believe that it is also important to recognise one of the advantages the peer review process offers, and that is to minimise potential funding of duplicated research activities. Independent and impartial assessments of research proposals undertaken by peers with expertise in the proposed field allows rapid identification of research activities that are currently being undertaken by other national or international research groups and prevent wastage of the valuable and limited funding available to researchers.


I would also like to applaud the inclusion of the NHMRC’s commitment to continuous improvement of the peer review system. Peer review is a rapidly evolving system and close monitoring and evaluation of its efficacy and effectiveness is critical to benefit all parties involved in the system. The Heart Foundation is keen to work closely with the NHMRC to further improve the Australian health and medical research peer review process.


Once again, congratulations on the excellent quality of the NHMRC principles of peer review consultation paper. We look forward to being engaged in the continued effort of the NHMRC to further improve such an important system.


Yours sincerely,



Dr Akiko Ono

National Director – Research

Heart Foundation

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