• MARCH 31, 2020

    Health Research Council New Zealand – Special Update 31 March 2020

    A message from CEO Professor Sunny Collings and changes to the 2020 Health Delivery Research Investment Round.

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    • MARCH 30, 2020

    Changes to NHMRC 2020 Funding Schemes

    Professor Anne Kelso AO, CEO Australian NHMRC has issued an important announcement regarding grant funding in 2020 which is reproduced in full below and can be read at here. Extended deadlines, as well as schemes on hold or cancelled, may come as both a relief (in terms of grant workload in 2020) and a frustration,

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    • MARCH 26, 2020

    Facilitating ethics review during outbreaks

    Recommended reading from the New Zealand Health Research Council.  Last year BMC Medical Ethics published a paper that included recommendations for ensuring that ‘ethics preparedness’ is an important foundation for an effective public health response to infectious disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies. It makes compelling and timely reading, especially given the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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    • MARCH 26, 2020

    New Zealand Health Research Council – ‘COVID-19 updates for researchers’

    The Health Research Council has a ‘COVID-19 updates for researchers’ page on its website, which it is frequently updating with the latest news. This page includes answers to commonly asked questions such as: Are application deadlines being extended for current funding rounds? Can I get an extension or suspension to my existing research contract? I have just submitted an application to the HRC, but realise now that my research plans may be disrupted by COVID-19. What should I do?

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    • MARCH 26, 2020

    New Zealand Health Research Council – COVID-19 update: All science assessing committee meetings cancelled

    The New Zealand Health Research Council has announced that due to the new restrictions/lockdown now in force in New Zealand and Australia, and the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak, they have decided to cancel all HRC science assessing committee meetings for the current funding rounds.

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    • MARCH 24, 2020

    COVID-19 Resources

    The Association has produced a COVID-19 resource for members including links to government sites and information, advice on managing your research and career in these unprecedented times, news sources, webinars etc.  We will aim to update the resource daily and would be pleased to receive suggestions for information to be included.

    We are also keen to provide a platform for the dissemination of research findings that could inform the management of health services and systems in response to COVID-19.  

    Please send your contributions to Sarah.green@chere.uts.edu.au.

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    • MARCH 24, 2020

    COVID-19: Guidance on clinical trials for institutions, HRECs, researchers and sponsors

    A joint statement that reflects the shared views of all state and territory Departments of Health, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Clinical Trials Project Reference Group (CTPRG), of which all of these entities are members.

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    • MARCH 24, 2020

    MRFF – 2020 Respiratory Medicine Clinical Trials Research on COVID-19 Grant Opportunity

    The HSRAANZ welcomes this new MRFF Coronavirus Research Response: 2020 Respiratory Medicine Clinical Trials Research on COVID-19 grant opportunity
    The intended outcome of the research funded under this priority is to use clinical trials to accelerate the implementation of safe and effective treatments for severe acute respiratory distress in patients infected with COVID 19 including plausible pathways to clinical practice within 12 months of commencement.
    Health Service Researchers and Implementation Scientists should consider collaborating with clinicians and other researchers to form multi-disciplinary research teams.

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    • MARCH 24, 2020

    COVID -19 – Delays to NHMRC Schemes

    In the latest NHMRC Tracker (24 March 2020) the NHMRC CEO has announced that “NHMRC is considering changes to some scheme dates for 2020 in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. In the meantime, minimum data due date for Synergy Grants will be extended beyond Wednesday 25 March 2020. The revised due date for minimum data will be communicated in the coming days.
    The opening of Partnership Projects PRC1 and the Targeted Call for Research into End of Life Care will also be delayed.
    NHMRC will advise via Tracker, RAO alerts and scheme documentation on Grantconnect when new dates are finalised.”

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    • MARCH 23, 2020

    Message from the CEO, National Health and Medical Research Council

    A message issued on 19 March from the NHMRC CEO addressing concerns of researchers about the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on their research, grant applications and other professional activities over the coming months – on top of the concern we all share for family, friends and the wider community.

    NHMRC is considering how to address these issues from its side, at the same time as preparing for the impact of an Australian epidemic on the office’s ability to deliver NHMRC and MRFF grant schemes and other core responsibilities throughout 2020. I have outlined some of our thoughts below.

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