NHMRC-NIHR (UK) Collaborative Research Grants

NHMRC-NIHR (UK) Collaborative Research Grants

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This is a joint initiative between the NHMRC and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in the UK to co-fund Collaborative Research Grants as part of the Health Technology Assessment Programme. An NHMRC research grant of up to five years duration will be offered to support project work to be conducted by Partner Investigators located in Australia.

The NIHR is funded primarily through the Department of Health (England) to improve, through research, the health and wealth of the nation. The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme is the largest of the NIHR programmes. It funds independent research about the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive care in the UK National Health Service.


NHMRC has committed up to $3 million to support the Australian components of research projects (up to five years duration) that address the following two commissioned research topics:
13/154 – Early warning signs of relapse in schizophrenia
13/155 – Relapse prevention interventions for smoking cessation
The NIHR has the responsibility for administering these research calls and for the assessment of applications. Applicants should submit an outline research proposal directly to the NIHR HTA Programme in the first instance.  Note that the Chief Investigator may be based in the UK or Australia and it is the responsibility of the Australian team to identify a UK-based collaborator. Instructions on how to apply, including commissioning briefs for each topic, are available on the HTA Programme website.

Australian-based researchers named on successfully shortlisted outline applications reviewed by the HTA Board will be invited to submit an application to NHMRC via RGMS in parallel to their full applications to the NIHR HTA Programme. NHMRC will review the budget requested for the Australian-based component of the collaboration. The Australian-based researcher must be Chief Investigator A on the application submitted to NHMRC under this scheme.

Faculty Processes

The Faculties have their own approval and review processes for grants under this scheme. They may also have deadlines for submission of draft applications that are earlier than the Research Office deadlines. Please ensure that you contact your Faculty, as early as possible, for information on process and deadlines. Faculty contacts:

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Business and Economics
Ph 9850 8485 (x8485), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Kerry Todd-Smith

Faculty of Human Sciences
Ph 9850 8073 (x8073), Faculty Research Manager, Mr Colm Halbert

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Ph 9850 2788 (x2788), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Kyle Ratinac

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Ph 9850 8912 (x8912), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Irina Zakoshanski

Key Dates Outline proposal submitted to the NIHR HTA Programme: TBA
Invitations for full applications sent out by the NIHR HTA Programme: TBA
Full applications due to the NIHR HTA Programme and application for Australian-based projects to be submitted to RGMS: TBA
Resources Further information on NIHR HTA funding and further details of research topics available to Australian applicants can be found at http://www.nets.nihr.ac.uk.
All NHMRC grant applications are now submitted via the Research Grants Management System (RGMS)
MQ Application Coversheet (required for full proposals)
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research         
Application Checklist

Information and Compliance
Ms Lyn Schedlich / Ms Sarah Horn
Research Proposals Officer
Research Office
Ph: +61 2 9850 4193

Strategic Advice
Ms Courtney Bendall
Research Development Consultant
Research Office
Ph: +61 2 9850 4745

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