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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Forum: NHMRC fellowship schemes

The NHMRC released a consultation paper on current and emerging issues – NHMRC Fellowship Schemes on Thursday 2 April 2015.

Professor Matthew Gillespie, Acting Deputy Dean (Research), will host a session on Tuesday 28 April 12:00 – 1:00 in Lecture Theatre S9 (16 Rainforest Walk) and this will be available by video links to other sites.

This session will discuss:

1. The current activities that the Medical Research Endowment Account (MREA) supports – such that there is an appreciation of the current constraints on the MREA. Also, if there are suggestions of reallocation of support within the MREA, the potential impacts may be more obvious.

2. To promote discussion about the consultation paper, particularly each of the questions that are contained within the discussion paper, to inform individual submissions and a submission that I will prepare on behalf of the Faculty.

The Consultation paper addresses Early Career, Career Development and Research Fellowships, and the following four issues:

Issue 1: The balance is changing between the number of research grants available and the number of Fellowships.
Issue 2: Is the structure of NHMRC fellowship schemes still appropriate?
Issue 3: Should there be a stronger strategic approach to granting Fellowships?
Issue 4: Responsibilities of employing institutions and the health and medical research sector.

Feedback, through an online portal or by mail, is required by 18 June 2015.

Please read the Consultation paper prior to the Forum. The paper can be accessed via: http://consultations.nhmrc.gov.au/public_consultations/nhmrc-fellowship-schemes

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