2019 Indigenous Health Research Grant

TIMELINE

ASAP

Notice of Intent (NOI) registration OPEN

10am, 20 Jan 2020 (Monday)

Draft Grant Proposal due to RIC for strategic review. Early submission encouraged.

5pm, 29 Jan 2020 (Wednesday)

Draft application due to RIC for compliance and eligibility check (including other supporting documents)

5pm, 29 Jan 2020 (Wednesday)

Minimum Data due on RGMS

10am, 10 Feb 2020 (Monday)

Authority to Submit due to RIC

5pm, 10 Feb 2020 (Monday)

Final application submitted to RIC

5pm, 12 Feb 2020 (Wednesday)

Final application submitted to NHMRC

Overview

The objectives of this Indigenous Health research Grant Opportunity are to:

  • support innovative, high-quality and collaborative research that will have positive impacts on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes
  • promote effective translation of culturally secure patient-focussed research into health policy and/or practice
  • foster and build Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led research capacity workforce capability, including:
    o supporting multidisciplinary research teams with career pathway development for early to mid-career researchers
    o fostering and building capacity and capability in the health and medical research workforce
    o providing opportunities to expand and improve collaborations between researchers and teams
  • leverage collaborations between research teams, policy makers, healthcare funders and the health delivery sector (e.g. education, community, industry and/or healthcare).

The objective of this Cardiovascular Health Grant Opportunity is to support multidisciplinary and collaborative approaches in three priority areas to drive significant improvements in cardiovascular health and stroke outcomes such as disability, mortality and morbidity.

You are required to nominate the priority area your research project aims to address, noting more than one area can be addressed through a single project. If your project addresses more than one priority area, submit your proposal to the area that most closely relates to the primary focus of your research.

Funding will be provided to the top ranked application in each of the four key health challenges. The remaining funding will then be provided in rank order to the best ranked applications from across all health areas.

Key health challenge (a): Ending avoidable deafness

Research undertaken in this key health area should primarily involve at least one of the following:

  • identifying and improving community-based interventions for the prevention, early intervention and/or treatment of otitis media and hearing loss
  • identifying and improving strategies to minimise the impact of hearing loss.

Key health challenge (b): Preventing chronic kidney disease

Research undertaken in this key health area should primarily involve at least one of the following:

  • identifying and improving prevention, early-intervention and treatment strategies to reduce the development and/or impact of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end stage kidney disease (ESKD) on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • identifying region-specific primary health care preventive strategies to bring CKD prevalence and incidence in remote, rural and urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
  • improving the evidence base in relation to the risk and protective factors of CKD and ESKD
  • identifying and improving culturally appropriate community-based intervention/s against various stages of CKD.

Key health challenge (c): Improving adolescent mental health

Research undertaken in this key health area should primarily involve at least one of the following:

  • improving the evidence base in relation to overcoming the broader structural and community factors that influence the mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents
  • identifying predictors and causes of mental illness and suicidality in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents, as well as protective factors and those that build wellbeing
  • improving health services including interventions, models of care, assessment and outcomes measures in meeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescent mental health needs
  • translating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescent mental health research into mental health policy and/or practice.

Key health challenge (d): Ending avoidable blindness

Research undertaken in this key health area should primarily involve at least one of the following:

  • identifying and improving community-based interventions for the prevention, early intervention and/or treatment of vision loss and blindness
  • Identifying and improving strategies to minimise the impact of vision loss and blindness.

Funding

The Australian Government has announced a total of $160 million for the Indigenous Health Research Fund over ten years (2019-20 to 2028-29). Of this, $35 million has been allocated to a project to support the development of a Rheumatic Heart Disease Vaccine. For this Grant Opportunity, up to $13.5 million of funding is available over three years from 2019-20.

The maximum amount of funding that can be requested for each grant is $2 million.

2019-202020-212021-22
$12.5m $0.5m$0.5m

The maximum grant period is three years.

Eligibility

- A person must not be named as a Chief Investigator (CI) on more than one application submitted to this grant opportunity. Up to 10 CIs may be included as members of the research team.

- The proposed research should not duplicate research previously or currently being undertaken. The NHMRC may compare the research proposed in grant applications with grants previously or currently funded by the MRFF, NHMRC or other agencies (e.g. Australian Research Council) and published research (see also section 4.7 – Other ineligible expenditure)

How to apply

  1. Notice of Intent: Please register your Notice of Intent if you are considering applying for the MRFF Indigenous Health Research Grant Opportunity.  RIC-MRFF team will then contact each applicant with further information.
  2. Update RGMS Profile: Each CI must obtain access to RGMS and update profile information (see RGMS information)
  3. Review documentation: Review the  grant guidelines and category descriptors available below and Grant Connect.
  4. Create and Complete the application:  Log in to RGMS select "MRFF - Research Grant" from Initiatives and then select the relevant scheme from Round and complete the application.
  5. Submit “Review Ready” application to RIC: Submit application to RIC within the RIC internal submission period for review.
  6. Complete application: After taking feedback from the RIC team into consideration, complete the application in RGMS. It is suggested advice is sought from colleagues, Faculty Mentors, etc. before finalising the application.
  7. Submit the UoM Authority to Submit Form:
  8. This form must be submitted to RIC electronically by the final internal closing date. This form should include:

    • Complete the compliance and eligibility section
    • Signature of all CIs and AIs

    Electronic signatures and email consent are permitted.

    This is an NHMRC requirement and the application cannot be submitted to NHMRC until received.

  9. Final Submission:
    • On the final internal closing date, the applicant must:
    • Submit finalised application by clicking ‘Submit to RAO’ in RGMS
    • Email RIC enquiries-mrff@unimelb.edu.au as well as a scanned, signed Authority to Submit form.
    • Should you require further information please contact Alvin Wong on 83449352 or via email
  10. RIC will submit the application: Once the application has been submitted to NHMRC, you will receive an email from RIC confirming submission.

Supporting documents

NHMRC Documents

Grant Guidelines - updated section 6.2 (text immediately above table on pg23)

Assessment Criteria

Rating Scale for Overall Value and Risk

Minimum Data

RIC Documents

Summary and Tips

Grant Proposal Template  (Including Assessment Criteria)

Authority to Submit Form

Wording for written consent

Contacts

MRFF Indigenous Health questions and primary email
enquiries-mrff@unimelb.edu.au

Key Contacts

Contact
Alvin Wong and Catherine Nobes
Email
enquiries-mrff@unimelb.edu.au
Phone
T: Alvin - +61 3 8344 9352; Catherine - +61 3 8344 1471