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NHMRC Careers Scholarships Postdoctoral Awards Career Development Awards. ie “The art of grantsmanship will not turn mediocre science into a fundable grant proposal.”. Jacob Kraicer, MD, PhD Professor Department of Physiology Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto.

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    1. NHMRC CareersScholarshipsPostdoctoral AwardsCareer Development Awards

    2. ie • “The art of grantsmanship will not turn mediocre science into a fundable grant proposal.” Jacob Kraicer, MD, PhD Professor Department of Physiology Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto There is No Substitute for: • Good ideas • Strong track record

    3. “However, poor grantsmanship will, and often does, turn very good science into an unfundable grant proposal. Good writing will not save bad ideas, but bad writing can kill good ones”. Jacob Kraicer, MD, PhD Professor Department of Physiology Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto

    4. On the other hand “A polished application will maximise your chances of funding” Bronwyn Kingwell A lesser known Australian physiologist

    5. Rule 1 Understand the system (know the enemy)

    6. Rule 2 Follow the guidelines (to the letter) eligibility

    7. Rule 3 Know the Scoring Matrix (format your application accordingly)

    8. NHMC Research Training Awards BSc, MBBS etc Postgraduate Scholarships Training Awards Postdoctoral Fellowships 0 - 2 yrs (since PhD) CDA Career Development Awards 2 - 12 yrs RF / PF Career Fellowships >9 yrs

    9. Post-Graduate Scholarships (Australia-based only, access to Travelling Awards) Training (Postdoctoral) Fellowships (4 yrs in Aus, or 2 yrs OS + 2 yrs in Aus, access to Travelling Awards) Career-Development Awards (4 yrs Australian-based only, access to Travelling Awards) Research Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) Practitioner Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) Career Support Path Training PhD No more than 2 yrs post-doc (at application) 2 yrs post-doc CDA 2-12 yrs post-doc RF / PF Usually more than 9 yrs post-doc

    10. Training Awards in 2007

    11. Post-Graduate Scholarships (Australia-based only, access to Travelling Awards) Training (Postdoctoral) Fellowships (4 yrs in Aus, or 2 yrs OS + 2 yrs in Aus) Career-Development Awards (4 yrs Australian-based only) Research Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) Practitioner Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) NHMRC Training Awards:Scholarships • Features: • Designed for a recent graduate • a medical graduate with further clinical training, • enrolled in combined PhD/MBBS, • from a nursing or allied health professional background. • 3 yr funding (6 month extension possible) • Apply in August each year • $2,250 in direct research costs • Research Scholarships available in: • Biomedical Science $19,616 stipend pa • Clinical Medicine $25,313 stipend pa • Public Health $29,172 stipend pa

    12. Post-Graduate Scholarships (Australia-based only, access to Travelling Awards) Training (Postdoctoral) Fellowships (4 yrs in Aus, or 2 yrs OS + 2 yrs in Aus) Career-Development Awards (4 yrs Australian-based only) Research Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) Practitioner Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) NHMRC Training Awards:Scholarship Types 1. Biomedical Postgraduate Research Scholarship (highest ranked named Dora Lush, John Shaw (MSD) also awarded from this category) 2. Medical and Dental Postgraduate Research Scholarship (highest ranked receives Gustav Nossal) 3. Training Scholarship for Indigenous Australian Health Research 4. Public Health Postgraduate Research Scholarship 5. Primary Health Care Postgraduate Research Scholarship 6. The Pharmacy Guild of Australia Scholarship

    13. Post-Graduate Scholarships (Australia-based only, access to Travelling Awards) Training (Postdoctoral) Fellowships (4 yrs in Aus, or 2 yrs OS + 2 yrs in Aus) Career-Development Awards (4 yrs Australian-based only) Research Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) Practitioner Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) NHMRC Training Awards:Training Fellowships- a) Australian Full-time • Features: • Up to 2 yrs post PhD at application • Institution and supervisor must be different from PhD (limited exceptions) • 4 years in an Australian Institution • Up to 1 year suspension permitted • Training Support Package Level 1 - $63,500 + $5,000 pa. in Direct Research Costs • Apply in July each year • Three types: • Biomedical - highest ranked named Peter Doherty • Clinical Research • Public Health

    14. Post-Graduate Scholarships (Australia-based only, access to Travelling Awards) Training (Postdoctoral) Fellowships (4 yrs in Aus, or 2 yrs OS + 2 yrs in Aus) Career-Development Awards (4 yrs Australian-based only) Research Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) Practitioner Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) NHMRC Training Awards:Training Fellowships- b) Overseas • Features: • Up to 2 yrs post PhD at application • 2 yrs postdoc reflects active research time • 2 years overseas • 2 years back in Australia • Up to 2 years suspension permitted • Training Support Package Level 1 - $63,500 + O/S allowances (+$5000 direct res costs). • Four types: • Biomedical - highest ranked named C.J Martin • Clinical – highest ranked named Neil Hamilton Fairley • Public Health – highest ranked named Sidney Sax • INSERM - exchange with France

    15. Post-Graduate Scholarships (Australia-based only, access to Travelling Awards) Training (Postdoctoral) Fellowships (4 yrs in Aus, or 2 yrs OS + 2 yrs in Aus) Career-Development Awards (4 yrs Australian-based only) Research Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) Practitioner Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) NHMRC Training Awards:Training Fellowships - c) Australian Part-time • Features: • Preferably 2 yrs post PhD at application • Connected to Health Professional activity relevant to research/special circumstances • Up to 1 year suspension permitted • Training Support Package Level 1 - $63,500 + $5,000 pa. DRCs • 50% - 70% (incl. DRCs) • Two types: • Health Professional Research training - Clinical and Population Health (4 yrs) • Australian Part-time (in any category). For compassionate reasons only (4 yrs)

    16. Post-Graduate Scholarships (Australia-based only, access to Travelling Awards) Training (Postdoctoral) Fellowships (4 yrs in Aus, or 2 yrs OS + 2 yrs in Aus) Career-Development Awards (4 yrs Australian-based only) Research Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) Practitioner Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) NHMRC Training Awards:Training Fellowships – d) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Features: • Offered to persons who wish to make Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research a significant component of their career • Preferably 2 yrs post PhD at application • Can be based in Australia or OS ie 2 years OS, 2 years in Australia • Priority offered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders • Identical support package to other Fellowships ie $63,500 + $5,000 DRC

    17. Scholarship and Fellowship Assessment and Scoring Matrix Assessors consider: • Selection Criteria and Eligibility • All applicants ranked within their category • Generic scoring matrix

    18. NHMRC Training AwardsScoring matrix - Postdoctoral • Get involved: • Highlight your major research achievements • Join ASMR & other professional societies • Volunteer to give lectures (scientific & lay) • Organise symposia • Ask to be nominated for prizes

    19. NHMRC Training AwardsScoring matrix - Postdoctoral (cont) • Review successful applications • Clear, concise research plan (2 pages) • Highlight significance, outcomes, deliverables • Choose a strong supervisor/institution & highlight strengths

    20. NHMRC Training AwardsScoring matrix - Postdoctoral (cont) • Track Record • Current impact factors • Ask to co-author reviews/book chapters • Present your work widely (nationally/internationally)

    21. Scholarship and Fellowship Referees Choose supportive, highly regarded referees Referees comment on quality of the project, research environment, and capacity and potential of the applicant Fellowships (arranged by applicant) • personal referee (applicant-nominated) • independent referee* (different institution) • proposed supervisor* The supervisor’s report and the independent referee report are critical. *

    22. Post-Graduate Scholarships (Australia-based only, access to Travelling Awards) Training (Postdoctoral) Fellowships (4 yrs in Aus, or 2 yrs OS + 2 yrs in Aus) Career-Development Awards (4 yrs Australian-based only) Research Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) Practitioner Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) How to make your application more competitive (Scholarships/Fellowships) • Read the scoring matrix and frame application according to the weighting. • Prioritise successes—recent rather than earlier. • Clearly indicate your research record. • Don’t inflate your application with non-events. • Indicate enthusiasm about your project and your career plans. • Liaise with your planned supervisor over your project, make sure he/she is ‘selling’ you. • Think beyond refereed publications: Impact in Australia is highly regardedacross all three areas. For Public Health Researchers government reports with high impact are valuable, for Clinical Researchers changes in practice recognised by your profession are valuable. • Make sure that you fully document your claims: when arguing not to transfer institutions, or if you claim to have less than two years research despite a PhD which is more than two years old.

    23. How Many Scholarships / Training Fellowships were Awarded (for 2007)? Post-Graduate Scholarships (Australia-based only, access to Travelling Awards) 161 of 341 applicants 47% 33% Training (Postdoctoral) Fellowships (4 yrs in Aus, or 2 yrs OS + 2 yrs in Aus) 119 of 359 applicants Industry Fellowships (2 yrs in industry OS or Aus + 2 yrs in research institution in Aus) 5 of 16 applicants Howard Florey Centenary Fellowship (2 yrs Aus-based only, returning from OS) 6 of 22 applicants Career-Development Awards (4 yrs Australian-based only) 50 of 186 applicants 31% 27% Research Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) 72 of 186 applicants Practitioner Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) 13 of 30 applicants

    24. Career Development Awards(CDAs)

    25. Post-Graduate Scholarships (Australia-based only, access to Travelling Awards) Training (Postdoctoral) Fellowships (4 yrs in Aus, or 2 yrs OS + 2 yrs in Aus) Career-Development Awards (4 yrs Australian-based only) Research Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) Practitioner Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) NHMRC Career Development Awards(Formerly R.D.Wrights) • New Features: • Researchers moving towards independence • In the 2 - 12 years postdoctoral range • 2 levels available from 2007 app round: • CDA Level 1: 2-7 years post-doc • CDA Level 2: 7-12 years post-doc • 4 years • incorporates Howard Florey award from 2007 • Apply in April each year (outcome end Oct) • Funding Packages: • CDA Level 1: $90,500 • CDA Level 2: $100,000

    26. Goals of the CDA Scheme • to help build Australia 's health research skills • to increase knowledge & support the development of evidence based health policies • to encourage the growth of knowledge-based industries in Australia

    27. Post-Graduate Scholarships (Australia-based only, access to Travelling Awards) Training (Postdoctoral) Fellowships (4 yrs in Aus, or 2 yrs OS + 2 yrs in Aus) Career-Development Awards (4 yrs Australian-based only) Research Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) Practitioner Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) NHMRC Career Development Awards CDAs are available in: • Biomedical Science • Clinical Medicine - FT or 30% - 70% • Population Health - FT or 30% - 70% • Industry - FT up to 50% with Industry Partner (previously available through Training Fellowships scheme)

    28. Post-Graduate Scholarships (Australia-based only, access to Travelling Awards) Training (Postdoctoral) Fellowships (4 yrs in Aus, or 2 yrs OS + 2 yrs in Aus) Career-Development Awards (4 yrs Australian-based only) Research Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) Practitioner Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) CDAs- assessment • Biomedical • Clinical/Pop Health • Highly Competitive • Full and Part-time (30-70%) • Research objectives, research proposal, research support, detailed CV

    29. NHMRC Training AwardsScoring matrix - Career Development Awards • Track Record is Everything • Current impact factors • Citation rates (if relevant) • Ask to co-author reviews/book chapters • Present your work widely (nationally/internationally)

    30. NHMRC Career Development Awards Commencing in 2007 Number of Applications: 186 Category Applied Awarded Biomedical 141 37 (26%) Clinical 24 7 (29%) Population Health 21 6 (29%) Incl Partnerships with Diabetes Aust, NHF, National Breast Cancer Foundation, Alzheimers Aust, A&NZ Nephrology Society, Kidney Health Aust

    31. Post-Graduate Scholarships (Australia-based only, access to Travelling Awards) Training (Postdoctoral) Fellowships (4 yrs in Aus, or 2 yrs OS + 2 yrs in Aus) Career-Development Awards (4 yrs Australian-based only) Research Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) Practitioner Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) NHMRC Career Development Awards 19% 29% 28% 25% 20% 27%

    32. NHMRC KEY Dates for 2007 Round CDAs Applications closed April 20th Postdoc fellowships Applications open May 1st Applications close July 6th Scholarships Applications open May 1st Applications close Aug 3rd www.nhmrc.gov.au

    33. Parting Words • Understand the system • Follow the guidelines • Know the scoring matrix • Learn from your experiences and others • Have others provide critical input • Use a mentor (in addition to your boss) • There are other options (know when to explore them)

    34. Questions?