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  1. 1. NHMRC Careers Scholarships Postdoctoral Awards Career Development Awards
  2. 2. Understand the system (know the enemy) Rule 1
  3. 3. Rule 2 Follow the guidelines (to the letter) eligibility
  4. 4. Rule 3 Know the Scoring Matrix (format your application accordingly)
  5. 5. NHMC Research Training Awards Postgraduate Scholarships BSc, MBBS etc Postdoctoral Fellowships 0 - 5 yrs (since PhD) Career Development Awards 3 - 9 yrs Career Fellowships >9 yrs Training Awards CDA RF / PF
  6. 6. Usually more than 9 yrs post-doc 3-9 yrs post-doc 2-5 yrs post-doc No more than 2 yrs post-doc (at application) PhD Career Support Path Training CDA RF / PF Practitioner Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) Research Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) Career-Development Awards (5 yrs Australian-based only) Industry Fellowships (2 yrs in industry OS or Aus + 2 yrs in research institution in Aus) Howard Florey Centenary Fellowship (2 yrs Aus-based only, returning from OS) Training (Postdoctoral) Fellowships (4 yrs in Aus, or 2 yrs OS + 2 yrs in Aus) Post-Graduate Scholarships (Australia-based only, access to Travelling Awards)
  7. 7. Training Awards
  8. 8. NHMRC Training Awards: S cholarships <ul><li>Features: </li></ul><ul><li>Designed for a recent graduate </li></ul><ul><li>a medical graduate with further clinical training, </li></ul><ul><li>enrolled in combined PhD/MBBS, </li></ul><ul><li>from a nursing or allied health professional background. </li></ul><ul><li>3 yr funding (6 month extension possible) </li></ul><ul><li>Apply in August each year </li></ul><ul><li>$2250 in direct research costs </li></ul><ul><li>Research Scholarships available in: </li></ul><ul><li>Biomedical Science $19,231 - $21,231 pa </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical Medicine $24,817 - $26,817 pa </li></ul><ul><li>Public Health $28,600 - $30,600 pa </li></ul>
  9. 9. NHMRC Training Awards: S cholarship Types 1. Biomedical (Dora Lush) Postgraduate Research Scholarship 2. Medical and Dental Postgraduate Research Scholarship (including Gustav Nossal Scholarship) 3. Training Scholarship for Indigenous Health Research 4. Public Health Postgraduate Research Scholarship 5. Primary Health Care Postgraduate Research Scholarship 6. The Pharmacy Guild of Australia Scholarship 7. John Shaw Scholarship (MSD)
  10. 10. <ul><li>Features: </li></ul><ul><li>Up to 2 yrs post PhD at application </li></ul><ul><li>Institution and supervisor must be different from PhD (limited exceptions) </li></ul><ul><li>4 years in an Australian Institution </li></ul><ul><li>Training Support Package Level 1 - $59,750 + $5,000 pa. in Direct Research Costs </li></ul><ul><li>Apply in July each year </li></ul><ul><li>Three types: </li></ul><ul><li>Biomedical - Peter Doherty </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical - Aust Clinical Research </li></ul><ul><li>Public /Population Health </li></ul><ul><li>- Public Health Australia </li></ul>NHMRC Training Awards: Training Fellowships- a) Australian Full-time
  11. 11. <ul><li>Features: </li></ul><ul><li>Up to 2 yrs post PhD at application </li></ul><ul><li>2 years overseas </li></ul><ul><li>2 years back in Australia </li></ul><ul><li>Up to 2 years suspension permitted </li></ul><ul><li>Must be in Aust in Dec of year before apply </li></ul><ul><li>Training Support Package Level 1 - $62,250 + O/S allowances (+$5000 direct res costs). </li></ul><ul><li>Four types: </li></ul><ul><li>Biomedical - C.J Martin </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical - Neil Hamilton Fairley </li></ul><ul><li>Public Health - Sidney Sax </li></ul><ul><li>INSERM - exchange with France </li></ul>NHMRC Training Awards: Training Fellowships- b) Overseas
  12. 12. NHMRC Training Awards: Training Fellowships- c) Australian Part-time <ul><li>Features: </li></ul><ul><li>Preferably 2 yrs post PhD at application </li></ul><ul><li>Connected to Health Professional activity relevant to research/ special circumstances </li></ul><ul><li>Up to 1 year suspension permitted </li></ul><ul><li>Training Support Package Level 1 - $62,250 + $5,000 pa. DRCs. </li></ul><ul><li>50% - 70% (incl. DRCs) </li></ul><ul><li>Two types: </li></ul><ul><li>Health Professional Research training - Clinical and Population Health (4 yrs) </li></ul><ul><li>Australian Part-time (in any category). For compassionate reasons only (4 yrs) </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Features: </li></ul><ul><li>2 to 5 yrs post PhD at application </li></ul><ul><li>Must be overseas at time of application </li></ul><ul><li>2 years in an Australian Institution </li></ul><ul><li>Training Support Package Level 2 - $73,750 </li></ul><ul><li>Resettlement Allowance - $5,000 (one-off) </li></ul><ul><li>Direct research costs - $10,000 pa </li></ul>NHMRC Training Awards: Other Fellowships - Howard Florey Centenary Provides a vehicle for Australian researchers working overseas to return to Australia and continue with a biomedical/health related research career
  14. 14. <ul><li>Features: </li></ul><ul><li>foster closer interaction between Australian researchers and high technology industries </li></ul><ul><li>Intermittent time between with industry partner as expertise developed (up to 50%) </li></ul><ul><li>Award can be in marketing,IP, business development, IT, formulation, chemistry, toxicology, clinical devl’t etc </li></ul><ul><li>4 year fellowships </li></ul><ul><li>package is $90,500 pa including direct research costs </li></ul>NHMRC Training Awards: Other Fellowships - Industry Research Industry Research Fellowships target outstanding researchers who will spend up to two years in industry and two years in a research institution.
  15. 15. Scholarship and Fellowship Assessment and Scoring Matrix <ul><li>Assessors consider: </li></ul><ul><li>Selection Criteria and Eligibility </li></ul><ul><li>All applicants ranked within their category </li></ul><ul><li>Generic scoring matrix </li></ul>
  16. 16. Scholarship and Fellowship Assessment and Scoring Matrix <ul><li>A generic scoring matrix is used. The assessment teams consider - </li></ul><ul><li>Selection Criteria; and Eligibility is determined </li></ul><ul><li>All applicants are ranked against each other within their category </li></ul><ul><li>Scoring and Ranking Key criteria: </li></ul><ul><li>undergraduate record </li></ul><ul><li>research experience </li></ul><ul><li>publications (papers/chapters/abstracts/patents) - quality, quantity and originality </li></ul><ul><li>professional skills and potential to succeed </li></ul><ul><li>postgraduate/professional training (for some categories) </li></ul><ul><li>research project and potential benefits </li></ul><ul><li>supervisor and institution </li></ul><ul><li>referees reports </li></ul><ul><li>The Howard Florey Centenary Fellowship has its own scoring matrix. </li></ul>
  17. 17. NHMRC Training Awards Scoring matrix - Postdoctoral <ul><li>Get involved: </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight your major research achievements </li></ul><ul><li>Join ASMR & other professional societies </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer to give lectures (scientific & lay) </li></ul><ul><li>Organise symposia </li></ul><ul><li>Ask to be nominated for prizes </li></ul>40 Total Points <ul><li>Criteria: </li></ul><ul><li>Undergraduate / Honours / Other degree </li></ul><ul><li>Research experience </li></ul><ul><li>Professional skills </li></ul><ul><li>Potential to succeed </li></ul><ul><li>Prizes / lectures / conferences organised / courses </li></ul>Part A - PERSON
  18. 18. NHMRC Training Awards Scoring matrix - Postdoctoral (cont) <ul><li>Review other successful applications: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clear, concise research plan (2 pages) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlight significance, outcomes, deliverables </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose a strong supervisor/institution & highlight strengths </li></ul></ul>20 Total <ul><li>Criteria Component 2: </li></ul><ul><li>Supervisor / institution </li></ul>Points <ul><li>Criteria Component 1: </li></ul><ul><li>Quality of project and potential benefits </li></ul>Part B - PROJECT
  19. 19. NHMRC Training Awards Scoring matrix - Postdoctoral (cont) <ul><li>Track Record: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Current impact factors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask to co-author reviews/book chapters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Present your work widely (nationally/internationally) </li></ul></ul>100 TOTAL (Parts A+B+C) 40 Total Points <ul><li>Criteria: </li></ul><ul><li>Quality and quantity </li></ul><ul><li>Originality </li></ul>Part C - RESEARCH OUTPUT
  20. 20. Scholarship and Fellowship Referees <ul><li>Choose supportive, highly regarded referees </li></ul><ul><li>Referees comment on </li></ul><ul><li>quality of the project, </li></ul><ul><li>research environment, and </li></ul><ul><li>capacity and potential of the applicant </li></ul><ul><li>Fellowships (arranged by applicant) </li></ul><ul><li>personal referee (applicant-nominated) </li></ul><ul><li>independent referee* (different institution) </li></ul><ul><li>proposed supervisor* </li></ul><ul><li>The supervisor’s report and the independent referee report are critical. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Scholarship and Fellowship Referees <ul><li>Referees are broadly asked to comment on the quality of the project, the research environment, and the capacity and potential of the applicant. </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarships </li></ul><ul><li>Applicants should arrange for an independent referee* and a supervisor’s report. Both are critical to the assessment. </li></ul><ul><li>Fellowships </li></ul><ul><li>Applicants should arrange for 3 referee reports: one personal referee (applicant-nominated), one independent referee*, and a report from the proposed supervisor. While each is important, the supervisor’s report and the independent referee report are critical to the applicant’s assessment. </li></ul><ul><li>* Independent Referee - should have had no substantive professional or private contact with the applicant, or the applicant’s recent or future supervisors, and should not be from the same institution. </li></ul>
  22. 22. How to make your application more competitive (Scholarships/Fellowships) <ul><li>Read the scoring matrix and frame application according to the weighting. </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritise successes—recent rather than earlier. </li></ul><ul><li>Clearly indicate your research record. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t inflate your application with non-events. </li></ul><ul><li>Be enthusiastic about your project and your career plans. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure your planned supervisor/referee &quot;sells&quot; you. </li></ul><ul><li>Think beyond refereed publications: Impact in Australia is highly regarded across all three areas. F or Public Health Researchers government reports with high impact are valuable, for Clinical Researchers changes in practice recognised by your profession are valuable. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  23. 23. How Many Scholarships / Training Fellowships were Awarded (for 2006)? Practitioner Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) 6 of 21 applicants Research Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) 27 of 101 applicants Career-Development Awards (5 yrs Australian-based only) 48 of 222 applicants Industry Fellowships (2 yrs in industry OS or Aus + 2 yrs in research institution in Aus) 6 of 15 applicants Howard Florey Centenary Fellowship (2 yrs Aus-based only, returning from OS) 9 of 28 applicants Training (Postdoctoral) Fellowships (4 yrs in Aus, or 2 yrs OS + 2 yrs in Aus) 115 of 325 applicants Post-Graduate Scholarships (Australia-based only, access to Travelling Awards) 153 of 331 applicants Success rates 30-50%
  24. 24. Career Development Awards (CDAs)
  25. 25. NHMRC Career Development Awards (Formerly R.D.Wrights) <ul><li>Features: </li></ul><ul><li>Researchers moving towards independence </li></ul><ul><li>In the 3 - 9 years postdoctoral range </li></ul><ul><li>Are for 5 years </li></ul><ul><li>Apply in April each year (outcome end Oct) </li></ul><ul><li>CDAs are available in: </li></ul><ul><li>Biomedical Science $89,000 pa including direct research costs </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical Medicine FT or 30% - 70% </li></ul><ul><li>Population Health FT or 30% - 70% </li></ul><ul><li>Support Enhancement Option (SEO) - ($10,000) for Health Practice or Industry linkages </li></ul>
  26. 26. CDAs- Assessment <ul><li>Highly Competitive </li></ul><ul><li>Full and Part-time (30-70%) </li></ul><ul><li>Biomedical (3) </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical/Pop Health (1) </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research objectives, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>research proposal, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>research support, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>detailed CV </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. NHMRC Training Awards Scoring matrix - Career Development Awards <ul><li>Track Record is Everything </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Current impact factors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Citation rates (if relevant) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask to co-author reviews/book chapters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Present your work widely (nationally/internationally) </li></ul></ul>Points Criteria: 100 Total 25 10 30 10 5 20 <ul><li>Academic Record </li></ul><ul><li>Postgraduate Training </li></ul><ul><li>Research and/or Professional Experience and Publications </li></ul><ul><li>Research Project </li></ul><ul><li>Suitability of the Supervisor and Institution </li></ul><ul><li>The Applicant </li></ul>
  28. 28. Number of Applications: 186 Category Applied Awarded Biomedical 141 37 Clinical 24 7 Population Health 21 6 Incl Partnerships with Diabetes Aust, National Heart Foundation (2), National Breast Cancer Foundation, Alzheimers Aust, A&NZ Nephrology Society, Kidney Health Aust NHMRC Career Development Awards Commencing in 2007
  29. 29. NHMRC Career Development Awards For 2007, 45% applicants were female while only 28% of recipients were female Success rates 20-30% 14 36 50 37 06 07 141 Biomedical 21 Pop Health 24 Clinical 83 103 186 2007 21 23 44 30 08 06 154 Biomedical 36 Pop Health 32 Clinical 98 124 222 2006 11 27 42 26 07 05 120 Biomedical 32 Pop Health 18 Clinical 70 100 170 2005 21 20 41 24 10 07 88 Biomedical 38 Pop Health 22 Clinical 73 75 148 2004 23 16 39 25 06 08 99 Biomedical 21 Pop Health 16 Clinical 66 70 136 2003 6 20 26 16 06 05 100 Biomedical 19 Pop Health 17 Clinical     136 Start of Scheme 2002 Female Male Number of awards Breakup of Awards Break up of Applications Female Male No of Applications Year of Career Development Award
  30. 30. Recent Developments <ul><li>CDAs are extremely competitive </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult for early CDAs to compete with more experienced applicants </li></ul><ul><li>RC approved two CDA levels for 2007 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>< 7 years post-doc (research active years) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7-12 years post-doc (research active years) </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. Research Fellowships
  32. 32. Aims of the Research Fellowships Scheme <ul><li>Aims of the Research Fellowship Scheme: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop and support highly productive Australian biomedical and health research scientists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide researchers with a career structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foster an intellectual environment supporting training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage translation of research outcomes into health practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitate interaction with industry </li></ul></ul>
  33. 33. <ul><li>Features: </li></ul><ul><li>Long-term career structure possible if maintain standards of excellence </li></ul><ul><li>Available from about 9 yrs postdoc </li></ul><ul><li>5 years, renewable in Open Competition with Initial Applicants every 5 years </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic 6th yr if not renewed </li></ul><ul><li>7th yr Grant-In-Aid possible if not renewed </li></ul><ul><li>~100 inital apps pa; ~45-65 renewals pa </li></ul><ul><li>Four levels of RF: </li></ul><ul><li>SRFA ~ Senior Lecturer </li></ul><ul><li>SRFB ~ Senior Lecturer </li></ul><ul><li>PRF ~ Assoc Prof </li></ul><ul><li>SPRF ~ Prof, Personal Chair </li></ul>Research Fellowships
  34. 34. <ul><li>Features: </li></ul><ul><li>HIGHLY competitive scheme </li></ul><ul><li>Only for full-time researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Part-time appointments on case-by case basis (eg parental responsibilities, illness) </li></ul><ul><li>Part-time for those with active Clinical or Public Health Practice - whose research and practice don't strongly link </li></ul><ul><li>Most Initial Appointments are at SRF levels, to maintain a career path </li></ul><ul><li>Senior, tenured academics or Institute Directors generally ineligible to apply </li></ul><ul><li>Honorary Fellows can obtain leave of absence up to 5 yrs for another award </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion - at Renewal or in yrs 2-3 of existing Fellowship </li></ul>Research Fellowships
  35. 35. Peer-Review Process <ul><li>Applications assigned to one of three Peer Review Advisory Panels (PRAPs) - 65-70 per panel </li></ul><ul><li>Only competitive applicants proceed to interview (cull) </li></ul><ul><li>Panels seek external assessors </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews (~50 per panel) non-negotiable dates: 19-24 June </li></ul><ul><li>Ranking: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Outstanding (top 5%) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Excel lent (top 10%) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Very Good (but not top 10% internationally) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good (some reservations) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fair (major reservations) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Funding available to Outstanding and ~45% of Excellent </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations go to Research Committee </li></ul>
  36. 36. SRF PRF SPRF Total Numbers of Research Fellows in Scheme (1998-2007) Block Funding
  37. 37. Initial Applicants success rate (25%) Renewals success rate (76%) Received Funded Total Received Funded Total <ul><li>Similar success rate to Project grants </li></ul><ul><li>There are no set quotas for IA. </li></ul><ul><li>Success depends on ranking in open competition with renewals </li></ul>How Many Get Appointed?
  38. 38. Tips <ul><li>Distinction between top of CDA and entry to Fellowships Scheme is blurry. Some have been awarded both! </li></ul><ul><li>Consistent publications in the top journals in your field/discipline. </li></ul><ul><li>Significant and sustained scientific achievements. You need to show that your work makes a difference. </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence that others listen to you - conference invites, literature reviews, commentaries, awards </li></ul><ul><li>An active and vibrant plan for the next 5-years is essential, not more of the same (new directions, team building). </li></ul><ul><li>Give something back – ASMR, peer review, conference organisation etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Training and mentoring are very important. </li></ul>
  39. 39. Tips <ul><li>The application is not JUST a CV. Have your colleagues look it over. </li></ul><ul><li>The interview is critical. No less important than a job interview. Have a mock interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Bring CONCISE CV updates to interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Interview can radically change ranking within a category (and less so, between categories). </li></ul><ul><li>Get your case summarised early in the interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Panels often focus on what they perceive as your weaker points. Don't despair, they have not forgotten your strengths! </li></ul><ul><li>At the interview end, you can point out what has not been raised. </li></ul>
  40. 40. Broad Scope of Panels (PRAPs) <ul><li>There are currently three PRAPS covering a broad number of research fields. In general terms: </li></ul><ul><li>Panel A includes the fields of Biochemistry, Immunology, Virology, Cancer/Oncology, Parasitology, Infectious Diseases and Genetics. </li></ul><ul><li>Panel B includes the fields of Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Physiology and Endocrinology. </li></ul><ul><li>Panel C includes the fields of Epidemiology, Health Innovation, Applied Statistics, Clinical Sciences and all applications for Practitioner Fellowships. </li></ul><ul><li>Note that due to the hump years in 2004-2005 most applicants whose research involves &quot;humans&quot; were in Panel C, whether clinical or not. Needed to spread the work load. </li></ul>
  41. 41. Peer-Review Process <ul><li>Applications assigned to one of three Peer Review Advisory Panels (PRAP). Closing date 10 Feb 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>First stage review: Only competitive applicants proceed to interview </li></ul><ul><li>Panels seek external assessors </li></ul><ul><li>Second stage review: Interviews (non-negotiable dates: 18-23 June 2006 (DATE NOT FINAL-CHECK WEBSITE) </li></ul><ul><li>Ranking: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Outstanding (top 5%) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Excel lent (top 10%) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Very Good (but not top 10% internationally) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good (some reservations) - Fair (major reservations) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Funding available to Outstanding and ~45% of Excellent </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations go to Research Committee </li></ul>
  42. 42. Position Classification Statements <ul><li>Lists which set out broad outlines of baseline activities, attributes and achievements </li></ul><ul><li>Definitions are provided for each of the 4 levels of the scheme </li></ul><ul><li>Considered relative to opportunity (explain in your CV or write to chair of Fellowships Committee) </li></ul><ul><li>Includes activities and attributes required of a Fellow </li></ul><ul><li>Strongest applications will show breadth over widest range of the descriptors </li></ul><ul><li>You don't just MEET these guidelines, you need to be HIGHLY COMPETITIVE within them </li></ul>
  43. 43. Research Performance Descriptors <ul><li>This is a set of guidelines on how to describe your performance </li></ul><ul><li>Guidelines are indicative, not exhaustive </li></ul><ul><li>A guide to what might be considered of higher merit in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Publications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer Recognition (invitations to speak) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prizes and Awards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research translation (Commercialisation / Health Practice) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional activities </li></ul></ul>
  44. 44. Tips - The Application <ul><li>Distinction between top of CDA and entry to Fellowships Scheme is blurry. Some have been awarded both! </li></ul><ul><li>Publications must include consistent articles in the top journals in your field/discipline. Not everyone has published in Nature/Science/Lancet (because these are not relevant to all disciplines). </li></ul><ul><li>Scientific achievements must be significant, and sustained . You need to show that/how your work makes a difference . </li></ul><ul><li>Case is strengthened by evidence others listen to you - hence conference invites, literature reviews, commentaries, awards. </li></ul><ul><li>An active and vibrant plan for the next 5-years is essential. &quot;More of the same&quot; is insufficient. Show how you have increased potential for next 5-years. Particular attention to new directions and efforts at building team. </li></ul><ul><li>Must be giving something back to the discipline - peer review, conference organisation etc. But not necessarily in all areas. (Depends on seniority). </li></ul><ul><li>Must be involved in training and mentoring. Considered highly. Small teams can do well too, but if small they need greater strength in other areas. </li></ul>
  45. 45. Tips - The Interview <ul><li>Put considerable effort into the application. Its not JUST a CV. Have your colleagues look it over. Annotate, explain, expand... </li></ul><ul><li>The interview is crucial. No less important than a job interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Bring CONCISE updates on your CV to the interview (8 copies). Bring documents to support claims (in press papers, new grants). Unsupported claims occasionally cause problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Interview can radically change your ranking within a category (and less so, between categories). </li></ul><ul><li>Get your case summarised early in the interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Panels may focus interview on percieved weaker points. Don't despair, they have not overlooked your strengths! The focus is to help you bring out anything they may have overlooked. </li></ul><ul><li>At end of interview, you can point out what has not been raised. </li></ul><ul><li>Interview does not cover SEO application - to RFC </li></ul>
  46. 46. Practitioner Fellowships
  47. 47. <ul><li>Aims of the Practioner Fellowship Scheme: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strengthen clinical and public health by: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing opportunity to combine research with professional career </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitate translation of research outcomes into practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribute to evidence-based practice and policy development </li></ul></ul>Aims of the Practioner Fellowships Scheme
  48. 48. <ul><li>Features: </li></ul><ul><li>Provide evidence of Clinical/Health Practice </li></ul><ul><li>5 years, part-time 30 - 70% </li></ul><ul><li>A second five-year appointment is now possible (immediately or after a break). </li></ul><ul><li>Scheme provides &quot;protected&quot; research time </li></ul><ul><li>Targetted at mid-career clinician-researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Essential to show link between research activities and clinical practice - translation (if not linked, can now apply for part-time RF instead) </li></ul><ul><li>Very competitive: ~20-30 applicants pa for up to 10 Fellowships pa </li></ul><ul><li>Two levels of PF: </li></ul><ul><li>PF1 ~ SRF </li></ul><ul><li>PF2 ~ PRF </li></ul>Practioner Fellowships
  49. 49. How Many Practioner Fellowships were Awarded (for 2006)? Practitioner Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) 6 of 21 applicants Research Fellowships (5 yrs Australian-based only) 27 of 101 applicants Career-Development Awards (5 yrs Australian-based only) 48 of 222 applicants Industry Fellowships (2 yrs in industry OS or Aus + 2 yrs in research institution in Aus) 8 of 21 applicants Howard Florey Centenary Fellowship (2 yrs Aus-based only, returning from OS) 9 of 28 applicants Training (Postdoctoral) Fellowships (4 yrs in Aus, or 2 yrs OS + 2 yrs in Aus) 106 of 325 applicants Post-Graduate Scholarships (Australia-based only, access to Travelling Awards) 152 of 308 applicants
  50. 50. PF1 PF2 All <ul><li>Scheme started in Jan 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Scheme just completed its first 5 year cycle for 2005. </li></ul>How Many Practitioner Fellows Are There? 12 32 44 2007 9 29 38 2006 6 6 2 1 0 PF Level 2 31 25 19 13 7 PF Level 1 37 31 21 14 7 Total 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001  
  51. 51. NHMRC KEY Dates for 2007 Round <ul><li>Applications open Dec 7 th </li></ul><ul><li>Project Grants </li></ul><ul><li>Applications due Mar 16 th </li></ul><ul><li>Program Grants </li></ul><ul><li>Intent to apply Jan 12 th </li></ul><ul><li>Applications due Feb 9 th </li></ul><ul><li>Fellowships </li></ul><ul><li>Applications due Feb 9 th </li></ul>
  52. 52. NHMRC KEY Dates for 2007 Round <ul><li>CDAs </li></ul><ul><li>Applications open Mar </li></ul><ul><li>Applications due May </li></ul><ul><li>Postdoc fellowships Aug </li></ul>

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