Help shape the future of health and medical research

21 March 2022

Are you looking to understand the grants process, strengthen your application skills or contribute to a robust and innovative health system? Consider joining one of the independent Grant Assessment Committees (GAC) responsible for the rigorous assessment of funding applications. A research qualification is not essential.

GAC members help to review and assess applications for the Medical Research Futures Fund (MRFF) grants, supporting the MRFF in identifying high-impact projects most likely to deliver health and economic benefits for Australians. MRFF grant opportunities focus on collaborative and translational research, and the robust assessment process embraces diverse perspectives. GAC members come from different health disciplines, industries, healthcare and include health consumers.

Distinguished Professor Patsy Yates AM is a Health Translational Queensland Board Member and a grants assessor. Named in the MRFF Roll of Honour, Patsy sees the role as a way to give back to the industry.

“I am an experienced researcher, so being a grant assessor is important. We need rigorous stewardship of the scarce resources we have. I see it as an opportunity to give back to the field. Besides, reading new ideas about how we can improve healthcare always puts a smile on my face,” Patsy said. See Patsy’s profile to read more.

Aligned with MRFF Grant Opportunity Guidelines, there is a strong focus on impact and value, so the Department of Health is interested in hearing from people with experience or expertise in particular areas, such as the translation of research into clinical practice. They are currently seeking people with expertise in biostatistics, clinical trials research, health consumers and health economics.

The Department also considers the gender balance of GACs and geographic representation, including international representatives. See here for more details or to express your interest.

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