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					      Wellcome Trust/Australia/New Zealand
   International Collaborative Research Grants



 Up to £12 million funding for



     Large grants to foster collaborative research between the
     developing countries of S & SE Asia (including the Pacific
     region) and Australia and/or New Zealand
      Wellcome Trust/Australia/New Zealand
   International Collaborative Research Grants


Objectives


To improve health in the developing countries by



 Funding research into major health issues of developing
  countries of S and S E Asia and the Pacific



 Developing research capacity in both the developing countries
  of the region and in Australia and New Zealand
        Wellcome Trust/Australia/New Zealand
     International Collaborative Research Grants



 Subject area: Multi-disciplinary biomedical and clinical
  research projects.



  Projects may include studies on infectious and non-
  communicable diseases (laboratory and field-based), health
  service research, health policy research
             Wellcome Trust/Australia/New Zealand
          International Collaborative Research Grants


Awards:

 Large 5 year inter-disciplinary research proposals that have clear
  established goals and objectives

 Focus on major health issues in the developing countries, translation of
  research into health outcomes

 Must demonstrate focus of work “centre of gravity” in the developing
  country

 Funding may include:
     Project dedicated costs - equipment, salaries, training (for
     developing country researchers) and travel
           Wellcome Trust/Australia/New Zealand
        International Collaborative Research Grants


Assessment criteria:
 Scientific excellence, feasibility and relevance

 Importance and significance of health issue for the region

 Impact on addressing health issues of the developing countries

 Complementarity and added value of collaboration

 Potential to develop/strengthen research capacity
From Application to Award

                            15 October 2002
   Expression of Interest


      Wellcome Trust


  Assessment Committee


      Full Application       February 2003



  Peer Review & Rebuttal


   Assessment Committee      Decision
               WELLCOME TRUST
            AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND
                INTERNATIONAL
           COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH
            GRANTS SCHEME (ICRGS)
                                Karlo Mila

                                   and

                             Bruce Scoggins

                         Health Research Council
Workshop on
‘All you need to know’
June 2002
           WHAT IS THE SCHEME?


ICRGS is two separate schemes:



Wellcome Trust – New Zealand (HRC)

Wellcome Trust – Australia (NHMRC)



WT, HRC and NHMRC will run a single application and
  selection process.
         WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES
           OF THE NZ SCHEME?
1.   Funding health research that leads to better
     outcomes for people in developing countries in the
     region and for people from developing countries
     within New Zealand (with a particular emphasis on the
     Pacific region).

2.   To conduct research in the Pacific and New Zealand
     that builds greater human capacity and capability
     among Pacific Island researchers, both in the Pacific
     and within New Zealand.
WHAT IS THE FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR
           NZ SCHEME?

1.   Projected total of up to $20M for expenditure over 5
     years.

2.   Funds               50% NZ Government*

                         50% Wellcome Trust

3.   Funding available 1 July 2003.



*NZ Partners are HRC, Vote Health, Vote RS&T
     WHAT TYPE OF RESEARCH WILL BE
             SUPPORTED?

1.   Research which contributes to the scheme’s
     objectives.

2.   Research will need to be of high quality as
     assessed by peer review.

3.   Research provider will be required to meet ethical
     and regulatory requirements in NZ and in all host
     countries.

4.   Collaborative arrangements must be demonstrated
     at time of application.
         WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR
              ASSESSMENT?
1.   Two stage process:
     - Expression of Interest
     - Full Proposals
2.   International peer review panel:
     - Wellcome Trust (3)
     - Australia (3)
     - New Zealand (3)
     + independent Chair (USA)
3.   Referee reports and applicant rebuttal
      WHAT ARE THE ASSESSMENT
             CRITERIA?

1. Quality of research proposal, feasibility,
   relevance and coherance.

2. Importance and significance of health issue.

3. Complementarity of the research groups.

4. Likely impact of the research on the health
   issue.
        WHAT ARE THE ASSESSMENT
            CRITERIA? Cont’d

5.   Extent to which proposal addresses methodologies
     for translation of research into improved health.

6.   Potential to develop research capacity in NZ, Pacific
     and developing countries.

7.   Extent of training provided.

8.   Extent of involvement of health authorities in
     developing countries in research and
     implementation of outcomes.
          WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR THE
                    SCHEME?



1.   Expressions of Interest   :   15 Oct 2002
2.   Full Proposals            :   28 Feb 2003
3.   Announcement of Outcome   :   14 June 2003
4.   Contracts Commence        :   1 July 2003
 HOW WILL CONTRACTS BE MANAGED?

1. Wellcome Trust will fund overseas host institution
   based research.
2. Wellcome Trust may also fund research on Pacific
   populations in New Zealand.
3. HRC will fund New Zealand based research.
4. NHMRC would fund Australian based research.
5. Partners will finalise contractual arrangements at
   the time final selection is made.
    WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE HRC?


1. Contributing to management of scheme.
2. Co-ordinating a telephone network with
   Pacific countries.
3. Running workshops for stakeholders.
4. Responding to researcher enquiries.
5. Developing policy guidelines on conduct of
   research with Pacific nations.
           WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS?


1.   Provision of scheme Handbook : July 2002
2.   Application forms available:
     •   Expression of Interest      : July 2002
     •   Full Proposal               : August 2002
3.   Advice on the scheme            : Ongoing from HRC
4.   HRC to seek additional $1.25M to bring pool to $20M.
Current HRC Pacific Relevance / Pacific
      Governance Classification
    Responsiveness to Pacific Measurement
                    Table
                              N.A.              RELEVANCE                     GOVERNANCE


Consultation               None        Demonstrated Consultation       Ongoing consultation
                                                                       (infrastructure)

Participants               None        Cohort                          Pacific priority population


Researchers                None        Pacific researcher              Pacific led (First named
                                                                       investigator)

Data design and Analysis   Standard    Pacific specific                Pacific models,
                                       considerations                  methodologies, analysis of
                                                                       data

Capacity building          None        Training opportunities e.g.     Pacific Formal postgraduate
opportunities                          training Pacific interviewers   qualification


Dissemination              No effort   Adequate dissemination to       Outstanding culturally
                                       Pacific communities             appropriate, targeted and
                                                                       effective dissemination
      12 Principles of Partnership
1.   Formulate objectives together
2.   Develop mutual trust
3.   Share information
4.   Develop communication networks
5.   Create transparency
6.   Share responsibility
7.   Monitor and evaluate the collaboration
8.   Disseminate results
9.   Apply results
10. Share profits equitably
11. Increase research capacity
12. Build on the achievements

Swiss Commission for Research Partnership with
Developing Countries, KFPE, 1998
             Research Benefits analysis:
                   Who benefits?

NEW ZEALAND?                    PACIFIC NATIONS?
   Researchers                    Researchers
   Research Institutions          Research Institutions
   Population                     Population
   Training opportunities         Training opportunities
   Govt. bodies                   Govt. bodies
   NGO’s                          NGO’s
   From publications              From publications
   From potential commercial      From potential commercial
    profit                          profit
        Aims of Effective Partnerships
 Mutual trust
 Shared leadership
 Effective communication
 Transparent processes
 Utility of results for local community
 Building of research capacity
 Effective dissemination
 Equal sharing of benefits / profits
 Ongoing relationship

				
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