NHMRC promotes the highest quality in the research that it funds.

High quality research that is rigorous, transparent and reproducible contributes to scientific progress, is essential for the translation of outcomes into practical and clinical applications and evidence-based policy, delivers the highest possible value for research investment and promotes community trust in scientific findings.

Research Quality Project

Promoting the conduct of high quality research is a strategic priority for NHMRC. We have commenced the Research Quality Project, which is being overseen by an expert working committee, the Research Quality Steering Committee, established under Section 39 of the National Health and Medical Research Act 1992.  

Release of the Research Quality Strategy

NHMRC has released its Research Quality Strategy (the Strategy), which has been developed with advice from NHMRC’s Research Quality Steering Committee. 

The Strategy aims to ensure the highest quality of NHMRC-funded research by providing guidance and supporting good research practices throughout the research cycle.

The Strategy builds on current and previous NHMRC initiatives to foster research quality and aligns with international initiatives in this area. It applies to all types of research funded by NHMRC including basic science, clinical medicine and science, health services and public health research.

NHMRC recognises the importance of partnership with researchers and research institutions in Australia to ensure high quality research and will actively consult and engage with the sector throughout the implementation of this Strategy.

Status update

Survey of research culture

Organisational research culture is critical to the conduct of high quality research This survey seeks to identify drivers, enablers and barriers to excellence in research quality. Views are being sought from researchers (senior, mid-career and junior), research students (masters and PhD students), institutional representatives and ethics committee members (HRECs and AECs) at NHMRC-funded institutions. The survey results will be used to inform other activities being undertaken as part of NHMRC’s Research Quality Strategy.

The survey is being conducted by ORIMA Research on behalf of NHMRC. Those who are eligible to participate in the survey will receive an email with a link to the survey from ORIMA Research. If you believe you are eligible for the survey and have not received an invitation to participate, please contact quality@nhmrc.gov.au.

The survey closes on 22 November 2019.
 

 

Useful resources

To assist researchers and institutions, we have brought together a number of existing resources on how to ensure the highest quality in research. 

All research

Australian code for the responsible conduct of research

Human research

National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research

Guidelines for ethical conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research and Keeping on track: A guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples about health research ethics

Use of animals 

Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes

Best practice methodology in the use of animals for scientific purposes

Use of Consumer and community involvement

Statement on consumer and community involvement in health and medical research 
Peer review 

Principles of peer review

Data

Principles for accessing and using publicly funded data for health research

Publication and reporting

Open access policy

FAIR statement

Ensuring value in research

Presentations from the 7th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation - 'Ensuring value in research' (27-28 November 2018)

The Symposium explored how we can ensure that the right questions are being chosen from the start, that studies are necessary and well-designed, and that results are reported in a fashion that is unbiased and widely useable.

Enquiries 

For further information, please contact quality@nhmrc.gov.au