Political Advocacy – An important message from A/Prof Phoebe Phillips, ASMR President 2015
Protect NHMRC’s Medical Research Endowment Account
- In 2014, NHMRC project grant success rates were below 15% and are the lowest in our history. These funding rates mark a significant drop of over 8% since 2011. This year our sector faces its toughest challenge yet, with NHMRC project grant success rates predicted to drop below 10%. In addition, the NHMRC budget allocation in 2014 dropped below the 2008 investment. If we don’t act immediately, this reduced investment into health and medical research (HMR) will result in attrition of a world-class, highly skilled and productive workforce and also negatively impact our capacity to improve health outcomes.
- We applaud the Government recognising the value of health and medical research with the announcement of the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), however, this is a long-term initiative and we as a sector will not see any significant positive effects for several years. Our biggest challenge at the present time is to secure an immediate injection into NHMRC to claw back the loss of intellectual capital which an 8% drop in NHMRC grant success rates since 2011 represents.
- ASMR requests your support for our campaign to secure-
‘An Immediate additional investment of $300M into the NHMRC in the 2015 Budget’
- ASMR has and will continue to inform the Government of the gravity of this situation which threatens our ability to continue to provide the exceptional returns on investment our HMR brings to Australia in terms of both health and economic wellbeing.
- As always, our argument for additional public investment into NHMRC is underpinned by evidence. We will continue strategic meetings in the coming weeks. But, we need you! Please write a letter in the next couple of weeks (ideally to reach government 2nd May) to your local MP, the health minister and the prime minister. This powerful advocacy tool resulted in a doubling of investment into NHMRC in 2006, following ASMR’s campaign Government received >10,000 letters.