4 May 2015

Medical funding needs boosting - ASMR campaign

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.

The Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) is calling for all medical researchers and supporters of medical research to write letters to our minsters ASAP and before next Tuesday's (12 May 2015) budget announcements, requesting an increase in funding for the NHMRC.  See the ASMR website campaign page for more context and a form letter. Email addresses can be found on the second page of this letter. 
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