Category: Philanthropy

MEDIA RELEASE 1st September 2017   The National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation (NFMRI) and Equity Trustees have announced a new partnership providing $1.29 million to advance medical innovations in the area of Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Equity Trustees has directed the combined resources of 24 philanthropic trusts to form a new Partnership Program […]

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Measurements and rewards influence behaviour. They not only influence what is performed, but also what is not. Key performance indicators are often used to measure the performance of employees; they prioritise activities and drive behaviour. The measures, rewards and potential of future grant successes that funders of research and their employers put into the research […]

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Australia’s innovation efficiency is a wicked problem needing a solution.  The ability for Australia to capitalise on its research efforts has consistently ranked well below expectations. One of the key opportunities for philanthropy is to innovate and test solutions that can be scaled to assist in solving wicked problems such as this and contribute towards […]

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I started writing this post to provoke a conversation and scratch the surface on an important issue.  There are many differing points of view and most are valid, and less valid at the same time depending on the lens you are looking through. Measuring impact from research requires a more sophisticated or complex conversation than […]

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Back in the nineties, when the Biotechnology sector was emerging, Signals Magazine published a series of articles “How the Elephants Dance”.   This series explored how the biotechnology sector and big pharmaceutical companies interacted together and with each other to bring new medicines, vaccine, diagnostics and devices to market where those in need could access the […]

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  In order to harness the benefits from medical research it is important to bring all key stakeholders together, including philanthropy, industry, government and academia.  NFMRI’s conference uniquely provides this opportunity, creating an interactive forum to discuss opportunities, issues and ideas. We encourage delegates to submit questions in advance and contribute to the conversation. The […]

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A challenge for funders of research is that it often requires more than research to achieve their ultimate goals. Restricting funding to research is often set out in the terms of; a bequest, a donation, a grant, the constitution and may be a requirement for the funder to maintain charitable status. The outcome funders wish […]

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This Christmas we have decided to try something new for our family. An experiment that I hope may turn into a family tradition. I hope it will help bring the family together in years to come, create an opportunity for thoughtful discussion, create opportunities to learn about each other, from each other and to contribute […]

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Mr Keith Drewery chaired the panel session at the NFMRI conference “Supporting biomedical research projects: where are we now and where are we headed?” Chair: Keith Drewery Panelists: Caitriona Fay, Perpetual Private Wealth; Christopher Thorn, Evans & Partners; Gina Anderson, GDI Funds Management and Nancy Ranner, NFMRI.    

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  The process of applying for grants has never been uniform or easy. Different foundations or funding bodies have different processes, rules, guidelines and eligibility requirements. That being said, hopefully the following considerations will help: Do your homework This sounds simple, but in reality so many applicants don’t take the small amount of time required […]

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Looking beyond the research and considering translational needs when funding research. How well are your expectations, application and review processes, measures of success and funding strategy aligned with the next steps for translation?

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