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U.S.-Australia Biomedical Research Conferences

For me, there are few areas in the U.S.-Australia relationship that are more exciting and productive than the work we do together on biomedical research.” 

– John Berry, former U.S. Ambassador to Australia

“Australian researchers have a long history of collaboration with colleagues in the United States. Many Australians have worked in the U.S. at some stage in their career and we have been pleased to welcome many U.S. scientists into our laboratories.” 

– Anne Kelso, CEO, National Health and Medical Research Council

On July 13, 2015, the U.S. Embassy in Canberra — in collaboration with the University of Canberra, the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, the Australian Department of Industry and Science, and the U.S. National Institutes of Health — convened leading Australian researchers to highlight and promote U.S.-Australian collaboration in areas of biomedical research, including cancer, infectious disease and immunity, global and public health, genomics, cellular signalling, and medication development.

The multidisciplinary conference featured presentations and moderated discussion by leading scientists about their cutting edge research on global health issues.  It included presentations on efforts to fight superbugs and antibiotic resistance, antimalarial drug discovery, neuroscience, the development of anti-cancer antibodies, nano-medicine, the development of new vaccines against emerging pathogens, and engineering devices for neurological and psychiatric research.

Research Funding Resources

Foreign applicants can and do succeed in obtaining a U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant. Applications are peer reviewed using the same review criteria as domestic applications.

For additional criteria in the review process, see Chapter 16.3 of the Application Review in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. For more information, see Foreign Applications Have an Extra Review Step in the Strategy for NIH Funding.

Please pay particular attention to eligibility information in any application.