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Tuesday, 16 November 1976
Page: 2747


Mr Lloyd asked the Minister representing the Minister for Science upon notice:

(   1 ) Did the Minister recently announce grants for medical research programs through the Australian Research Grants Committee and to the CSIRO Division of Human Nutrition.

(2)   If so, what co-ordination is there with the National Health and Medical Research Council to avoid duplication and obtain the most cost effective use of Government research money.


Mr Adermann -The Minister for Science has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   On 26 October 1976 the Minister for Science announced research grants for 1977 to be awarded through the Australian Research Grants Scheme. The Australian Research Grants Committee recommends grants for projects within the physical, biological, applied and social sciences and in the humanities. It includes biological and veterinary research, but it does not include medical or dental research. These are the responsibility of the National Health and Medical Research Council.

On 31 August 1976 the Minister for Science released a Budget Background statement announcing the allocation of $1.4m to the CSIRO Division of Human Nutrition. These funds were made available to CSIRO through appropriation from Consolidated Revenue. They are not grants in terms of the granting activities of the Australian Research Grants Committee or the National Health and Medical Research Council.

The statement made reference to three particular research programmes in the Division of human diet and dietaryrelated disorders. These involve:

Investigation of specific life-style groups with a view to determining nutrition patterns.

Study of the effects of alcohol and other dietary intakes on the development of the brain in unborn children.

Research into digestion and its relationship with such complaints as heart disease and possibly cancer.

These are components of the Division's principal research programmes that cover the fields of inorganic nutrition, human metabolism and digestion, and nutrition and human ecology.

(2)   Duplication between the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Australian Research Grants Committee research projects is avoided by an annual coordination meeting between representatives of both bodies which allocates borderline projects to one or the other body. With respect to the CSIRO, liaison between CSIRO and the National Health and Medical Research Council is facilitated by a Medical Research Liaison Committee convened by CSIRO and reporting to the CSIRO Executive. The Committee comprises CSIRO scientists, including the Chief of the Division of Human Nutrition, representatives of the Department of Health and the National Health and Medical Research Council, and medical research scientists.







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