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Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Page: 217


Senator Abetz asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing, upon notice, on 17 December 2008:

With reference to the National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Awards:

(1)   For each financial year from 1999-2000 to 2008-09, what was the: (a) total amount of Government funding available for these awards; (b) total amount of Government funding spent on these awards; and (c) total number of awards given.

(2)   Has there been a decline in these awards in 2008; if so, what is the reason for this decline.


Senator Ludwig (Minister for Human Services) —The Minister for Health and Ageing has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   The Career Development Awards (CDA) funding scheme was established in 2001. National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding is awarded on a calendar year basis. The following table summarises the funding commitment (1a) for each calendar year and number of related funded awards (1c).

Annual CDA Grants Awarded by Calendar Year

Relevant Application year

New CDA funding for ($m)

Grants awarded

2001

10.1

26

2002

14.8

38

2003

16.8

40

2004

18.8

42

2005

20.3

46

2006

22.2

49

2007

25.0

65

2008

21.2

56

The following summarises the actual CDA expenditure each financial year (1b), flowing from the calendar year commitments, and the total number of current CDA award holders.

Total Active Grants x Actual Annual Expenditure

Financial Year

Financial Year Expenditure($m)

Financial Year Active Grants

2001-02

0.1

2

2002-03

4.3

26

2003-04

6.9

64

2004-05

10.1

102

2005-06

13.6

141

2006-07

16.8

185

2007-08

20.6

207

2008-09

23.1

298

 

(2)   NHMRC grants span up to five years. For this reason the number of active grants is the measure used to assess the level of support for all grant types. The number of grants awarded in the 2007 calendar year (65) contributed to the significant growth in the total number of CDA grants for the 2008-2009 financial year (298).