Apply for an AIFA Grant
Due to the continued support from generous donors and sponsors, it is a pleasure to announce that the AIFA research grant round for 2020 is now open, with a total of $110,000 to be granted to immunology and allergy research.
- $40,000 - AIFA Food Allergy Research Grant
- $30,000 - AIFA Allergy (other than food allergy) or Autoimmunity Research Grant
- $15,000 - AIFA Primary Immunodeficiencies Clinical Research Grant (supported by CSL Behring)
- $15,000 - AIFA Hereditary Angioedema Clinical Research Grant (supported by CSL Behring)
- $10,000 - AIFA Food Allergy Research Grant (supported by DBV Technologies)
To be eligible for an AIFA grant the Chief Investigator must be a member of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA). The research needs to be carried out by the chief investigator and designated team in a non-profit institution in Australia or New Zealand. Previously unsuccessful applications may be resubmitted.
AIFA grants are selected through a robust selection process, involving an independent, voluntary panel of seven leading experts. Their track record in selecting projects is outstanding, with two projects funded by AIFA being recognised with further funding by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
AIFA supports a range of projects, including innovative early stage research and early career researchers (working up to 5 years after completion of their PhD). This allows new projects to get off the ground and provides an opportunity to leverage further funding.
Grants are awarded on merit, with preference for early stage projects and early career researchers. Criteria for rating grant applications are: originality and scientific quality, significance of outcomes, research methodology, team quality and capability.
For information on projects awarded AIFA grants in the last few years go to www.allergyimmunology.org.au/projects
AIFA grant selection process
Invitations for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for AIFA research grants open in March and close in mid April.
The AIFA Grant Selection Panel assesses the EOIs and decide on a shortlist by the end of May. Project chief investigators on the short list are invited to submit full grant applications which are due in early July.
Grant applications are assessed by the Selection Panel and the successful grant awardees are notified by mid August.
The official announcement of AIFA grants takes place during the ASCIA (Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy) Annual Conference in September.
At the end of the grant period the successful chief investigator will be required to complete the final report form below so that AIFA supporters will see the potential for clinical outcomes.