AIFA Grants

The Chair of the Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia, Dr Melanie Wong, is proud to announce the AIFA grants for 2021.

Food Allergy Research Grants 2021

AIFA Food Allergy Research Grant of $40,000
Professor Mimi Tang, Murdoch Children's Research Institute.
Immune mechanisms underpinning remission of allergy.
AIFA Food Allergy Research Grant of $15,000 (supported by DBV Technologies)
Dr Peter Hsu, Children's Hospital at Westmead.
Investigating impaired T cell activation in children with food allergy.
The Kohen and Sage Richards Food Allergy Grant $12,000
Associate Professor Katrina Randall, The Canberra Hospital/John Curtin School of Medical Research.
Investigating T follicular cell numbers and neuritin levels in patients with food allergy.

Primary Immunodeficiency, Autoimmunity and Other Allergy Research Grants 2021

AIFA PID Clinical Research Grant of $30,000 (supported by CSL Behring)
Professor Stuart Tangye, Garvan Institute of Medical Research.
SARS CoV2 infection and vaccination in inborn errors of immunity.
AIFA Grant of $30,000
Associate Professor Cindy Ma, Garvan Institute of Medical Research.
Harnessing primary immunodeficiencies to understand and treat human allergic disease.
Congratulations to the successful Chief Investigators and their teams. We look forward to reporting the results of this important research and encourage early career investigators to apply for next year’s grants. There is still an unmet need to fund great research waiting to happen.
Thank you to our donors for making it possible for AIFA to fund a total of $127,000 in research grants in 2021. Thank you also to our expert grant selection panel of immunologists who volunteered their time in such a busy year in immunology.
The next round will open in February 2022. 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 research institution or university in Australia or New Zealand. Previously unsuccessful applications may be resubmitted. 
Applicants may apply for more than one grant for the same project with budgets relevant for each respective grant.  Only one grant will be awarded, at the discretion of the Grant Selection Panel.

AIFA grants are selected through a robust selection process, involving assessment by an independent, voluntary panel of immunology experts. 

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. Reviewers are asked to declare any conflicts of interest.

For information on projects awarded AIFA grants in the last few years go to  


The deadline for the AIFA Research Grant Expressions of Interest is about 15th April.  The Chief Investigators of shortlisted projects will be invited to submit full grant applications by early August. AIFA grant  recipients are announced at the AIFA Session of the ASCIA Conference held in early September.  

docxAIFA Grant EOI Form 2021145.16 KB

docxAIFA Grant Application Form (updated 2021).docx186.38 KB

pdfAIFA Grant Assessment Category Descriptors

docxAIFA Grant Final Report Form

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Content updated Sept 2021

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