AIFA Grant Selection Process
The call for AIFA Grant Expressions of Interest for the 2020 round is closed.
A shortlist of applicants will be announced by 8 October. Full grant applications will be due by 30 October and grant recipients will be announced by 15 December 2020.
Medical research is an important as ever.
$110,000 will be granted to immunology and allergy research in 2020.
- $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 assessment by an independent, voluntary panel of immunology experts. Their track record in selecting projects is outstanding, with three Chief Investigators selected to receive AIFA grants successful in receiving further funding by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
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.
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 research projects to get off the ground and provides an opportunity to leverage further funding.
For information on projects awarded AIFA grants in the last few years go to www.allergyimmunology.org.au/projects
Once the AIFA Research Grant Expression of Interest (EOI) Form is received, the AIFA Grant Selection Panel will assess the EOIs to decide on a shortlist. Project chief investigators on the short list will be invited to submit the AIFA Full Grant Application Form. The Selection Panel will review and decide on the successful grant applications and these will be announced in AIFA and ASCIA communications. The AIFA Project Officer will organise the signing of contracts with the relevant research organisation before the funds are transferred.