Apply for an AIFA grant

To date $160,000 has been awarded by AIFA to research projects. For information about these projects go to 

The next round of AIFA research grant applications will open in January 2019. Due to the generous support of individuals, families and organisations over the past few years, a total of $120,000 in AIFA grants will be awarded in 2019, comprising:

$40,000 - Food Allergy research grant
$30,000 - ASCIA 30th Anniversary research grant
$25,000 - Primary Immunodeficiencies clinical research grant supported by CSL Behring
$15,000 - Hereditary Angioedema clinical research grant supported by CSL Behring
$10,000 - Food Allergy research grant supported by DBV Technologies

AIFA research grants are selected each year through a robust selection process, involving an independent, voluntary panel of leading experts. Their track record in selecting projects is outstanding - 2 out of the 7 projects funded by AIFA have since been 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 3-5 years after completion of their PhD). This allows new projects to get off the ground and provides an opportunity to leverage further funding.

To be eligible for an AIFA grant, the applicant needs to be associated with a non-profit institution in Australia or New Zealand with the facilities to carry out the research detailed in the application. Previously unsuccessful applications may be resubmitted.  Applications are not restricted to ASCIA members.

AIFA grant selection process

  • Expressions of interest (EOIs) for AIFA research grants open in mid January each year, with a closing date around mid April.

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  • The AIFA Grant Selection Panel assesses the EOIs and creates a shortlist.  These applicants are requested to submit a full application by mid July.

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The Selection Panel consists of eight highly regarded clinical immunology/allergy specialists. They support AIFA by volunteering their time and expert judgment.

  • The full applications from the short listed applicants are assessed by the Panel and the successful grant awardee/s are notified by mid August. Grants are awarded on merit, with preference for early stage projects. Criteria for rating grant applications are: originality and scientific quality, significance of outcomes, research methodology, team quality and capability.

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  • 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 outcomes achieved.

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  • The official announcement of AIFA grant/s takes place during the ASCIA (Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy) Annual Conference in September.
  • Email applications and queries about the AIFA grant selection process to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Content updated November 2018

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