AIFA Grant Selection Process

Medical research is an important as ever. 
AIFA will award $127,000 to immunology and allergy research in 2021.

Food Allergy Research Grants 2021

  •  $40,000 - AIFA Food Allergy Research Grant
  • $10,000 - AIFA Food Allergy Research Grant (supported by DBV Technologies)
  • $12,000 - The Kohen and Sage Richards Food Allergy Research Grant

Primary Immunodeficiency, Autoimmunity and Other Allergy Research Grants 2021

  • $30,000 - AIFA Primary Immunodeficiency, Autoimmunity and Other Allergy Research Grant
  • $30,000 - AIFA Primary Immunodeficiencies Clinical Research Grant (supported by CSL Behring)
The Kohen and Sage Richards Food Allergy Research Grant of $12,000 will be awarded in 2021 thanks to the generosity of the Ararat community in Victoria. 
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 awarded AIFA grants gong on to receive 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  

The 2021 grant round will open soon with Expressions of Interest due by 15th April 2021.

Once the AIFA Research Grant Expressions of Interest (EOI) are received, the AIFA Grant Selection Panel will decide on a shortlist to be invited to make full grant applications.  The successful applications will announced in September in AIFA and ASCIA communications. 

docxAIFA Grant EOI Form 2021145.22 KB

docxAIFA Grant Application Form189.87 KB

pdfAIFA Grant Assessment Category Descriptors

docxAIFA Grant Final Report Form

pdfAIFA Grants Timeline 202117.89 KB

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Content updated March 2021

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