Apply for an AIFA Grant

The AIFA grant round will open on 15th February 2020. 
As from the 2020 round, the applicant must be a member of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) for at least 12 months.
To be eligible for an AIFA grant, the research detailed in the application needs to be carried out by the chief investigator (and designated team) in a non-profit institution located in Australia or New Zealand, which has appropriate facilities to carry out the research. Previously unsuccessful applications may be resubmitted. 

Due to the generous support of individuals, families and organisations, $120,000 in AIFA grants were awarded in 2019. 

$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 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 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. 

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

AIFA grant selection process

  • Invitations for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for AIFA research grants open on 15th February and close on 15th April each year.
  • The AIFA Grant Selection Panel assesses the EOIs and creates a shortlist.  These applicants are asked to submit a full application by early July.

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  • The full applications are assessed by the Selection Panel and the successful grant awardee/s are notified by mid August.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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 clinical outcomes achieved.

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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 January 2020

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