Critical shortage of research funding
Immune diseases affect a quarter of the population however they currently represent a relatively small proportion of research funding. Only around $1 in every $100 of research funding in Australia is spent on immune disease research.
Research needed into prevention
There is a significant need for more research funding into the causes and prevention of immune diseases, as well as how best to manipulate the immune system to prevent, treat or cure them.
AIFA established by experts
AIFA was established in 2013 by the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) to address the shortage of research funding for immune diseases. ASCIA is the peak professional body of clinical immunology and allergy in Australasia.
Donations spent on research
To ensure that all donations are directed to funding research, ASCIA supports the running costs of AIFA. Donations are held in separate bank accounts and are independently audited. Financial reporting is compliant with Australian accounting standards. All donations are tax deductible.
Patient focused research objectives
Funds donated to AIFA can be directed to targeted areas of research, with objectives that are patient focused.
World leading Australasian research
Applications for AIFA funding of research projects are advertised to the medical research community in Australia and New Zealand, which includes world leading researchers.
Expert grant selection panel
AIFA grant applications are reviewed by a grant selection panel, which comprises 8 experts with extensive and world leading clinical and research experience, to ensure a rigorous selection process.
Grant selection criteria
Research projects funded by AIFA will be selected on the basis of specific criteria: originality and scientific quality; significance of outcomes with potential to help patients; methodology, team quality and capability.
Ongoing grant follow up
AIFA is committed to ongoing follow up of all research projects funded by its grant program, to ensure transparency, appropriate use of funds and optimal clinical outcomes.
Medical research into immune diseases often requires a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach between Immunologists, other medical disciplines (e.g. Neuroimmunology) and other health professionals (e.g. Dietitians and Nurses). AIFA’s founding organisation, ASCIA, has a strong track record in promoting collaborations.
World Allergy Week 2019
World Allergy Week is a global campaign of the World Allergy Organisation (WAO), which aims to raise awareness of the impact of allergy in our communities. AIFA and ASCIA, a WAO member society, support World Allergy Week each year, through a range of activities.
In 2019 World Allergy Week ran from 7-13 April and the focus area was food allergy.
National Allergy Strategy Petition
The Australian Government has provided funding to implement National Allergy Strategy projects, which is greatly appreciated. This includes funding that was announced by the Health Minister on Friday 5 April 2019 during the National Allergy Strategy Shared Care Model Roundtable. This funding will allow continued implementation of important projects.
The National Allergy Strategy is a partnership between ASCIA (Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy) and A&AA (Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia), working together with other stakeholders.
AIFA Research Grants
In 2019 AIFA awarded a total of $120,000 in research grants, including $50,000 for food allergy research. Your continued support will enable AIFA to fund more research in 2020. To donate go to www.allergyimmunology.org.au/donate
AIFA is 100% dedicated to fund research that will improve the health and wellbeing of people with allergy and other immune system disorders. By donating to AIFA, you can be reassured that:
• 100% of donations to AIFA directly fund allergy/immunology research grants.
• 100% of AIFA grants are selected by allergy/immunology experts.
• 100% of donations to AIFA are tax deductible.
Wear a Spot of Red
You can raise awareness of allergy through the annual AIFA World Allergy Week 'wear a spot of red' campaign during the month of April. We encourage anyone who is affected by allergy to help raise awareness and funds to support research into allergy, by wearing a spot of red or holding an event in their home, school or workplace.
Some fun activities have been developed that can be used in preschools, early childhood education/care centres, classrooms or even at home. These include a 'spot the difference' game and a colouring in activity. Please feel free to download and use these activities.
Content updated November 2019