GRANT-IN-AID FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

The Lung Foundation Australia Eleanor Greenwood Memorial Grant-in-Aid for Interstitial Lung Disease Research 2018/19

A collaborative initiative of Lung Foundation Australia, Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Greenwood Family.

Deadline for applications: 3rd August 2018 5pm AEST

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Background

Lung Foundation Australia (LFA) is a national charity that aims to reduce the impact of lung disease in Australia through Awareness, Support, Advocacy, Education and Research.

The Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand (TSANZ) is the national peak body that represents all professional groups with an interest in improving knowledge and understanding of lung disease across Australia and New Zealand

Greenwood Family – The Greenwood family, in loving memory of their mother Eleanor, have generously provided the financial support for this award. The Greenwood family has first-hand experience of the devastating impact ILD has on families.  The Greenwood family would like to dedicate this award in honour of Eleanor, in an effort to increase understanding of this disease and achieve better outcomes for those affected.  

Invitation

In 2018, there is ONE (1) Grant in Aid opportunity valued at $10,000 to support ILD related research.

The ILD Grant in Aid Award is open to any individual health care professional or scientist, who will undertake and publish a specific focused research project on Interstitial Lung Disease. The research can relate to any aspect of ILD including the molecular basis of the disease, its diagnosis and treatment, improved management and care and the evaluation of palliative strategies in the advance disease setting.  

Note that these funds are to be used to support proof of concept or pilot research. In most cases, this grant in aid is not meant to provide sole support for the research activities, but instead act as seed money for developing projects (data collection) to the point of attracting additional external funding; or as a top up grant–in-aid to assist with undertaking a currently funded research project (for example: statistical review of a newly completed project, biostatistics, transcription, technical staff support, equipment/consumables)

Applications will undergo peer-review with the support of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ), with priority given to those proposals likely to attract additional funding from other grant sources in the future. If during the peer-review process the reviewing committee determine there are no applications of suitable merit, the Lung Foundation has a right to decline to award the grant.

Information should also be provided on other sources of project funding and how the grant would be used if the application were to be successful. Preference will be given to small projects (ie Pilot studies; data collection processes) which could be completed in a 12 month time frame.

Eligibility

  • The grant will be offered to early career researchers including nurses and allied health professionals who have completed an under-graduate degree in a health topic, or working to a higher degree or specialist qualification
  • Applications from early career researchers need to be supported by a senior investigator with a strong track research record in related field.
  • A current member of Lung Foundation Australia, and 
  • A current member of the TSANZ[1] 

[1] Financial member of the TSANZ who has obtained the support of a proposer and seconder and has been endorsed by the TSANZ Board

Conditions

  1. The grant will be competitive and open to Australian and New Zealand citizens/residents
  2. Applications should include a summary of the rationale for the study, the scientific design, intended duration and whether or not it has gained ethical approval.
  3. Funds will be paid on the basis of 75% at the time of signing documentation and the balance (25%) on acceptance of final report
  4. A support letter from the principle supervisor must be included in the application
  5. The principle project supervisor is required to sign off the final report for the project
  6. Grantees are expected to commence their project within six (6) calendar months of being awarded.  If the award is not taken up within this timeframe the monies will be forfeited.
  7. In applying for research funding from the Lung Foundation, applicants must confirm that they will:
    1. Ensure the ethical conduct of research under the grant;
    2. Lodge a Final Report within three months of the completion of the grant;
    3. Identify any applications to other organisations for the same project;
    4. Acknowledge the support of Lung Foundation Australia and the Greenwood Family  in any publications (including scientific articles, press releases and abstracts) arising from work carried out under the grant.
  8. By virtue of the signature of the appropriate administrative officer on the application form, institutions confirm that they will ensure:
    1. That monies given by the Lung Foundation will be administered by the institution only for the purpose designated by the Lung Foundation and in accordance with any directions given by the Foundation;
    2. That physical facilities and infrastructure support will be provided and maintained to allow research under the grant to proceed.
    3. That the applicant has the work time available to undertake the proposed study when existing commitments are considered
  9. Any grant will be conditional upon the relevant institution and the applicant(s) entering into an appropriate form of agreement with Lung Foundation Australia as to the disposition of the grant.
  10. Recipients of grants may be asked by the Lung Foundation to present the results of the research funded by the Lung Foundation at a public symposium, in media or other promotional activity organised by the Lung Foundation or TSANZ.

Selection Process

Applications will be assessed by an independent review committee. The judging criteria for the submitted applications will be:

Criterion

Weight

Originality of idea and impact of study

25%

Feasibility of Project

25%

Appropriateness of Methods

25%

Referee’s report – principle project supervisor

25%

Total

100%

Timeline

Grant in Aid – Application Timelines

1st July 2018

Applications open

3rd August

 

Applications Close: email applications to be submitted via TSANZ portal by 5pm, Friday 3rd August 2018 (AEST).

Aug/Sept

Review period for applications and correspondence with applicants if required

1st October

Notification of Successful Applicant

2019

Date TBC

Official recognition of award recipient – TSANZ Conference   

Lung Foundation Australia Contact details                  

Janet Moore
General Manager for Research
Lung Foundation Australia
Phone 07 3251 3600 | Fax 07 3368 3564
Email: janetm@lungfoundation.com.au

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Declaration

I have not been a full, or part-time employee of, or paid consultant to, nor do I have any real or perceived, direct or indirect links to the tobacco industry in the past five years.
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