2021 Cystic Fibrosis Innovation Grant

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Deadline for applications: 12 February 2021

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The purpose of the Innovation Award is to allow a CF researcher to explore novel concepts at the initial feasibility stage. Innovative applications on any aspect of CF are welcome, even those lacking pilot data.

The aim of the Innovation Award is for the researcher to generate sufficient data within the one-year period to be able to apply for additional support from an appropriate funding body to continue the research.

The innovation grant shall be to the value of AU $80,000 for one year.


To be eligible for this grant, the applicant must:

  • Be a current member of the TSANZ[1],
  • Be affiliated with an Australian or New Zealand University,
  • Have completed a research higher degree in an area directly relevant to respiratory medicine within the last 10 years (time taken for career disruptions should be stated and will be considered),
  • A post-doctoral researcher currently working in, or proposing to work in cystic fibrosis research and,
  • Be capable of undertaking high quality research, demonstrated by past performance.
  • Your research proposal must be a novel concept in the field of cystic fibrosis and without current funding from another source.

Note: Applications from groups will be accepted.

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


The following conditions must be meet by members receiving this award:

  • Grants may be requested for salaries for research workers and assistants, equipment, expendable supplies, maintenance and other expenses related to the proposed project.
  • The maximum amount awarded under the Innovation Award will be $80,000.  The actual amount provided will be subject to approval of the applicant’s budget.
  • The innovation grant will be awarded at the TSANZ ASM and the funds must be used within 12 months of receipt.
  • The recipient of the Innovation Award is required to provide progress reports on their research to CFA every six months. In addition and where appropriate, the recipient will be asked to make a presentation at a CFA conference (held every 2 years) in Australia.
  • The Australian Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust must be acknowledged on any publications and invited to any promotional activities associated with the project.

Applications will contain the following;

Research Proposal

  • A research proposal clearly stating details of the project, including; background, hypothesis and aims, methodology, statistical analysis, feasibility of completing the project within time frame, and budget (maximum of three A4 pages, plus references).
  • A 200 word project description written for educated non-specialists.
  • A table indicating your project team members and their contributions to the proposed innovation grant.

Signatures and Certification form

  • Completed digitally or uploaded as a scanned copy.

Track record

  • A track record of each researcher (maximum two A4 pages each). Include any significant career disruptions supporting eligibility outside the listed criteria.


  • Publications over the last five years, excluding career disruptions (unlimited pages).


  • All text must be submitted on A4 pages with a 2cm margin to the top, bottom, left and right. Text must be single line spaced, with size 12 Times New Roman font. No columns are permitted.

Selection Process

Applications will be assessed by members of the TSANZ Research Committee according to the following criteria:



Scientific Quality


Significance and Innovation


Track Record




  • In the event of there being no suitable applicants the fellowship will not be awarded.
    The award will be presented at the TSANZ ASM, however the successful applicant will be notified prior to the ASM.

Submit Application

Application upload

Please upload a single PDF containing your research proposal, track record and publications.


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.
All information which I have provided in this form and attached documents is true and correct.


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