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Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Research Foundation - Project Grants

Internal closing date: 1 May 2017
External closing date: 8 May 2017

Capacity building project grants for new and early career researchers (up to 8 years post-PhD as of 8 May 2017) in the area of dementia research. Projects should be 12 months in duration. Applicants should not have previously received more than $50,000 in project grant funding.

  • Six AADRF Project Grants of $50,000 each including The A&L Project Grant (for research in any area of dementia, including but not limited to: diagnosis, treatment, prevention and care).
  • One Hazel Hawke Research Grant in Dementia Care of $50,000 (for research focused on improving the care of people with dementia)
  • Six $50,000 or one $100,000 plus four $50,000 AADRF-Vic Project Grants including the Cecilia Margaret Hudson Dementia Research Grant, Jeffrey Wiener Grant and Faustyna Wiener Memorial Grant (for clinical or psycho-social research projects only, with a preference for Victorian-based research).

For further information, see the Alzheimer's Australia website.

AMP - Tomorrow Maker Grants

Internal closing date: N/A
External closing date: 16 May 2017

Grants of between $10,000 and $100,000 for people from all walks of life who wish to pursue pursue a goal in any field - from art to technology, science to social innovation, sport, music and more. Must be Australian citizen or permanent resident. Funds may be used for a diverse range of activities including training, travel costs or study assistance while you work on research or small business funding for an innovative idea.

For further information, see AMP's Tomorrow Fund website.

Australian Academy of Science - Regional Collaborations Programme

Internal closing date: 9 January 2017
External closing date: 9am, 16 January 2017

The Australian Academy of Science invites Australian research organisations and businesses to apply for funding under the Regional Collaborations Programme. This funding initiative is part of the Australian Government's Global Innovation Strategy under the National Innovation and Science Agenda. The programme will fund Australian participants from eligible organisations to collaborate with regional and international science, research and innovation partners on solutions to shared regional challenges within the Asia-Pacific regions.

The $3.2 million four-year programme will support single-year or multi-year collaborative, multi-partner projects and non-project aligned collaborative workshops.


  • The programme is designed to be flexible, with no set minimum or maximum funding requirements for project applications; however, projects must include matched funding of 1:1 (cash only)

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be either an Australian research organisation or Australian business willing to form collaborative multi-partner teams with participation from at least two other economies, with the intention of building strong international linkages within the Asia–Pacific region in science, research and innovation.
  • Projects must include matched funding of 1:1 (cash only). That is, the total leveraged cash funds from the Australian and international partners must be greater than or equal to the value of funding being sought through this programme. In-kind contributions will not form part of the 1:1 matched-funding calculation.
  • It is not permissible to duplicate support available from other sources, including other Australian Government funding mechanisms, with Regional Collaborations Programme funding. Where applicants already receive Australian Government funding for their core activities, they will only be eligible if they can demonstrate that the activity for which funding is sought is additional to their core activities.
  • Eligible projects activities must:
    -  address a shared regional challenge of national interest, via science, research and innovation collaboration
    -  demonstrate a benefit to Australia through the collaborative work proposed
    -  include at least two non-Australian partners


  • Notification of final outcome: early June 2017

Application Procedure

Cancer UK - Grand Challenge (EOI)

Internal closing date: Notify Research Office
External closing date: 12 October 2017

Cancer Research UK has set a series of eight Grand Challenges and is inviting international, interdisciplinary teams of researchers to compete for awards of up to 20 million pounds each. The eight challenge areas are: Tissue Specificity, Tumour Vaccinology, Treatment Regimens, Dormancy, Lethal versus non-Lethal, Artificial Intelligence, Microbiota and Cancer Causes. The 'Cancer Causes' theme covers determining mechanisms that cause cancer without known mutagenesis, such as obesity, in order to devise novel interventions.

The grants, which will be for a duration of five years, provide the freedom to try novel approaches at scale. The end point of the award does not necessarily need to be clinical impact within the proposal time-frame; however,  there should be a line of sight towards clinical research or utility. The application process requires applicants to complete a pre-submission questionnaire (due 14 September 2017) to screen for eligibility followed by an online Expression of Interest (EOI). Full applications will be due in May 2018 and awards will be made in November 2018.

For further information, see the Cancer Research Uk website.

Diabetic Complications Consortium (DiabComp) - Pilot and Feasibility Program

Internal closing date: 5 June 2017
External closing date: 12 June 2017

For small Pilot and Feasibility projects in high impact areas of diabetic complications research that fall within the primary mission of the U.S National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Support of up to $US100,000 for 12 months for discovery (hypothesis generating) and innovative (high risk/high reward) research that will advance our understanding of diabetic complications (excluding diabetic retinopathy and cardiovascular disease). Basic, translational and clinical research proposals are encouraged; however, interventional clinical trials are beyond the scope of the scheme. Awards are expected to prepare the applicant(s) to submit a future investigator-initiated project (e.g. NIH R01). Lower priority will be given to applicants who have received DiaComp support in the past three years.

For further information, see the DiabComp website.

Human Frontier Science Program (HSFP) - Research Grants

Online registration: 20 March 2017
External closing date (Letter of Intent): 30 March 2017
Please inform Research Office of intention to apply

To support international, interdisciplinary teams of researchers conducting innovative basic research into fundamental biological problems, with emphasis on novel and interdisciplinary approaches involving scientific exchange across national and international boundaries. There are two types of grants: Program Grants (for independent researchers with their own laboratories) and Young Investigator Grants (all team members should be <10 years post-PhD as of 30 March 2017 and within 5 years of obtaining an independent position). Funding is for three years with up to $450,000 p.a. available depending on team size. Collaborations are expected to develop new lines of research. Interested applicants must first register online, followed by submission of a letter of intent to HFSP. Shortlisted applicants will be notified in July 2017 of the full application deadline in mid-September 2017.

For further information, see the HSFP website.

Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia - Project Grants

Internal closing date: 14 April 2017
External closing date: 21 April 2017

For researchers experienced in the field of multiple sclerosis to undertake a fully developed project. Must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident.

For further information, see the MSRA website.

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NFMRI - Biomedical Research and Innovation Grants

Internal closing date: 31 March 2017
External closing date: 6 April 2017

The National Foundation for Medical Research Innovation (NFMRI) is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for grants within Portfolio 2 and 3 of their program, which are focused on advancing innovation and enabling collaborations.

Portfolio 2: Collaborative Innovation and Advancement (<$100,000 for 1-2 years)

Portfolio 3: Innovation Uptake and Transformation (<$150,000 for up to 1 year)

Portfolio 2 provides support for strategic collaborative research activities focused on advancing research and validating directions. Portfolio 3 provides support for attracting and competing for internal investors ('valley of death'). The common focus of portfolio 2 and 3 grants is enabling researchers to access research capability and capacity beyond their labs and institution to advance their biomedical discoveries and innovations towards translation and or / commercialisation. As such it is envisaged that funding would help support expenses relating to the external collaborator

EOIs must be submitted by the internal closing date to Guy Krippner or Celine Latouche.

For further information, see the NFMRI website.

Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP) - Research Establishment Grants

External closing date: 3 July 2017

RACP's Research Establishment Grants are available to Fellows and Advanced RACP trainees who wish to establish themselves in a research career and who are within 7 years of having completed a Masters, PhD or equivalent higher degree, or who have a research higher degree and are within two years of returning from working or studying overseas. Various one-year grants, valued between $50,000 - $75,000 are available, which can be used as stipends or to support research assistants or other research costs.

For further information, see the RACP website.

Obesity Soceiety - Karen Miller-Kovach Research Grants (Letter of Intent)

Internal closing date: 26 May 2017
External closing date: 31 May 2017

A one-year grant of $US50,000 for members of The Obesity Society (U.S.) to carry out research focused on the development of digital tools that employ evidence-based behavioral weight management strategies. The purpose of the grant is to help investigators collect pilot data to successfully compete for larger extramural (e.g. NIH) funding. Only one grant will be awarded. The application involves a two-stage process with Letters of Intent due on 31 May 2017 and shortlisted applicants invited to submit full applications by 15 July 2017.

For further information, see the Obesity Society website.

VicHealth - Sustainable Development Goals Partnership Grant

Internal closing date: 21 April 2017
External closing date: 28 April 2017

To encourage building of collaborative research partnerships with the potential to address the impact of global megatrends on specific UN Sustainable Development Goal targets. VicHealth will provide up to $20,000 over one year for each project. Up to five projects will be funded in this round. Upon successful delivery of the one-year project, up to two research partnerships will receive additional funding of $200,000 over two years.

Proposals must address at least one of the global megatrends identified by CSIRO (e.g. 'Forever Young' - The rise of ageing population, retirement savings gap, lifespans, healthcare expenditure, diet and lifestyle-related illness and mental health) and one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals targets identified by VicHealth, as specially relevant to challenges in health promotion (e.g. By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being).

Applications must be from partnerships of at least one Victorian-based institution, at least one international institution, and at least one health promotion industry partner. VicHealth will not fund biomedical and clinical research that does not have a clear link to health promotion. Laboratory-based science or health services research will not be funded unless there is a strong rationale for its relevance to health promotion.

For further information, see the VicHealth website.

Victoria State Government - Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund

Internal closing date: 5 April 2017
External closing date: 14 April 2017

The Victorian Government has announced a new fund that will provide $3 million p.a. to promote translation of early stage health and medical research into health and economic outcomes. Applications will be accepted from collaborations or partnerships between health services, industry, medical research and/or education institutes, with two tiers of funding available.

  • Tier 1: Up to $100,000 to support early stage innovations including discovery research, clinical research and/or health practice. To Support an idea or innovation to become competitive to attract peer review funding or investment by industry.
  • Tier 2: Up to $500,000 to promote 'fast tracking' translation into health and/or economic outcomes. Matching funding will be required to demonstrate capacity to collaborate and undertake research that has a clear pathway to translation.

To discuss applying, contact Guy Krippner or Celine Latouche.

For further information, see the Department of Health's website.

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