Industry Research Grants


RESEARCH GRANT POLICY

The Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group (APEG) is a not- for- profit organisation and believe that good stewardship means maximising research funds. We therefore request that the budget for each grant reflect only the expenses that are directly required for and that can be reasonably attributed to the project i.e. research staff salaries, travel expenses, and equipment/materials expenditure. APEG will not fund indirect costs i.e. facilities and administrative expenses including rent, utilities, administrative, finance, accounting, IT and legal support imposed by internal or external partner organisations.


APEG INDUSTRY RESEARCH GRANTS 2021 RESEARCH GRANTS

AIMS

  • These grants are used to support research in Australia and New Zealand at an early to mid-career level.
  • To support new projects and pilot studies in paediatric endocrinology

AVAILABLE GRANTS 2021

  • All but Sandoz grant listed below are for research into any aspect of paediatric endocrinology or diabetes.
  • Sandoz grant is to support new research and pilot studies in the field of growth disturbances in paediatric endocrinology in Australia and New Zealand

GRANT AMOUNT

SUPPORTING COMPANIES

$60,000

$25,000

$20,000

$15,000

 

 

Grants listed are correct at the time of print (20 April 2021) and subject to change.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Applications are invited from APEG members who are Australian or New Zealand citizens or permanent residents who are currently residing, working and conducting research within Australasia.
  • The Principal Investigator must be a financial APEG member.
  • Successful applicants are required to conduct the majority of their research within Paediatric Endocrinology Units within Australasia
  • Applications are to be focused on the paediatric population, for children and adolescents under the age of 20 years
  • Separate applications are required for the 2 grant categories
  • There is no restriction to the number of applications per primary investigator, but only one grant will be awarded per investigator per year.For Grant of $60,000
      • As of the 01 January 2022 you must be:
        • A current trainee in paediatric endocrinology in Australia or NZ, or
        • No longer than 5 years (*career breaks considered) beyond completing paediatric endocrinology training (as determined by the RACP Endocrinology SAC or equivalent) or a higher research degree (whichever came later) or
        • A qualified diabetes / endocrine nurse, allied health professional or scientist currently engaged in paediatric endocrinology and no longer than 5 years (*career breaks considered) beyond completion of a higher research degree

    * justification of consideration of career breaks may be provided on an additional A4 page in CV.

    • For Grants of $10,000 – $25,000
      • As of the 01 January 2022 you must be:
        • A current trainee in paediatric endocrinology in Australia or NZ, or
        • No longer than 10 years (*career breaks considered) beyond completing paediatric endocrinology training (as determined by the RACP Endocrinology SAC or equivalent) or a higher research degree (whichever came later) or
        • A qualified diabetes / endocrine nurse, allied health professional or scientist currently engaged in paediatric endocrinology and no longer than 10 years (*career breaks considered) beyond completion of a higher research degree

    * justification of consideration of career breaks may be provided on an additional A4 page in CV.

  • Applicants will only be awarded a grant of $50,000 or more on one occasion.  However, they will be eligible to apply for other APEG Industry Grants <$50,000 in subsequent years, with consideration given where applicants have not been awarded a previous grant.
  • Recipients of a previous Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Care (APEC) grant (discontinued), are now eligible to apply for any APEG Industry Research Grant in subsequent years, although consideration will be given where applicants have not been awarded a previous grant.
  • There is no restriction to the number of applications per primary investigator, but only one grant will be awarded per investigator per year.
  • Recipients of a previous APEG grant who have not fulfilled conditions of the grant are ineligible to re-apply for any APEG grant.
  • Stand-alone grants will be given preference over top-up grants
  • Grants of academic excellence will be given priority
  • It is desirable to have ethics approval from the relevant body prior to grant application, but this is not a necessity. Ideally, ethics approval should be gained within 6 months of being awarded the grant and WILL BE A REQUIREMENT FOR RELEASE OF FUNDING.
  • Your application must be basic science or clinical research with a study protocol that has not already been initiated. Applications of either type will be treated equally.
  • Incomplete applications will not be processed
  • Grant can be used for salary of the principal investigator.

TENURE OF ALL GRANTS

APEG Secretariat will distribute funding for each APEG Industry Grant award to its maximum value for one year from 01 January 2022 to conduct the proposed research study (In extenuating circumstances extensions may be made, but these decisions will be made at the discretion of APEG Council).

Please note that the funding proposals for each research project should not exceed the amount of the grant applied for, or where they do, evidence of available alternative funding for these sections of the project should be provided. The project scope should reflect the funding amount awarded. The applicant must indicate in their grant application under the ‘budget’ section what proportion of the proposal will be covered by the APEG Industry Grant and if other funding is being received for the proposal then details must be entered as to where from, e.g. existing NHMRC grant or other philanthropic grant.

Grant recipients must notify APEG of any other funding obtained (or applied for) during the duration of the grant, with a full Grant Proposal and Budget provided.

Funding will be available after 1 January 2022 once evidence of ethics approval for each (and all) sections of the proposal is provided.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applications are restricted to four (4) A4 pages (plus references, 2 page CV & supporting letter from supervisor) of principal investigator, including previous publications and research grants awarded. Applications longer than four (4) A4 pages will not be reviewed.

Applications should be submitted via the advertised online process and provide the following information:

  • Project title Name, qualifications and contact details of the applicant
  • Name, qualifications and addresses of co-investigators
  • Previous APEG grants within last 10 years, including title of grant, year of funding, title of abstract presented at APEG and publication(s) related to it.
  • Indication of which grant(s) applying for
    • $60,000 Grant (Pfizer Endocrine Care)
    • $10,000 – $25,000 Grant(s)
      • $25,000 (Novo Nordisk)
      • $20,000 (Pfizer)
      • $15,000 (APEG)
      • $15,000 (Sandoz – growth disorders)
      • Two (2) separate applications must be submitted to be considered for both grant categories – with provision of budget details applicable to each category.
  • Introduction, Hypothesis, Aims, Methods, Statistics
  • Research protocol
  • Significance of the study
  • Detailed budget – if applying for a range of grant amounts (e.g. $10,000 – $25,000) indicate planned budget modifications for the different levels of funding
  • Details of other financial support (including other applications pending for similar projects, even under another chief investigator)
  • If the study is multicentre, or involves a registry or research network (eg: ADDN), a letter of consent or endorsement from other centres or registry or network involved is required
  • Role of the applicant – if wishing to be considered for a range of grant amounts (e.g. $10,000 – $25,000) indicate any modifications for the different levels of funding.
  • List of applicant’s other clinical/ research commitments during the study period and provide an explanation of how you will split these commitments to complete your project within the timeline.
  • A letter from your supervisor or department head supporting the project, including confirmation that they have reviewed the application in full and that required infrastructure to support the study is available at the institution.

HELPFUL HINTS FOR SUCCESS

Ensure:

  • Your supervisor reviews and provides guidance on your application
  • Clear, focused aims and hypothesis
  • Design matches aims and hypothesis
  • Clear justification of your budget
  • Your role in the study is clearly defined (and you define how you can manage competing training/clinical/research loads).
  • Consistency across your application

Please note that the Institutional Ethics Committee approval is not a requirement at the application stage, however this is a required document prior to any financial payments should the application be successful in obtaining an APEG Industry Research Grant.

If you have any questions regarding the completion of the application please contact APEG Secretary, Dr Louise Conwell via the APEG Secretariat

GRANT CONDITIONS

APEG Industry Grants are awarded with the expectation that timely submissions for presentation will be made at appropriate medical meetings or research forums and those papers will be submitted for publication in appropriate peer-reviewed medical journals.

Fulfillment of the Grant Award Requires:

  1. Notification of other successful grants related to the submission within the year the grant was awarded (with budget and the other grant(s) details supplied).
  2. Submission of ethics approval within 6 months of receiving the award (funding will be released after receipt of ethics approval).
  3. Annual research report submitted to APEG secretariat prior to each Annual Report (where it will be published), until research results are published.
  4. Research findings derived from APEG Industry Research Grants need to be submitted as an abstract for presentation at the APEG ASM within 2 years of receiving the funding
  5. APEG acknowledgement on publication(s) related to grant
  6. Provide APEG with links to any publication(s), such that they can be linked on the APEG website.
  7. While sometimes a negative study result, or other issues, may lead to failure of progress on a study, where there is failure to produce an annual report, or no valid explanation for failure to meet predicted milestones on a project, APEG reserves the right to recall awarded monies.
  8. No study payments will be made directly to the Grant Recipient. APEG Secretariat will pay such funds to the Grant Recipient’s nominated Institution.

Deadline: Monday 12 July 2021, midnight AEST

Application site will be closed from this time and nothing further will be accepted.