Through the support of our wonderful donors and supporters, over the past 19 years, we have donated almost $1M to the Australian Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust.
The Trust enlists a scientific panel, with consumer support, to assess applications by researchers to determine where this money is best spent. Some projects funded through the Trust are now being used globally in clinical care and we are proud to be a part of this.
This week, grant submissions were called to spend our most recent donation. This is the second time we have funded a gastro-intestinal research project because it is an area of great need. It is currently the only CF-specific GI grant opportunity in Australia. However as our community knows, the digestive pain, surgeries and lifelong GI complications are an immense burden on the 3400 Australians living with CF. CF is more than a lung disease and that is why we are proud to support more research in this field.
Conquer CF (GI) Innovation Grant 2021
This grant is looking for ‘big thinkers’ with great innovative ideas who will make a difference through research to the CF community. It is open to post-doctoral researchers, scientists, clinicians, medical practitioners, nurses and allied health currently working in the area of cystic fibrosis (CF) or proposing to work in CF research in the gastro-intestinal (GI) field. GI is defined here to include any part of the GI tract, as well as directly related issues such as nutrition and digestion, and closely associated organs and tissues such as the pancreas, liver and kidney. The researchers will have completed their studies in CF or a related area within the past five years.
The Conquer CF (GI) Innovation Grant will allow a CF researcher to explore novel concepts at the initial feasibility stage. Innovative applications relating to GI aspects of CF are encouraged, even those lacking pilot data. The grant aims to allow the researcher to generate sufficient data within the one-year grant period to be in a position to apply for additional support from an appropriate funding body to continue the research.
The recipients of the Conquer CF (GI) Innovation Grant are 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 two years) in Australia.
The maximum amount awarded for the Conquer CF Innovation Grant will be $50,000. The actual amount provided will be subject to approval of the applicant’s budget.
Applications can be made through the CFA website and must be received no later than 5pm AEST on Friday, June 25, 2021.