On offer in 2017
Arthritis Australia National Research Program 2017
(A total funding pool of over $900,000.00)
Research fellowships are available for post-doctoral work (AFA-ARA Heald) or following recently completed rheumatology advanced training. Available for research programs both overseas and in Australia.
Scholarships are available for young medical and science graduates to undertake thesis studies into arthritis and related disorders at recognised universities. These scholarships provide research training to doctorate or masters level and are designed to develop the intellectual and technical expertise required for a career involving laboratory and clinical investigation. Scholarships are intended, in general, to support basic and clinical research training within Australian research units and as a precursor to more advanced study in Australia and overseas. Scholarships are for one year and are renewable for three years, depending on progress and funding priorities.
Project Grants and Grants in Aid
Project Grants and Grants in Aid are typically for short-term projects with well-defined aims and budgets which can be achieved in a 12 month period. Grants in Aid (each grant valued up to maximum $15,000AUD) will be available only for new researchers* or allied health researchers. A small number of Project Grants (each grant valued up to maximum $50,000AUD) will be available for musculoskeletal research including grants focusing on rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.
*(defined as within six years of receiving their PhD)
Some specifically funded projects are outlined below.
More projects will be added upon confirmation after June.
The AFA-ARA Heald Fellowship - $50,000AUD
The AFA-ARA Heald Fellowship is available for post-doctoral research programs both overseas and in Australia. Preferentially, it is available for members of the Australian Rheumatology Association (ARA) or applicants working with a member of the ARA. This is for one year only and there will be no renewals, except in rare circumstances e.g. part-time research (preference for research overseas but Australian-based research will be considered).
The Victorian ARA Fellowship - $50,000AUD
The Victorian ARA Fellowship is designed to support expansive self-development of trainee/rheumatologists within Victoria. The purpose of the award is to encourage rheumatologists to develop expertise in a clinical or research discipline in rheumatology and to use that expertise in and for the betterment of rheumatology in Victoria. ARA members who are advanced trainees or within five years of FRACP are eligible to apply, in support of higher degree studies, post-higher degree research, or specialized clinical training.
The Arthritis Queensland Fellowship - $50,000AUD
The Arthritis Queensland Fellowship is a post-doctoral fellowship to support medical and clinical research into treatments for all forms of relevant musculoskeletal conditions and recognised symptoms arising from the conditions e.g. pain. Preference is for a Queensland based graduate who must be agreeable to developing a partnership with Arthritis Queensland (AQ) e.g. participate in relevant AQ marketing campaigns; be able and willing to communicate with AQ stakeholders.
The grant will be a stipend of $50,000 and is not renewable
The recipient must be based in Queensland as a preference. If a suitable candidate is not identified from Queensland, candidates from other states in Australia may be considered as a secondary measure.
The recipient must be agreeable to developing a partnership with Arthritis Queensland (AQ) e.g. participate in relevant AQ marketing campaigns; be able and willing to communicate with AQ stakeholders.
The recipient will provide periodic financial and performance reporting to AQ
Ongoing recipient endorsement of AQ, especially in the event of significant progress in research.
Within six months of completion of the fellowship, the recipient will be required to submit a written report in layman’s terms about the fellowship (for publication) as well as a full scientific report to Arthritis Australia and to Arthritis Queensland. Copies of any publications resulting from this work are also required.
Acknowledgement of Arthritis Australia and Arthritis Queensland in all oral and written presentations/articles associated with the funding.
The Bruce Miller – Australian Rheumatology Association Post-Doctoral Fellowship - $125,000AUD (Two fellowships available, $125,000AUD each). (NOTE: Application form required for this award is different to the standard form)
The Bruce Miller – Australian Rheumatology Association Post-Doctoral Fellowship is designed to support a young and emerging post-doctoral researcher to undertake translational research in rheumatoid arthritis. To be eligible, the candidate must be within four years (full time equivalent) of completing a PhD or equivalent or, has at least submitted their PhD, and would preferably be a rheumatologist who is a member of the ARA, a scientist working with a member of the ARA, or an advanced trainee in rheumatology working with a member of the ARA. Research is to be undertaken, at least in part, in Australia. This grant is jointly funded by the BB & A Miller Foundation and the Australian Rheumatology Association.
For guidelines and application form for the Bruce Miller – Australian Rheumatology Association Post-Doctoral Fellowship click here.
The Ken Muirden Overseas Training Fellowship - $75,000AUD (NOTE: Application form required for this award is different to the standard form)
The Ken Muirden Overseas Traingin Fellowship is designed to give a rheumatologist who is about to or has completed advanced training in Rheumatology within the last two years an opportunity to undertake further clinical or research training overseas in an approved institution in any country. This fellowship is jointly funded by the Australian Rheumatology Association and Roche Products Pty Ltd.
For guidelines and application form for the Ken Muirden Overseas Training Fellowship click here.
Project Grants & Grants in Aid
Project Grant for translational research - $50,000AUD
This grant is for translational research with a direct benefit to health consumers e.g. to improve quality of life for patients with musculoskeletal disease or to advance knowledge in clinical areas where there is therapeutic uncertainty.
ARA Project Grant - $75,000AUD
Two project grants ($50,000 & $25,000). These grants are available to members of the ARA who wish to come into research and aims to facilitate entry back into research. The track record of applicant is not a pre-requisite but the applicant will have to have an innovative, feasible and well designed research project undertaken in collaboration with an established research unit.
Eventide Homes Grant - $20,000AUD
H J & G J McKenzie Grant - $50,000AUD
For research into rheumatoid arthritis by natural methods with the object of reversing abnormalities of the HPA axis and other hormonal changes to effect improvement in the condition of patients and to achieve remission or cure.
Marion A Simpson Grant - $25,000AUD
For research info rheumatoid arthritis
Leanne Stafford Award - $ 50,000AUD (NOTE: Application form required for this award is different to the standard form)
The Leanne Stafford Award is to support a young Australian rheumatologist or Australian graduate in the pursuit of a year of research or clinical experience in an interstate or overseas institute.
To be eligible, the candidate must be a rheumatologist who has completed their advanced training within the preceding five (5) years.
The award is in the form of a $50,000 stipend. It will not be renewable.
For guidelines and application form for the Leanne Stafford Award click here.
The Allen and Beryl Stephens Grant - $30,000AUD
For research into rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory disease
Zimmer Australia Grant - $50,000AUD
Arthritis Australia and State & Territory Affiliate Project Grants & Grants in Aid - allocated funds to be confirmed
One scholarship, possibly two if funds permit.
Reviewed and updated June 2016