The Intensive Care Foundation has a mission to improve the care, treatment, and quality of life of critically ill persons in Australia and New Zealand through:
- The provision of research grants for projects in areas of intensive care and critical illness or issues related to those subjects
- Promoting the awareness and education of the general community about intensive care and critical illness or issues related to those subjects.
The Foundation recognises that medical research in the area of intensive care is vital, as knowledge can mean the difference between life and death.
The Grants are available to Doctors, Nurses, Allied Health and Scientists practising in Intensive Care in Australasia.
If you have a project in mind, if you need financial support and if you complete the application form maybe you could recieve up to $50000 AUD for your project.
Applications have to be in by Friday the 3rd of May
Find out more below…
INTENSIVE CARE FOUNDATION RESEARCH GRANT PHILOSOPHY
The Intensive Care Foundation aims to assist the care of critically ill patients by raising funds for vital clinical research. The Foundation’s mission is to help improve the number and quality of lives saved in intensive care each year.
The Foundation recognises that medical research in the area of intensive care is vital, as knowledge can mean the difference between life and death. This is why there is a rigorous independent process by which grant applications are assessed. This process is supported by the Foundation’s Scientific Committee and an independent panel of assessors from the intensive care community. Independent from the Foundation’s Board, the Scientific Committee manages the review process to ensure that the very best research is funded.
All applications for Intensive Care Foundation funding are assessed using a rigorous peer review process:
- A group of assessors independently reviews the grant application(s). Assessors for each grant are allocated by the Scientifc Committee.
- Each assessor awards a score based on the significance, approach and feasibility of the proposed project and the track record of the investigators. The assessors’ scores are then collated and an initial ranking determined,
- Assessors also provide an overall funding recommendation for the individual grant(s)
- Chief Investigators are then given the opportunity to respond to reviewers’ questions
- Based on the initial ranking, the assessors’ funding recommendations and the Chief Investigator’s responses to reviewers’ questions, a final ranking is determined by the Scientific Committee
- Based on the Scientific Committee’s final ranking and funding recommendations, the Board then allocates research grant funding
Nursing Research Grants
In recognition of the value of intensive care nursing research in Australia and New Zealand, the Intensive Care Foundation may award specific Intensive Care Nursing Research Grant(s). Preference will be given to projects addressing clinical nursing issues, but other relevant topics will also be considered. Applications for the nursing grant will be considered if:
- The chief investigator and the majority of the co-investigators are practising or academic nurses.
- Grants up to the value of $12,000 per annum may be awarded; additional funds may be considered based on the scientific merit of the application.
- Career Nurse Investigators at an early stage of their research career are encouraged to apply.
Please note that nominating as a nursing project does not exclude your project from the general funding process.
Supporting Novice Researchers
The Intensive Care Foundation prides itself on also providing opportunities for up and coming researchers. To be classified as a novice researcher you will have:
- Not previously received a grant from the Foundation on which you were the named Chief Investigator
- Not have been named as Chief Investigator (or equivalent) on a previously funded grant from a large competitive grant scheme, e.g. NHMRC or Australian Research Council
Organ Donation Projects
ANZICS has requested the Intensive Care Foundation to administer funds it holds in trust that are intended to support projects that promote or support organ donation. The Intensive Care Foundation therefore seeks applications for funding for such projects. Projects submitted in this category can have a broader scope than those submitted under the general funding process. Organ Donation Projects can include research projects, educational initiatives or other interventions that have the purpose of promoting or supporting organ donation in Australia or New Zealand. The total available for funding to any single project will be capped at $25,000.
RESEARCH GRANT GUIDELINES
- Applications will be considered in both basic and applied research.
- Institutional ethics approval for research involving human participants or animals must be demonstrated prior to release of funds and a copy of the approval letter forwarded to the Intensive Care Foundation.
- Projects should be of direct relevance to intensive care practice and of a high scientific standard.
- Funding for salaries and/or consumables is acceptable.
- Equipment may be funded but only where it is clearly necessary for the project. Equipment purchase will not usually be funded where its major continuing use would be unrelated to the project. Equipment so purchased will remain the property of the Intensive Care Foundation. Request for equipment items more than $3000 must be accompanied by a written quotation.
- If the project has a New Zealand component, you MUST specify the percentage of the project which will be conducted within New Zealand and how much of the total budget will be spent in New Zealand.
- Recipients of funding must provide twice yearly progress and completion reports to the Scientific Committee; these are to be submitted in June and December of each year after the project has commenced. It is encouraged that work supported by the Foundation will be presented at the ANZICS/ACCCN Annual Scientific Meetings on Intensive Care.
- The total funding available to any single project will be capped at $50,000.
GUIDE TO COMPLETING THE APPLICATION FORM
The application MUST be typewritten on the accompanying form in Arial 10 font, 1(single) spacing and margins of 2 cm. Additional A4 pages may be used.
The closing date for applications is Friday 03rd May 2013 at 6pm (EST). Application forms are available from the Foundation Website: www.intensivecarefoundation.org.au
The application must be uploaded to the Intensive Care Foundation website www.intensivecarefoundation.org.au . Please ensure that the application has been signed prior to submitting with the Foundation (electronic signature or scanned signatures)
No referees need be nominated, however the Intensive Care Foundation Assessment Committee may seek confidential advice from referees of its own choosing. The option of nominating one non-assessor is available.
- The short title should consist of not more than 45 characters in capitals.
- You may nominate ONE non-assessor; this person will NOT be invited by the Foundation to assess your grant application
- Please provide a layperson description of the project that can be used by the Intensive Care Foundation for media and promotional purposes, should the grant be successful (maximum one page).
- Please give a brief, stand-alone description of the proposed research project outlining the background, aims, hypotheses, objectives, methods and significance (maximum one page).
- The Chief Investigator is the person taking primary responsibility for the design and execution of the project. Please ensure that contact details are provided for the Chief Investigator.
- Co-investigator(s) details must be included. The number of co-investigators is not limited.
- Agreements and certifications – signatures of Head of Department/Research Committee, nominated appointee by administering institution and Chief Investigator must be included.
- Research Plan
- ONLY nine A4 pages will be considered by the reviewer for the research plan and two additional pages for references. The research plan must be written in Arial 10 font, 1 (single) spacing and margins 2 cm.
- Aims – Describe the specific aims of the project, with hypotheses if appropriate.
- Background – Describe the broad objectives of the research and the background to the project, including references to previous research, supporting the rationale for the current project and its significance.
- Research Plan and Methods to be used – Describe the research plan in detail, including the sample to be studied, procedures to be used, methods of data collection and analysis, and timeline against project milestones.
- Feasibility – Outline the capacity of the investigator(s) to complete the proposed project and the feasibility of timely achievement of project milestones. If one or more investigators are novice researchers, provide explanation of how the work will be completed.
- Outcomes and significance – Briefly describe the importance of the problem to be researched, the planned outcomes and the potential significance of the research.
- References cited in the application should be listed. Two pages maximum.
- The detailed budget should be broken down into salaries for personnel, items of equipment costing more than $500, and running expenses. A written quotation for equipment items costing $3,000 or more must be included.
- All other forms of research funding/support for this project should be listed including money and staff made available by the institution or department.
- Please list all current research funding held by the Chief Investigator/s and Co-investigators for the amount awarded including the funding body, amount awarded and the amount of time (in hrs/week) devoted to each project.
- Please list all research funding obtained by both the Chief Investigator and Co-investigators in the last five years, including the funding body and the amount awarded.
- Research on humans or animals must be in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) and/or the Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes (7th edition 2004) (as appropriate) and must be approved by the appropriate institutional ethics committee. Certification that approval has been given should be forwarded with the application, or as soon as available. Funds will not be released if ethics committee approval is not available.
- Under ethical implications there should be an account of those aspects of the project which are of ethical significance in terms of the NHMRC statements and a justification of them in ethical terms.
- The investigators should list peer-reviewed publications (not including abstracts or manuscripts under review but not yet accepted) that provide an indication of the quality of their track record and ability to complete studies (maximum of two pages).
- Additional Information – the Foundation would like to collect this additional information, however please note it does not form part of your application.