Changes to the selection procedures for 2015 and 2016 CASS Medicine/Science Grants
For some years, The CASS Foundation (CASS) has restricted applications for Medicine/Science Grants to Victorian-based research centres. This restriction will continue.
Over the past few years, the number of applications to CASS for Medicine/Science Grants from Victorian-based research centres has grown at a very rapid rate. Last year, CASS awarded 20 grants from over 350 Applications, a ratio of one successful grant per 18 applications.
CASS seeks to reduce the large number of applications received each year and to achieve an acceptable ratio of successful applications to the total received. Accordingly, CASS is trialling a two-year plan to achieve these outcomes.
In 2015, CASS only accepted applications from Applicants (the Chief Researcher) employed by the following research centres (the Grantee), namely:
- Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute Holdings Limited;
- Deakin University;
- The Florey Institute of Neurosciences and Mental Health;
- Prince Henry's Institute of Medical Research (trading as Hudson Institute of Medical Research);
- La Trobe University;
- Swinburne University of Technology;
- St Vincents Hospital (Melbourne);
- Centre for Eye Research Australia Limited;
- The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research; and
- The University of Melbourne.
Pursuant to the CASS Guidelines, no applicant from any of the above research centres is guaranteed a grant.
In 2016, the second year of the 2-year plan, applications will not be accepted by CASS from any of the research centres named above. In 2016, applications will be accepted from all other Victorian-based research centres.
CASS will review the process outlined above at the end of 2016, after the initial 2-year period and before the 2017 round of CASS Medicine/Science Grants.
CASS acknowledges that those centres excluded from applying to CASS in 2015 may feel disadvantaged, but they will have their opportunity in 2016 to the exclusion of the 2015 applicants.
If any member of a research centre wishes to discuss this decision of CASS, they should contact Mr David Abraham AM, Executive Director, at CASS.
The 2015 Guidelines for Medicine/Science Grants can be viewed for information purposes as an indication of the likely parameters of the 2016 grant round, which will open in August 2016.
Previous CASS Medicine/Science grant rounds
In 2015, the Foundation awarded 21 grants to the value of $1,179,000.
In 2014, the Foundation awarded 20 grants to the value of $1,069,500.
In the 2013, 20 grants were offered to the value of $970,000
In 2012, the Foundation offered 17 research grants, to the value of $857,000.
In 2011, 19 Medicine/Science grants were offered, making a total of $936,680 in grant funding.
In 2010, CASS offered 15 Medicine/Science grants; a total of $754,200 in funding.