Medicine / Science – Status

Changes to the selection procedures for the 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 increased at a very rapid rate. In 2015, CASS awarded 21 grants from about 300 Applications, a ratio of one successful grant per 15 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:

  1. Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute Holdings Limited;
  2. Deakin University;
  3. The Florey Institute of Neurosciences and Mental Health;
  4. Prince Henry’s Institute of Medical Research (trading as Hudson Institute of Medical Research);
  5. La Trobe University;
  6. Swinburne University of Technology;
  7. St Vincents Hospital (Melbourne);
  8. Centre for Eye Research Australia Limited;
  9. The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research; and
  10. 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 were not accepted by CASS from any of the research centres named above. In 2016, applications were 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 trial period and before the 2017 round of CASS Medicine/Science Grants. New Guidelines will be published in July 2017.

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.

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 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.