Medicine/Science Guidelines

2017 Medicine/Science Grants 

The 2017 Medicine/Science Grant application portal will open on 25 August 2017. Applications will close on 15 September 2017.

Please note:  The 2017 Medicine/Science Grant Guidelines have been reviewed and the revised Guidelines are as follows: 

GUIDELINES – 2017

In these Guidelines:

‘Applicant’ means the Chief Researcher in charge of a project;

‘Grantee’ means the organisation at which the Chief Researcher is employed;

‘Grants Officer’ means the person so designated by the Grantee; &

‘Head of Department’ means the person who heads up the faculty/department and to whom the Applicant reports.

CASS does not have any particular priority funding areas in medicine or science and each grant application will be considered on its merits. However, preference will be given to ‘proof of concept’ applications.

CASS will only consider applications for research and development projects in medicine and/or science from researchers and organisations based in Victoria, for projects which will be undertaken substantially in Victoria.

Please note that in the 2017 Medicine/Science Grant round all Applicants must be employed by one of the following designated organisations:

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 Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne) Limited;

8.  Centre for Eye Research Australia Limited;

9.  The Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research; &

10. The University of Melbourne.

Applicants from all other organisations not named above will have the opportunity to apply in the 2018 CASS Medicine/Science Grant round. In 2017, only researchers who are employed by one of the above organisations may apply.

Funds available

Applications for grants up to $60,000.00 (excluding GST) will be considered for specific research and development projects.

Project period

Although projects extending over a longer term will be considered, projects which anticipate completion within 12 to 15 months from commencement may be given preference.

‘Proof of Concept’ projects

Preference will be given to ‘proof of concept’ project applications. What is understood by this term is that a grant submission deals with a concept, hypothesis, postulate or the like that the Applicant hopes to prove or to validate during the proposed research project, so that further research and development on the concept/hypothesis/postulate will be indicated as worthwhile.

CASS is prepared to consider early development projects which are still short of the level of validation that might be required for, say, an NH&MRC application.

CASS will not consider applications to fund surveys or questionnaires.

Applications

Applications are completed online. The online portal will open on this website on Friday 25 August 2017. The closing date for Applications is 5.00pm (AEST) on Friday 15 September 2017.

The application form requires the Applicant to set out the details of the proposed project in lay terms. Applicants should note that CASS places great weight on the clarity of this lay description.

Changes to the Guidelines for 2017 and 2018 Medicine / Science Grants

CASS now requires that Applicants have the support and endorsement of the Grants Officer for the making of the application. Applicants will be required to certify to that effect in their application and the Grants Officer may be required to provide a certificate of confirmation to that effect.

In addition, the Head of Department must submit a Letter in Support of the application, stating:

  • the application is a ‘proof of concept’ project as defined by CASS in these Guidelines or if not, the reasons why CASS should support the project;
  • the Applicant has a reasonable likelihood of validating the proposed proof of concept proposal;
  • the Department will fund any shortfall in project funding if a grant is provided by CASS;
  • who will benefit from the project; &
  • the project will be undertaken substantially in Victoria.

The application will not be considered without this Letter in Support.

Additional information

The lay abstract is the key description of the project that is considered by CASS in the first instance. No additional information is either required or accepted at the time of application. CASS does not follow the same process as the NH&MRC and does not want to be inundated with additional documentation at the submission stage. If your application is shortlisted, CASS may request additional information at that stage.

2017 Eligibility criteria

–  Grantees must be based in the State of Victoria.

–  In 2017, Applicants must be employed by one of the 10 designated organisations.

–  Grantees must hold an ABN and be registered for GST.

–  Grantees must have Income Tax Exempt Status.

–  Previously successful Applicants are eligible to apply for funding towards new projects.

–  Previously unsuccessful Applicants may re-apply for new or previously applied-for projects.

Goods and Services Tax

GST will be added to the grant amount. CASS will require a Tax Invoice for all grant payments.

Indirect administration costs

CASS does not pay for any indirect administration costs

Grant payments

Grantees must provide bank account details to enable electronic funds transfer of grant payments.

How CASS will manage your application

–  When submitted, an online application will be acknowledged automatically.

–  Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application by email.

–  Information provided in an online application will be dealt with confidentially, in accordance with the CASS Privacy Policy and all relevant legislation.

–  CASS may require additional information, and may need to converse with or meet Applicants to discuss aspects of the application.

–  If an application is shortlisted, then Referees will be contacted.

–  Not all applications considered can be offered a grant and CASS may decide not to offer the full amount of the funding request.

–  The decision of CASS in all cases is final and no reasons or feedback will be provided.

Grant Agreements

Grantees will be required to enter into a Grant Agreement before any part of the grant is paid.

Reporting

Applicants are required to provide interim and final reports on mutually agreed research milestones.  In some cases, an evaluation process may be included as part of the grant conditions.

HOW TO APPLY 

The application portal will open on this website on Friday 25 August 2017. Applications close on Friday 15 September 2017.