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Medicine/Science Grants - Guidelines

CASS supports short term, ‘proof of concept’ research in promising topic areas, which if validated, has the potential to attract longer-term funding and to contribute to better practice and delivery of services.

Each year the grant, Application Form and processes are reviewed in the light of past experience, changing circumstances and developments which might affect our prime focus. 

Application Dates

The CASS 2020 Medicine/Science Grants applications will be accepted between:
Monday 24 August 2020,
and
5.00pm (AEST) Friday 11 September 2020.

Application Form

The application form will be made available when the next round of Medicine/Science Grants opens.

NOTE

This page contains information about the Guidelines relevant to the previous round of Medicine/Science Grants and may be subject to change before the next round of Medicine/Science Grants.

Eligible Organisations - 2020

CASS has restricted applications for Medicine/Science Grants to Victorian-based research organisations. A designated list of relevant organisations will be eligible to apply in alternate years.

Only Applicants NOT employed by one of the following organisations will be eligible to apply in 2020:
1. Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute;
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 and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research; and
10. The University of Melbourne.

Note: Only organisations other than the 10 listed will be the only eligible employer organisations in 2020. Applicants employed by organisations named in this list will be eligible to apply in 2021.

Eligibility Criteria - 2020

1. Grantees must be based in the State of Victoria.
2. In 2020, Applicants must NOT be employed by one of the 10 designated organisations listed above.
3. Grantees must hold an ABN and be registered for GST.
4. 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.

Nomenclature

In these Guidelines:
'Applicant' means the Chief Researcher in charge of a project;
'Grantee' means the legal entity named in the Application at which the Chief Researcher is employed;
'Grants Officer' means the person so designated by the Grantee; and
'Head of Department' means the person who heads up the faculty/department and to whom the Applicant reports.

Provisions

If an Applicant has a joint appointment, your employer for the purpose of a CASS application, is your major employer (the one who pays you the most). In any event, if you remain in the same employment, you cannot apply for a CASS grant in two (2) consecutive years.

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 Applicants and organisations based in Victoria. A collaborator may work in a place other than Victoria, but the project must be substantially Victorian based.

Funds Available

Applications for grants up to $60,000 (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 CASS understands 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 or the like 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.

Letter in Support

CASS requires that Applicants have the approval of the Grants Officer of the Grantee 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:
1. 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;
2. the Applicant has a reasonable likelihood of validating the proposed proof of concept proposal;
3. the Department will fund any reasonable shortfall in project funding if a grant is provided by CASS;
4. who will benefit from the project; and
5. the project will be undertaken substantially in Victoria.

Additional information

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. 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.

Applicants will be contacted by early November to confirm if their application has been shortlisted. Interviews will be scheduled for November and final decisions for successful projects will be made in early December.

Referees

If an application is shortlisted, then Referees will be contacted. Referees need to be independent and at arm's length to the Applicant; they need to be able to assess the merits of the Project and have knowledge of the capacity of the Applicant.

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.