December 28, 2012

Lung Foundation Research Awards Now Open

‘With almost $200,000 to support its 2013-2014 Research Awards Program, Lung Foundation Australia is clearly demonstrating its commitment to reducing the impact of lung disease on the Australian community,’ said Mr William Darbishire, Chief Executive Officer of Lung Foundation Australia.

The deadline for nominations for the Awards is 19th November 2012 with presentation to winners at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand (TSANZ) at the Darwin Convention Centre in Darwin from 23-27 March 2013.

All applications are assessed by the TSANZ Research Sub-committee. Interested parties can go to www.lungfoundation.com.au and click on ‘Research Awards’ for information and application forms. The application forms will also be available on the TSANZ website.

There are five research awards categories open across a variety of areas:

  1. Lung Foundation Australia and Boehringer-Ingelheim Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Research Fellowship which is available as either a one or two year award, with a value of $80,000 per annum. Applications are invited from medical and scientific graduates who will be resident in Australia throughout the period of the research program. Research proposals can relate to evaluation of population screening initiatives; interventions to improve diagnostic accuracy; management, including COPD management of indigenous and ethnic minorities; through to system level issues within the health system.
  2. Lung Foundation Australia Lung Cancer Program Cochrane Review Scholarship, valued at $1,500, is specifically designed to assist a medical undergraduate in undertaking a research project into lung cancer. The award is aimed at providing a systematic and up-to-date summary of reliable evidence of the benefits and risks of healthcare for lung cancer.
  3. Lung Foundation Australia Lung Cancer Program Post-graduate Grant-in-Aid for Lung Cancer Research Award is valued at $5,000. It is envisaged that this Award will be used to either set up funds for a large project or as top-up funding for a project which is ongoing – eg: consumables, equipment etc. Designed to facilitate lung cancer research by suitably qualified medical and allied health practitioners (including nursing), the research can relate to any aspect of lung cancer including the molecular basis of the disease, its diagnosis and treatment and the evaluation of palliative strategies in the advanced disease setting.
  4. Lung Foundation Australia Lung Cancer Program Under-graduate Grant-in-Aid for Lung Cancer Research Award, valued at $2,500, is specifically designed to assist either a medical or allied health (including nursing) undergraduate in undertaking a research project into lung cancer. The project can focus on any aspect of the disease and /or its management; however this should not be a systematic review as other awards are available for this.
  5. Lung Foundation Australia / Ludwig Engel Grant-in-Aid for Physiological Research, valued at $4,000, is specifically designed to assist research in respiratory physiology that is directed towards gaining an understanding of organ function in the context of respiratory disease. The funds can be used as a contribution towards equipment, personnel or other costs incurred in the conduct of the research project.
  6. Lung Foundation Australia / Lizotte Family Research Award for Interstitial Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Research, valued at $5,000, is specifically designed to assist a medical or allied health (including nursing) health professional to fund an IPF related research  or pilot project or to fund travel or education with respect to increasing knowledge about IPF.

‘Lung Foundation Australia Research Awards are an initiative that supports the Lung Foundation’s mission to reduce the burden of lung disease on patients, their families and carers and the Australian community,’ said Mr Darbishire.

For further information, contact: Chris Emery, Director of Operations – 0411 826 360