Value of grant: Maximum value is $75,000 for working expenses only.
1. Type of grant: *Fellowship*
Tenure of grant: Maximum tenure is 2 years.
Number of grants awarded: One to two grants when funds permit (every 3-4 years).
* For Fellowship applications, the applicant must NOT be a permanent employee of their host institution. If the applicant’s current contract does not cover the term of the grant, they should submit a letter of support from the host institution stating that if successful, they will be offered a contract for the duration of the new grant.* For Fellowship applications, appropriately qualified individuals who hold a doctoral degree, irrespective of the University from which their PhD was conferred and the year in which it was conferred may apply.
* You may only apply for one grant type within a funding round.* It is an expectation of the AMRF that an individual may only be a PI on one active AMRF grant at a time. The individual may also be a co-applicant on one or more active grants at the same time.
* The AMRF only accepts one re-submission of a previously unsuccessful project or Fellowship application. It is an expectation that the applicant addresses all concerns raised by the referees and medical committee in their re-submission. An applicant who has been unsuccessful twice can submit further proposals in their chosen field of research, but it will need to be based on a new or substantially revised hypothesis.* The start date of the grant must be after the decision date of that round. Please check the grant rounds dates (including the decision date) on the How to Apply page on our website.
* The AMRF views applications that request direct top up funding of larger awarded grants from other funding agencies as a low priority unless the applicant can demonstrate that the AMRF proposal is using data obtained in the larger study to undertake further research. This new body of research in the AMRF application needs to stand alone and be readily identifiable as a project funded by the AMRF. The AMRF will consider joint funding on new applications.
* The AMRF supports the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s expectation that scientists will account for the possible role of sex as a biological variable (SABV) in vertebrate animal and human studies (or any material originating from animals or humans, e.g. organs, cells, tissues). The AMRF recommends that you familiarise yourself with the SABV policy. Strong justification from the scientific literature, preliminary data, or other relevant considerations must be provided for applications proposing to study only one sex. Additional useful information can be found within the Sex and Gender Equity in Research (SAGER) guidelines, which are a comprehensive set of guidelines for reporting of sex and gender information in study design, data analyses, results and interpretation of findings. Not all the guidelines may be relevant to your project, but you can use them to ensure that you plan your experimental design carefully and include all the relevant information in your application(s) crucial to the peer review process at the application stage, as well as providing all the experimental details, results and analysis required for publications that arise from the work.* If the research involves a clinical trial, the AMRF strongly recommends that you familiarise yourself with the SPIRIT 2013 Statement (Standard Protocol Items: Recommendations for Interventional Trials). Not all the guidelines may be relevant to your project, but you can use them to ensure that you plan your trial carefully and include all the relevant information in your application(s) crucial to the peer review process at the application stage, as well as providing all the trial details, results and analysis required for publications that arise from the work.
* Please use the standard New Zealand MSI Curriculum Vitae template. This can be download from the link within the application form. Each applicant should complete only Parts 1 and 2a, include no more than five pages in total, and list references only from the last five years.* For Fellowship applications, applications should be submitted by the applicant personally and include written support of the research group/department hosting the research (uploaded as a supporting document). This support presupposes that the research group/department will provide the working expenses and the facilities essential to the research project.
* Please ensure you set the correct ACC levy for your host institution.* Please include or leave empty Kiwisaver/superannuation as appropriate.
* The AMRF will only cover the salary/salaries of the PI and/or co-applicant(s) who are dependent on them securing some or all of their salary from external funding agencies (so called “soft” funding). Where an applicant has secured partial funding from their host institution or another funding agency, the AMRF will cover the remaining salary up to 1 FTE. If partial salary support is requested then full disclosure of their research/employment activities and source of funding for the remaining fraction of the FTE is required.* Requests for items of equipment (maximum value $5,000) should include a justification for the equipment and a quotation. Items under a value of $2,000 should be classed as consumables.
* The AMRF will allow costs of domestic travel where this is a key element of the project.* For Fellowship applications, other forms of awards may not be held in conjunction with the AMRF’s Fellowship nor may Fellows undertake additional remunerated employment without the consent of the Board of the AMRF and the host institution.
* Costs of rental accommodation, heating, lighting and what might be termed the usual office facilities and accessories.* Computers.
* Major items of equipment costing more than $5,000.* Costs of attending conferences either within NZ or overseas. Travel to conferences to report on the research must be applied for separately through a Travel Grant application (available to Auckland-based researchers only).
* For project grant applications, the AMRF will not accept applications from undergraduate or postgraduate students (honours, Masters, PhD or MD students). PhD or MD students (not undergraduate, honours or Masters) can be named as a co-applicant, but cannot be a PI or co-PI.* For project grant applications, they are not available for the support of Masters or PhD stipends. (Support for Masters and PhD candidates is available through the AMRF Doctoral Scholarship Programme, available to Auckland-based researchers only).
* All appropriate regulatory approvals must be in place before the grant can be activated.* If the project involves a clinical trial, please indicate if the trail is registered and with which clinical trial registry. Please also provide details of your data safety monitoring committee if applicable.
* Applications will not be considered unless the Applicant Agreement is completed.
Log into the AMRF Portal at funding.medicalresearch.org.nz and create a new application. Ensure all the required details are entered and all necessary documents have been attached.
Clicking ‘Submit’ on your application form sends it to your host institution. They will then complete their requirements, before officially submitting it to the AMRF. Your host institution compliance process takes time so please adhere to internal deadlines to ensure your application reaches the AMRF by 5 pm on the closing date.
Please refer to the Application process help page for details of what happens to your submitted application.
Additional information can be found in the Fellowship Grant Proposal template.
Additional information can be found in the Project Grant Proposal template.
|POSTAL ADDRESS||Research Programme Manager|
Auckland Medical Research Foundation
P O Box 110139
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