*Please read these notes carefully before completing your application*
* An individual can be named on up to two applications within any one grant round, either as a PI on one application and a co-applicant on another, or as a co-applicant on up to two applications.* It is an expectation of the AMRF that an individual may only be a PI on one active Project 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 resubmission of a previously unsuccessful project grant 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 project 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.
* If the research involves a clinical trial, the AMRF 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 downloaded 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.
* Project grant applications should follow a guideline of only requesting up to $25,000 per annum of working expenses, unless clear justification for exceeding this annual limit is provided.* Where a grant is awarded that incurs high costs in a reduced time frame (for example 1 year or 1.5 years) because the limit of grant funding has been reached, the PI will not be eligible to hold another active grant until the standard project duration of 2 years (or an appropriate length of time determined by the AMRF) has elapsed from the start date.
* The AMRF's policy is to pay the salary that staff, technical or other, would receive if they were employed by the Host Institution. It is essential to quote the correct salary rate and grading. Applicants must accommodate salary increases within their budget and should adjust salaries to include anticipated increases due to the annual rate of inflation (we recommend a minimum of 3% p.a., but please check with your host institution for the correct value). The AMRF will not cover unbudgeted salary increases.* 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.
* Provision may be included for reasonable expenses of appointment of essential staff.
* 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.* The AMRF will not accept project grant 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.
* Project grants 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).
* 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.
|POSTAL ADDRESS||Research Programme Manager|
Auckland Medical Research Foundation
|TELEPHONE||+64 9 923 1701|
|COURIER||Ground Floor, 89 Grafton Road|