A guide to applicants for the Ruth Spencer Medical Research Fellowship
*Please read these notes carefully before completing your application*
ObjectiveThe Auckland Medical Research Foundation’s (AMRF) vision is to improve the health and quality of life for all New Zealanders. We aim to achieve this by providing genuine advances in health, science and medicine through funding the highest quality medical research of all kinds.
Funding areaThe AMRF’s research funding area is limited to all recognised tertiary institutions and district health boards (DHBs) in the greater Auckland and Northland region of New Zealand. The principal investigator/grant holder must be affiliated with a host institution within this area, and the majority of work should be undertaken within this area, but co-applicants can come from, and part of the research can be performed, outside our catchment area - either nationally or internationally.
How to applyUse the on-line application form provided, after first creating an account. The application must be created and submitted from the applicant's portal account.
Purpose of the grantThis Fellowship provides support for a medical or science graduate who wishes to undertake full-time medical research of direct clinical relevance for a PhD or an MD, registered at The University of Auckland.
Value of grant*For medical graduates:** $83,000 salary support package*
* Up to $8,000 fees per annum* $5,000 working expenses per annum
* $5,000 travel grant
*For science graduates:** $28,000 tax free stipend per annum
* Up to $8,000 fees per annum* $5,000 working expenses per annum
* $5,000 travel grant
Tenure of grantMaximum tenure is 3 years.
Number of grants awardedThe AMRF offers one Ruth Spencer Medical Research Fellowship when funds become available (often every 3 years).
Eligibilty* To apply you must be a New Zealand resident, permanent resident or citizen. Applications from non-New Zealand residents or citizens will not be accepted.* The Primary Supervisor must have tenure, or an employment contract for the term of the Fellowship.
* The AMRF only accepts one re-submission of a previously unsuccessful Ruth Spencer Medical Research Fellowship application. An applicant who has been unsuccessful twice can submit further applications 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 Fellowship must be after the Award date (decision date) of that round. Please check the grant rounds dates on the How to Apply page on our website.
Writing guidelines* Applications should be written and submitted by the applicant personally.
* When you write your application, please remember that your research proposal will be reviewed by both discipline-specific referees and also by members of the Medical Committee with a broad range of experience in health research. Please structure your proposal in a clear and succinct way and if possible seek feedback from a colleague outside your immediate research area.* If the research involves the use of laboratory animals, the AMRF recommends that you familiarise yourself with the ARRIVE guidelines (Animal Research: Reporting of In Vivo Experiments). Not all the guidelines may be relevant to your project, but you can use them to ensure that you plan your experiments 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 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. You should complete only Parts 1 and 2a, include no more than five pages in total, and list references only from the last five years.
Budget guidelines* The tenure of the Fellowship is 3 years from the award date. The AMRF does not provide retrospective funding. Therefore, if you have enrolled and started your project prior to the award date you will still be eligible for 3 years of funding, but it is our requirement that should your project be completed in less than the full tenure of your Fellowship, you will be required to file your final report and any remaining funds will be cancelled. If you know that you will only require 1 or 2 years of full funding from the AMRF, please only apply for a shortened tenure (rounded to the full year).
* If you have already started your project and received some funding from an alternative source for the time period until the start date of your AMRF Fellowship, it is an expectation of the AMRF that you will only receive a maximum of 4 years full time Fellowship funding from all sources. The AMRF reserves the right to withdraw funding if they know this has been breached.* For Medical graduates the salary support package is set at $83,000 (2019 value, this is reviewed annually). Please note that this is a salary support package only (and not a salary per se), therefore there is no allowance for annual increments in step or cost of living increases.
* The AMRF provides up to $5,000 p.a. for working expenses for every year of Fellowship awarded. These working expenses can be used to support research costs associated with your project. The AMRF will consider funding*:
- Expenses associated with “wet lab” work (reagents, plasticware, chemicals, kits etc)
- Animal purchase and board
- Equipment/Instrument usage costs
- Small items of equipment (costing less than $5,000) where there is a strong justification for the need for this item to undertake the research
- Expenses associated with clinical work, that is not included as part of the normal standard of care
- Computers, laptops, tablets if these items are essential for field work and are not supplied by the host institution
- Costs of data extraction, data storage devices, website creation and hosting, etc.
- Compensation for participants (koha)
- Non-conference travel where it is an essential part of the research
- Stationery, freight, postage etc.
- Publication charges
- Statistician costs
* If you want to cover an item that is not included in the list above, please contact the Research Programme Manager on 923 1706 to discuss the suitability.
NoteThe AMRF reserves the right not to award the full value of the working expenses if they deem the use is not well justified or that the ‘expense’ comes under another component of the Fellowship.
General* The applicant’s academic record will be taken into account by the Medical Committee.* The relevance of the project to clinical medicine will be taken into account by the Medical Committee.
* The Medical Committee reserves the right to short-list candidates and invite them to attend an interview (in person or via video conferencing if outside of Auckland). Applicants will receive an email from the Research Programme Manager detailing the date, time and process as soon as possible to allow time to prepare for the interview if this process takes place.* Awards to successful applicants will be dependent on confirmation of registration for a PhD or MD.
* Co-tenuring of other Scholarships or Fellowships will not be permitted, nor may Fellows undertake additional remunerated employment without the consent of the AMRF.
The AMRF will not fund* The AMRF will not fund any element of overhead recovery, including salary buyout.* The AMRF does not fund costs of rental accommodation, heating, lighting and what might be termed the usual office facilities and accessories.
* The AMRF does not fund major items of equipment costing more than $5,000.
Regulatory approval* Experimentation or questionnaires involving human subjects requires approval from an HRC accredited ethics committee. Experimentation with animals requires approval from a registered animal ethics committee. Either attach the approval(s) to the application, or indicate that approval is being sought. * 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.
Publicity declarationThe AMRF is supported by private donations and therefore has an obligation through the news media, and its own newsletters to members and supporters, to report research that it supports. By becoming a recipient of an AMRF grant, you automatically agree to the mention of your name to media and stakeholders.The AMRF raises awareness of its aims with the general public, by inviting AMRF funded researchers to discuss their research with local interest groups (Rotary, U3A etc). By becoming a recipient of an AMRF grant, you automatically agree to be included on a list of available guest speakers.
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 Grant Proposal template.
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