Neurotrauma Research Program Grants for Research Projects Commencing from 1



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Neurotrauma Research Program

Grants for Research Projects Commencing from 1st July 2018
Guidelines for Applicants

BACKGROUND

The Neurotrauma Research Program (NRP) supports scientific research projects aimed at helping avoid trauma to the nervous system, as well as exploring mechanisms of neural damage, and developing treatments for recovery from catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. Neurotrauma places an enormous social and economic burden on the community, which continues to grow as more people live with neurotrauma due to improvements in standards of emergency and medical care.

Since 1998, the NRP has secured funding, largely from the Western Australian Government through the Department of Health, as well as smaller donations from private sponsors. With this funding, the NRP awards competitive grants to researchers based in WA, whose applications are subject to external independent review. The NRP has also benefited from contributions of infrastructure from several WA universities and medical research institutes. The funding and support provided by the NRP has played an important role in WA becoming a significant contributor to global neurotrauma research.

In 2017 the Insurance Commission of Western Australia committed funding to the NRP of $200,000 per year for three years for innovative, patient-focussed research projects aimed at improving the recovery and rehabilitation of people with catastrophic injuries to the central nervous system.



RESEARCH

Applications are now invited for the second round of research grants directed towards:



  • Increasing the independence of individuals with acquired brain or spinal cord injuries;

  • Improving functional recovery through rehabilitation;

  • Repairing and regenerating damaged human central nervous system tissue;

  • Utilising research discoveries to develop therapeutic interventions;

  • Reducing the physical and psychosocial burden on caregivers and families; and

  • Lowering costs for insurers.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Research must be carried out in WA or involve significant collaboration with WA neuroscientists, scientists and/or clinicians.

  • Each grant budget must not exceed $100,000.

  • Grants are for one year duration only (1st July 2018 to 30th June 2019).

  • All grant funds must go to research, none toward institutional infrastructure.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Application forms can be found at

https://perroninstitute.org/nrp/

Completed application forms and supporting documents must be submitted to the NRP Executive Officer by emailing anne.bonser@uwa.edu.au by Monday 19th March 2018, 5.00pm (AWST). One printed copy of the application should also be submitted to:

Dr Anne Bonser

NRP Executive Officer

Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science

Ground Floor, RR Block

QEII Medical Centre

8 Verdun Street

Nedlands WA 6009

ASSESSMENT PROCESS

Applications will be assessed by independent expert reviewers. The NRP Executive Committee and the Insurance Commission of Western Australia will allocate grants according to the reviewers’ recommendations, and within the limitations of the allocated budget. The outcome of grant applications will be communicated in writing to applicants in May/June 2018. Please be advised that decisions are final and there is no mechanism for appeal.



ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Applications will be evaluated using the following assessment criteria:



PROJECT COMMENCEMENT

  • Administering institutions of successful applicants will be required to enter into an agreement with the Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science.

  • Projects commence from 1st July 2018, after the Participation Agreement and any other research governance approvals are in place.

  • Projects are for one year duration only (1st July 2018 to 30th June 2019), unless a Request for Extension is approved by the NRP Executive Committee.

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

  • A written Progress Report must be submitted to the NRP at the end of every six months, as specified in the Participation Agreement.

  • An interim meeting to discuss progress may be requested by the Insurance Commission of WA.

  • The administering institution is responsible for ensuring that financial reports are submitted to the NRP by their due dates as specified in the Participation Agreement.

If you need further information, please email Dr Anne Bonser, NRP Executive Officer:

anne.bonser@uwa.edu.au


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