ASTHMA AUSTRALIA IS A FOR-PURPOSE, CONSUMER ORGANISATION WITH A HISTORY OF IMPROVING THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WITH ASTHMA.

Asthma Australia is calling for applications for a $100,000 partnership grant.

We invite Victoria’s leading translational research institutions and collaborations to apply for a $100,000 partnership grant which will be awarded to the application team led by Victorian research institutions as part of either:

  • An NHMRC partnership grant process
  • An ARC Linkage grant, or
  • MRFF joint application grant.

The research will focus on answering the evidence gaps and developing solutions for people with asthma who are disproportionately vulnerable to the impacts of the disease. Asthma Australia aims to foster strong clinical, research and policy partnerships critical in translational research. Applicants are invited to apply for the grant amount which, when awarded, will form part of the next NHMRC partnership grant, ARC linkage or MRFF grant application round. Collaborations may be cross-border but must be led by Victorian researchers. The grant amount will be awarded and remitted only when the main funding institution (NHMRC, ARC or MRFF) notifies the research institute of the successful outcome of the application.


Over the past ten years the Asthma Australia National Asthma Research Program has resulted in significant contributions to important discovery science, clinical, and population health research projects, as well as PhD Scholarships and research fellowships to promote emerging researchers in the field.

Asthma Australia is dedicated to contributing to vital asthma research to realise our vision of a community free of asthma. That’s why, through the Ray O’Donnell Belgrave Lions Asthma Research Fund, we would like to invite applications from the best Victorian-led research collaborations for up to $100,000 of research project funding to answer the evidence gaps and develop solutions for people with asthma who are disproportionately vulnerable to the impacts of the disease.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Australia’s First Nations people experience approximately twice the prevalence and more than twice the risk of death from asthma compared with non-Indigenous Australians. Asthma Australia has participated in, funded and pioneered many strategies over the years aimed to address this asthma related health inequity. We feel it is time and see great opportunity to take appropriate and substantive steps to close this equity gap, via investigation and demonstration of the benefits of innovative and culturally competent models of health care, service design and service provision.

Are you part of a team or alliance of health service model investigators ready to build and investigate a novel system around Aboriginal people to improve asthma outcomes, cross-disease approaches? Have you been looking for an opportunity to connect the various high-quality concepts, initiatives and programs which have been proven into a coherent package of integrated support for First Nations people with asthma? Are you ready to try and test a socio-cultural determinant intervention which will address this equity gap?

Low socioeconomic status

People with asthma living in areas of socioeconomic disadvantage face significantly worse outcomes compared with affluent Australian communities. Compared with areas of highest socioeconomic status, people living in the areas of lowest socioeconomic status had an 85% greater likelihood of dying from asthma according to an AIHW mortality report.1 When considering the more sensitive metric of preventable hospitalisations, this disparity is more pronounced, where people living in areas of greatest socioeconomic disadvantage are almost twice as likely to experience a preventable hospital admission that those at the other end of the spectrum. Causative factors behind these inequities have been examined and highlighted substantially over the years yet this disparity has worsened over time.2

Are you leading a team of social researchers and pioneering progressive approaches to wicked problems? Are you ready to rise above the refrain and lead Australia to develop and prove real solutions?

Culturally and linguistically diverse populations

Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) populations were drastically more affected by the thunderstorm asthma epidemic in 2016 where 10 people lost their lives due to acute asthma. Of the 10 lives lost, 6 were among people of CALD background and 35% of hospital admissions during this event were among people from India, Sri Lanka and South East Asia. This is one of several phenomena evidencing the inequities faced by people of CALD background regarding asthma.

Asthma Australia invites applications from Victoria’s leading researchers who can define why these vulnerabilities persist, and are ready to address the evidence gaps and trial interventions to improve access and therefore safety for CALD groups in order that they are no longer more vulnerable to asthma than Australian born communities.

The Belgrave Lions Asthma Research Fund gives Asthma Australia and leading researchers in Victoria a rare opportunity to effect change in one of these areas, to break these intractable problems. We are looking to attract applications from research collaborators and alliances who employ the range of methodology required to co-develop and test community and consumer-centered solutions.

Information for applicants

Grant Type Partnership grant
Priority Area Asthma – vulnerable populations
Location Victoria
Total Amount Available $100,000
Eligibility Applications are only accepted from NHMRC-approved administering institutions based in Victoria
Project duration 2 years maximum
Application form Partnership Application form
Applications open 23/10/20
Applications close 25/11/20 No late applications accepted.
Application process
  • Complete the National Asthma Research Program Partnership Grant application form and submit to research@asthma.org.au by the closing date
  • Eligible applications will be reviewed and evaluated by Asthma Australia’s Research Advisory Committee. All applications are assessed against a standardised assessment criteria (see below), based on NHMRC best practice templates.
  • Successful applications will be endorsed by the Board.
  • Decision about funding will be announced 10/12/20
Assessment criteria Download the Partnership Grant Assessment Criteria here. This Assessment Criteria is based on the NHMRC Partnership Grant Assessment Criteria, and includes the following breakdown:

  • Track record 20%
  • Scientific quality 20%
  • Research impact and translation 20%
  • Strength of the partnership 20%
  • Consumer centred 20%

Please read the Assessment Criteria before completing your application.

Reporting expectations If successful, applicants will provide 6 monthly progress reports to Asthma Australia. Progress reports will include:

  • Any changes to the research,
  • Any issues or delays which might impact the completion of the project,
  • Progress against key milestones,
  • Outcomes, and
  • Publications, presentations, collaborations and additional funding which have arisen as a result of the research.

These should be provided in language appropriate for a lay audience.

Affiliation and acknowledge Successful applicants must ensure (wherever possible) Asthma Australia’s contribution and support of the Project is acknowledged in publications or presentations related to the research.

Any questions please contact research@asthma.org.au