Apply for a $300,000 Strategic Alliance Grant focused on vulnerable populations

Asthma Australia aims to foster the strong clinical, research and policy alliances which are critical in achieving change through collaboration on translatable research.

That’s why, through the Ray O’Donnell Belgrave Lions Asthma Research Fund, we invite applications for up to $300,000 of research funding for a Strategic Alliance (partnership) Grant from Victoria’s leading research institutions and collaborations.

Research must focus on answering the evidence gaps and developing solutions for people with asthma who are disproportionately vulnerable to the impacts of the disease. Specifically, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, people facing socioeconomic disadvantage, or people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Projects should be completed within 2 years. Collaborations may be cross-border but must be led by Victorian researchers.

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 model 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 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 Ray O’Donnell 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-centred solutions.

Information for applicants

Grant Type Strategic alliance grant (partnership)
Priority Area Vulnerable populations

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse populations
  • Low socioeconomic disadvantage
Location Victoria
Total amount Available $300,000
Eligibility In addition to the eligibility specified in the Guide for Applicants:

The administering institution must be based in Victoria

Project durations Up to 2 years
Applications open Monday 31st May
Applications close Friday 30th July 11:59pm

No late applications accepted.

Relevant documents Strategic Alliance Workshops Summary

Applicant Guide and Assessment Criteria

Application Form

Consumer Review Form

Please contact research@asthma.org.au with any questions.

[1] https://www.aihw.gov.au/getmedia/62e7a82f-56f1-4dad-86b0-f65d5bc8d74b/17476.pdf.aspx?inline=true

[2] https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/primary-health-care/disparities-in-potentially-preventable-hospitalisations-australia/data