As part of our Research Program Strategy, we are committed to achieving impact through more than funding research projects. In our unique role as the consumer peak organisation for asthma in Australia, we are well placed to make important contributions to critical partnerships, collaborations, consortia, and alliances where these align to the priorities and principles of our research program strategy and our broader organisational strategy. 

The below information provides guidance to organisations looking for endorsement of their project, to collaborate/partner, or for funding contributions towards partnership grants.  

Why does Asthma Australia seek to partner with you on your research? 

  • Your organisation and research project bring insights and stimulate thinking at Asthma Australia about the next game changer for people with asthma.  
  • World class research ideas, approaches and results that Asthma Australia can use to help people with asthma. 
  • Recognition and acknowledgement of the Asthma Australia’s role, credibility and dedication to the shared purpose of changing the lives of people with asthma. 
  • Shared intelligence, methods and connections that have the potential to enhance Asthma Australia’s consumer facing activities. 

How can Asthma Australia support your research? 

Asthma Australia can support your research application in various ways, including but not limited to: 

  • Letters of support and endorsement of applications as the peak consumer organisation for people with asthma.  
  • Contributing the unique voice of the consumer to the project design, development, implementation, and translation through: 
    • Providing access to data and insights from people with lived experience. 
    • Engaging people with lived experience in the research program through our Consumer Advisory Council, Asthma Champion Program, or wider database/network.  
    • Providing advice about consumer-centred engagement and design mechanisms that can be used within research projects 
  • Collaborating on research funding applications where the project is strongly and clearly aligned with our strategic research and operational priorities 
  • Supporting the translation of research projects to ensure that positive findings which benefit people with asthma can find their way into policy and practice and be enduring and sustained. 
  • Cash contributions for some partnerships. 

For requests for in-kind support, endorsement or cash contribution to research partnerships please click the relevant links below.   

We also encourage you to sign up to our research database for important updates about our research program and funding opportunities.  

Endorsement of Research Project

How to request endorsement/letter of support 

All requests are required on a short word document (1 page maximum), or PowerPoint slide deck of no more than 5 slides. Requests must be submitted 4 weeks prior to the deadline by which a response and action is required.  

Download template here. The request should include: 

  • Project description. 
  • Chief investigators or project leads. 
  • Other peak organisations involved or who will be approached. 
  • How consumers will or have been involved in the research question/focus area (including how this is considered/accounted for in the budget). 
  • How the project aligns to one or more of the Research Strategy Priorities. Please consider carefully the explanation provided for each priority which discusses our specific interests within that priority.  
  • Format for endorsement/support (e.g. letter of support, email to funding body etc) 

Requests should be submitted to research@asthma.org.au, using the heading Proposal for AA research partnership (endorsement).  

Decision making process  

Requests will be reviewed by the Senior Manager of Research, Information and Evaluation, and the Research and Evaluation Coordinator. In making its decision, Asthma Australia will consider:  

  • The relevance of the project against our organisational and research program strategy, including our research priorities and principles  
  • Alignment to the full portfolio of Asthma Australia’s activities 
  • Our program principles and how strongly the proposals align 
  • Any conflicts or potential conflicts of interest  
In-Kind Support/Partnership Request

How to apply 

All requests for support are required on a short word document (1 page maximum), or PowerPoint slide deck of no more than 5 slides. Requests must be submitted 4 weeks prior to the deadline by which a response and action is required.  

Download template here. The request should include: 

  • Project description. 
  • Chief investigators or project leads. 
  • Other peak organisations involved or who will be approached. 
  • How consumers will or have been involved in the research question/focus area (including how this is considered/accounted for in the budget).
  • How the project aligns to one or more of the Research Strategy Priorities. Please consider carefully the explanation provided for each priority which discusses our specific interests within that priority.  
  • The request of Asthma Australia (e.g., partnership/collaboration, translation support, consumer insights) and relevant requirements for the applications (e.g. Letter of Support).  

Requests should be submitted to research@asthma.org.au, using the heading Proposal for AA research partnership (in-kind).  

Decision making process  

Please note, Asthma Australia is not in a position to support all requests for support and may respectfully decline. Requests will be reviewed by the Senior Manager of Research, Information and Evaluation, and the Research and Evaluation Coordinator. In making its decision, Asthma Australia will consider:  

  • The relevance of the project against our organisational and research program strategy, including our research priorities and principles  
  • Alignment to the full portfolio of Asthma Australia’s activities 
  • Our program principles and how strongly the proposals align 
  • Any conflicts or potential conflicts of interest or conflicting commitments 
  • Budget and resourcing implications. 
Cash and In-Kind Support

To maximise the impact of Asthma Australia’s limited funds, we aim to offer cash contributions to research partnerships three times a year in line with NHMRC partnership and ARC linkage, where matched funding is available. Each round, Asthma Australia will award up to three $50,000 cash contributions. 

The grant amount will be awarded and remitted only when the main funding institution (NHMRC or ARC) notifies the research institute of the successful application. Cash contribution commitments from Asthma Australia will be available for 12 months once awarded, after which the applicant must reapply.  

Requests for support from Asthma Australia on research partnership applications outside of these periods should refer to the “In-kind support / endorsement only” information above.

How to apply

Submit the template provided to research@asthma.org.au, using the heading Proposal for AA research partnership (cash), during the periods outlined in the table above.

The request should include:

  • Project description.
  • Chief investigators or project leads.
  • Other peak organisations involved or who will be approached.
  • How consumers will or have been involved in the research question/focus area (including how this is considered/accounted for in the budget). · How the project aligns to one or more of the Research Strategy Priorities. Please consider carefully the explanation provided for each priority which discusses our specific interests within that priority.
  • The request of Asthma Australia in addition to cash contribution, if relevant (e.g., letter of support, approval to include AA in application, partnership/collaboration, translation support, consumer insights).

Requests should be submitted to research@asthma.org.au, using the heading Proposal for AA research partnership (cask and in-kind). The request must be completed in plain English to be considered by a consumer reviewer. Please provide a simple concise definition of key technical concepts used. We suggest you ask someone without detailed research knowledge to read the completed form, prior to submission, to check for understanding.

Decision making process Asthma Australia will award up to three $50,000 cash contributions per round. Requests will be reviewed by the Asthma Australia Research Team and consumer representative/s. In making its decision, Asthma Australia will consider:

  • The relevance of the project against our organisational and research program strategy, including our research priorities and principles.
  • Alignment to the full portfolio of Asthma Australia’s activities.
  • Our program principles and how strongly the proposals align.
  • Any conflicts or potential conflicts of interest or conflicting commitments.
  • Budget and resourcing implications.