We invite researchers in Victoria to apply for a project grant to the value of $285,000 over 3 years to fund research that aims to improve the lives of children with asthma

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 researchers in Victoria to apply for funding which seeks to improve the lives of children living with asthma.

Although asthma affects people of all ages, children bear the brunt of the disease, with asthma being the most prevalent chronic disease in childhood. Approximately half of all preventable hospitalisations occur in the under 14 age group. Children with asthma experience life that is significantly affected by asthma, including lost school days, and social, academic and developmental disadvantage. Parents, siblings and other carers around children with asthma experience great stress and insecurity about their child’s health and safety. Watching a child experiencing an asthma attack is a terrifying experience. And if not bad enough, when they emerge from their childhood years, children look forward to a higher risk of irreversible lung decline and higher risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  

Asthma Australia is determined to reduce the burden of this disease for children and help set them up for brighter futures. There is so much already known about asthma, how it manifests in childhood and what options there are to treat it, but what we’re yet to find and implement sustainably are evidence-based intervention models that can be adopted and implemented practically and effectively. Interventions that improve asthma-related health outcomes in children and keep them well, by answering the following questions:

  • What are the right decision-making tools for our clinicians who are also committed to changing the lives of children with asthma and help being relief to families?
  • What bundle of interventions are effective at improving the health of children who are most likely to present to hospital?
  • What model or approach specifically prevents hospital presentations in children?
About the Project Grant

The research project must address one of the following points:  

  1. Investigate models that enable clinicians to select the best management options for children (0-14 years) with asthma. We seek to ensure children with asthma get the best treatment tailored to their needs, and which improve their asthma related health outcomes.
  2. Investigate the best interventions that improve asthma-related outcomes for children 5-9 years. We seek to improve the health and reduce the burden of children aged 5-9.
  3. Investigate interventions which reduce hospitalisation risk in children 0-14 years with asthma. We seek to reduce asthma related hospitalisations in children aged 0-14 years.  

These priority areas have been developed from the National Asthma Research Agenda Project. The results of this project are currently under review for publication. However, if you are planning to apply for this grant and would like further information about the National Asthma Research Agenda Project, please reach out to research@asthma.org.au 

We also encourage you to reach out to discuss your potential application and hear about the other work Asthma Australia is involved in aiming to improve the lives of children with asthma.

Information for Applicants
Grant Type Project Grant
Priority Area Asthma in children, specifically addressing one of the three points above.
Location Victoria
Total Amount Available $285,000 + GST
Project Duration Up to 3 years
Project Start Date Project expected to commence by 1 July 2023, unless discussed prior with Asthma Australia. 

First project payment is made on successful ethics application.

  • The lead researcher and administering organisation must be based in Victoria  
  • The research project must address one of the researcher areas, identified above  

See also eligibility specified in the Guide for applicants.

Applications Open Monday 5th December 2022
Applications Close Monday 6th February 2023

No late applications excepted

Relevant Documents Application Form

Consumer Review Form

Applicant Guide and Assessment Criteria

Announcement of Outcomes March 2023

The successful applicant will receive a grant agreement from Asthma Australia. This is expected to be returned to Asthma Australia within one month. The offer may lapse if both parties do not sign the grant agreement within this time.   

Any questions please contact research@asthma.org.au