Funded by the GI Cancer Institute
The Innovation Grant is a unique opportunity for AGITG members to receive funding for original scientific ideas with the potential to change clinical practice.
Awarded annually, the Innovation Grant aims to enhance the AGITG research program through investment in projects based on scientific merit, feasibility and alignment with AGITG research priorities, to improve outcomes for people with gastro-intestinal cancer.
Dr Lorraine Chantrill, Chair of AGITG, says “Raised by our members and community, the Innovation Grant provides AGITG members an opportunity to conduct small scale or pilot studies, which are critical to generate data to attract government grants to fund large scale trials. Without these initial feasibility studies, we can’t advance our knowledge about the best way to treat patients with GI cancer.”
Innovation Grants are made possible through generous contributions from:
- the GI Cancer Institute’s Gutsy Challenge program;
- the Spencer Gibson Foundation; and
- the His Honour Alan Bishop Fund.
In the last six years, our community fundraisers and members have raised more than $1.4 million dollars to fund the FORECAST-1, OXTOX, RENO and MONARCC clinical trials, and two substudies.
“Supporting novel approaches in their initial stages is so important in this financially constrained time. By having this initial funding we can develop our concept with sufficient data to become competitive for external definitive funding.” – Professor David Goldstein, 2020 Innovation Grant recipient
Innovation grants will be awarded to AGITG members to further AGITG led research projects. Expenditure decisions will be based on scientific merit and with the intention that they lead to enhancement of the AGITG research program.
Expenditure of these funds requires an overall framework that respects their philanthropic origin, and must align with the strategic direction of the AGITG.
The amount and duration of funding for individual projects will be determined as part of the application process.
Applications will be reviewed and prioritised by the Grants Committee, which will provide a recommendation for funding to the AGITG Board.
Management of the research funding application process is delegated to the Chief Executive Officer.
Applications that do not meet these criteria will not be considered.