AGITG Innovation Fund
Innovation Fund submissions are now OPEN – closing on Thursday 24 September 2020.
The AGITG Innovation Fund grant of up to $200,000 is 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.
Expenditure of these funds requires an overall framework that respects their philanthropic origin, and must align with the strategic direction of the AGITG.
Innovation funding will be awarded to AGITG members to further AGITG led research projects in 2020. Expenditure decisions will be based on scientific merit and with the intention that they lead to enhancement of the AGITG research program.
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.
The successful project will be announced at the Joint Working Party Meeting on Friday 4 December 2020.
1. Scientific Merit of Research Proposal
The research proposal must be an original scientific idea with the potential to impact future clinical practice, and be one of the following:
- An AGITG-sponsored Pilot phase, interventional study that aims to progress to a large-scale AGITG-sponsored trial, or
- A translational or biomarker study linked to AGITG trial/s, or
- An activity or resource that aims to develop AGITG methodology, capacity or infrastructure.
- Project commencement must be within 6 months of receiving the Grant.
- Project completion must be within the timeframe.
- Purchase of the study intervention will not be funded by the AGITG.
3. Alignment with AGITG Research Priorities
4. AGITG Involvement
- The research proposal is led by at least one AGITG Member with a minimum of 12 months membership.
Applications that do not meet these criteria will not be considered.
To view the conditions of funding, please request an application form via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE ON COVID-19
The AGITG Innovation Fund grant will still be awarded in 2020 however the opportunity will be limited to one grant of up to $200,000. The closing date for applications has been extended to Thursday 24 September 2020. The decision to limit grants this year has been made based on the considerable pressures many clinicians are under, and the need to focus on patient care first and foremost at this time. In the interest of public health, there is also the need to cancel key fundraising events and a likely impact on future fundraising appeals.