Gilead grants program: applications close soon
The 2021 Gilead Fellowship Research Grants Program has extended applications, meaning that applicants now have until Friday, 14 August to secure some of the $300,000 total funding.
Now in its 10th year, the fellowship aims to help bridge the gap in Australian research funding, providing support to projects with a local community focus and which often struggle to secure funding or face high competition.
This year’s applicant criteria includes research into emerging viruses such as COVID-19 as well as HIV, chronic viral hepatitis, haematological malignancies, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, inflammatory diseases and invasive fungal infections. Projects should have a clinical and ‘real world’ focus, ideally engaging with local communities and aimed at enhancing patient outcomes in these disease areas.
Last year’s recipients were split across seven projects throughout Australia and included Andrew Pfeffer, a Clinical Consultant Pharmacist and Director of Pharmaceutical Research Services in Logan, Queensland, who applied for a new mobile medical centre to treat hepatitis C (HCV) in high-risk patient populations.
“It was fantastic to be able to access the funding from the Gilead Fellowship Grant. It allowed us to put this idea of ours into action and it was really motivating for the clinical team to get the validation from an independent judging panel that our idea was worthwhile and should be tested,” Pfeffer said.
Country Medical Director of Gilead Sciences ANZ Dr Paul Slade said, “Science and research is at the centre of who we are at Gilead and we have always been committed to helping patients through important research and development projects.
“It means a lot to us that the Gilead Fellowship has been able to play a role in helping vital research projects get off the ground over the past nine years, and we’re looking forward to continuing to support the next generation of Australian researchers with this 2021 grant.”
- The total funding available is $300,000, with the maximum amount awarded to an individual project being $60,000.
- All project applications must be received by 14 August 2020.
- Grant recipients will be notified in November 2020.
- Funding is contingent on the project concluding no more than 18 months after execution of agreement.
- The Gilead Australia Fellowship Program judging panel is made up of experts from across Australia, who are recognised for their significant contributions to research.
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