Apply for an AIFA Grant

Thank you for your expressions of interest (EOI) in an AIFA grant. A short list of projects has now been invited to make a full grant application. 

To be eligible for an AIFA grant, the research detailed in the application needs to be carried out by the applicant (and designated team) in a non-profit institution located in Australia or New Zealand, which has appropriate facilities to carry out the research project. Previously unsuccessful applications may be resubmitted.  Applications are not restricted to ASCIA members.

Due to the generous support of individuals, families and organisations, more than $100,000 in AIFA grants will be awarded at the ASCIA conference in September 2019. These grants include:

$40,000 - Food Allergy research grant
$30,000 - ASCIA 30th Anniversary research grant
$25,000 - Primary Immunodeficiencies clinical research grant supported by CSL Behring
$10,000 - Food Allergy research grant supported by DBV Technologies

AIFA research grants are selected each year through a robust selection process, involving an independent, voluntary panel of leading experts. Their track record in selecting projects is outstanding, with two projects funded by AIFA being recognised with further funding by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

AIFA supports a range of projects, including innovative early stage research and early career researchers (working 3-5 years after completion of their PhD). This allows new projects to get off the ground and provides an opportunity to leverage further funding. By September 2019 a total of $265,000 will have been awarded by AIFA to research projects. For information about these projects go to  


AIFA grant selection process

  • Invitations for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for AIFA research grants open on 15 January and close on 15 April each year.

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  • The AIFA Grant Selection Panel assesses the EOIs and creates a shortlist.  These applicants are asked to submit a full application by early July.

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The Selection Panel consists of highly regarded clinical immunology/allergy specialists. They support AIFA by volunteering their time and expert judgment.

  • The full applications are assessed by the Panel and the successful grant awardee/s are notified by early August.
  • Grants are awarded on merit, with preference for early stage projects and early career researchers. Criteria for rating grant applications are: originality and scientific quality, significance of outcomes, research methodology, team quality and capability.

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  • The official announcement of AIFA grant/s takes place during the ASCIA (Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy) Annual Conference in September.
  • At the end of the grant period the successful chief investigator will be required to complete the final report form below so that AIFA supporters will see the outcomes achieved.

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Projects that have previously been awarded AIFA grants are on the AIFA website at

Email applications and queries about the AIFA grant selection process to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Content updated July 2019

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